[Melbourne-pm] Run Perl Script from HTML
gberner at intraspect.com.au
Thu Sep 24 05:19:11 PDT 2009
A number of responses already - Thanks!
I should perhaps provide a few more details. I need to provide a very
simple graphing application. A number of clients will be receiving a
CSV file on a weekly basis and need to be able to graph and trend a
number of the fields against a date field which is also included in
- Cannot assume that the receivers will have MS office (or else they
could possibly use Excel or Access)
- There will be no Webserver available
- Needs to work on Windows, Linux, Mac
- cannot assume any particular web browser
Anthony Fisher suggested - 'There's no general way to do this (AFAIK),
but if you're targetting only IE on Windows you could use ActiveX.'
- I don't want to restrict to IE.
Michael Potter suggested -' Have a Perl script constantly running in
the background and updating the graph as a PNG on disk or whatever.
might be a solution, but I need to pass parameters to the perl script.
Scott Penrose suggested - 'You have to have some form of code on the
server to enable you to run Perl.
E.g. you can embed perl, similar to PHP into an HTML page if you
enable something like Mason, Template, or other server side code.
You could also consider executing script with SSI (Service Side
Include) if that can be enabled via Apache.
Or of course you can just enable a CGI, and embed it using one of many
methods, one of which could even be an iframe.
Otherwise I can see no way in HTML to embed something.
Now, because you mentioned Workstations, there may be an alternative,
e.g. XUL - I don't think you can do it directly with HTML on a
browser, but maybe with XUL in Firefox.
Another way, depending on the technology, like where you get the data,
can work directly in browsers.'
I was hoping for a way to provide a HTML interface and a Perl script,
packaged up to fulfill all the requirements, but it looks like it wont
be that simple. I think it might be a job for Tk, which I was trying
Thanks very much for your help.
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