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Re: raw TCP/IP socket communication in mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg17426] Re: raw TCP/IP socket communication in mathematica
  • From: dreeves at (Daniel Reeves)
  • Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 02:44:29 -0400
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I think the ability to send and retrieve arbitrary strings over TCP
sockets is very important.  The specific application I have in mind is
creating bidding agents that participate in an online auction (part of my 
research on artificial intelligence for ecommerce).  This type
of application is becoming more and more common and I think it's important
that Mathematica support communication with programs other than mathlink
compatible ones.  Bots that gather data on the web is another example of
why this would be necessary.

It should be straightforward to implement this in the kernel by having an
option for LinkConnect that says "Raw".  Then all LinkWrite's and
LinkRead's would send and receive plain strings.

Does this sound feasible for a future version?

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Daniel Reeves     

"Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing."

On Mon, 3 May 1999, P.J. Hinton wrote:

> > Is there a way for mathematica to talk to arbitrary (not just mathlink
> > compatible) programs over TCP/IP sockets?
> > 
> > It seems like the only way is to have a C program as an intermediary...
> Your suspicions are correct.  The MathLink API does not expose the 
> internals of the transport protocol.  Normally this would be desirable
> if you wanted to write a program that was capable of using more than
> one type of interprocess communication.  It looks as if in your case
> this is more of a liability.
> --
> P.J. Hinton	
> Mathematica Programming Group		paulh at
> Wolfram Research, Inc.
> Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.

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