|ghostdog: i agree, batch is usually just for a "quick hack", but sometimes that might be ok IF you (ie: enduser) are aware of limitations and quirks and just want quick fix, of simple problem. Believe me, anything critical requires very high scrutiny!|
I believe most software is prone to failure if you press it hard enough, and/or op.systems evolve beyond it, (which will be indefinitely until the post-apocolyptic period!)
There are literally millions of tools out there, all of them excellent for their domain (time, op.sys, hardware). I am just now exploring the tip of the gnu iceberg, among others.
I still use (and I'm embarassed to admit it) quickbasic, when
it suits my needs and gets the job done. (not much anymore though... vb 3.2 has almost identical coding syntax for sloppy programmers like me) (also, qb was pre winXp, before batchscript enhancements.) anyway: let the "buyer" (or in this case, "poster") beware: what I put up is ALWAYS only a hack, not an application, user interface, or universal utility.
I typically write and suffer under my own parsing algorithms,
but at least when they fail, I know where to look. (ok, sometimes!) And parsing is, imho, the most siginicant and difficult of programming. apologies long post... been a long night...