[aprssig] Programming Language Advice

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Thu Jan 15 02:06:04 EST 2009

I'm sure one really ugly line of perl will do it, though you may never 
be able to figure out HOW when you go back and look at it again later.

Python seems to be a lot less ugly, but I'm not familiar enough with it 
to know how to set this one up.

I'd probably just do it in C, but that's because I wouldn't have to 
think about how to do it, not because it's the best language (or even a 
very good one) to do it in.

Come to think of it, I could do that in PL/SQL (the decode function 
would handle the compass directions) but that doesn't do you much good 
unless you're working with Oracle.


Ray Wells wrote:
> I'm seeking advice from members of the list as to which would be the 
> best programming language to use to massage a string of data so that 
> it's suitable to upload as aprs weather info.
> This is the data string I have to work with from a nearby professional 
> weather station that posts the data to the internet.
>> 15/05:30pm 29.4 29.4 19.7 56 6.3 E 19 26 10 14 1008.3 - 0.0
> Using cut I can extract the fields of interest - 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 
> 14 which are temperature, humidty, course, speed, gust, barometer and 
> total rainfall since 9.00am (that's the standard we use).
> I have a shell script to convert course in compass points to degrees, 
> and I have a perl script to convert the metric figures to imperial, and 
> round up/down.
> I'd like to be able to handle the lot with a single programming language 
> and end up with a line I can feed to xastir.
> The question is, what should I be using, perl or awk? Armed with the 
> answer I can devote my time in that direction.
> Ray vk2tv
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