can notebooks be activated on a web server?
- To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
- Subject: [mg13116] can notebooks be activated on a web server?
- From: "Ionel Simionescu" <ionel at psy.uva.nl>
- Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 03:44:19 -0400
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Hi, I'm evaluating Mathematica, sorry for any redundancy in Q's. Question 1: Let us have written a Notebook, test.nb. One can then post it on a web server as HTML or as is (provided that the user will pay the time to download MathReader). However, given the advent of scripting languages, and the progress in server technology I think it wouldn't be extremely difficult for a server to post MATHEMATICA-enabled DHTML documents, where the kernel specific "action" is done server side and the front-end part is taken over by the client via scripting. Suppose Wolfram Inc. offers such a service by a (cluster of) servers; these will revolutionarize the publishing tech in the sense that will (fully) expose the power of a notebook to the Internet (audience), and still preserves the proprietary code and the engine protected on the server side. Q1: any project already going for this idea? Question 2: Another interesting idea is about the COM technology (Windows 32 - specific, sorry). Right now, M' is an OLE container, but it does not seem able of interacting with the contained objects in the way possible in a DHTML document (that is by scripting). Embedding an ActiveX control in a Notebook and being able to really interact with it would definitely make a difference, thus allowing free extension for the front-end as well as MathLink allows extension for the kernel. Q2: is such functionality available or to be expected with newer versions/ packages? Thanks, ionel