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Executing a program from web page on the client's machine

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All,

I need some help. I need to execute a GUI via a web page sent to a
client and pass it 2 arguments. I have been searching the newsgroups
to get a clue on how to do this.

Essentially, I want to do the same thing Adobe does. When I do a
search on Google and get a list of links, some links gives you the
option of viewing content via Adobe. When I click on the link, an
Adobe program on my hard drive is invoked to aid the content transfer
to the web browser for viewing.

This is what I want to do, accept, I want to invoke my program and
pass it 2 arguments. These data will be sent to my server via the GUI
to establish interactive sessions.

Can some one help me please!!! I thought I had this licked. THis is
the last piece I need to bring my service online. HEEEEELP!!!

Thanks,

Kevin P.
Jul 20 '05 #1
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On 5 Mar 2004 20:29:01 -0800, pa************@yahoo.com (Kevin P.) wrote:

[...]
Can some one help me please!!! I thought I had this licked. THis is
the last piece I need to bring my service online. HEEEEELP!!!


So; you stumble on (what you think is) the goal line ;-)

Face it, now and forever...

It is the user of your site that decides what to do with the data that
s/he invites to visit whatever client they may have at hand.

You serve data correct as per specs (correct MIME type will help), the
client makes use of it the way s/he wants from there.

If internet had been designed to work in any other way than a
client-quest/server-provide system from the beginning, it would have
rendered itself totally useless only few months after its invention.
(server push; any one :-)

Rethink your "problem" to find, and accept, an alternative sollution to
it.

--
Rex

Jul 20 '05 #2

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On 5 Mar 2004 20:29:01 -0800, pa************@yahoo.com (Kevin P.)
wrote:

[...]
Essentially, I want to do the same thing Adobe does. When I do a
search on Google and get a list of links, some links gives you the
option of viewing content via Adobe. When I click on the link, an
Adobe program on my hard drive is invoked to aid the content transfer
to the web browser for viewing.

That only happens because your browser is configured to do that with
acrobat files, not because of any magic from the server. For other
people's browsers, it may do something different.
This is what I want to do, accept, I want to invoke my program and
pass it 2 arguments.


You mean, something like:

format c: /q /u

Now you can see why that the web is not designed to work that way.

Nick
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Nick Theodorakis
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nicholas_theodorakis [at] urmc [dot] rochester [dot] edu
Jul 20 '05 #3

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ni**************@hotmail.com (Nick Theodorakis) wrote in message news:<40**************@netnews.worldnet.att.net>.. .
On 5 Mar 2004 20:29:01 -0800, pa************@yahoo.com (Kevin P.)
wrote:

[...]
Essentially, I want to do the same thing Adobe does. When I do a
search on Google and get a list of links, some links gives you the
option of viewing content via Adobe. When I click on the link, an
Adobe program on my hard drive is invoked to aid the content transfer
to the web browser for viewing.


That only happens because your browser is configured to do that with
acrobat files, not because of any magic from the server. For other
people's browsers, it may do something different.
This is what I want to do, accept, I want to invoke my program and
pass it 2 arguments.


You mean, something like:

format c: /q /u

Now you can see why that the web is not designed to work that way.

Nick


I may have left out some details before. A client will visit my web
site and if s/he decides to participate they will download my GUI.
S/he will manage the scheduling, reviewing, and activation of
sessions. When they choose a session the web page activates a program
that was,earlier, downloaded and pass is 2 arguments. Also, the
program will have a certain extension to distiguish it from other
programs.

Since Adobe does something like this, I know this can be done. The
client will know how all of this will occur. It is part of the
service. If this is a configuration issue, can you tell me what needs
to be configured.

Thanks,

Kevin P.
Jul 20 '05 #4

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