I'm hashing out an idea for one of my assignments for college. Students have access to Virtual Dedicated Servers which are Linux based. My idea is this...I want to create a Flash-based banner maker. I know, I know. There's a buttload of that crap out there already. I'm approaching this as a learning experience so that's my justification.
I am creating a web-based application to gather assets and set positions etc. A actionscript file is then generated. I want to run a command-line Flash compiler to create the .swf but am unsure how to run executables on a VDS, it's sort of outside the scope of the class but i'd like to achieve this anyways. I read somewhere that there's a program called 'wine' that would enable me to do this. That's great. Also, how would I actually tell the program to run using PHP? Is this even possible? If not, how would I 'trigger' this executable in a procedural way?
I have a design background but am new to programming so the limits on what's possible is still new to me, any help would be much appreciated.