# The COM class

(PHP 4 >= 4.1.0, PHP 5, PHP 7)

## Description

The COM class allows you to instantiate an OLE compatible COM object and call its methods and access its properties.

$obj = new COM("Application.ID") ## Methods COM::__construct ( string$module_name [, mixed $server_name [, int$codepage [, string $typelib ]]] ) COM class constructor. The parameters have the following meanings: module_name Can be a ProgID, Class ID or Moniker that names the component to load. A ProgID is typically the application or DLL name, followed by a period, followed by the object name. e.g: Word.Application. A Class ID is the UUID that uniquely identifies a given class. A Moniker is a special form of naming, similar in concept to a URL scheme, that identifies a resource and specifies how it should be loaded. As an example, you could load up Word and get an object representing a word document by specifying the full path to the word document as the module name, or you can use LDAP: as a moniker to use the ADSI interface to LDAP. server_name The name of the DCOM server on which the component should be loaded and run. If NULL, the object is run using the default for the application. The default is typically to run it on the local machine, although the administrator might have configured the application to launch on a different machine. If you specify a non-NULL value for server, PHP will refuse to load the object unless the configuration option is set to TRUE. If server_name is an array, it should contain the following elements (case sensitive!). Note that they are all optional (although you need to specify both Username and Password together); if you omit the Server setting, the default server will be used (as mentioned above), and the instantiation of the object will not be affected by the directive. DCOM server name server_name key type description Server string The name of the server. Username string The username to connect as. Password string The password for Username. Flags integer One or more of the following constants, logically OR'd together: CLSCTX_INPROC_SERVER, CLSCTX_INPROC_HANDLER, CLSCTX_LOCAL_SERVER, CLSCTX_REMOTE_SERVER, CLSCTX_SERVER and CLSCTX_ALL. The default value if not specified here is CLSCTX_SERVER if you also omit Server, or CLSCTX_REMOTE_SERVER if you do specify a server. You should consult the Microsoft documentation for CoCreateInstance for more information on the meaning of these constants; you will typically never have to use them. codepage Specifies the codepage that is used to convert strings to unicode-strings and vice versa. The conversion is applied whenever a PHP string is passed as a parameter or returned from a method of this COM object. The code page is sticky, which means that it will propagate to objects and variants returned from the object. Possible values are CP_ACP (use system default ANSI code page - the default if this parameter is omitted), CP_MACCP, CP_OEMCP, CP_SYMBOL, CP_THREAD_ACP (use codepage/locale set for the current executing thread), CP_UTF7 and CP_UTF8. You may also use the number for a given codepage; consult the Microsoft documentation for more details on codepages and their numeric values. ## Overloaded Methods The returned object is an overloaded object, which means that PHP does not see any fixed methods as it does with regular classes; instead, any property or method accesses are passed through to COM. PHP will automatically detect methods that accept parameters by reference, and will automatically convert regular PHP variables to a form that can be passed by reference. This means that you can call the method very naturally; you needn't go to any extra effort in your code. ## COM examples Example #1 COM example (1) <?php // starting word$word = new COM("word.application") or die("Unable to instantiate Word");
echo
"Loaded Word, version {$word->Version}\n"; //bring it to front$word->Visible 1;

//open an empty document
$word->Documents->Add(); //do some weird stuff$word->Selection->TypeText("This is a test...");
$word->Documents[1]->SaveAs("Useless test.doc"); //closing word$word->Quit();

//free the object
$word null; ?> Example #2 COM example (2) <?php$conn
$conn->Open("Provider=SQLOLEDB; Data Source=localhost; Initial Catalog=database; User ID=user; Password=password" );$rs $conn->Execute("SELECT * FROM sometable"); // Recordset$num_columns $rs->Fields->Count(); echo$num_columns "\n";

for (
$i=0$i $num_columns$i++) {

$fld[$i] = $rs->Fields($i);
}

$rowcount 0; while (!$rs->EOF) {
for (
$i=0$i $num_columns$i++) {
echo
$fld[$i]->value "\t";
}
echo
"\n";

$rowcount++; // increments rowcount$rs->MoveNext();
}

$rs->Close();$conn->Close();

$rs null;$conn null;

?>

### User Contributed Notes 45 notes

rogier
6 years ago
Took me a while to figure this out by trial and error:

If your frustrated when getting a com-exception like "Error [0x80004002] ..." (with a message nagging you about an unsupported interface), and you're calling a class method through COM that expects a char as an argument, you should NOT call the method with a single-character string.

The correct way of calling a method like this is to use a VARIANT with a type of VT_UI1.

COM enabled method definition:

public bool DoSomething(char arg);

<?php

$com = new COM('Some.Class.Name'); // This will fail$var = 'a';
$com->DoSomething($var);

// This works correctly
$var = new VARIANT(ord('a'), VT_UI1);$com->DoSomething($var); ?> I hope this helps some people tsintra at humansoft dot pt 9 years ago After one week of trying to understand what was wrong with my PHP communication with MS Word, i finally got it working... It seems that if you're running IIS, the COM object are invoked with restricted privileges. If you're having permission problems like not being able to opening or saving a document and you're getting errors like: - This command is not available because no document is open or - Command failed try this (if you're running IIS): - Execute "dcomcnfg" - Open Component Services > Computers > My Computer > DCOM Config - Search for Microsoft Office Word 97-2003 Document (it will be something like this translated to your language, so take a while and search for it) - Right-Click on it and open the properties - Choose "Identity" tab - Normally this is set to "the launching user". You have to change this to "the interactive user" or a admin user of your choice. - Apply these new settings and test your COM application. It should work fine now. I hope I save lots and lots of hours of headaches to some of you :) juan156_elias at gmail dot com 2 years ago This is an example of using .Net using the NetPhp library that is based on the COM/DOTNET classes. You can use any .dll file, wether it is or not COM decorated and any of the .Net framework types out of the box. You can also target any version of the .Net framework. <?php$runtime
= new \NetPhp\Core\NetPhpRuntime('COM', 'netutilities.NetPhpRuntime');

$runtime->RegisterAssemblyFromFile('/binaries/SpreadsheetLight.dll', 'SpreadsheetLight');$runtime->RegisterAssemblyFromFile('/binaries/DocumentFormat.OpenXml.dll', 'DocumentFormat.OpenXml');
$runtime->RegisterAssemblyFromFile('/binaries/AjaxMin.dll', 'AjaxMin'); // Using the FullName of a type that belongs to an assembly that has already been registered.$datetime = $runtime->TypeFromName("System.DateTime"); // Using the FullName of a type that has not been registered yet (from a file)$minifier = $runtime->TypeFromFile("Microsoft.Ajax.Utilities.Minifier", APPLICATION_ROOT . '/binaries/AjaxMin.dll'); // Using the FullName of a type that has not been registered yet (autodiscoverable)$datetime2 = $runtime->TypeFromAssembly("System.DateTime", "mscorlib, ....");$datetime->Instantiate();
echo
$datetime->ToShortDateString()->Val(); // Outputs 01/01/0001 // We can only use Int32 from native PHP, so parse // an Int64 that is equivalent to (long) in the DateTime constructor.$ticks = $runtime->TypeFromName("System.Int64")->Parse('98566569856565656');$datetime->Instantiate($ticks); echo$datetime->ToShortDateString()->Val(); // Outputs 07/05/0313

// We can only use Int32 from native PHP, so parse
// an Int64 that is equivalent to (long) in the DateTime constructor.
$ticks =$runtime->TypeFromName("System.Int64")->Parse('98566569856565656');

// Dump a .Net System.Timers.Timer object!
$data =$timer->GetPhpFromJson();

var_dump($data); // Outputs: // object(stdClass)[38] // public 'AutoReset' => boolean true // public 'Enabled' => boolean false // public 'Interval' => int 100 // public 'Site' => null // public 'SynchronizingObject' => null // public 'Container' => null // Check if today is monday$IsMonday = $runtime->TypeFromName("System.DateTime")->Now->DayOfWeek-> Equals($runtime->TypeFromName("System.DayOfWeek")->Enum('Monday'));

?>
Eion Robb
4 years ago
All the examples here show
<?php $var = new COM('Whatever.Something') or die(); ?> however the 'or die()' bit is redundant as a fatal 'com_exception' exception will be thrown, killing your script. If you want to handle the 'or' condition you need to catch the exception, eg <?php try {$var = new COM('Whatever.Something');
} catch (
com_exception $e) { //couldn't load, do something else like register exec('regsvr32 /s whatever.dll'); } ?> z3n at overflow dot biz 8 years ago On a query reply using ADODB.Connection object, all my$rs->Fields['field_name']->Value returned variable Object when inserted into a array, like this:

<?php
for ($rl[$v]=array(),_qm($_query);!$res->EOF;$res->MoveNext()) {$rl[$v][]=$res->Fields['x']->Value;
}
?>

I figured out that converting the value into a INT fixed the issue:

<?php $rl[$v][]=intval($res->Fields['x']->Value); ?> mbirth at webwriters dot de 10 years ago Using the DynamicWrapper from http://freenet-homepage.de/gborn/WSHBazaar/WSHDynaCall.htm and after registering it via "regsvr32 dynwrap.dll", you can easily set output colors to make colorful CLI scripts even on Windows. <?php$dw
= new COM('DynamicWrapper');  // needs dynwrap.dll (regsvr32 dynwrap.dll)

// register needed features
$dw->Register('kernel32.dll', 'GetStdHandle', 'i=h', 'f=s', 'r=l');$dw->Register('kernel32.dll', 'SetConsoleTextAttribute', 'i=hl', 'f=s', 'r=t');
$dw->Register('kernel32.dll', 'SetConsoleTitle', 'i=s', 'f=s', 'r=l'); // get console handle$ch = self::$dw->GetStdHandle(-11); // -11 = STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE ?> After these initialization steps, you can set the console output color using: <?php$dw
->SetConsoleTextAttribute($ch, 14); echo 'This is yellow text!';$dw->SetConsoleTextAttribute($ch, 7); echo 'Back to normal gray!'; ?> Using SetConsoleTitle you can even set the title displayed in the console window. Color values are 0..7 for dark colors and 8..15 for light colors. Sequence is (black/silver, blue, green, cyan, red, magenta, yellow/brown, white/gray). I also found that if you add 16384 to the value, it should be inverse. 32768 added should get underlined text. But these latter two didn't work for me. paul at completewebservices dot com dot au 12 years ago It seems that PHP does not support setting of properties with arguments. This is how I got around the problem: // Object with method I want to set$auth = new COM("AUTHXOCX.AuthXOCXCtrl.1");

// ScriptControl
$oScript = new COM("MSScriptControl.ScriptControl");$oScript->Language = "VBScript";
$oScript->AllowUI = TRUE; // Add out object to the control$oScript->AddObject('auth', $auth, true); // Create a VBScript function that allow me to set them$oScript->AddCode(
'Function fixAccess(accessname)
auth.AuthDataReferrerEnabled(accessname) = 1
auth.AuthDataAuthentiXDBEnabled(accessname) = 0
End Function');

// Execute function
$oScript->Run("fixAccess",$dir);
7 years ago
This script reports all Windows drives, drive type, status (if not available), free space and total drive size:

<?php

$fso = new COM('Scripting.FileSystemObject');$D = $fso->Drives;$type = array("Unknown","Removable","Fixed","Network","CD-ROM","RAM Disk");
foreach(
$D as$d ){

$dO =$fso->GetDrive($d);$s = "";
if(
$dO->DriveType == 3){$n = $dO->Sharename; }else if($dO->IsReady){

$n =$dO->VolumeName;

$s = file_size($dO->FreeSpace) . " free of: " . file_size($dO->TotalSize); }else{$n = "[Drive not ready]";
}
echo
"Drive " . $dO->DriveLetter . ": - " .$type[$dO->DriveType] . " - " .$n . " - " . $s . "<br>"; } function file_size($size)
{

$filesizename = array(" Bytes", " KB", " MB", " GB", " TB", " PB", " EB", " ZB", " YB"); return$size ? round($size/pow(1024, ($i = floor(log($size, 1024)))), 2) .$filesizename[$i] : '0 Bytes'; } ?> There are a number of other properties of the drive object which can be called this way - see: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ts2t8ybh%28VS.85%29.aspx casanoteva at yahoo dot com 9 years ago Hi, just wanna share to everyone after tried and tested many many times to create report in PDF format from Crystal Report. Finally I can do it without any error. Here is my system; PHP 5.1.6, MSSQL2005 and Crystal Report Server XI RL2 <?php //- Variables - for your RPT and PDF echo "Print Report Test";$my_report = "D:\\Folder1\\SubFolder1\\Report.rpt"; //
rpt source file
$my_pdf = "D:\\Folder1\\SubFolder1\\Report.pdf"; // RPT export to pdf file //-Create new COM object-depends on your Crystal Report version$ObjectFactory= new COM("CrystalReports115.ObjectFactory.1") or die ("Error on load"); // call COM port
$crapp =$ObjectFactory-> CreateObject("CrystalDesignRunTime.Application"); // create an instance for Crystal
$creport =$crapp->OpenReport($my_report, 1); // call rpt report // to refresh data before //- Set database logon info - must have$creport->Database->Tables(1)->SetLogOnInfo("servername", "DBname", "user", "password");

//- field prompt or else report will hang - to get through
$creport->EnableParameterPrompting = 0; //- DiscardSavedData - to refresh then read records$creport->DiscardSavedData;
$creport->ReadRecords(); //export to PDF process$creport->ExportOptions->DiskFileName=$my_pdf; //export to pdf$creport->ExportOptions->PDFExportAllPages=true;
$creport->ExportOptions->DestinationType=1; // export to file$creport->ExportOptions->FormatType=31; // PDF type
$creport->Export(false); //------ Release the variables ------$creport = null;
$crapp = null;$ObjectFactory = null;

//------ Embed the report in the webpage ------
print "<embed src=\"D:\\Folder1\\SubFolder1\\Report.pdf\" width=\"100%\" height=\"100%\">"

?>

That's all for me, anyway in Crystal Report I have to check DisCardSavedData, Save data with report and AutoSave (1 min) in Option Tab and also in Report Options I have to check save dat with report, too.

Hope this should be help to anybody

Casanoteva
volker at kybs dot de
12 years ago
To use the windows speech system install the "Speech SDK 5.1 for Windows® applications" from the Microsoft homepage (free download).
Then you can do Text2Speech like this:

$voice = new COM("SAPI.SpVoice");$voice->Speak("Hello, lets have a conversation");
djogopatrao at gmail dot com
12 years ago
My previous notes about Crystal Reports have vanished away, but anyway I was up to correct them.

The code above connects to COM (beware of the version number! search on the Registry Editor for the correct name to put in $COM_Object), opens a report from a file ($my_report), reload records from database and then exports it to a PDF file ($my_pdf). * IMPORTANT * this code, when invoked from the browser (I'm using Apache) AND with a report that connects to a ODBC database, does not work (the problem is specificly the line ReadRecords(), but may arise without it too when data is not saved into the report file). But when you run this code by PHP-CLI (that is, by the command line), it works ok! I bug-reported this, but have no answer till now ( give it a vote, if you thing it's important: http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=36959 ). Also, exceptions may arise, so put it on a try_catch block. -------------------------- // by dfcp '06 (djogopatrao@gmail.com)$COM_Object = "CrystalReports11.ObjectFactory.1";
$my_report = "C:\\report.rpt";$my_pdf = "C:\\report.pdf";

$ObjectFactory= New COM($COM_Object);
$crapp =$ObjectFactory->CreateObject("CrystalDesignRunTime.Application");
$creport =$crapp->OpenReport($my_report, 1);$creport->ReadRecords(); // attention!

$creport->ExportOptions->DiskFileName=$my_pdf;
$creport->ExportOptions->PDFExportAllPages=true;$creport->ExportOptions->DestinationType=1; // Export to File
$creport->ExportOptions->FormatType=31; // Type: PDF$creport->Export(false);
sodeh at dana dot ir
13 years ago
for connection to sql server and know the utf-8 code
use this method to connect the database

$db = new COM("ADODB.Connection",NULL, 65001 ); IceNV 1 year ago Under PHP7(.x) 64-bit, there is a documentation error (on the MSDN side, already reported) causing problems if you try to manipulate the registry (StdRegProv) through COM. Indeed, MSDN reports that the registry hive/root must be reported as a uint32, which means that, in PHP 64-bit, one would create a new Variant($root,VT_UI4).

This would throw a type mismatch error.
It seems internally and contrary to what MSDN says (as of now, 2016-12-13), the root parameter must actually be passed as an int32.

So you have to :
1. convert your root number to a negative int to avoid out-of-bounds exceptions when creating the variant below (basically the integer being >= 2^31, you have to wrap it around the 32-bit signed integer maximum yourself) ;
2. create a new Variant($root,VT_I4) ; 3. pass that Variant to your COM API call. This did not happen before PHP 7.0 as it always used VT_I4 internally before (see https://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=73605), but now it respects (and is right to do so) the real integer length, so without an explicit conversion, PHP7 would now output a VT_I8 on x64, versus VT_I4 for PHP5. dpchiesa at hotmail dot com 9 years ago Here's a way to create an AES-Encrypted ZIP file in PHP, using DotNetZip via the COM class. <?php try {$fname = "zip-generated-from-php-" . date('Y-m-d-His') . ".zip";

$zipOutput = "c:\\temp\\" .$fname;

$zip = new COM("Ionic.Zip.ZipFile");$zip->Name = $zipOutput;$dirToZip= "c:\\temp\\psh";

#$dirToZip= "c:\\dinoch\\webs\\php";$zip->Encryption = 3;

$zip->Password = "AES-Encryption-Is-Secure";$zip->AddDirectory($dirToZip);$zip->Save();

$zip->Dispose(); if ( file_exists($zipOutput))
{

header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=' . $fname); header('Content-Length: ' . filesize($zipOutput));

readfile($zipOutput); unlink($zipOutput);
}
else
{
echo
'<html>';
echo
echo
'  <title>Calling DotNetZip from PHP through COM</title>';
echo
echo
echo
'<body>';
echo
'<h2>Whoops!</h2>' . "<br/>\n";
echo
'<p>The file was not successfully generated.</p>';
echo
'</body>';
echo
'</html>';
}
}
catch (
Exception $e) { echo '<html>'; echo ' <head>'; echo ' <title>Calling DotNetZip from PHP through COM</title>'; echo ' <link rel="stylesheet" href="basic.css"/>'; echo ' </head>'; echo '<body>'; echo '<h2>Whoops!</h2>' . "<br/>\n"; echo '<p>The file was not successfully generated.</p>'; echo '<p>Caught exception: '$e->getMessage(), '</p>', "\n";
echo
'<pre>';
echo
$e->getTraceAsString(), "\n"; echo '</pre>'; echo '</body>'; echo '</html>'; } ?> james dot m dot love at gmail dot com 9 years ago If you're using COM to create a DSN Less connection to an MS Access 2007 database, you'll find through Googling that you need to use an updated version of Jet, so the connection string I've found looks like this: <?php$databaselocation
= "C:\Path\to\db.accdb";
$conn = new COM('ADODB.Connection') or exit('Cannot start ADO.');$conn->Open("Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0; Data Source=$databaselocation") or die('Cannot start with Jet'); ?> However, on my setup (WinVista, Access 2007, PHP526) I found that it always 'dies' with "Cannot start with Jet", even if the connection was successful ($conn->State reads "1").

I figured to just drop the die() command on $conn->Open(). If something catastrophic happens with the ADO connection then it's own error handling engine passes stack traces, etc back to the console/standard output. Therefore, my Open() command looks like this: <?php$conn
->Open("Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0; Data Source=$databaselocation"); ?> mastrboy.servebeer.com 10 years ago quick wmi query example: <?php$obj
= new COM ( 'winmgmts://localhost/root/CIMV2' );

$wmi_computersystem =$obj->ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_ComputerSystem");

$wmi_bios =$obj->ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_BIOS");
foreach (
$wmi_computersystem as$wmi_call )
{

$model =$wmi_call->Model;
}

foreach (
$wmi_bios as$wmi_call )
{

$serial =$wmi_call->SerialNumber;

$bios_version =$wmi_call->SMBIOSBIOSVersion;
}
echo
"Bios version   : $bios_version\n". "Serial number :$serial\n".

"Hardware Model : $model\n"; ?> halfer 11 years ago Thanks to paul at completewebservices who added a note earlier; I have used his code to solve a particularly difficult issue with the Crystal 9 runtime component. For some reason, VBA/VBS can pass a native Date type as a parameter to a Crystal Report requiring a date, but in PHP I've tried all manner of strings, unix timestamps, COM variant dates etc and all of these resulted in a com_exception. My solution was to employ VBScript to borrow the CDate function, which works correctly. Not the most elegant of solutions, but this parameterised approach is to be preferred to search-n-replacing the RecordSelectionFormula string. Of course if anyone here has an even better approach, do post it here - I am sure it would be of use. <?php //$rptParam is a report parameter object having a type of date
$oScript = new COM("MSScriptControl.ScriptControl");$oScript->Language = "VBScript";
$oScript->AllowUI = false;$oScript->AddObject('rptParam', $rptParam, true);$oScript->AddCode('Function SetDateParameter(strDate)
End Function'
);
$oScript->Run("SetDateParameter", "25 April 2006"); ?> hwcshirley at gmail dot com 12 years ago Reply to: djogopatrao at gmail dot com I have change little bit your code. Its work.$COM_Object = "CrystalDesignRunTime.Application";
$my_report = "C:\\appserv\\www\\mc\\test.rpt";$my_pdf = "C:\\appserv\www\\mc\\test.pdf";

$crapp= New COM($COM_Object) or die("Unable to Create Object");
$creport =$crapp->OpenReport($my_report, 1);$creport->ReadRecords(); // attention!

$creport->ExportOptions->DiskFileName=$my_pdf;
$creport->ExportOptions->PDFExportAllPages=true;$creport->ExportOptions->DestinationType=1; // Export to File
$creport->ExportOptions->FormatType=31; // Type: PDF$creport->Export(false);
djogopatrao at gmail dot com
12 years ago
I found somewhere (http://www.recrystallize.com/merchant/supportfaq/supportfaq0003.htm) a list relating each version of Crystal Reports to its respective progID - it may help some fellows out there.

7          Crystal.CRPE.Application

8.0        CrystalRuntime.Application or CrystalRuntime.Application.8

8.5        CrystalRuntime.Application or CrystalRuntime.Application.8.5

9 (RDC)    CrystalRuntime.Application.9
9 (RAS)    CrystalReports.ObjectFactory.2
10 (RDC)   CrystalRuntime.Application.11
10 (CEE)   CrystalReports10.ObjectFactory.1

XI (RDC)   CrystalRuntime.Application.11
XI (RAS)   CrystalReports11.ObjectFactory.1
12 years ago
If your PHP is configured as ISAPI module then the COM object you create in ur php page will use the same memory space as the web server. If your COM object takes too much memory then this may force some COM error as PHP does not handle the memory usage of COM itself. And also Web server doesnt know what do to free COM memory. But if you use PHP as CGI then PHP itself handle the memory usage of COM. Once in a script where i used COM and PHP as ISAPI module i got unknown COM error.But when i used PHP as CGI there was no error. So those who want to use COM object in your application please be careful about it.
deletethis@bjoern(at)syltonline(doot)de
12 years ago
If you can get the old "TaskScheduler.dll" and register it, it is quite simple to handle and start Windows tasks from PHP.
This is extremely useful when you got things to do which must be run in a different user context. Prepare a task with the user and use PHP & Com to build a webinterface for it.

Here is an example how to start a Windows task:

function start_task ($taskname) {$SchedObj = new COM("Scheduler.SchedulingAgent.1");
foreach ($SchedObj->Tasks as$task) {
if (strtolower( (string) $task) == strtolower($taskname.".job" )) {
$task->Run(); } } } I'm also working on a class to handle infos, adding and removing of tasks via PHP. If you are interested drop me a line. csaba at alum dot mit dot edu 13 years ago Getting IE to the foreground If you are using a command line (CLI) version of PHP on a Win32 platform (e.g. XP Pro, SP2), you might want to have output directed to IE (perhaps you'll want to work with the output there) when Popup does not suffice (see my earlier post, below). It's easy enough to get an instance of IE using$ie = new COM("InternetExplorer.Application");.  The problem is, you don't necessarily see it in the foreground (especially if you already have one open) and who wants to waste keystrokes getting to it?  The code below has been working for me (If you want to do other adjustments (e.g. $ie->Document->ParentWindow->resizeTo(800,500); or$ie->Document->Body->bgColor = "yellow";), doing them before the $ie->Visible = true; line will avoid screen distractions): <?php function newIEtoForeground($title, $evtPrefix="") { // brings new instance of IE to foreground with title$title

if (!$extPrefix)$ie = new COM("InternetExplorer.Application");
else
$ie = new COM("InternetExplorer.Application",$evtPrefix);

$ie->Navigate2("about:blank");$oWSH = new COM("WScript.Shell");
while (
$ie->ReadyState!=4) usleep(10000);$ie->Document->Title = ($tmpTitle = mt_rand()); //unique title$ie->Visible = true;
while (!
$oWSH->AppActivate("$tmpTitle - M")) usleep(10000);

$ie->Document->Title =$title;

$ie->Document->ParentWindow->opener="me"// allows self.close() return$ie;
}
?>

Csaba Gabor from Vienna
csaba at alum dot mit dot edu
13 years ago
Basic Windows IO
If you are using a command line (CLI) version of PHP on a Win32 platform, you might like to have a simple graphical interface to get input and output.  The following gives an illustration for both.

<?php

// first we get some input

$oScript = new COM("MSScriptControl.ScriptControl");$oScript->Language = "VBScript";

$title = "I/O Demo: Input half";$initial = "Change this value";

$prompt = "Please enter a value";$code = <<<EOF
Function getInput()
inVal = InputBox("
$prompt", "$title", "$initial") getInput = inVal 'how return values are assigned in VB End Function EOF;$oScript->AddCode($code);$input = $oScript->Eval("getInput()"); if ( gettype($input)=="NULL") $input = "Input box was cancelled"; // now we show some output$oWSH = new COM("WScript.Shell");

$title = "I/O Demo: Output half";$timeout = 2;        // 0 for no timeout

$style = 0 + 48; // buttons to show + alert symbol$oWSH->Popup($input,$timeout, $title,$style);
?>

This is example is overblown for illustrative purposes.  The whole input part collapses if the amount of code used is a single statement.  So, this would have sufficed:
$code = "InputBox(\"$prompt\", \"$title\", \"$initial\")";
$input =$oScript->Eval($code); This technique exposes quite a bit of scripting power tied into the Windows operating system and VBScript. However, you should have a really specific reason for using it since VBScript tends to be dog slow when compared to PHP in my tests. Simple IO like this is good, however, and the popup size can be quite large. Furthermore, this could be a viable route to go for accessing WinAPI's. http://www.ss64.com/wsh/popup.html shows some documentation for$oWSH->Popup

Csaba Gabor from Vienna
phpguy _from_ toshpro _dot_ com
13 years ago
if you ever need to connect to an access database (on the server, using the IIS or APACHE user account), here is code below that can help to ease the process.  It is written like this because we have a MySQL as well as an Access database and need to be able to switch back and forth.  The runQuery function will return a 2 dimensional array and can use column names or numbers for the index of the internal arrays.  External arrays are always integer-indexed.  We also have found issues with Access staying open and growing from 7MB to 2.5GB within two hours, so we open and close it each time we run a query.  If it is not a select query it will return TRUE.  if it fails with errors, it will return false.

There is a showErr flag that we mostly only use for MySQL, since you can output MySQL errors without PHP errors.  Access doesn't appear to be that friendly.

<?php

function runQuery(&$conn,$strSQL,

$associative=true,$debug=false,

$showSQL=false,$showErr=false) {
return
runMSQuery($conn,$strSQL,$associative,$debug,$showSQL,$showErr);

//return runMyQuery($conn,$strSQL,$associative,$debug,$showSQL,$showErr);
}

function
openMSDB($dbfile="c:/path/and/filename.mdb") { if (!@$conn = new COM("ADODB.Connection"))
exit(
"Unable to create an ADODB connection<br>");

$strConn = "DRIVER={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)}; DBQ=".$dbfile;
@
$conn->open($strConn);
if(
$conn->State == 0) return false; return$conn;
}

function
closeMSDB(&$conn) { @$conn->Close();

$conn = null; return true; } function runMSQuery(&$conn,

$strSQL,$associative=true,

$debug=false,$showSQL=false,

$showErr=false) { if(! is_object($conn)) if(!$conn=openMSDB()) return false; if($showSQL || $debug ) echo$strSQL."\n<br>\n";

$rtn = false; if($debug) $rs =$conn->execute($strSQL); else$rs = @$conn->execute($strSQL);

if(!
$rs) { if($showErr) echo "Error running SQL.<br>\n";

closeMSDB($conn); return false; } if ($rs->State == 0) {

closeMSDB($conn); return true; } else {$rows=0;
while(!
$rs->EOF) { for($i=0;$i<$rs->Fields->count;$i++) {$rsf = $rs->Fields($i);
if(
$associative)$rtn[$rows][$rsf->Name] = $rsf->value; else$rtn[$rows][$i] = $rsf->value; }$rows++;

$rs->MoveNext(); } if($rs->State != 0) $rs->Close();$rs = null;
}
if(
$debug) var_dump($rtn);

closeMSDB($conn); return$rtn;
}
?>
jon at jonroig dot com
14 years ago
Here's a simple example of printing formatted templates with MS Word.

To begin with, I've already built my invoice in Word and saved it as an RTF file.
In this case, I'm using "sampleInvoice.php"

Fields that will be replaced have been marked as ||CUSTOMER ID|| and so on.

<?php
$dataText = ""; // open the file if(!($fp= fopen ("C:\wordTest\sampleInvoice.rtf", "r"))) die ("Can't open");
$dataText = fread($fp, 2000000);
fclose ($fp); // replace the template fields$dataText = str_replace ("||CUSTOMER ID||",$customerIDValue,$dataText);

// save the file as an rtf
$timeStamp = time();$saveFile = "C:/wordTemp/".$timeStamp."-invoice-".$customerIDValue.".rtf";
if(!(
$fq= fopen ($saveFile, "w+"))) die ("Can't open");
fwrite ($fq,$dataText);
fclose ($fq); // initialize the word components$word = new COM("word.application") or die("Unable to instantiate Word");

print
"Loaded word version ($word->Version)\n";$word->visible = true;
$word->Documents->Add(); // open the file$word->Documents->Open("$saveFile"); // output the file to the default printer$word->ActiveDocument->PrintOut(1);

// shutdown word
$word->Quit(); ?> admin at CdnDomainRegistry dot ca 14 years ago Here's an example/comparison of VBScript vs PHP's COM component to connect to an IIS Webserver. The examples backup the IIS MetaBase (your server's website(s) configuration) in IIS. VBScript: Dim obj, iFlags Set obj = GetObject("IIS://LocalHost") ' Backup to next available version number. ' Set flags to save the metabase first and ' force the backup even if save fails. iFlags = (MD_BACKUP_SAVE_FIRST or MD_BACKUP_FORCE_BACKUP) obj.Backup "MyBackups", MD_BACKUP_NEXT_VERSION, iFlags ' Note: The above was copied from Microbucks. ' This is how you would have to do it. ' i.e. use the actual constant's value. iFlags = (2 or 4) obj.Backup "MyBackups", &HFFFFFFFF, iFlags PHP: <?php$obj
= new COM("IIS://LocalHost")or die("Unable to instantiate IIS");

$err = com_invoke ($obj, "Backup", "MyBackups", "&HFFFFFFFF", 2|4 );

$obj = null; print "err=".$err; // returns 0 on success

?>

Glen
rickardsjoquist at hotmail dot com
15 years ago
If you want to use a DSN-less connection to a database (access for example) and return the results of a query as a multidimensional array with the fieldnames as identifier try this. Hope it helps someone :-)
--------------------------------------------------------

<?php
function db($sql) {$c = new COM("ADODB.Connection");

$c->open('DRIVER={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)}; DBQ=' . realpath("relative_path/db.mdb"));$r = $c->execute($sql);

$i = 0;$num_fields = $r->fields->count(); while (!$r->EOF)
{
for(
$j = 0;$j<$num_fields;$j++) {

$key =$r->Fields($j);$r_items[$i][$key->name] = $key->value; }$i++;

$r->MoveNext(); }$r->close();

$c->close();$r = null;

$c = null; return$r_items;
}
?>

--------------------------------------------------------
use it like this:
--------------------------------------------------------
<?php
$results = db("SELECT field_a, field_b FROM table"); foreach($result as $i =>$item) {
echo
$item['field_a']; echo$item['field_b'];
}
?>
--------------------------------------------------------
You can also use: print_r($result); if you want the structure of the array to be printed. info at sharedprojects dot nl 15 years ago <?php // An other way to connect // this connect to a ODBC-datasourced added in the // ODBC Data Source Administrator under System DSN$odbcname = "northwind";
$conn->Open("DSN=$odbcname");
?>
eguan1ao_at_yahoo_dot_com
15 years ago
An example of connecting to a Microsoft Access database, executing an SQL query, and displaying the results in HTML.

<?php

$db = 'C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Office\\Office\\Samples\\Northwind.mdb';$conn = new COM('ADODB.Connection');

// Two ways to connect. Choose one.
$conn->Open("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0; Data Source=$db");
//$conn->Open("DRIVER={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)}; DBQ=$db");

$sql = 'SELECT ProductName, QuantityPerUnit, UnitPrice FROM Products ORDER BY ProductName' ;$rs = $conn->Execute($sql);

?>

<table>
<tr>
<th>Product Name</th>
<th>Quantity Per Unit</th>
<th>Unit Price</th>
</tr>
<?php while (!$rs->EOF): ?> <tr> <td><?=$rs->Fields['ProductName']->Value ?></td>
<td><?= $rs->Fields['QuantityPerUnit']->Value ?></td> <td><?=$rs->Fields['UnitPrice']->Value ?></td>
</tr>
<?php $rs->MoveNext() ?> <?php endwhile ?> </table> <?php$rs
->Close();
$conn->Close(); ?> yinon at xacct dot com 16 years ago In order to get the Word exaple running, do the following on the server side. Worked for me... 1. Click START-->RUN and enter "dcomcnfg" 2. In the "Applications" tab, go down to "Microsoft Word Document" 3. Click PROPERTIES button 4. Go to the "Security" Tab 5. Click "Use custom access permissions", and then click EDIT 6. Click ADD and then click SHOW USERS 7. Highlight the IIS anonymous user account (usually IUSR_<machinename>), click ADD 8. Go back to the "Security" tab by hitting OK 9. Click "Use custom launch permissions", and the click EDIT 10. Click ADD and then click SHOW USERS 11. Highlight the IIS anonymous user account (usually IUSR_<machinename>), click ADD 12. Hit OK, and then hit APPLY. Also, you should look at the "Identity" tab in the Microsoft Word Document PROPERTIES and see that it is set to "Interactive User" ALSO, log into the machine AS the IUSR_<machinename> account, start word, and make sure to click through the dialog boxes that Word shows the first time it is run for a certain user. In other words, make sure Word opens cleanly for the IUSR_ user. More useful information could be found here: http://www.email-screen.com/support-doc2txt.html mstaiger at informatik dot uni-siegen dot de 16 years ago The example above (MS Word) is quiet unsatisfying, as I find. Especially since I couldn't find anybody who actually got it running, including myself. You might therefore give this Powerpoint-example a chance: ---------------------------------- #Instantiate a PowerPoint object.$ppoint = new COM("PowerPoint.application") or die("Unable to instantiate PowerPoint");

<?php
#Create a new presentation
$ppoint->Presentations->Add() or die ("Could not create presentation"); //Add a slide$slide=$ppoint->Presentations[1]->Slides->Add(1,1); //Get the name of this slide$slidename = $slide->Name(); echo "<br>slidename :$slidename";

//Change the name of this new slide
$slide->Name = "New Slidename";$slidename = $slide->Name(); echo "<br>NEW slidename :$slidename";

//Save the presentation
$ppoint->Presentations[1]->SaveAs("c:/InetPub/www/test.ppt");$ppoint->Presentations[1]->Close();

//closing powerpoint
$ppoint->Quit(); //free the object$ppoint->Release();
$ppoint = null; ----------------------- ?> the config is : w2k-server/office2k/iis5/php 4.1.1 isapi If you happen to run into a working word2k-example, please let me know. Marc -2 drich at nea-online dot net 14 years ago Changing Fields (Not FORMFIELDS) In MS Word.... Searched most of the afternoon for this, as it is something needed here for our projects. Maybe this can help someone else as well. <?php$input
= "x:\\path\\to\\test.doc";
$word = @new COM("word.application") or die("Unable to instantiate Word"); print "Loaded Word, version {$word->Version}\n<br>";
$word->Visible = 1; print "Set Word To Visible<br>";$word->Documents->Open($input); print "Opened$input<br>";
$word->Activate; print "Activated Word<br>"; print "Editing Fields<br>";$Field = $word->ActiveDocument->Fields(1);$fieldData = $Field->Result;$fieldData->Text = "Testing";

// Print the document.
$word->Printout(); // closing word$word->Quit();

// free the object
$word->Release();$word = null;

?>
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johnno1985 at gmail dot com
9 years ago
I couldn't find an example anywhere on what I was trying to do.  After taking bits from everyone I ended up with something that worked.

Im using Crystal Reports 10, MS SQL Server 2005, Apache2, and PHP5.

My report uses an SQL Store Procedure and passes some parameter to get the report data, so our PHP must set the database logon info and pass the parameters.

Below is the solution I came up with:

<?php

//------  Variables ------
$my_report = "C:\\Apache2\htdocs\\test\\MyReport.rpt"//This must be the full path to the file$my_pdf = "C:\\Apache2\htdocs\\test\\MyReport.pdf";

//------ Create a new COM Object of Crytal Reports 10 ------
$ObjectFactory= new COM("CrystalReports10.ObjectFactory.1"); //------ Create a instance of library Application -------$crapp = $ObjectFactory->CreateObject("CrystalDesignRunTime.Application.10"); //------ Open your rpt file ------$creport = $crapp->OpenReport($my_report, 1);

//------ Set database logon info ------
$creport->Database->Tables(1)->SetLogOnInfo("MYSERVER", "Database", "user", "password"); //------ Suppress the Parameter field prompt or else report will hang ------$creport->EnableParameterPrompting = 0;

$creport->DiscardSavedData;$creport->ReadRecords();

//------ Pass formula fields --------
$creport->FormulaFields->Item(1)->Text = ("'My Report Title'");$creport->ParameterFields(1)->AddCurrentValue ("FirstParameter");
$creport->ParameterFields(2)->AddCurrentValue (2000); //------ Export to PDF -------$creport->ExportOptions->DiskFileName=$my_pdf;$creport->ExportOptions->FormatType=31;
$creport->ExportOptions->DestinationType=1;$creport->Export(false);

//------ Release the variables ------
$creport = null;$crapp = null;
$ObjectFactory = null; //------ Embed the report in the webpage ------ print "<embed src=\"MyReport.pdf\" width=\"100%\" height=\"100%\">" ?> Obviously there's plenty of room for refinement in there, but it works and should get you going on the right track. I also found that during testing, the script was hanging before supressing the parameter prompt. Once this had happened, some exports that had been working earlier stopped completely and wouldn't work again untill I restarted Apache. This might be something worth doing if you keep having issues after a script has hung. -1 rupams2002 at yahoo dot com 8 years ago If you make a DLL in VB6 and want to access from PHP, here is the example. Only connection method is defined. You need to create rest.... How to use in PHP DLL refers ProjectName . ClassName$Obj = new COM ('ProjectName.ClassName');
$dw->MsSql_Connect('MachineName', 'DB_NAme'); If you want to connect Database through DLL then Open project in VB6 Class Module : And add this code and compile and make DLL. Public Function MsSql_Connect(ByVal DBMachineID As String, ByVal DBName As String) As Boolean Dim LocalCn As New ADODB.Connection Dim conStr As String, DB_UserID As String, DB_Password As String On Error GoTo ErrorHandler DB_UserID = "DBUserName" DB_Password = "DBPassword" Set LocalCn = New ADODB.Connection LocalCn.CursorLocation = adUseClient conStr = "Provider=SQLOLEDB.1;Password=" & DB_Password & ";Persist Security Info=True;User ID=" & DB_UserID & ";Initial Catalog=" & DBName & ";Data Source=" & DBMachineID & ";" LocalCn.Open conStr DBConnection = conStr MsSql_Connect = True Set LocalCn = Nothing ErrorHandler: If Err.Number <> 0 Then MsSql_Connect = False Set LocalCn = Nothing Err.Raise vbObjectError + 513, App.EXEName, Err.Description End If End Function "DBConnection" is a variable you need to Set + Get property in VB6 to keep the connection string alive in DLL. Remember : Err.Raise vbObjectError + 513, App.EXEName, Err.Description will raise error in PHP, user can see error in browser and stop execution php code. If you need any help email me. Mohammed Ziaul Hasan [Rupam] rupams2002@yahoo.com Senior Developer Canada -1 amenthes at NOSPAM dot gmail dot com 10 years ago If you ever want to save an Excel(.xls) file into the Office Excel 2003 XML format, just use$excel->Workbooks[1]->SaveAs('new_file_name.xml', 46);

That's the number you need, 46.
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pavanphp at sparsh dot net
9 years ago
This is the code for entering Values in MS word through Php Program.

First : You need to make word file with including Boolmark
(Ms word 2003 , Insert -> Bookmark ->Bookmark Name -> add).
Example
This is something like input as a text box.  Here I given 5 fields.
Name , TODAYDATE , Company ,project , Features

Here I opened a word file, and put data into Bookmark fields using PHP.

Just note : it works in c:/ only. (not sure why), C:/program files may take longer time. (waiting for ...)

<?php

('Word.Application');

$word = new COM("word.application") or die("Unable to instantiate Word"); // use like this. Place your's word file in C drive$word->Documents->Open('C:/reminder_new.doc');
echo
$current_date = date("m/d/Y");$tim= date("Y-m-d");

$info_array=array( "Name" => "pavan", "TODAYDATE" => "$tim" ,

"Company"   => "sparsh" ,

"project"   => "Myrepc",

"Features"   => "Auto fill form editor") ;

foreach(
$info_array as$bookmarkname => $re) {$objBookmark = $word->ActiveDocument->Bookmarks($bookmarkname);

$range =$objBookmark->Range;
echo
$range->Text =$re ;

}

$new_file = "c:/reminder_filled.doc";$word->Documents[1]->SaveAs($new_file);$word->ActiveDocument->Close(false);

$word->Quit();$word = null;

?>
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pavanphp Gudipati
9 years ago
Here I Am describing a Program from which you can connect any exe(software) using COM component.
pdf2swf is a software for converting PDf to SWF files.

This is best example for  WScript.Shell

<?php
#code for pdf to swf using pdf2swf software
#this codeworks in windows environment.

## Important Parameters
$software_path ="C:\\SWFTools\\pdf2swf" ;$pdf_path       ="C:\\SWFTools\\abcd.pdf" ;
$argument = "-o";$swf_output     ="C:\\SWFTools\\abcd.swf" ;

#actual code
$cmd ="$software_path $pdf_path$argument $swf_output";$WshShell   = new COM("WScript.Shell");
$oExec =$WshShell->Run("cmd /C $cmd ", 0, true); # 0 for command prompt invisible mode # 3 for visible ?> -1 fernando at digitins dot com dot br 9 years ago When you save a MS Word document with this: <?php$word
->Documents[1]->SaveAs('myfile.doc');
?>

Your file maybe go to this location:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\My documents (and not to your script directory)
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verticka at hotmail dot com
9 years ago
Voila une deuxime fonction pour excel 2007 et le plugin pdf

<?php
function xls2pdf($doc,$pdf)
{

$empty = new VARIANT(); /* Supression du pdf si il existe */ if(file_exists ($pdf))
@
unlink($pdf); /* DÃ©marrage de Word */$w = new COM("excel.application") or die("Impossible d'instancier l'application Word");

/* Test de Word 2007 */
if($w->Version > 11) { /* Amener Word devant */$w->Visible = 1;

/* Test du fichier */

if(file_exists ($doc))$w->Workbooks->Open($doc); else return false; /* Quelques commandes */$w->Workbooks[1]->ExportAsFixedFormat(0,$pdf); /* Fermeture de word */$w->Workbooks[1]->Close(false);
}
$w->Quit(); /* LibÃ©ration des ressources */$w = null;
unset(
$w); /* Test du fichier */ if(file_exists ($pdf))
return
true;
else
return
false;

}

if(
xls2pdf("c:\\test.xls","c:\\test.pdf"))
echo
"ok";
else
echo
"nok";
?>

Pour les options d'exportation :
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb238907.aspx

http://verticka.blogspot.com/
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jbr at ya-right dot com
12 years ago
Getting * directory * permissions ( attributes ) with COM

PHP (5) example...

<?
$dir = 'e:/www/docs/www/docs/junk/'; define ( 'READ_ONLY', 1 ); define ( 'IS_HIDDEN', 2 ); define ( 'IS_SYSTEM', 4 );$hold = array ();

$obj = new COM ( 'scripting.filesystemobject' ); if ( is_object ($obj ) )
{
$all =$obj->getfolder ( $dir ); foreach ($all->subfolders AS $directory ) { if ( substr ($directory->name, - 3 ) != 'cnf' )
{
$hold[$dir . $directory->name . '/'] = array ( 'read_only' => ( ($directory->Attributes & READ_ONLY ) <> 0 ? 1 : 0 ), 'is_hidden' => ( ( $directory->Attributes & IS_HIDDEN ) <> 0 ? 1 : 0 ), 'is_system' => ( ($directory->Attributes & IS_SYSTEM ) <> 0 ? 1 : 0 ) );
}
}

$obj = null; } else { echo 'sorry can not crate object: file_system_object'; } print_r ($hold );
?>

To do the same thing for * files * with in the directory named in $dir, change above ( foreach() ) to what is below... foreach ($all->files AS $file ) {$hold[$file->name] = array ( 'read_only' => ( ($file->Attributes & READ_ONLY ) <> 0 ? 1 : 0 ), 'is_hidden' => ( ( $file->Attributes & IS_HIDDEN ) <> 0 ? 1 : 0 ), 'is_system' => ( ($file->Attributes & IS_SYSTEM ) <> 0 ? 1 : 0 ) );
}

pretty much anything you could think of doing in windows can be done using PHP and COM...

John
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Anonymous
14 years ago
Example on how to read a registry value:

<?php
$shell = &new COM('WScript.Shell'); var_dump($shell->regRead('HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Environment\TEMP'));
?>

(outputs string(39) "%USERPROFILE%\Lokale Einstellungen\Temp" on my system)
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Franky at boucheros dot com
16 years ago
use another Provider like this:

<?php
$conn = new COM("ADODB.Connection") or die( "Cannot start ADO");$conn->Open("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0; Data Source=./thefile.mdb;");
$rs =$conn->Execute("SELECT * FROM thetable");
?>
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flintjt at hotmail dot com
14 years ago
I have searched for ways to open and read an excel document and I found some information which I thought that I would document.  Information on the object model to help with programming COM objects can be found in your MS Office help files, search for VBA*.chm.
Also, here is a script that I used to pull a cell from each worksheet, complete w/ variable for pathnames & worksheets.  This script also closes excel completely.  The coding might be dirty, but it gets the job done.
--------copy from here-----------
<pre>
<?PHP
$filename = "c:/spreadhseet/test.xls";$sheet1 = 1;
$sheet2 = "sheet2";$excel_app = new COM("Excel.application") or Die ("Did not connect");
print
"Application name: {$excel_app->Application->value}\n" ; print "Loaded version: {$excel_app->Application->version}\n";
$Workbook =$excel_app->Workbooks->Open("$filename") or Die("Did not open$filename $Workbook");$Worksheet = $Workbook->Worksheets($sheet1);
$Worksheet->activate;$excel_cell = $Worksheet->Range("C4");$excel_cell->activate;
$excel_result =$excel_cell->value;
print
"$excel_result\n";$Worksheet = $Workbook->Worksheets($sheet2);
$Worksheet->activate;$excel_cell = $Worksheet->Range("C4");$excel_cell->activate;
$excel_result =$excel_cell->value;
print
"$excel_result\n"; #To close all instances of excel:$Workbook->Close;
unset(
$Worksheet); unset($Workbook);
$excel_app->Workbooks->Close();$excel_app->Quit();
unset(
$excel_app); ?> </pre> ---------------------------------- -4 Mihael Peternelj; Slovenia 14 years ago If you wnat to connect to Access MDB Library you can use this small "progy". It works so, that if someone other accesses the library, it waits for so long to access it again because (as i know) MDB librarys can be accessed only once at the same time. <?php function mdb($sql, $array = 0,$base = "Base.mdb", $timelimit = 5) {$r_items = array();

$c = new COM("ADODB.Connection");$r = false;

$time = time();$process = $i = 0; while($r == false && $process <=$timelimit)
{

$deb =$c->open('DRIVER={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)}; Dbq='. realpath($base) .';');$r = $c->execute($sql);

$process = time() -$time;
}
if(
$process >=$timelimit) exit("mdbSQL Query Timeout!");
if(
strtolower(substr($sql, 0, 6)) == "insert" or strtolower(substr($sql, 0, 6)) == "update" or strtolower(substr($sql, 0, 6)) == "delete") return true;$num_fields = $r->fields->count(); while (!$r->EOF)
{
for(
$j = 0;$j < $num_fields;$j++)
{

$key =$r->Fields($j); if($array == 0) $r_items[$i][$key->name] =$key->value;
else
$r_items[$i][$j] =$key->value;
}

$i++;$r->MoveNext();
}

$r->close();$c->close();

$r = null;$c = null;
return
\$r_items;
}
?>

I got the source from the Manual, what i did is that i made it more compatible and user frendly. :)

I hope it could some day help someone so as it did me...

Greetings from Slovenia!

Mihael Peternelj
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kmason at avaya dot com
15 years ago
It should be noted that to run anything that needs to interact with the UI (the word example), one needs to ensure that the process that the Web server is running under can access the UI.  For Apache, this is an option in the Services control panel.