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06-26-2001, 08:01 PM
I have not come across a XML Socket server?

Are there commercial vendors with these things or are people creating Socket Servers themselves?



06-26-2001, 08:34 PM
Yes, and no.

Condition 1: Windows98SE platform (home testing)
Condition 2: Idiot-proof installation (we are Flash developers after all... not sys admins... well... most of us :) ...)
Condition 3: FREE!!!

So assuming that those are conditions that you need to meet, I've found that 2 servers are the best solutions out there.

1. A server written by Derek Clayton for Colin Moock:: This can be found at http://www.moock.org/webdesign/flash/ just scroll down until you see 'moock comm'... that'll have the files...

(Side note:: Moock's stuff is Java powered - you'll need to install the JRE... but the readme that's included tells you all about this.)

2. A server being produced by the folks over at http://www.nowcentral.com - one of the benefits of this server is that it's a standalone executable. No JRE needed - but it's limited to 5 clients at one time... which almost rules it out for anykind of serious XMLSocket use...

So that pretty much answers most of the visitors problems... except for those visitors looking for a commercial solution.... I've seen some stuff over at Enhydra.. but it's deeper than I care to think about...

You can definently write your own.. I hear PERL, JAVA, and the likes are good... but that's not my area... yet...


I've been frustrated too many times by vision-lacking ISPs who seem to feel that any application running on a port over 1024 is a security issue... anyway, don't get me started... good luck finding and keeping an ISP that'll work with ya...

06-27-2001, 05:15 AM

I've just opened up FlashNexus as open source.

It's free, windows based, with the most functionality of any of the xml socket servers.

I'm building a C++ version at the moment, which will also be free.

Check out http://www.flashnexus.com


PS, has a physical limit of 1000 concurrent users.

06-27-2001, 08:29 PM
Thanks for that Steve,

I know enough about VB to have a look at the code, and might even think trying to port to *nix based system.