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Hello friends,

I want to know if it is possible to develop a browser based application
for the local desktop (running win XP) without the need for a web
server.

This should be something like google desktop search. I should be able
to submit a form to say a php script but without the web server
running. Google desktop search uses the following url (on my pc)
http://127.0.0.1:4664/&s=eHBfrbI3_MvaWmn9J9x2UG-xh6U .

If this is atall possible please tell me the details like where the php
script is to be stored and what url is to be used to access the same.

Regards,
Sagar Arlekar

May 4 '06 #1
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sagar wrote:
Hello friends,

I want to know if it is possible to develop a browser based
application for the local desktop (running win XP) without the need
for a web server.

This should be something like google desktop search. I should be able
to submit a form to say a php script but without the web server
running. Google desktop search uses the following url (on my pc)
http://127.0.0.1:4664/&s=eHBfrbI3_MvaWmn9J9x2UG-xh6U .

If this is atall possible please tell me the details like where the
php script is to be stored and what url is to be used to access the
same.


Google Desktop Search actually runs a small web server on your PC
that's not available to anyone outside the computer. A web server can
also run on any port; the one for Google Desktop Search runs on port
4664.

In short, to make a browser-based application that utilizes PHP, you
will need to run a web server as well. A light-weight web server that's
able to run PHP scripts will do.

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May 4 '06 #2

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Hi Kim,

Thanks a lot for your reply.
Just some more help, do you know any really-really small webserver that
works with PHP.

Sagar

May 4 '06 #3

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sagar wrote:
Hello friends,

I want to know if it is possible to develop a browser based application
for the local desktop (running win XP) without the need for a web
server.


maybe this:
http://wapache.sourceforge.net/
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j

May 4 '06 #4

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Kim André Akerĝ wrote:
sagar wrote:
I want to know if it is possible to develop a browser based
application for the local desktop (running win XP) without the need
for a web server.

This should be something like google desktop search. I should be able
.... Google Desktop Search actually runs a small web server on your PC
that's not available to anyone outside the computer. A web server can
also run on any port; the one for Google Desktop Search runs on port
4664.

In short, to make a browser-based application that utilizes PHP, you
will need to run a web server as well. A light-weight web server that's
able to run PHP scripts will do.


This is not, strictly speaking, true. There are different
architectures for creating browser based applications. For example,
using VBScript it is possible to have a program that monitors whenever
a new instance of IE is invoked, and even whenever any new page is
loaded. And since PHP 5 does COM, client side PHP can do the same
thing, including event driven interaction with a browser page. Because
the script is empowered (trusted), it can interact with the desktop,
too, so that there is no reason for a server. All the same, there is
scant documentation on this - I recommend having a local server as a
better option.

Csaba Gabor from Vienna

May 6 '06 #5

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