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Looking for PHP library to develop windows like apps through the web - is there one?

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Hi,

I am looking for some library that will allow developing web-based
applications in PHP. I am looking for something that is as close as possible
to a windows like application as possible.

Say it would implement simple forms and browsers/grids. I have seen some of
them like PRADO, but it is still too much web-like.

Is there anything more windows like?

TIA,

Tom
Jul 17 '05 #1
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If you want to change the appearance of those elements so that they ALWAYS
try to look more like how they appear on Windows, then use CSS to
explicitly change the colors, fonts, sizes, et.al. PHP (generated xHTML)
and CSS work together..

Method:
1. generate pure content using PHP
2. format presentation elements using CSS

You can get controls aligned and spaced properly to more resemble a non-web
application... like this:
http://www.outfront.net/tutorials_02...unkyforms3.htm

Or if you meant you wanted to supply your own controls... like ActiveX
controls embedded in the web pages? Then you probably want Java applets...
but thats a waste of time unless you're trying to get functionality that
CSS won't provide.
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TJ Talluto
torpedo51 at yahoo dot com
Jul 17 '05 #2

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"Tom Szabo" <to*@intersoft.net.au> wrote in message news:41******@dnews.tpgi.com.au...

Hi,

I am looking for some library that will allow developing web-based
applications in PHP. I am looking for something that is as close as possible
to a windows like application as possible.

Say it would implement simple forms and browsers/grids. I have seen some of
them like PRADO, but it is still too much web-like.

Is there anything more windows like?

TIA,

Tom

Web applications are more complex than Windows programming because
the server doesn't maintain state and the presentations are more versatile.
There were some efforts in trying to make Web programming like Windows
programming (e.g. Borland Delphi WebSnap). They didn't prevail so far.
Microsoft ASP.NET is a breakthrough in this direction with its event-driven
and object/control-oriented methodology. If possible you should really take a look.
PRADO is very similar to ASP.NET. It lacks a visual IDE, however.
When you are saying they are still 'web-like', I think you are going too far.


Jul 17 '05 #3

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Bob Apar wrote:
"Tom Szabo" <to*@intersoft.net.au> wrote in message
news:41******@dnews.tpgi.com.au...


Is there anything more windows like?

There were some efforts in trying to make Web programming like Windows
programming (e.g. Borland Delphi WebSnap). They didn't prevail so far.
Microsoft ASP.NET is a breakthrough in this direction with its
event-driven and object/control-oriented methodology.


Intraweb is much better than WebSnap. Doesn't generate very nice HTML but
it's very functional. There are versions for both Delphi (and Kylix under
Linux), ASP.NET, Java (I think) and a couple of others. It's
application-centric as opposed to being page-centric like ASP.NET.
Jul 17 '05 #4

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See http://winbinder.sourceforge.net/

---
Steve

Jul 17 '05 #5

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Tom Szabo wrote:
Hi,

I am looking for some library that will allow developing web-based
applications in PHP. I am looking for something that is as close as possible
to a windows like application as possible.

Say it would implement simple forms and browsers/grids. I have seen some of
them like PRADO, but it is still too much web-like.

Is there anything more windows like?

TIA,

Tom


Has anyone tried to develop PHP + JS + XUL applications??? Yes, it runs
only on Mozilla, but 4.7MB download pays back (XUL is pretty powerfull).
Jul 17 '05 #6

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Tom Szabo wrote:
Hi,

I am looking for some library that will allow developing web-based
applications in PHP. I am looking for something that is as close as possible to a windows like application as possible.

Say it would implement simple forms and browsers/grids. I have seen some of them like PRADO, but it is still too much web-like.


Macromedia Flash MX2004 has a full set of UI components like datagrids, form
elements and so on. They respond to user input like a regular application
would. Use it with amfPHP remoting and you've got a good thing going.

http://amfphp.sf.net

..soma
Jul 17 '05 #7

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Tom Szabo wrote:
Hi,

I am looking for some library that will allow developing web-based
applications in PHP. I am looking for something that is as close as possible
to a windows like application as possible.

Say it would implement simple forms and browsers/grids. I have seen some of
them like PRADO, but it is still too much web-like.

Is there anything more windows like?

TIA,

Tom


Did you already try out this: http://webfx.eae.net/dhtml/xtree/demo.html

Greetings,

Henk verhoeven,
www.phpPeanuts.org.

Jul 17 '05 #8

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