Re: Java Socket Constructor

Lew <>
Fri, 01 Feb 2008 23:54:44 -0500
Arne VajhQj wrote:

Gordon Beaton wrote:

On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 16:36:44 -0500, John W. Kennedy wrote:

And the case of X is notorious, where the "client" is the server and
the "server" is the client.

In X, the display is the server and the application is the client. The
client initiates the connection. What's notorious about that?

Often the X client is running on a box that is called server and
the X server is running in a box called client.

True, but not necessarily a case for notoriety.

The point that comes clear is that "client" and "server" definitions are
specific to the communication under discussion. The X client is the logic
server, but the X client is only a client in the context of the X communication.

One can get poetic, as JWK did about that, but the rhetorical device depends
on eliding the context shift between the channel devoted to application logic
and that devoted to graphical display.

Maybe it's the attempt to obfuscate via that elision that deserves to be


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