VB Client/Server chat and queuing/stacking messages
Posted on 2003-11-09
I'm busy writing a client/server chat application in VB6 (I know re-inventing the wheel here but I want to see how far I can get with this without having to use third-party components, apps, etc.).
I've got the basics working pretty well - one application is acting as the server (accepting, sending and relaying messages between client applications. These messages can be normal messages between users or various commands sent by the client/server (refresh user list, change nickname, connect, disconnect, etc).
As I said all works pretty well - I can see when users are connected, send and receive messages. But only if there's a few connected clients and only if not more than one message comes into the server or client application at the same time.
What I'm interested in the best way to implement some sort of messaging queue or stack for the messages (received and sent) so that the client/server application can parse and process each message separately and not bomb-out/ignore messages that contain more than one command in them.
I hope my question is clear enough - let me know if you need more information.
Thanks in advance.
PS: I will check/respond as and when I get a chance over the next 2 days - afte that I'm on vacation for a few days (till Sunday) so I won't be able to respond immediately to comments/posts.