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From: Boris (boris_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-04-23 10:37:33

Michel André wrote:
> Don G wrote:
>> The reason I suppose that I preferred not-yet-connected as a state of
>> stream (vs. a separate class) is that it is logically a 1-to-1
>> relationship (and even the same socket) whereas acceptor is a 1-to-N
>> relationship (the acceptor socket never becomes something else).
> I don't see connector as 1 to 1 concept. You can use a connector to
> establish several connections to the same address or endpoint if that
> is needed. The connector pattern can be used to model fail over
> between different endpoints providing the same servcie, by having a
> service_connector implementation that wraps and coordinates several
> alternate connectors to different end points over potentially
> different transports. This also hides/abstracts the fail over
> strategy new endpoint selection in a nice way from the protocol handler
> and stream.

Ah, good to see Michel jumping in! :)

I think the whole confusion really arises from that we talk about different
parts of the network library but don't notice. In my opinion in level 0
connector has a 1:1-relationship with a connected socket while in level 1 it
makes sense for the connector to behave as an acceptor and have a
1:n-relationship with connected service handlers. In level 0 experienced
network developers would expect a 1:1-relationship (just as Don does) and in
level 1 non-experienced network developers would expect the connector to
behave as the acceptor (just as Michel does; that doesn't mean of course
that I think Michel is a non-experienced network developer ;-). So both of
you are right.

What we have to do when we look at proposals like Don's library is to figure
out what belongs to level 0, what belongs to level 1, what can be dropped
and what is brand new we haven't thought about yet. While Don's connector
belongs in a standard network library in level 0 I'd say that eg. address
schemas like tcp:/ definitely belong to level 1. My
personal rule of thumb is: What Stevens wrote in "Unix Network Programming"
is level 0, everything else is level 1.


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