Building an AIM buddy list from your database employee table with VBScript

The code below can be used against Oracle, SQL Server, or MySQL database table to automatically create an AIM buddy list. The SQL statement should select out a “group_name” field (ideas: a department name such as “Accounting” or “Purchasing”, an office location such as “Taipei” or “New York”, etc.) and an “aim_name” field. The “group_name” will be used as AIM groups, while “aim_name” are the users’ actual registered AIM names. The output file is a flat text file in a format that can be imported into AIM.

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' AIM Buddy List Builder                                        '
'                                                               '
' Description: Builds an AIM buddy list from your database      '
'      employee table.                                          '
' Author: C. Peter Chen                                         '
' Version Tracker:                                              '
'       1.0   20081021   Base version                           '
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option explicit
dim dbType, dbHost, dbName, dbUser, dbPass, outputFile, sqlstr

'''''''''''''''''
' Configuration '
'''''''''''''''''
dbType = "oracle"                ' Valid values: "oracle", "sqlserver", "mysql"
dbHost = "hostName"              ' Hostname of the database server
dbName = "dbName"                ' Name of the database/SID
dbUser = "user"                  ' Name of the user
dbPass = "password"              ' Password of the above-named user
outputFile = "c:buddylist.blt"  ' Path and file name of the output CSV file

' SQL statement below; be sure to select out "group_name" and "aim_name" in your SQL statement.
sqlStr = "select department_name as group_name, aim_name from employees_table where aim_name is not null order by department_name, aim_name"
'''''''''''''''''''''
' End Configuration '
'''''''''''''''''''''

dim fso, conn

'Create filesystem object 
set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

'Database connection info
set Conn = CreateObject("ADODB.connection")
Conn.ConnectionTimeout = 30
Conn.CommandTimeout = 30
if dbType = "oracle" then
	conn.open("Provider=MSDAORA.1;User ID=" & dbUser & ";Password=" & dbPass & ";Data Source=" & dbName & ";Persist Security Info=False")
elseif dbType = "sqlserver" then
	conn.open("Driver={SQL Server};Server=" & dbHost & ";Database=" & dbName & ";Uid=" & dbUser & ";Pwd=" & dbPass & ";")
elseif dbType = "mysql" then
	conn.open("DRIVER={MySQL ODBC 3.51 Driver}; SERVER=" & dbHost & ";PORT=3306;DATABASE=" & dbName & "; UID=" & dbUser & "; PASSWORD=" & dbPass & "; OPTION=3")
end if

dim a, showList, prevGroup

set a = fso.createtextfile(outputFile)
a.writeline ("Config {")
a.writeline (" version 1")
a.writeline ("}")
a.writeline ("User {")
a.writeline (" screenName dummyAimName")
a.writeline ("}")
a.writeline ("Buddy {")
a.writeline (" list {")

set showList = conn.execute(sqlstr)

prevGroup = "placeholder"
do while not showList.eof
	if (showList("group_name") <> prevGroup) then
		if (prevGroup <> "placeholder") then
			a.writeline ("  }")
		end if
		a.writeline ("  """ + showList("group_name") + """ {")
	end if
	a.writeline ("   " + showList("aim_name"))
	prevGroup = showList("group_name")
	showList.movenext
loop
showList.close
set showList = nothing

a.writeline ("  }")

a.writeline (" }")
a.writeline ("}")

' Close
set a = nothing
set fso = nothing
conn.close
set conn = nothing

'You're all done!!  Enjoy the file created.
msgbox("AIM Buddy List Created!")

Interested in obtaining a generic AIM buddy list import file format? Please see below for an illustration with fictional data.

Config {
 version 1
}
User {
 screenName dummyAimName
}
Buddy {
 list {
  "Accounting" {
   MrCFO_fictionalUser
   BobAtAccounting_fictionalUser
   JaneDoe_fictionalUser
  }
  "Purchasing" {
   LewisTheBuyer_fictionalUser
  }
  "Useless Employees" {
   PaulJohnson_fictionalUser
  }
 }
}

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