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Although I've done a fair amount of web programming, this will be my first dive into PHP waters.  I need to build a basic front end that has a browse feature for files and accepts some other basic input.  The tricky part that I'm not sure about involves sending the input as parameters to a C++ program running in the background.  Are there any tutorials floating around that could walk me through how to do this interface in PHP?  Is there a way to incorporate C++ code directly into PHP to do file parsing on the client-side?  

They're basic questions, but I figure it's better to get pushed in the right direction rather than stumble around in the dark looking for the doorknob.  Thanks for your help.

Jason
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(1) you could probably find file browsing systems in php on sourceforge
(2) "file parsing on the client-side" for c++ code doesn't make sense with the way php runs.  PHP produce web pages that get parsed by the end users browser
(3) you can get PHP to interact with your code in a number of ways:
   (a) you could compile an extension and then your code would run directly in php with the functions you wrote (though i don't know anyone who does this)
   (b) if you're running windows, you can make your DLL a COM object provider
   (c) you can exec the code and then take its output using the function passthru()  (see http://www.php.net/manual/en/ref.exec.php for an overview of php program running functions).


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