--- On *Mon, 3/15/10, David Hutto <dwightdhu...@yahoo.com>* wrote:

From: David Hutto <dwightdhu...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [PHP] Event Handling
To: php-general@lists.php.net, "Alex Major" <p...@allydm.co.uk>
Date: Monday, March 15, 2010, 3:34 AM

--- On Mon, 3/15/10, Alex Major

> From: Alex Major 
> <p...@allydm.co.uk<http://us.mc453.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=...@allydm.co.uk>
> Subject: [PHP] Event Handling
> To: 
> php-general@lists.php.net<http://us.mc453.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=php-gene...@lists.php.net>
> Date: Monday, March 15, 2010, 2:59 AM
> Greetings all,
> I'm currently looking at building a web application,
> however I've run into
> an area of development I've not come across before. The web
> site in its
> basic form allows users to send cars from a point and then
> the car will
> arrive at another point. When the car is set on its way,
> the start time,
> travel duration and end time are all known and stored in a
> MySQL database,
> what I would like to happen is that an event is triggered
> on the server at
> the end time and then an e-mail is sent to the user. This
> should happen
> regardless of whether someone is browsing the website or
> not.
> I don't believe that I'll be able to solely use PHP, I have
> spent the
> afternoon trying to look at potential solutions but I have
> to admit I've
> drawn a blank. Google hasn't been helpful (64 pages so
> far), as any searches
> related to "event handling" bring up a load of JavaScript
> tutorials/help for
> 'onclick' events etc. I have searched through the PHP
> documentation and
> found "libevent" (http://www.php.net/manual/en/book.libevent.php ), I
> don't
> believe that is what I require (although in all honesty the
> lack of
> documentation on it means I'm quite in the dark as to its
> purpose). Another
> potential candidate I came across was a PHP/Java bridge
> (http://php-java-bridge.sourceforge.net/pjb/ ), whereby
> I could use the java
> virtual machine, register events with it and then callback
> PHP scripts,
> although this seems extremely long winded.
> I was hoping that someone might have some experience with
> this kind of issue
> and could point me in the right direction. I'm sure I've
> missed something
> right in front of me.
> Alex.

I'm a noob at php myself, but what you might want to look at is cron jobs
and autoresponders. Here's an address to one I've messed with before:
infinite.ibasics.biz/ I believe it uses cron jobs, I've messed with a lot so
it's hard to recall.

You might want to have the web app insert the new info in the tables, and
have the cron job and script do the rest.


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