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Building on the Web server ideas in Chapter 14, this chapter develops a prototype Data Monitoring Client/Server system using sockets. Later in Chapter 16-21: Distributed Computing we will discuss more elaborate client-sever systems using RMI and CORBA.)

As discussed in Chapter 14, a Web server gets a request from a browser or custom client program, returns the appropriate web page and then breaks the connection ends.. However, the client/server systems discussed in this chapter will instead maintain a connection indefinitely rather than breaking it off as with the web server.

A client session begins with a log-in procedure for the client with the server. Then the server and client set up I/O streams for their communications. As in Chapter 14, multiple clients can connect to the server because it can create a new thread for each new client.

For the log-in, for the exchange of commands, and for the transmission of data, the two programs need a simple protocol so that they can understand one another.

To demonstrate the benefits of such a system, we will create server programs that sends simulated data to clients. We will also create client programs that display the data obtained from the server. The client will provide a graphical interface that lets a user request updated info from the server.

You can easily imagine applications where such a system would be very useful. For example, it could apply to a server running on a system that monitors and even controls an experiment or a sensor in a remote location. Using the client programs, someone could log in from anywhere on the web to check the data, apply new settings, etc. The log-in procedure would allow for secure access to the server.





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