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    FireFox programming question

    Based on previous discussions, I know there are some FireFox gurus out there, so maybe one of you can point me in the right direction...

    Internet Explorer comes with a WebBrowser control that can be used to add web browsing capability to applications developed with tools like Visual Basic. Does FireFox have a similar component? I've looked through the VB references list, but I don't see anything that looks like a FireFox browser control.

    I'm writing some data acquisition code in Excel VBA to communicate with a programmable logic controller (PLC). Data is obtained by sending HTTP requests to the PLC, and I'm using the WebBrowser control to accomplish that. IE has some difficulty with the webserver in this PLC. For some reason, IE seems to occasionally load cached pages (even though I have it set to check for newer versions of the page every time I go to the webpage), so IE doesn't always get the latest data from the PLC. This happens whether using a normal IE browser window, or the WebBrowser control.

    On the other hand, FireFox works flawlessly with the PLC, but I can't seem to find any info on how to programmatically control FireFox from another application. I've done google searches, but have not come up with anything, so perhaps I'm using the wrong FireFox lingo in the search.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: FireFox programming question

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Based on previous discussions, I know there are some FireFox gurus out there, so maybe one of you can point me in the right direction...

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
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    Re: FireFox programming question

    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    Clint Eastwood rocks in Firefox.
    Well, leave it to ol' Clint to have the answer to everything.

    Next time you see him, have him PM me...


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    Re: FireFox programming question

    The short answer is no, it does not.

    You can write extensions to firefox, but you really can't embed Firefox like you can IE (or at least I have never seen it done). Most applications that I've seen that need web browser functionality go down in the weeds with the Gecko rendering engine that mozilla uses, and I suspect that might be a bit beyond what you want to work with.

    I suspect you're looking for something like this: Mozilla ActiveX control

    Don't know how mature it is or how well it would work for you, but it's all I found after a brief search.



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    Re: FireFox programming question

    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    Clint Eastwood rocks in Firefox. But I still like Iron Eagle better. It was Louis Gossett Jr. in his prime.
    Yes but to control the plane you have to think in Russian!!



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    Re: FireFox programming question

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    I suspect you're looking for something like this: Mozilla ActiveX control
    Thanks for the pointer! Given how simple it is to swap that control for the IE control, I will most certainly give it a try...


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