View Full Version : message board for offline usage - what to use?

06-11-2008, 03:34 AM

I'm not particulary experienced in any programming languages but can handle allot with a good manual.. What I want here is a bit strange and I know I could do a better research on the internet before asking but I know that most people here will know immediately what I need...

I would like to set up a simple message board .. something like this guestbook (http://ww2.cs.fsu.edu/~ryanlane/cgi-bin/guestbook.cgi) for usage in the office between colleagues on daily basis. We don't have a server but we do have a shared disk where I intend to put this file so everyone can access it (even offline). I tried to find some simple scripts but non were practical for me since I'm not really working with servers..

It seems that a script in javascript would do the job but would like to get a confirmation before I lose couple of hours/days on it.. The linked guestbook I mention in the beginning looks like something I want .. but I'm no good around pearl and cgi..

Any suggestions will be well appreciated.



06-11-2008, 05:12 AM
For the board at the posted link, the system with the shared disk would still need to have a web server running because perl/cgi operates server-side.

Javascript would allow a client to interact with a simple html file, but it wouldn't allow for any messages to be stored on the shared disk or passed around to any other clients.

Even a plain old shared text file wouldn't work.

For that matter, the requirement of allowing people to access this thing 'offline' eliminates all options except telepathy, and that seems to be in short supply.

My vote would be to scrounge up an old Pentium 3 machine, install a Linux on it, set yourself up a little internal webserver, and run your choice of messaging solution there. Still can't help out the 'offline' people, but nothing else can either.

06-11-2008, 07:19 AM
Thanks for the quick reply :)

Is there a simple way to use the cgi guestbook that I have chosen as my favourite or should I turn to simpler stuff while I have the server up and running?¨

And maybe I wasn't clear enough .. all the computers will at all times have internet access as well as access to a shared folder.. I really thought there was an easier way .. The word text file we're using now to let each other know about stuff is really confusing and - ugly..

Thanks again :)

Have a good day!

06-11-2008, 08:54 AM
If all the computers will be on all the time, just install XAMPP on one of them, that will get you the ability to run server side files. Then that computer would function as the web server in the background. It isn't as ideal as a dedicated server but if it is only a few people, it should be more than sufficient.