I would like to support applet to applet communication
without having to start a server socket by hand (from the command line).
I really would like to start the server socket from an applet, and if at all possible I would even like the server socket's life to be independent from the applet's.
Is this in any way possible.
I was thinking of writing a server-side application to support the server socket, and let the applet create the application through a call to the server (Our Oracle WebServer supports server-side applications rather than server-side applets).
However, the application would never return!
I could keep the applet from hanging up by using a separate thread, though I'm afraid the application will stop as soon as the applet dies.
I want this socket server to serve the communication between many applets/people. I would like to end the server only when all users have stopped listening.
The only other solution I can think of is to create a separate server for each person, but that would really be overkill.