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Network Servers and Java,
CINCINNATI UNIV OH DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
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Even before the Web, network servers played a central role on the internet by facilitating E-mail, GOPHER, telnet, and FTP usage. Additional servers, including those supporting the Hypertext Transfer Protocol HTTP, have been developed recently to handle Web traffic. This protocol and the development of the computer language called Java have raised our consciousness of network servers. Many of us know that servers are involved with the movement of information over the net but are not sure exactly what they are and how they function. We have seen servers installed on machines but, perhaps despite a nagging curiosity, have left them to the system administrators for fear of getting in over our heads. The purpose of this article is to explain the rudiments of network servers and show how they can be easily implemented in Java. In particular, we implement a simple HTTP server that can be put on a DOS or UNIX platform for experimentation.
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