History of the Visual Batch File
When the computer age started, we all know that the basic language that was used was C, back in 1978. Then C++ was invented in 1985, and this changed things dramatically for capabilities within the computers controls. These were not easy to use for everyone to use and giving simple commands to the computer was an arduous task. Help from specifically trained computer operators was often required. Then it all exploded when the GUI (graphical user interface), came on board with Windows. Now everyone could use a computer because of that. But there was still a question in everyone’s mind how the computer works. In those days it still ran on commands and program languages. But now it was complex. Now the commands were given in packages, i.e., in batches. A file which is in the form of a script and is a simple text file which contains complex, yet numerous commands for the computer to understand is known as the batch file. Whenever you see a file on your computer which has the extension of “.bat", “.cmd” or “.btm" it’s basically a batch file. As an example, a batch file can be used to give commands for backing up your files, processing cache files, deleting a file, doing various calculations, or other jobs which usually require the user to issue numerous commands to the computer.
The batch files been known to exist as early as DOS. Because computer systems had moved forward from the C based languages and needed complex commands. So the batch files were also made using a graphical user interface. They worked at the back-end of the Windows Operating System, since the system was mad on DOS. A command was used to start Windows and utilized a batch file as far back as 1985. The system has been used ever since and still is in use in the latest Windows Operating Systems with the “.cmd” file extension! When the Windows NT operating system was introduced, it used the new file extension “.cmd” instead of the old “.bat” file extension. This was mainly due to development in technology and the introduction of the 32 bit operating system. The “.cmd” files operate in a somewhat different fashion than the previous versions, but are also capable of executing commands through the previously form of file extensions.
Now the question is: What else the Visual Batch File can do?
This is something which has been made on a simple notepad on your computer and you can actually locate and use this file command whenever you need. Previously the notepad was used to make a batch file. But nowadays you can use GUI designer tools as well. Although you still need to know syntax, tabs, and other forms of commands that are written in a computer programming language.
The Visual Batch File is a tool used by programmers to make the routine tasks simple and effective. Any command can be included in a batch file, so long as you know what to write. Seasoned programmers will tell you it is easy. But it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. If you are a novice and are not used to repeating tasks, or doing things by trial and error, this will be not for you in the literal sense. If you are a trainee, the biggest advantage you have is that if you have indeed started writing a batch file, and have left it incomplete, it will not work at all. So the rest of your computer is safe from any form of harm.
Download Visual Batch file from Source Forge: http://visualbatch.sourceforge.net/