[iRail] SMS fight

Pieter Colpaert pieter.colpaert at gmail.com
Wed Jun 15 20:15:55 UTC 2011

Hi guys,

As I've mentioned we've had something written in ruby already, here's
the code: https://github.com/dimitrivdp/railtweet - I did not have the
time yet to go through the code, but if you know some ruby and got a
little time, feel free to give your opinion! (really, this can be very
helpful ;))

Response on Tim's mail (yes, both of them):

On Wed, 2011-06-15 at 13:46 +0200, Tim Esselens wrote:
> > True, I was just thinking about a quick hack, hadn't sized that thought to a
> > full blown project yet :-)
> I've been thinking about this as well, but more from a messaging point
> of view (I have an openamq background).
> queries:
> > arrival from brussel in oostende
> < [14:40] past: 14:00+10 future: 15:00+5, 16:00, 17:00
> > departs from brussel to oostende
> ...
> subscriptions:
> > notify delay from Luik to Gent on weekdays between 6am and 8am
> < [7:14] Current train Luik - Bxl has lost its connection to Gent,
> next train to Gent on track 4 in 45mins
> < [7:40] Connection to Gent on track 4 has been redirected to track 6
> with +5mins delay
> This is somewhat like an oldschool IRC bot (which might be an output
> channel as well)
> thoughts?

To be honnest, I've had to google openamq, but damn, this looks
interesting! This is a completely different approach I believe than the
current ruby code.

We also have the stationbattle perl-code by Tim Besard (and the back-end
by Tim Esselens I believe) which can quickly be altered into an

@Tim Besard: I don't believe that fixing your own sms-gateway will be
sufficient, nor scalable ;) I think we'd better talk to mobile
vikings :)


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