Javascript Bookmarklet Question or something better? Hubspot to Microsoft Access passing a Contact

The Helper

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I need to interface a web app with a desktop app and I am looking at trying to do it with a bookmarklet. Can I can I call a local program thru a bookmarklet using Java Script or does Java Script restrict you to the web? If it just gives a warning that is fine just as long as it is not restricted to do a local path instead of http whatever in a chrome browser? I would setup a Bookmarklet to be called from Hubspot then use Javascript to call MS Access from a path I know is right and hopefully be able to pass a parameter or be able to set some cookies using Javascript that are just local cookies for the MS Access program to read.

I am looking for other ideas. Is a brower plug in better than a bookmarklet? The Hubspot Contact HTML page I am calling from is not much help in getting my contact info from it but they do have an API but is says it is legacy and maybe not supported anymore. I think I can still pull something from the Hubspot page that identifies the contact to pass to the Access program. The Access system will have a synched database, kind of,

Would I be better off sending to a middleware URL and doing it from there? What are the restrictions of calling a local program from a website?

I could ultimately try to use middleware and just shoot to a website and call Access from there based on a URL created by a bookmarklet when I work out what to send as a parameter?

I need to hack this and make it work somehow the Hubspot people already said you cannot do this I consider that a challenge.

Any help would be much appreciated!
 
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Is it possible to open a local program like Microsoft Access from a web page if you had full security do so on a Windows client?
 

jonas

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Is it possible to open a local program like Microsoft Access from a web page if you had full security do so on a Windows client?
I know some apps are openable from the browser, like webex. Don't ask me what you need to do to get that though
 

The Helper

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It is pretty shut down I have not been able to find a browser side solution it looks like I might have to do an add in or some kind of web app redirect. I am learning some stuff on my research into this though.
 

The Helper

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I figured out how to do this, at least in theory. I can make the bookmarklet just set a cookie and then have a persistent program running on startup on the client side that checks for that cookie and reacts when it is present then clears it when it is done. Middleware - since I control the client I can make sure I have something running at all times that just checks for the cookies and reacts. No security risks just works I like it - at least in theory but I have been working with this long enough to know it can be done and this is just one way I am sure.
 
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