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Re^2: Trying to re-write some VB-OLE into PERL-OLE

by juo (Curate)
on Sep 23, 2004 at 14:10 UTC ( #393204=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Trying to re-write some VB-OLE into PERL-OLE
in thread Trying to re-write some VB-OLE into PERL-OLE

Well it is not from a VB script it is a sample I have received from the writers of the application and they have no design code of the application so I have been doing trial and error. The reason why I don't use VB is because I am not so familiar with VB and because I swear by the HASH tables of Perl and the easy to read language (sometimes :-)). If I ran your sample however I will get an error, not an ARRAY reference and if I try to modify it to contain the Perl Object links it will say undefined subroutine &Library::FindPart called. Well my Perl is that from a non-professional but however so far I have been able to do everything I want in Perl, besides from those crazy OLE objects which give me headachs.

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Re^3: Trying to re-write some VB-OLE into PERL-OLE
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Sep 23, 2004 at 14:19 UTC
    *sigh* That's my point. Those "crazy OLE objects", as you call them, are actually an extremely sophisticated framework within which to write applications. Replicating them in Perl is actually quite difficult and extremely time-consuming. And, it sounds like you want them replicated.

    You're not going to want to hear this, but if you are bound and determined to pursue this, you are going to spend a lot of time doing one of the following items:

    • Learning the ins and outs of Perl to a professional level.
    • Reverse-engineering a design document from the existing code, then writing a Perl application from scratch.
    • Learning the ins and outs of VB to a sufficient level.
    • Finding the necessary funds to pay a Perl and/or VB developer to do it for you.
    Those are your only sane options. Period.

    The first three options are going to take you at least 3 months each, and possibly longer. Frankly, I strongly suggest you take the time to learn VB. I mean it. It will be easier to do and stand you in better stead. Plus, VB does have hashes - you just have to know how to do them.

    The fourth option is completely dependent on your budget. There are plenty of developers who would be delighted to take on this kind of project, myself included. You are going to pay at least US$50/hr for this person, if not close to twice that. But, it will be done in less than a month.

    *shrugs* It's up to you, but it doesn't sound as if your current skills are up to the task you have set for yourself. I'm really sorry to be the one to tell you that, but I'm just being honest.

    We are the carpenters and bricklayers of the Information Age.

    Then there are Damian modules.... *sigh* ... that's not about being less-lazy -- that's about being on some really good drugs -- you know, there is no spoon. - flyingmoose

    I shouldn't have to say this, but any code, unless otherwise stated, is untested

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