It’d be a shame if you couldn’t use AppleScript to automate web-serving tasks with Apache. ‘Tis no shame; you can.
When Apple based OS X on a BSD kernel,
they sought a way to combine the power of GUI scripting with the
power of shell languages like Perl, bash, Python, and more. The
, a simple shell utility that could run
AppleScript from the command line.
That was fine and dandy for interactive or timed usage, but it didn’t immediately lend itself to using AppleScript as a CGI through the Apache web server. ACGI Dispatcher from James Sentman, on the other hand, gives that ability quickly, simply, and cheaply.
ACGI Dispatcher costs anywhere from $15 to $90, depending on your
needs, and a 30-day trial download is available for testing.
Installation is simple: extract, drag the dispatcher to your
and double-click to finish the installation. You’ll
be asked for your administrator password so that the following lines
can be added to your
#BEGIN acgi dispatcher Include /Library/WebServer/CGI-Executables/dispatcher.app/Contents/acgi.conf #END acgi dispatcher
After those lines have been added by the dispatcher program, stop and
restart Apache via your Sharing system preference (alternatively, use
sudo apachectl restart from the shell). Once the web server has restarted, and with the dispatcher running in the background, you’ll be all set to serve AppleScript-based ...