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win32/winsock (part 2)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:00 pm    Post subject: win32/winsock (part 2) Reply to topic Reply with quote

  • was trying to figure out how to have a simple multi client win32 winsock server
    tried throwing a bunch of sockets into an array, that didnt work well

    searching for examples yielded extremely low results, to the point where the post here was the 25th result on yahoo.

    still trying to figure out some other win32 odds and ends, too, such as:

  • still cant append last entry of list box
  • figured out how to tooltip window client area, but cant figure out how to
  • hook it to a control
  • cant figure out how to display contents in a tab view

    also dont forget that 'cant' and 'cant figure out' is a direct translation to 'im too lazy to look for it' and 'why reinvent the wheel?'

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

There are two ways of making a multi-client server.

Either you multiplex with "select" or create a new thread/process for each client.

IMO the mutliplexing is harder to code, but easier to maintain. While the thread/process way is easier to code, but harder to maintain because you have to deal with multithreading.

The threaded solution works like this:
- Create the server socket, bind it and start listening.
- Accept a new connection, start a thread and give the new thread the socket descriptor to work with.
- Start accepting new connections right away.
- Handle the connection in the thread.

The mutliplexing solution is a bit harder to explain.
What you do is, store the maximum socket descriptor and loop over all integers from zero to the max and use FD_* to handle the descriptor you are looping over.
This website looks like it's explaining it pretty good:
I didn't read it, just searched and looked over it.

Attached are the source files for a server I created for an assignment at university, they were written under Linux but it shouldn't take much work to port them.

Before somebody starts complaining: I had to use fork(), we did a threaded solution, too, but I couldn't find it.
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