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  • ProComm DDE ?

    Has anyone had any luck writing a DDE for ProComm? Or maybe a shell-type routine?

    We're using a ProComm script (.WAX ?) supplied by an EDI house to send/receive data, but they won't let us see the code to try writing anything to improve the efficiency of their script. Way too much user interaction is required. Would like to just be able to tell ProComm to
    1) start
    2) dial the number
    3) supply the access code(s)
    3) seleect send or receive
    4) pass parameters (send : filename to send, recipient data, mailbox it's going to; receive : which mailbox to receive from)
    4) turn off ProComm.

    If no one has, but has the info re structures and formats / syntax to use for ProComm, that would be a big help. Then again, so would someone who knows how to reverse engineer a .WAX script ... haven't had to hack one of them - until now.

    And, get ready for this, the transfer goes thru their Tandem minicomputer which was finally (a year or so ago) upgraded to lightening fast 9600 baud modems. Lots of fun with those 2 and 3 meg file transfers.


  • #2
    RE: ProComm DDE ?

    No clues from me - except you ARE charging them by the minute, right? :)


    • #3
      RE: ProComm DDE ?

      No, they charge US for access time and file size transferred. Zipping their files reduce them to less than 10% of the original size, but they'de make less money that way. :(


      • #4
        RE: ProComm DDE ?

        Jim, reminds me of one of the first things a beginning law student hears about in contract law:

        He who has the gold makes the rules.

        -- tom


        • #5
          RE: ProComm DDE ?

          Reminds me of what Marx wrote:

          "The state is the instrument of the ruling class."

          Plus ša change!

          Bill Hanigsberg


          • #6
            RE: ProComm DDE ?

            There's another expression:
            "Don't go out of your way to anger someone with over 30 years programming experience, a laptop, and an acoustic coupler..."
            But the company pays for it so they're safe.


            • #7
              RE: ProComm DDE ?

              Hi Jim

              Though this is not germane to the present item, some ago July 31 to be exact you help me with a change problem and furnished me with an xbasic statement to change the date in a record field when any item in the form was changed.

              Something happen. When I recently change some record in a form the adddate field also changed with the changedate.
              field. In the adddate field I do set it up to automatically enter the date when I add a new record. I want to preserve the adddate and only change the changedate when I change a voter's record. Any suggestions.


              Nip Lewis


              • #8
                RE: ProComm DDE ?


                I used this shell command to start Pro Comm and run a script.

                ax_error_trap_desc = "Procomm - Message"
                ax_error_trap_offset = "2"
                ui_msg_box("Procomm - about to start","Procomm Plus Communications program is about to start. DO NOT TOUCH THE KEY BOARD UNLESS SOMETHING GOES WRONG! Procomm will run through sending your bills automatically and will then return you to ACE.",ui_attention_symbol)

                '***Run Procomm Plus and start eds.wax script.
                sys_shell(""Program FilesProcomm PlusProgramsPw4.exe" "acev4aprocommeds.wax"",3)

                This is the .was script that gets turned into the .wax file when compiled.

                ; Automated logon script for Sending Claims to EDS.
                ; Created: 1/19/00 JTS

                proc main
                pause 1
                termmsg "***************************`r`n"
                termmsg "**** Now Calling EDS **** Do NOT touch keyboard unless something goes wrong!`r`n"
                termmsg "***************************`r`n"
                termmsg " `r`n"
                termmsg "ProComm will run through this procedure automatically,`r`n"
                termmsg "then it will shut down and send you back to ACE Transportation Software.`r`n"
                termmsg " `r`n"
                termmsg " "

                dialnumber DATA "16082219188" ; Dial EDS - if local number change to "2219188"
                while $DIALING

                waitfor "ECS Authorization Number?" 30
                if success
                goto sendit

                pause 1
                termmsg " `r`n"
                termmsg "*********************************************************`r`n"
                termmsg "**** Could NOT Connect to EDS... Try again Later. ****`r`n"
                termmsg "**** Procomm will shut down in 15 seconds. ****`r`n"
                termmsg "*********************************************************`r`n"
                termmsg " "
                pause 15
                goto end

                transmit "0000m^M" ; Change "0000m^M" to the Authorization # given to you by EDS.
                waitfor "Enter your password:" FOREVER ; Make sure ^M is included at the end of your # as shown above!
                transmit "0000000^M" ; Change "0000000^M" to the Password given to you by EDS.
                waitfor "[? for Menu] COMMAND?" FOREVER ; Make sure ^M is included at the end of your Password as shown above!
                transmit "s^M"
                pause 1
                sendfile ZMODEM "c:acev4aprocommacesend.txt"

                while $XFERSTATUS

                pause 10
                transmit "^M"

                waitfor "[? for Menu] COMMAND?" FOREVER
                transmit "g^M"
                waitfor "Disconnect (/N)?" FOREVER
                transmit "y^M"

                termmsg " `r`n"
                termmsg " `r`n"
                termmsg "ProComm Plus will automatically shut down in 30 seconds.`r`n"
                termmsg "You will be returned to ACE Transportation Software at that time.`r`n"
                termmsg "You may want to take note of the Transmission # and Records Received count now.`r`n"
                termmsg " `r`n"
                termmsg "Compare # of Records exported to acexport.tbl file`r`n"
                termmsg "to # of Records Received by EDS`r`n"
                termmsg " `r`n"
                termmsg "If both numbers are the same... transmission was fully sucessful.`r`n"
                termmsg " `r`n"
                termmsg "If transmission was NOT sucessful... Try again later.`r`n"
                termmsg " "

                pause 30


                Hope this helps, Jeff