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About Ken Nordby

Ken Nordby is a programmer at the IBM software lab near Raleigh, North Carolina. Ken's current project involves Web application servers, which use sockets technology and run on Unix and other platforms.

Understanding Sockets in Unix, NT, and Java

2010-05-26T17:16:11+00:00 May 26th, 2003|Java|

In software development these days, networks are all-important. For example, Sun Microsystems uses the slogan, "the network is the computer." IBM promotes a network-based business model called "e-business." It's taken for granted that programs talk to each other across the network. But just how do they do it? Surprisingly, a technology that is more than 15 years old still provides the foundation for most of today's connectivity at the application level. This technology is based on an idea called sockets.