How should I do this?
rodneys at io.com
rodneys at io.com
Mon Jun 17 21:23:00 EDT 2002
I have a project that I'd like to attempt in Rev, but I don't know whether
or no what I want to do is currently possible. So, I'm looking for
I am a big fan of strategy board games (mostly German ones such as
Settlers of Catan) and would like to create a program to play such games
live online with other players. Most of this is fairly straightforward,
though it will take a lot of work.
However, what I don't know how to do is have the programs on different
computers communicate with each other. The obvious choice would seem to be
sockets. The downside to this is that I have to have the users enter the
IP addresses that they want to connect to. Then, I have to manually send
the info to all addresses since there doesn't seem to be any way to
broadcast to all open sockets. Am I wrong about this?
Also, the users need to be able to send messages to each other, both
private and public. A built-in instant messaging type client would be
ideal for this. It might even allow me to send all data in that way since
I could broadcast it. Is anyone working on such a thing? Especially nice
would be the fact that people could just open the program and look to see
if anyone is online looking for players. There isn't an easy way to do
this with sockets as far as I can tell. It would be nice to be able to tap
into an existing network, such as ICQ.
This is not a commercial application, so I can't afford to pay someone to
write the IM portion. I could make a one-time purchase of a reasonable
library, but it would need to be cross-platform, so I really prefer
built-in features. Is this something coming in the not too distant future?
Any pointers in the right direction or other suggestions would be
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