[Coco] The Coco's first webserver, written in Basic09

Christian Lesage hyperfrog at gmail.com
Thu Dec 31 00:11:03 EST 2009

Wayne Campbell wrote:
> I was beginning with simply parsing an expression. I felt that if I 
> could accomplish this, the rest would be easier to figure out. The 
> problem with RUN is that it specifically launches a subroutine module 
> (Basic09 I-Code or 6809 object code), passing to it whatever 
> parameters are required. This means that the eval() function , in the 
> statement RUN eval(<string>), is a subroutine that does whatever 
> parsing is necessary to evaluate the "expression". The parameter, in 
> this case, would be the string to parse.
Forget about eval(). Let's say you authored the following web page:

<H4>This page is served by a Color Computer 3<BR>
running <A HREF=http://www.nitros9.org/>NitrOS-9</A>
and <A HREF=http://www.frontiernet.net/%7Emmarlette/Cloud-9/Software/DriveWire3.html>DriveWire</A>
 <P>For more information on this 
project, <A HREF=http://aaronwolfe.com/coco>click here</A><P>
This server has processed <% PRINT #port_path,hits \ hits = hits + 1 %> requests since it last crashed.</H4>

And you have a program that converts that HTML code into this:

PARAM port_path:BYTE

  PRINT #port_path,"<HTML>"
  PRINT #port_path,"<BODY BGCOLOR=#33FF33>"
  PRINT #port_path,"<P><CENTER><H1>coco!</h1><P>"
  PRINT #port_path,"<H4>This page is served by a Color Computer 3<BR>"
  PRINT #port_path,"running <A HREF=http://www.nitros9.org/>NitrOS-9</A>"
  PRINT #port_path,"and <A HREF=http://www.frontiernet.net/%7Emmarlette/Cloud-9/Software/DriveWire3.html>DriveWire</A>"
  PRINT #port_path," <P>For more information on this project, <A HREF=http://aaronwolfe.com/coco>click here</A><P>"
  PRINT #port_path,"This server has processed "
  PRINT #port_path,hits \ hits = hits + 1
  PRINT #port_path," requests since it last crashed.</H4>"
  PRINT #port_path,"</BODY>"
  PRINT #port_path,"</HTML>"

Such a converter would be easy to write. It merely wraps the HTML code 
inside quotation marks and adds PRINT statements. It leaves untouched 
anything between <% and %>.

Now, you compile the resulting PROCEDURE into bytecode, and it becomes 
the active page that the server RUNs whenever it needs to display it.

Yes, I know, for some reason, a BYTE cannot be passed as a parameter. 
This is just an example to illustrate what I'm thinking about. I guess 
one would define in the main program a structure to be passed as a 
parameter to every page.

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