interacting with another program

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Jeppe Jakobsen, May 28, 2007.

  1. Hi all, I'm completely new to this aspect of programming so please
    excuse me for any complete noobnes :)

    I'm working on a project with a friend, where we have to read some data
    from a program and then make the program perfom an action based on a
    analysis of the data. We intend to make the program work without any
    manipulation of the cursor, if possible. The data analysis is easy, but
    I need a point in the right direction on the other stuff.

    To summarize:
    1. Read data from another program by ruby program
    2. Data analysis by ruby program
    3. action perform in the other program by ruby program

    The program we're interacting with does not log it's actions to a file
    itself, so how do we get the data from it? I was thinking that we either
    read it from the memory (how?) or we find a way to copy each new line in
    the log the program is running in it's window (again how?). This means
    that it obviously would be nice if the action our ruby program is to
    perform was event based. Can the WIN32OLE_EVENT class be used for this

    No problems here :)

    Problems again here. I need to tell my ruby program how to make the
    other program perform an action here. I'm almost totally clueless on
    this one, but one thing I have noticed though, is that the directory of
    the program we are trying to control, there is a folder named "control"
    and it is filled dynamic link liberies. My guess is that I need to make
    the program issue some kind of command from one of these files? If so,
    is there a way to open these to see a list of available commands/action
    and how do I pass them on from the ruby program to the other program?

    I guess thats it :)
    Please tell if I have not made myself completely clear in some way, and
    thanks for your time. I realise that some of might not a time to answer
    my questions completely, and in this case I hope you will take the time
    to merely point to a specific class that maybe will help me out.


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