How to display console output in an ASP.NET textbox?

Posted on 2007-12-05
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Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I have an ASP.NET (C#) webform that collects some data and passes it to a windows console program.  I'd like to be able to keep the console window from popping up and display it's output in a window on my webform.  Is this possible?  At the very least, I'd like to get the output to display in the web page.  Thank you!
Question by:jvalescu
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by:Abu Hamdan
ID: 20412413
Since your application is web, you cant call EXE on the client pc. its prevented fot security reasons. But there is a way by using hta files: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms536496.aspx

Its web based but when browsed by client you can do all things that is done by desktop app. like registry modifying, call exe ..etc

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ID: 20412771
The console app is on the webserver, not the client pc.  I've tested with a simple console app that displays "Hello World!" and using  Response.Write(p.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd());, pops the console window for a second then displays "Hello World!" in the top left corner of my browser window.  I'd like that to go to a text box on my page.  Another acceptable solution would be to open another browser window for the output.  Any ideas?
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cmhunty earned 2000 total points
ID: 20412937
I assume p is a process?

So if p.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd()  returns the string, why can't you just set the textbox value to this?
textbox1.Text = p.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd();

Would it not be worth pulling out the required functions from the console app into a separate library which can be called from both the console app and the website app?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31412877
I've been looking at this too hard.  Didn't even think about setting the textbox to the output.  Duh!

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