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Hi!!
  I'm finished a client-server application, which knows chat,
database access, whiteboard and so on, but the server is not multithreading. I have the next situation:
 - there is a class, which is derived from CSocket class, and manage the connection with the clients - the client class
 - I have one class, the Doc class, who receive on a specified port the clients, which are trying to access the server - the server class

Each client object have access to some data from the "server" class and vice-versa (each client have a pointer to the server class)
    I have some ideas to modify this program to obtain a multithreaded application:
 - to make a multiple inheritance when I derive the client class by using the CSocket and CWinThread classes
 - to use  worker threads for each client, and transfer to the treads a pointer to the server class
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Please tell me, how can do  easier the multithreading in this situation??
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by:rayb
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Hmmm...  Here's a real general comment...  Nearly every client/server application that I've ever worked on that relied on sockets, used a threading model like this:
The server has a main thread, which 'listens' for clients.  Once a client is detected a new thread is launched to service that client.
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Your question is not very clear or detailed.  Try to explain further what you need to know.  I don't think you're going to need to use multiple inheritance to solve your problem.  The comment from rayb is accurate.  The basic layout is
a) The main server thread listens on the socket
b) When a client connects to the server socket, the server thread wakes up, creates a new socket, accepts the connection, and does whatever else is necessary to set up the socket.  At THIS point the main server thread creates a new instance of the client manager object, puts the newly created socket into the client manager, and then spins off another worker thread.  You are going to need to do some kind of locking or user defined messages to communicate between server and client-manager, to avoid two threads accessing the same piece of code at the same time.  I suspect user defined messages will be better but thats really just a guess.  If you want more information contact me at player@envirolink.org.  
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by:visualc
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Hi, seanowens!!

I sent to you an e-mail!!!
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