I have a box that retrieves data from a weather station as well as a
number of video cameras. I would also like to grab some graphics files
from external FTP sites and execute some gimp comands to generate
animated graphics. There are a number of other data sources that I
would like to access, parse into xml files and upload to my web app.
Also, I have to develop some routines to deal with recovery from
unexpected program termination (we live in an area with unreliable
power). I need to develop routines that figure out what time it is when
they wake up, and execute specific applications at required times.
Are these reasonable applications of ruby? Since I am going to be
learning Ruby anyway for RoR, I thought maybe I could use Ruby for this
kind of task rather than trying to do it all in MS Dos Batch files
(which would require re-learning the intracacies of DOS).