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I want to make a Desktop WhoIS search for my clients. I have made a CF Template which searches for the reqested domain name in the WhoIS Registery and gives the output in the browser.

Now what I want is to make a small software, which should call the said CF Template from the site and display the output in a windows. The prob. is I donno VB or any other language except CF but I have some friends who knows VB but they donno web technologies. Can anybody send me guidelines to achieve this target?

Regards,
Rajesh
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by:meverest
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i am not sure why you want to write a VB app that effectively does the same thing as you can already do with a browser via your CF script...?

could you clarify this please?
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by:rkchopra
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Well, I want to give a desktop interface to my clients to check and register their domain name from the desktop itself. They don't have to go anywhere. That is why I need this kind of app.

Send me your comments about this.

Rajesh
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bdemarzo earned 100 total points
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One way to do this is to first read in the WHOIS query result using the CFHTTP tag, then using CFSCRIPT to search for the information you need (i.e. you'd be searching through the HTML page that the CFHTTP tag returns). Once you find the info you want (i.e. the domain registration info), display your results (based on this info). It's not as complicated as it sounds - but you'd need to know how to use string manipulation and searching techniques using CFSCRIPT (which is similar to JavaScript).

Since the NSI WhoIs pages are quite busy, you might want to try parsing the results from http://inti.devnull.net/webutils/whois.html - it also does a WHOIS query, but the results page is much easier to follow (and thus parse).

Or, go to Allaire's Tag Gallery (http://www.allaire.com/developer/gallery/Search.cfm) and do a search for WHOIS - there's a handful of tags that already do all of the above!
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by:rkchopra
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Thanks very much.
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