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Difference between a socket and a port

Could someone please explain quite clearly the difference between a port and a socket. I know that a port serves as a door into the network for an application process and that the application process ...
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What did network programs use to communicate before sockets was invented (around 1983?)

Sockets were invented in Berkeley around 1983, but how did networked computer programs work before this? These days, pretty much everything uses sockets, so it's hard for me to imagine how else ...
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How to handle Real Time Data from a database perspective?

I have an idea in mind, but it still confuses me the database area. Imagine that I want to show real time data, and using one of the latest browser technologies (web sockets - even using older ...
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Is there an alternative to HTML Web Sockets, now that Firefox 4 has disabled them?

I've been checking out some of the latest multiplayer engines in HTML all supporting multi-user games (Very nice) - I believe all these engines use Web Sockets for communication. That’s why we’ve ...
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Difference between networking programming and socket programming

Are there any major differences when we talk about "socket programming" compared to "network programming"? Are there some topics that cover "network programming" but not "socket programming"?
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Simple explanation of the Unix sockets

I can search and I've already looked at the wikipedia entry and in some other places, but even though I have some programming experience, I don't really grasp the concept. Can you treat me like a 10 ...
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Solutions for implementing a full-duplex game server?

I am designing a game server which would be used for Android terminals. I've been searching for products or frameworks to use for two-way socket communication but haven't found anything worth ...
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What are the pros and cons of Inter process communication done via sockets vs shared memory?

I understand that two of the many more options for inter process communication can be : Shared memory Sockets Actually I saw these two options being exposed by Intellij Idea for debugging a Java ...
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How do sockets work over wireless connections?

I've only worked on client side(specifically, mobile) applications using Android, where all networking is handled at the HTTP layer using framework provided components like HttpUrlConnection. But ...
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How much overhead is there in persistent connections?

Ok so I'm musing over a little side project I want to start. Essentially its a multi-session web based FTP client. Multi-session in that you can log into several FTP servers at the same time and ...
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Are there security implications to using dynamically-assigned TCP port numbers?

I'm getting pushback from operations for having a server process listen on a dynamically-assigned port number (i.e. it binds a socket to a port number of 0, triggering a dynamic assignment by the OS, ...
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How to match responses from a server with their corresponding requests?

There is a server that responds to requests on a socket. The client has functions to emit requests and functions to handle responses from the server. The problem is that the request sending function ...
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Protocol for closing a socket connection

I'm rolling my own application protocol on top of TCP. I'm using Linux and C. I'm wondering whether there is an advisable sequence to closing a socket connection. The client will always initiate ...
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Non Blocking Sockets vs Blocking sockets - UDP - C&linux

When to use blocking sockets over non blocking sockets on UDP? Question 1:What's is recommended for the following scenario ? Multiple clients send data over multiple UDP sockets, i.e. say client1 ...
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How to find an error in a tcp server application for which there is no source code

I have a c++/cli tcp client application sending a data in a specific format like L,20100930033425093,-5.929958,13.164021 to a main application on port 9000.The main application is actually done by the ...
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Sockets intricacies in TCP and UDP

I am quite familiar with TCP and UDP. I understand the process by which TCP establishes connections and other theoretical facts about TCP but when reading up about TCP hole punching for NAT ...
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Is there are problem holding large numbers of open socket connections for lengthy periods of time?

The application we have in mind is a relay server. The aim is to accept large numbers of incoming socket connections (at least thousands) that will stay open for lengthy periods (hours or maybe days). ...
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Application protocols and state machines: designing a complicated server

I'm designing and prototyping a server that has the following characteristics: during the daemon's initialization it spawns nine "manager" servers, each of which solves one part of the overall ...
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Should I lock a list of objects while a socket is receiving messages?

I have a scenario where I will be receiving messages through a socket connection. I also need to keep a list of 100 messages (such as List) and periodically toss out old messages from the list when a ...
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Realtime (almost) bidrectional communication in Java

I will explain the context of the problem first. For a University project I'm going to implement an Android application. The Android application (and others) will be able to send data to a remote ...
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Handling large amounts of sockets

I am working on a project in which we have a desktop application that should be able to receive commands from a web application. To solve this issue, using sockets seems like a good approach (instead ...
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What to choose API based server or Socket based server for data driven application

I am working on a project which has a Desktop Application for MAC/COCOA, a native application for iPhone another native application in iPad. All the application do almost same thing. The applications ...
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Setting source IP with posix sockets

Is it possible for an application to request a socket (tcp) and have it set the source address without using raw sockets? (the addresses would be bound to the interfaces. [no spoofing]). This would be ...
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UDP order of packets with direct connection

If i have two systems (A and B) running on LAN(INTRANET) which are directly connected. There are no routers in the middle. In this case, if system A sends a few UDP packets every few milliseconds to ...
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Serializing Data Structures in C [closed]

I've recently read three separate books on algorithms and data structures, tcp/ip socket programming, and programming with memory. The book about memory briefly discussed the topic of serializing data ...
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How to refresh/keep up to date content in the browser without overloading the server

I am not very educated on this topic of programming so I am seeking any advice/knowledge. I am coding a web app in PHP, and this particular task requires updating the display after the server has new ...
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Examples of UNIX Domain Socket Usage [closed]

Can anyone give an example of instances in which the AF_UNIX i.e unix domain sockets are used for process communication in a unix-based system
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Implementing the transport layer for a SIP UAC

I have a somewhat simple, but specific, question about implementing the transport layer for a SIP UAC. Do I expect the response to a request on the same socket that I sent the request on, or do I let ...
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Is ZeroMQ a good choice to make a Python app and a C# managed assembly work together?

I have a task that involves talking to a .NET-based API (namely AutoCAD) to retrieve data, send commands, and react to events. I want to separate the API operations and the proper program logic ...
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Best approach for near real time message passing from server to client across router?

I am developing an application which must run on up to thousands of client systems that I control (Linux) which are connected behind common NAT devices to public Internet. Each of these client ...
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How to plan a client/server app networking architecture to cope with multiple unrelated exchanges of data?

I'm coding a server/client application pair in Java, as I learn about it. I have basic functionality of sending a message to the server and parsing it but in thinking about the big picture of their ...
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Writing a TCP protocol or use HTTP for file transfer?

I want to write a server side application which allows several users to exchange files (not above 3MB) in the following way: user A connects to (server) S. User B connects to S. User C connects S. ...
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Is TCP message order still guaranteed when using async IO

Here the scenario I'm imagining. Two messages are transferred, both will require 2 packets each (I know you don't deal with packets directly with TCP, but on the IP level each message will consist of ...
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How can you add acknowledgement functionality to a Command pattern, given the response from receiver is gotten asynchronously on Server?

I have a scenario where I will implement Command pattern like described in this article. Actually from an Asp.Net MVC view, some user will invoke different commands/actions like Start Live Video, ...
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For a socket based application : how must I handle dynamic ip adress?

I plan to write an network application whose use steps is the following : Connect to the server and choose a name (and enter your email "id") The list of others "free" (not playing a game) players ...
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How do I perform some actions in my Java program whenever a particular network interface comes up?

I wanted to perform some actions in my Java program whenever a particular interface comes up (network interface ppp0 e.g.). However I figured out it was way too clumsy to keep polling the interface to ...
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Time Tracking - Best method?

I'm looking to track the time it takes users to traverse through a few forms I have on a website. My old thought was to use something like jQuery to poll the server updating the time spent on a page, ...
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Making server logic independent of client interaction

I'm trying to make a realtime multiplayer web-game in node.js with express framework and socket.io library. But I can't seem to make my server-side logic independent of client interactions. I want ...
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distributed computing with remote hetrogenous machines

The way i am doing it now is using boost::asio TCP sockets handling everything manually with a main server that orchestrates the processes between the available machines, but the number of machines ...
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Android Design - Service vs Thread for Networking

I am writing an Android app, finally (yay me) and for this app I need persistant, but user closeable, network sockets (yes, more than one). I decided to try my hand at writing my own version of an ...
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Are Python sockets suitable for file synchronization?

I'm working in an organisation with limited funds. They can't afford a business account on Dropbox. However, they would find it useful to have all their files synchronized on local machines. I've ...
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Creating a remote management interface

I'm looking for info on creating a remote management interface for our software. This is not anything illicit. Our software is for live TV production and once they go on-air we can't access the PC ...
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PHP, when to use iterators, how to buffer results?

When is it best to use Iterators in PHP, and how can they be implemented to best avoid loading all objects into memory simultaneously? Do any constructs exist in PHP so that we can queue up results ...
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How to Improve this socket over TCP-IP system

Im new to Socket programming and im building a Socket over TCP-IP system with this architecture: Server: Basically a TCPIP Listener that waits for connection from the clients. Client: It knows the ...
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faster method of testing uwsgi + nginx

Im currently looking for a way to test a lot of requests in the shortest amount of time possible on my web application. My current workaround is to just import the modules I want to test into another ...
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Spreading incoming batched data into a real-time stream

I would like to display some events in 'real-time'. However, I must fetch the data from another source. I can request the last X minutes, though the source is updated approximately every 5 minutes. ...
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What is the relationship between an application server, a TCP/UDP client/server library, and a socket?

Up until now, the only networking concept I have ever implemented are basic sockets that are part of the java.net API. I am now trying to learn some higher-level API's/frameworks in java, and I am ...
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Fixed Sized Buffer or Variable Buffers with C# Sockets

I am busy designing a TCP Server class in C# that has events and allows the user of the class to define packets that the server can send a receive by registering a class that is derived from my ...
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Socket Message Framing - Length-prefixing vs Delimiter

What are advantages/disadvantages of each method? Currently I'm using Length-prefixing and want to know if there's a better way to do message framing.
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Java: How to manage UDP client-server state

I am trying to write a Java application that works similar to MapReduce. There is a server and several workers. Workers may come and go as they please and the membership to the group has a soft-state. ...