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php and active x control - is there a way i could use a compiled activex control.

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Hi Experts,

thank you for your time looking at my question, your help is invaluable.

My question is this: i have an existing active control file that another company gave us when we installed their software.  Essentially all this active x control does, is send a DDE command across to a specific program that is waiting to receive it.

Is there a way I could write something in PHP to access this activex control, or is it possible in php to just write something to do the same thing.

All i really need to happen, is send a dde command (just a 6 digit number) to a window that is waiting to receive it.

is either of these possible - your help is most appreciated!!!
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I think you may be able to use the PHP COM object which should treat the operation as a file operation.  It is not something I have tried, but there seems to be a possibility in what is described here: http://marcelwijayacc.wordpress.com/tag/php-dde/

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by:Julian Hansen
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Is this ActiveX control to run in the browser or the Server - I am assuming the former in which case it has nothing to do with PHP.

PHP will render the html page that will load the ActiveX control - providing it is in IE it will work.
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Can you show us the control?  If so it should be easy enough to see exactly what it sends and where it sends it.  It may be as simple as having a PHP AJAX-type script to catch the request.
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I have attached the file - but in order to do so, had to zip it and rename it from .exe to .txt

many thanks
PCXCollectInterfaceX--2-.zip
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I ask again are you wanting to invoke this on client or server side?
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Not sure. I suppose the server side code would send a number to the active x control which would then fire it off at the dde prompt waiting to get data.
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thank you for your assistance, much appreciated.
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