Double dummy analysis? Have you seen ACBLmerge?
Roger Bohl (Sr.) has written on 7/1/2012 10:57 AM:
> Thanks for your prompt reply. I am off to a bridge tournament again,
> today, but have downloaded the Stunnel 4.53 files already.
> I am writing a FreeBasic program (under Windows) to analyze play of hands
> at bridge tournaments, embodied in a .pbn (Portable Bridge Notation file of
> results). The program (about 80% complete) generates a page for each
> bridge board (hand) played by a participant. I wanted the capability to
> e-mail, automatically, the pages for a participant at a tournament
> (typically 27) to the participant.
> The FreeBasic forum suggested using Blat to generate the e-mail, but the
> Blat forum said I would need something like Stunnel to connect to gmail or
> by at&t DSL?(yahoo?) server.
> I'm a modestly competent programmer, but not down at the machine level. So
> much of the posted help on both programs is a little over my head, but I
> want to learn and understand what is needed to configure these lower level
> programs, not generally, but just enough to get my application to select
> and send the set of jpeg pages located in \suzie\6-30-12\ to, e.g.,
> Suzie <at> gmail.com.
> If I could prevail on you to guide me through this process, I would be very
> appreciative. But first, let me try installing and configuring from the
> tools already at my disposal.
> In return, I'll create and post what I will have learned on the two
> websites, so that others at my current level can have some hand-holding
> instructions, that now seem to be missing.
> Thanks again.
> Roger Bohl
> On Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM, Chip <chip.programmer <at> att.net> wrote:
>> > The Blat material I've read is most helpful. I think I understand enough
>> > to try the sample batch file (The one with Tim's line comments is most
>> > helpful.) But without comments, it's sometimes hard for a newbie to tell
>> > what phrases are to be used literally, and which, like "MY.DATA," are to
>> > be replaced with content particularized to the user's situation.
>> > Specifically, I'm not sure what to put in the -server field, where the
>> > example shows "your.email.server.tld" however. The info with Outlook's
>> > install instruction suggests that "smpt.gmail.com" might work for me,
>> as I
>> > am a gmail subscriber, but is this correct. If so, do I have to first
>> > on to gmail to use blat? (If not, will Google allow just anybody to send
>> > messages out through Google's facilities?)
>> > I suspect Newbies come in all varieties. I'm a pretty competent
>> > programmer from the old days, but have virtually no experience fiddling
>> > with Windows' registry, nor with machine-level communications protocols.
>> The SMTP server to use will either be your local machine or your Internet
>> Service Provider's (ISP's) outgoing mail server. To my knowledge, Google
>> does not yet have local service to the general public (providing the last
>> mile), which means that your local ISP should have email service.
>> Unfortunately, some ISPs are contracting out their services to others such
>> as Google, which in turn means that customers are having to connect to
>> designated SMTP server via an encrypted session (a.k.a. SSL or TLS). Blat
>> does not directly support SSL/TLS, instead I have often suggested folks
>> a third party program called Stunnel, from stunnel.org, to provide
>> That's exactly what I do here at home, in order to connect to Gmail and
>> AT&T. Cable One provides my local service, but they have chosen to
>> with Google to provide email, requiring an encrypted session to Google to
>> send or receive email.
>> There are a number of example stunnel.conf files (needed by Stunnel) to
>> provide the necessary service. An example configuration file would have
>> something this:
>> [Gmail smtp]
>> accept = 25
>> connect = smtp.gmail.com:465
>> To use stunnel with Blat, you would set your SMTP server to 127.0.0.1. You
>> would also want to have Stunnel start automatically when Windows starts,
>> a service or in your Start Up folder.
>> The stunnel.org site (http://www.stunnel.org/) has documentation on how
>> configure and use stunnel, although it seems to be aimed at *nix users.
>> current download for Windows is
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