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Need to pass parameters to a ActiveX EXE from HTML/PHP

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I've created an ActiveX EXE application with a UserDocument (.VBD file) in Visual Basic 6. The whole system is accessed and viewed within Internet Explorer. I need to find a way to pass parameters to this application when it is launched.

Is it possible to add parameters to the URL, e.g. http://myurl.com/myvbd.vbd?arg1=val1&arg2=val2 ? if so, how do I access them from in the VB code?

Any way to get variables from the PHP system that is responsible for redirecting the user to the VBD document would sort this out! I dont really want to resort to writing the variables out to a web accessible file, and then fetching (and parsing) it within VB!
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MaxPol earned 1350 total points
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I don't have VB6 and don't know vdb extensions, but here some try.

Why not creating an OCX? It could be easily diplayed in the Web form and you could set (via vbscipt) any properties it expose.

If you can't, could you access session variables? (Session("VarA") = "something").
If yes, you could set this variables with a small VB script before the handling of your ActiveX.

Have you tried the Command$ variable? (just in case you didn't).

Could you interact with the Iexplorer application and retrieve the address bar (that containg the parameters) and parse them?

I just give you idea, don't know if they might be usefull to you as I cannot try them on my own.

When I did an OCX to be used on the Web, it was a normal OCX that exposed the paramters required. So I could easily managed them by vbscript.

Max

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by:toasta
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Max, thanks for your reply.

I did initially try using an OCX. Problem was that I need the application to run in a separate thread and to open a Modeless Form (which it turns out you cant do unless you are using a .exe).

I guess an alternative to what i'm doing at the moment (using a .VBD document) could be to have an ActiveX Control in the .exe. Trubble is I dont know how to subsequently embed that control into my webpage (or even if thats possible!). Once that is done I could pass parameters in using "<PARAM etc...>". If anyone knows how to solve that problem then the points are yours!

ben
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I 've not create any UserDoc before but should you be about to use Request object
ie obj = Request.QueryString("arg2")
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add ms active server pages object library references


Dim a As ASPTypeLibrary.Request

 obj = a.QueryString("arg2")
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EDDYKT, I cant get that Request object idea to work. I dont think that it can be used for VBD files. Nice idea tho!

I'm going to give Max the points since he gave me the idea of using VBScript. I've somewhat re-engineered my project but its much nicer now :- )
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