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Programmer's help needed !

Post by laulau » Tue 11 Feb 2014 5:54 am

Hi,
I've written a little VB application that monitors my central heating device through a PLC.
It produces log files and runs an extenal program at each 'realtime', 'logtime' and rollover as Cumulus do.

The code i use to run the external batch:

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Call Shell("MyCommand.cmd")
but i've a little problem: :oops:
Each time the external program runs it opens a little "Command line window" (closed automaticaly) but it's very annoying when you're doing something on the same computer.
Question : is there an other instruction i can use or some options to hide the "Command line window" ? :idea: :?:
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Re: Programmer's help needed !

Post by uncle_bob » Tue 11 Feb 2014 7:21 am

laulau wrote: Question : is there an other instruction i can use or some options to hide the "Command line window"
Yeah there is, but I can't for the life of me, remember what it is as it's been 10 years since I mucked with DOS :)
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Re: Programmer's help needed !

Post by BCJKiwi » Tue 11 Feb 2014 10:28 am

Does the info here help?
http://www.developerfusion.com/article/ ... -function/

1. Shell without the call
2. vbHide

Just a guess, my VB skills <=0 !

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Post by laulau » Tue 11 Feb 2014 11:07 am

@ BCJKiwi
I'll it this evening.

@ Steve
How do you manage the external programs call in Cumulus (pascal) ?
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Re: Programmer's help needed !

Post by steve » Tue 11 Feb 2014 1:01 pm

laulau wrote:@ Steve
How do you manage the external programs call in Cumulus (pascal) ?
I use a wrapper to ShellExecute, like this:

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Res := ShellExecute(MainForm.Handle, nil, PChar(prog), PChar(Params), nil, 0);
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Post by laulau » Tue 11 Feb 2014 5:45 pm

Hi,
Changed

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Call Shell("MyCommand.cmd")
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Shell("MyCommand.cmd",0)
No more annoying windows :D
:clap: et Merci
Now i'm going to write a ftp subroutine to upload my log files, for the moment Cumulus is doing this job perfectly ;)
I certainly need some more help to achieve that :oops:
I'll start by googling on this topic!
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Post by BCJKiwi » Tue 11 Feb 2014 7:38 pm

If you can live with Windows' built in simple FTP, then you can add that to your batch file. If not you can add a command line FTP program (e.g. NcFTP available here at no cost).
http://www.ncftp.com/ncftp/
Click download, scroll down to download NcFTP Client and in the section Precompiled binary distributions
Select the "NcFTP Client 3.2.5 for Microsoft Windows" link.
This will download an .msi package and initiate an installation.
It installs the .exe' s into %windir% so all you need to do is call ncftpput. There will be shortcuts and documentation in c:\program Files\NcFTP Software\
Syntax is a bit finicky but this is fast and robust. It will also generate logs if you want.

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Post by laulau » Tue 11 Feb 2014 9:39 pm

Is ncfp more efficient than windows ftp command line ?

I also found the option to use

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Public Sub UploadFile(ByVal _FileName As String, ByVal _UploadPath As String, ByVal _FTPUser As String, ByVal _FTPPass As String)

        Dim _FileInfo As New System.IO.FileInfo(_FileName)

        If _FileInfo.Exists Then
            ' Create FtpWebRequest object from the Uri provided
            Dim _FtpWebRequest As System.Net.FtpWebRequest = CType(System.Net.FtpWebRequest.Create(New Uri(_UploadPath)), System.Net.FtpWebRequest)
            Try

                ' Provide the WebPermission Credintials
                _FtpWebRequest.Credentials = New System.Net.NetworkCredential(_FTPUser, _FTPPass)

                ' By default KeepAlive is true, where the control connection is not closed
                ' after a command is executed.
                _FtpWebRequest.KeepAlive = False

                ' set timeout for 2 seconds
                _FtpWebRequest.Timeout = 2000

                ' Specify the command to be executed.
                _FtpWebRequest.Method = System.Net.WebRequestMethods.Ftp.UploadFile

                ' Specify the data transfer type.
                _FtpWebRequest.UseBinary = True

                ' Notify the server about the size of the uploaded file
                _FtpWebRequest.ContentLength = _FileInfo.Length

                ' The buffer size is set to 2kb
                Dim buffLength As Integer = 2048
                Dim buff(buffLength - 1) As Byte
                Try
                    ' Opens a file stream (System.IO.FileStream) to read the file to be uploaded
                    Dim _FileStream As System.IO.FileStream = _FileInfo.OpenRead()


                    ' Stream to which the file to be upload is written
                    Dim _Stream As System.IO.Stream = _FtpWebRequest.GetRequestStream()

                    ' Read from the file stream 2kb at a time
                    Dim contentLen As Integer = _FileStream.Read(buff, 0, buffLength)

                    ' Till Stream content ends
                    Do While contentLen <> 0
                        ' Write Content from the file stream to the FTP Upload Stream
                        _Stream.Write(buff, 0, contentLen)
                        contentLen = _FileStream.Read(buff, 0, buffLength)
                    Loop

                    ' Close the file stream and the Request Stream
                    _Stream.Close()
                    _Stream.Dispose()
                    _FileStream.Close()
                    _FileStream.Dispose()
                Catch ex As Exception
                    MessageBox.Show(ex.Message, "Upload Error", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Error)
                End Try
            Catch ex As Exception
                MessageBox.Show(ex.Message, "Connect Error", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Error)
            End Try

        End If
        
    End Sub
in my VB application.
Does anyone have an opinion on this :?:
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Re: Programmer's help needed !

Post by BCJKiwi » Wed 12 Feb 2014 3:10 am

Is ncfp more efficient than windows ftp command line ?
NcFTP package just a suggestion - it has been around a long time and is very robust. Has a lot more features but is a little more tricky to set up than the windows built in FTP. However windows FTP works well enough if you just want simple. You could start with that and move to something more sophisticated later if required. I only suggested it as you already have a batch file so why not use some well developed and bullet proof command line FTP instead of 'rolling your own'.

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Re: Programmer's help needed !

Post by Karv » Wed 12 Feb 2014 4:33 pm

if you have a batch job, you can just call an FTP script to move files about, they are as simple as

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open <ip address>
username
password
cd /<directoy>[optional]
put filename [or mput *.extension or get or mget]
bye
call this from your batch script as
ftp -i -s:<path/to/ftpscript>

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