to all of you PHP experts,
Can I do this? I know, at least I think, that almost any language available can loop through files on a windows system, and extract data out of them via I/O. In PHP, I have really only made use of the FOPEN() function and a few others like it. I like this language, but I have never written a desktop app in PHP to do any task. Would I be correct in assuming that almost all languages can stream data in and out of any given file type? I don’t really know all of the issues involved with this and/or why it can/can’t be done. I have a customer that has 1000 DBX files which contains massive amounts of email data inside single folders, which is the result of a technician transferring Outlook Express email data from one disk to another by simply dragging and dropping icons. He didn’t care about the details.
These DBXs can be converted to EMLs with a 3rd party tool I’ve already given him, but each DBX has to be run separately and each time it’s run the result is like 100 EML files that are output from the 1 DBX. Thus, if I can pull the data I want out of the DBX files it would be much easier and would take no time at all simply by running a script.
Anyone have any thoughts on the best language to use for this, or if it can be even be done?