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Hi all

Ive just stated to read up on the use of Sockets, Ive read the Java tutorial about how sockets are controlled and used, the one thing that I'm having problems with is how to test the code ive generated.

Im I going to need a server to test the ability to control sockets, or is there a way to test the code on a standalone before I deploy it on the server...

Any help would be great

Many thanks

Kris
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Depends what kind of service you're talking about. Obviously if you're using a client to a generic service, e.g. ftp, then you're going to find it easier to use an existing server. If, on the other hand, the service is a custom one, you'll have to write your own server.
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Yeah I know I have to write my onwn server side controller, I'm creating a simple messaging system like MSN or AOL messenger, just to get use to how sockets are used...

What I was wondering was if I could develope both on a standalone machine and test it, or would the server side application have to be placed on a server...

As at the moment I havent got a network setup I would need to test it on one machine, could this be done by creating the server software and running it on a standalone machine and then create and run the client side software on the same machine, would this work?

not sure if thats to clear...

But hope you understand what im getting at
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>>and then create and run the client side software on the same machine, would this work?

Yes it would
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If you're doing this, i would recommend you look at one of the existing main protocols for chat services and implement it (you can implement it incrementally). That way you'll learn more and avoid reinventing the wheel
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Cheers, Im only realy doing this to see how sockets work, not to actually make the application fully, but I figured its should give me an overview of how sockets are controlled and maintained
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OK ;-)
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Thanks for the help :0)
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:-)
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One last thing for future references, where could I find details about the chat potocols you mentioned?
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This is one of the main protocols, but i don't know if it's been superseded yet..

http://www2.rad.com/networks/1995/irc/irc.htm
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