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Inside ServerSocket

Getting Started with the ServerSocket

Issue: 12.4 (July/August 2014)
Author: Christian Schmitz
Author Bio: Christian Schmitz is the creator of the Monkeybread Software Xojo/Real Studio Plugins.
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Article Number: 12406
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In this article, I want to show you how to get started with the ServerSocket. In general, the Serversocket allows you to accept connections from outside and pass them to individual sockets which handle the actual transfer. As the ServerSocket keeps a pool of waiting sockets, the ServerSocket can very quickly accept connections. The operating system buffers the data on the socket, so your code can process them one after the other without a problem or performance issues. Only if the pool of available sockets is too small, you will see connections dropped.

Setting up ServerSocket

The first thing to do is to create a new subclass of ServerSocket. You add a class to your project and set the super class to ServerSocket. We name it MyServerSocket for the example project. In this class, you add events AddSocket and Error. In the Error event, you can put code to log errors like InvalidPortError or AddessInUseError (two constants defined in SocketCore class).

In the AddSocket event, you have the job to add a new socket. You probably have a TCPSocket subclass which you use for the ServerSocket's client sockets. In the example, I added a class named MySocket and added a property ID there. With the ID property, I plan to give each socket its own unique ID. So, in our AddSocket event, I declare a static variable counter. Making the variable static makes sure that all calls to the AddSocket event refer to the same global counter variable. This way we can count it up and assign the current value to the new socket. Finally, we return the new socket to be added to the socket pool. In our example the event looks like this:

Function AddSocket() As TCPSocket

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