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I need to know how many people are interested in learning how to write a desktop application using PHP? If I get enough interest on this topic, then I will write a simple tutorial on how its done.

We (veedeoo and me) were experimenting on Desktop apps utilizing the Daniweb API. I don't have the screenshot for now, but if there are reasonable number of interested party, I can easly provide some.

Please let me know and thanks for reading. You can either response or click on the up vote..

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Could you elaborate? Are you using something like PHP-GTK? Do you use a browser as a container for the 'app' or is it a windows executable?

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What interested me was writing (I am assuming) PHP code to create a desktop app (again assuming - a win executable).

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@D,

Luckily, I always keep screenshots on my thumb drive and desktop. Here we go Mr. L.D.A

yes it is a win executable or msi. The application is pretty lightweight. We experimented using a CSS framework like bootstrap.

We used the tideSDK with Titanium SDK. Unlike PHP-GTK, we have more success in developing with tideSDK.

below is the screenshot of a bootsrap framework working as front-end

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the screenshot at runtime

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the executed desktop app using the simple Daniweb API codes as shown

$feed = file_get_contents('https://www.daniweb.com/rss/pull/solved');
$articles = new SimpleXMLElement($feed);

foreach ($articles->channel->item as $article) {
echo '<a href="' . $article->link . '">' . $article->title . '</a><br />';
}

the result

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screenshot of the link destination of the app, once clicked. Screenshot showing the application browsing this thread.

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screenshot of the win32 files

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The SDK is pretty easy to work on. In fact, they also have an android SDK and other mobile SDKs.

Example of coding in procedural

<script type="text/php">

    function set_array()
    {

       return (array('php','javascript','ruby','python'));

     }

 </script>

we can pass the output of the PHP function above onto the javascript function

<script>

    function jsFunction() {
        var index;
        var text = "<ul>";

        var codes = (show_array());
        for (index = 0; index < codes.length; index++) {
            text += "<li>" + codes[index] + "</li>";
        }
        text += "</ul>";
        document.getElementById("codes").innerHTML = text;
    }

</script>

we deliver the output to the front-end

<button onclick="jsFunction()">Show Array</button>
<p id="codes"></p>

the desktop application output is shown by the screenshot below.

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We are still experimenting on form processing e.g. youtube search api or anysite search capability. Below is the screenshot of the youtube API version 2 that I have just implemented last month. No cSS styling or anything as shown below.

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Edited by veedeoo: more info added

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correction! :)

this

<script>
    function jsFunction() {
    var index;
    var text = "<ul>";
    var codes = (show_array());
    for (index = 0; index < codes.length; index++) {
    text += "<li>" + codes[index] + "</li>";
    }
    text += "</ul>";
    document.getElementById("codes").innerHTML = text;
    }
</script>

should read

<script>
    function jsFunction() {
    var index;
    var text = "<ul>";
    var codes = (set_array());
    for (index = 0; index < codes.length; index++) {
    text += "<li>" + codes[index] + "</li>";
    }
    text += "</ul>";
    document.getElementById("codes").innerHTML = text;
    }
</script>
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