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  • Automatic email reminders

    Hi all,

    I think this has been discussed before but I still want to ask.

    I am in need of an automatic email system that reads value from a table and emails reminders to people.

    I have an "activity" table with a deadline and a person responsible.

    1. The same day at midnight I want to send an email reminder
    2. The same day at noon I want to send an sms reminder (another email thru clickatell API)
    3. At end of day send an email to the production manager (linked table)

    The actual emailing should really not be a huge problem, but what kind of system can I use to automatically look at the tables and send the emails? Can A5 do it or do I have to use external software as well? Maybe I should use an admin computer running a desktop version if the desktop is able to do what I want?

    Thanks for any help!

  • #2
    Re: Automatic email reminders

    I use an admin computer (virtual machine) to run reports during the night.
    The combination of windows scheduled tasks and Alpha5's Timer makes it
    easy to get the stuff done on a regular basis.
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    • #3
      Re: Automatic email reminders

      I've thought about doing this in the past and I think I would probably do it this way:

      1) Download curl for windows
      2) Create an a5w page (nightly.a5w) with all the associated code. I would also probably log the output to a sql table.
      3) Make that page only accessible via localhost. (there is xbasic code to do this, basically, check some of the request pointer stuff. Maybe even use some type of access key)
      4) Set up a Scheduled job in windows to run curl and open the a5w page.


      • #4
        Re: Automatic email reminders

        Thanks, I will try these options!



        • #5
          Re: Automatic email reminders

          Hi Robert,
          I want to do the same thing. If possible without an additional program on the server. Did you find a solution? Thanks.


          • #6
            Re: Automatic email reminders

            You could try to use telnet. Something like 'telnet http://localhost/nightly.a5w 80' I think that should work...


            • #7
              Re: Automatic email reminders

              I do exactly what Sparticuz suggests plus using CRON to schedule the activity exactly when I want.
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              • #8
                Re: Automatic email reminders

                Thanks! I will try that. Except not with Cron as i have a windows Server.


                • #9
                  Re: Automatic email reminders

                  There are Windows versions of cron and curl.


                  • #10
                    Re: Automatic email reminders


                    just to let you know how I have done it:
                    - created a custom component which does nothing in the onIntialRender event
                    e.html = ""
                    e.javascript = ""
                    and added my send mail functionality to the onComponentInitialize event
                    - created an a5w page
                    - added custom component to a5w page
                    - published page to server.
                    - created a new task with in the Windows server Task scheduler with a daily trigger and as an action to start a program "powershell.exe" with the argument
                    -command "(new-object'http://localhost/Subfolder/reminder.a5w')"
                    And this works fine for me.

                    Thanks for your input!


                    • #11
                      Re: Automatic email reminders

                      Creating a custom component may not be necessary. Seems like over complicating things a bit. You could just throw all the xbasic code into the actual a5w page. But the powershell trigger is a really good idea. That removes the CURL dependency from the equation, letting you set up a job with very little effort. (I think powershell is included in server 2008, not sure about server 2003)


                      • #12
                        Re: Automatic email reminders

                        I just released an Automailer package that we developed for a number of our clients.

                        One of my customers was able to incorporate the code/package into their existing application in 20 minutes, and had emails up and running in less than 30 after setting up PyCron. If you're interested, take a look

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                        • #13
                          Re: Automatic email reminders

                          is this product still available?