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Question:

How can I call an executable program from my ASP page?


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Answer: First of all, we should note that this is not something you should do as a matter of course on a busy site! It is quite expensive to make the round trip from the ASP engine out to a separate process (which is, after all, what an "executable program" is, no matter how it is invoked) and back. More expensive, for example, than making a database query from a remote server (because database connections were designed to be used by many threads at once, unlike the typical executable).

Having said that...

Server Objects, one of the first suppliers of third-party components for ASP, offers a free component, called AspExec, that indeed allows you to call command line type executables from ASP. Check it out here!

ALSO: You can do this with a Microsoft-supplied component, "WScript.WShell". To see an example that invokes "ping" from ASP, check this out.

Added by Scott Mitchell on October 22nd, 2000...
There is an article on 4Guys that demonstrates ASPExec in use: Executing Applications on a Server Through an ASP Page.

Happy Programming!

FAQ posted by Bill Wilkinson at 10/17/2000 2:59:44 PM to the The Nature of Things category. This FAQ has been viewed 51,498 times.

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