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How to let a standalone application talk to web app?

jianming chen
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We want to build a web application which need to talk to customers' desktop application. What is the best solution for this?

We have a desktop application which sold to customers. Now we want to build a web application which talks to clients desktop application and the communication is bidirectional. Is there some kind of existing technologies or tools we can use to implement that?

Thanks.
Freddy Wong
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You can use webservice for that.


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jianming chen
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But I need send request from web application to client application.
William Brogden
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But I need send request from web application to client application.


IF the web app has to create a request, it is no longer acting as a server but as a client.

IF the "client" has to be prepared to accept a request, it is acting as a server.

Perhaps you should consider a different architecture - how often do you need to "talk to" the client apps?

Why cant the "client" send a request to see if new data is available.

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Jimmy Clark
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We want to build a web application which need to talk to customers' desktop application. What is the best solution for this?


What have you thought of so far?

We have a desktop application which sold to customers. Now we want to build a web application which talks to clients desktop application and the communication is bidirectional. Is there some kind of existing technologies or tools we can use to implement that?


It is pretty amazing that you can build these applications but seem to be unaware of the APIs and technologies that would allow them to communicate.
 
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