[development] ASP Integration with Drupal?

Ron Dorman rwd at simplydigtech.net
Thu Aug 16 05:09:48 UTC 2007

Bèr Kessels wrote:
> Op woensdag 15 augustus 2007, schreef Ron Dorman:
>> A client wants to move an existing site to Drupal.
>> The catch is that the existing site has two pages that are ASP. The ASP
>> pages connect to a 3rd party hosted backoffice package and database.
>> The clients current site is on a dedicated leased Win / IIS / Plesk
>> Control Panel server. The Plesk package provides php 5.2 and MySQL 5 so
>> I do not believe we will have any issues installing and running Drupal
>> on the server.
> Here is how I "integrated" a python system, and a Ruby 'app':
> One approach: fopen()
>  * put the asp pages on a localhost, or none-web-accessible place, then do a 
> fopen(), optionally cache the result in the Drupal DB and print the result. 
> Simple. Hackish but works in less then 10 minutes. 
> Second approach: exec()
>  * find out if asp has options to run over a CLI. php can do it, ruby, python 
> and all the others too, so I gues (well, something tells me not to be to 
> sure...) asp has something for this. FRom within php you exec() a local 
> application, being the asp pages, optionally cache the result in the Drupal 
> DB and print the result.
> Less hackish and probably requires some changes to the ASP code.
>> Does anyone know of any development, module, etc. that would allow us to
>> integrate the ASP data into Drupal?
>> Any other gotchas I should be looking for?
Bèr, I like the way you think and operate. These solutions can be plugged into a user defined, php enabled, block and things work, maybe a few tweaks. Did you implement in some other way?

Get it functional quick. Then, if needed, you have time to do something different.

Thank you,
Ron D.

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