Web server on the phone?

Dave O'Connor doc at skynet.ie
Wed Jul 16 19:50:31 CEST 2008

XUL requires a gecko based browser and last I heard, wasn't very 
efficient. Given that the freerunner browser is going to be based on 
webkit, this isn't ideal :)

On Wed, 16 Jul 2008, Hans L wrote:

> I think the idea of designing interfaces with existing web
> technologies is not such a bad idea. But I would not automatically
> make the assumption that a web server must be involved to do so.  You
> might be interested in trying to develop in a XUL interface(
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XUL ), which is supposed to leverage
> javascript, css and DOM which you are probably familiar with.
> Honestly, I know very little about XUL, except that it sounds like it
> might be a convenient way for web developers to move towards GUI
> programming.  Also, I'm not sure if this is currently buildable to run
> on openmoko, but it's something to look into.
> Hans
> On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 2:35 AM, Dirk Bergstrom <openmoko at otisbean.com> wrote:
>> Basically all of my experience writing UIs is on the web.  I'd like to
>> run a webserver on the phone, so I can write dirt-simple UIs that way,
>> rather than getting tied up in GTK/e/Qt.
>> I see that there's a busybox server:
>> http://buildhost.openmoko.org/daily-feed/armv4t/busybox-httpd_1.11.0-r2_armv4t.ipk
>> One might also consider thttpd:
>> http://www.acme.com/software/thttpd/
>> Or shttpd:
>> http://shttpd.sourceforge.net/
>> I suspect any of them would be OK for serving static files.  However, I
>> wonder if CGI would be feasible.  I'm guessing that spawning a shell
>> script wouldn't be too hard, but I suspect that spinning up a whole
>> python process might be a bit much for the little arm CPU.  Anyone have
>> any thoughts on that?
>> Since I'm quite familiar with Django (http://www.djangoproject.com), I
>> thought I might just run the Django development server, which has a
>> toy-ish httpd server built in.  That way I'd already have python
>> running, so I'd avoid all the fork/exec/load-libraries overhead.
>> Not really sure where I'm going with this, just throwing out ideas to
>> see if anyone says yea or nay.
>> --
>> Dirk
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