|01 Nov 2009||#1|
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Missing in Windows - decent Shell scripting, and CRON
Swapping a Linux server for Windows 2008 R2 I really miss the Bourne or C-shell scripting possibilities.
For example I night like to have a very quick list of all the directories I have contained in a Library and then export this to a MySQL database or an EXCEL spreadsheet.
I'm sure Windows can support PERL or something like that - but the only decent scripting I've found so far for Windows is an old Dinosaur from the past - REXX.
For those interested (or Old enough) http://regina-rexx.sourceforge.net/
Perhaps people in Windows are too afraid of using the Command line.
The other glaring omission is something like a CRONTAB where it's easy to create a script to execute at a specific time (daily, hourly, weekly -- etc - user definable) so you can set a load of batch jobs up and just forget about them.
Some Windows applications come with their own scheduling but I really miss Linux's CRONTAB.
Don't misunderstand me -- I like Windows 7 a lot but it's a pity that whilst LINUX is not afraid to incorporate good features from Windows the reverse rarely occurs.
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