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    setting up a webserver and use ajax/javascript to send logs to the server

    I want to investigate youtube streaming quality using youtube APIs like the following https://developers.google.com/youtube/js_api_reference

    Using these APIs, the values of quality metrics will be taken on by varables. like number of download bytes, playback duration, I want to log these statistics

    since I can't use javascript to create/write log files on the client side, someone suggests that I need to create a webserver with sql database and use jsonp or Cors to make cross domain ajax requests.

    my idea is:

    set up a webserver with sql database
    create a html(html5)page which embed a youtube video and has javascripts/ajax which log statistics and send these statistics to the webserver
    put the html page on the webserver
    use a client browser to access the html page

    most importantly, I hope that the webserver can be on the same machine with the client, so I use localhost to access the page.

    but I'm not familiar with javascript, ajax, jsonp and webserver, but I hope I can achieve my target as fast as possible, can anyone tell me:

    is there anything wrong with my idea? do I need to adjust my steps?
    what webserver, sql database do I need to set up? any article links about this?
    thanks!

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    I'm thinking that you are over complicating things. You could simply use a free web host and use it to test your pages. http://www.6te.net is pretty good for that

    However, the fastest way to set up a web server is with Linux. The terminal makes setting up Apache2, MySql, and PHPMyadmin a 10 minute process.

    I use Debian on my server, and I love it. However I don't run a web server on it.

    What type of box do you plan on running Apache? That might depend on what OS you want to use. Honestly, setting up a web server, and MySql isn't hard. Making and keeping it secure might be a chore for you.


    If you are unaware of what OS you might want to run your web server on I highly suggest Debian.

    http://www.debian.org
    Last edited by stevenmw; 10-20-2012 at 06:27 AM.


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