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Re: Browsers as stand-alone UI

by gjb (Vicar)
on Apr 07, 2004 at 17:53 UTC ( #343356=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Browsers as stand-alone UI

At some point you could use ActiveState Perl as a scripting host under Win2K and have Perl scipts executed by IE. At the time I tried it, it worked and I turned it off since I considered it a bit too powerful. I'd guess it's still possible although I haven't used ActiveState in quite a while.

The alternative is JavaScript ;)

Hope this helps, -gjb-

Update: the security depends on that of Microsoft's Scripting Host and given that company's track record I decided to take no chances.

I just checked ActiveState's website: the thing to look for is PerlScript. I'll give it a try later when I can reboot after installing ActiveState Perl.


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Re: Re: Browsers as stand-alone UI
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Apr 07, 2004 at 18:08 UTC
    ... I considered it a bit too powerful.

    I'm curious - what did you consider it too powerful for? That's an odd sentiment to have, IMHO.

    Also, would this same trick work under WinXP?

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      what did you consider it too powerful for?

      I'd personally consider it a security risk. Safe.pm not withstanding, Perl doesn't have a lot of sandboxing features that are typical of browser-based langauges.

      Also, would this same trick work under WinXP?

      It should.

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        I am wondering how this is different to a script written in some VB derivative via the WSH. Surely that has just as much danger potential?

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