Saturday, December 29, 2007

Norma43 bank format parser


In Spain, all banks has an unified file format to supply statements of account, this format is known as Norma43. The first version of the format was released May 1982 and it's quite simple to parse. Almost all bank's web supplies Norma43 files with your account info. If you want to process this info, inserted in a database or whatever software treatment, this file can be very helpful. I've implemented a python class that parses this file format and fill in an array with all the registers in the file and its field values.

SSH editing & WinSCP

  1. Do you want to edit files on your remote linux server from your windows desktop using your favorite editor (Crimson Editor may be)?
  2. Have your linux server already an SSH server properly configured?
  3. Is your linux configuration mana low?(WOW addicts will understand this question)
  4. If you have answered YES to all the former questions, this blog entry may be helpful for you.
After several internet searches I found that the free software, WinSCP, the one that I use to copy files from/to linux, currently support this feature for any editor and also works great with Crimson editor, enabling remote editing almost transparently. When you edit a remote file, it opens one temporary file in your local machine and monitors the file status, updating the remote file when any change is detected.