Browser front-end, python back-end
peter at engcorp.com
Tue Jan 28 20:35:20 CET 2003
> "Eric Mattes" <ericmattes at yahoo.com> writes:
> > Sorry, I should have been more specific about the intent of this program. I
> > am intending to distribute the program in a form which does not require an
> > internet connection. I wanted a python program to act as a server so that it
> > can receive requests from a browser pointing to localhost.
> > The program is a turn-based game, so it is suitable for web browser
> > implementation. I'm just wondering if its feasable to have the whole app
> > (server and all) in one package.
> Using BaseHTTPServer, we can make an .exe with py2exe. You just run it
> and open your browser to play !
You could also use win32com.client.Dispatch to open IE directly and
navigate to the home page of your application. I suppose you can
also contrive to turn off many features of IE at the same time, for
example preventing navigation outside of your "site", but I have no
idea how to do that. (But I'd appreciate links to tutorials/guides on
> > My worries about using BaseHTTPServer come from the fact that when I run
> > 'serve_forever()', I need to use the task manager to kill the program. Is
> > there some way around that?
> When you don't whant to use Control-C to kill your server, you have to
> code the suicide and call it with a hidden page, eventualy on an other
There are some other options. One is that if you launch the browser
as I mention above, you can probably detect when it is close and use
that as a signal to exit. You could also encode a "keepalive" signal
"tickle" the server (e.g. using xml.load() to avoid disturbing the
current page contents).
This is actually an interesting idea, even for a standalone machine.
I recall someone posting a link to a program that sounded like it
already did all this, several months back. Maybe Eric should search
for that first.
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