[IronPython] Request for Info

J. Merrill jvm_cop at spamcop.net
Tue Jul 4 05:30:41 CEST 2006

I'm a batch file guy too but not a Python (or IronPython) expert.  You need to make a key decision:  are you planning to re-write a particular batch file as a single Python program, or are you hoping to be able to simplify your batch file by invoking Python to do something that's a pain in batch-land?

For example, the ability to get a string of the form YYYY-MM-DD with today's date in it (and put that string into a batch file variable) is useful, but it's painful in batch language, at least in part because you can't know what format the user's PC uses for dates.  (Is 2/3/2006 Feb 3 or March 2?)  You might have a batch file that has a collection of statements to do that work and want to replace them with a call to the Python interpreter.  However, if your purpose in getting such a string is so that you can (e.g.) rename a bunch of files by sticking the date at the end of the current filename (before the extension), and you're doing so with a "for each do" loop in batch-language, it might make sense to do it all in Python.

Are your batch files simple & non-proprietary enough that you can post one and we can help you look at your options?

At 12:43 PM 7/3/2006, Stephen Goodman wrote
>Greetings all,
>As a new user of IronPython, but an old programmer of batch files, I'd like 
>to find some kind of equivalency of sorts to aid in the conversion of an old 
>batch file to scripting, so I can bring an old app into the present. 
>Stephen Goodman

J. Merrill / Analytical Software Corp

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