• Subject: RE: 0.15.6!!
  • From: "Sean Porterfield" <sporter@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 10:17:06 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

> Now, if someone can get the data transfer to Excel spreadsheet on Linux, I
> need to dual boot anymore...

Can Excel import XML?  I hacked a utility called asdbget which uses FTP and
some AS/400 specific magic to retreive files from the 400 and put translate
them in to ASCII XML format (which has a header describing the complete
file layout).

The theory is that you could pipe it to a quick hack of a perl script using
XML::Parser that could translate it into any other format.

I don't know anything about XML (yet?) but I'm extremely interested in your
AS400 magic!  I'd really like to be able to use ODBC to get data from AS/400
files.  I don't always need to get the whole file (although a lot of times,
I do need the whole file or can work with it if I do get the whole file.)

I'm about to embark on a project where I'll need to update a database on
Linux periodically with data from the AS/400.  Obviously I need an automatic
way of doing this.  I know this isn't exactly on topic (well, not even close
anymore, I guess...)  Anyone doing this?  Is there an appropriate forum for
this discussion?


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