Simplest, multiplatform way to do network communication?

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xlucas
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Simplest, multiplatform way to do network communication?

Postby xlucas » May 19, 2015 23:44

Hi, guys! This is perhaps the area of programming of which I know the least. I'm trying to find the best way to do network communication in my very simple game. I'm mostly trying to learn about communications and the game is just the "excuse". What I would like is this:

* Multiplatform: It's important for me that I can easily compile the program for both Linux and Windows, at least, with few to no changes.
* Portability: If possible, I would like my program not to require a third party library to be installed by the user to run. That is, the final, compiled executable should already do everything. If a library is used, it should either be statically linked into the program, or even better, be guaranteed to be found with the OS as it comes installed.
* Simplicity: I'm not looking for a very powerful library to do lots of tricks. I just want to send an receive packets or streams and think as little as possible about protocols. I want to handle that as if I just had a null-modem cable or similar.

Basing on these ideal wishes (because they are not imperative "requests", but things I hope I can get)... what do you suggest me to use? Where can I get it? Where can I learn to use it? I appreciate your help very much, folks :)

Oh, I forgot to say... If I can do LAN only, that's already fabulous, but if I can also connect over the internet, even better. Please let me know which is the case. Thank you!
grindstone
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Re: Simplest, multiplatform way to do network communication?

Postby grindstone » May 20, 2015 13:07

Hi,

maybe try TSNE. It's probably a bit oversized for your purposes, but it will surely match your needs.

Greetings
grindstone

PS: If you need help with translation, let me know.
Kot
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Re: Simplest, multiplatform way to do network communication?

Postby Kot » May 20, 2015 15:23

grindstone wrote:maybe try TSNE.

Or not exactly TSNE, but TSNE Game Pack. It contains logging in, sending data to other clients etc.
xlucas
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Re: Simplest, multiplatform way to do network communication?

Postby xlucas » May 22, 2015 5:54

Mmm.... I've been reading and yeah, I think this would be probably too big. Maybe the best would be to try to do it the standard way, without a third party library. Is it too complicated? For something like this, should I use TCP, UDP or something else? What would be the standard way to do this in GNU/Linux and in Windows without using third-party libraries? If it's not too complicated, maybe I can just use an #if-#else-#endif and the code will be much simpler.

Can you guys link me to some sample code to do this on each of these two OSs? Or give me an example here? Thank you so much!

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