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Thread: Reverse roles of client/server communication

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    Post Reverse roles of client/server communication

    I am writing a Java alert program that requires each client PC to listen for a notification from the server rather than having each PC call the server every few seconds. I am trying to make the program as quiet as possible so that only the server send outs a broadcast to all network PCs when an approved user is ready to send the alert. The server will not be constantly broadcasting over the network. The issue I am having is getting the code to compile. Since there are multiple servers (client PCs in this case) I can't input an IP address because there are well over 100 PCs that need to run the instructions when the notification goes out.

    Any suggestions with what needs to change would be appreciated.

    package alert.bat;
    import java.io.*;
    import java.net.*;
    public class Alert {
    	public static void main(String args[]) {
    		try {
    			DatagramSocket datsock = new DatagramSocket(444);
    			DataOutputStream output = new DataOutputStream (datsock.getOutputStream());
    			output.writeUTF("Broadcast Alert!!!");
    		catch(Exception e) {
    Last edited by warcode; March 21st, 2020 at 08:34 AM.

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    Default Re: Reverse roles of client/server communication

    If I understand your problem statement correctly you probably need something like the observer pattern.

    Basically you would have the client PCs be observers of the main server and when the main server needs to send out a notification it iterates through the list of observers and updates them.

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    Default Re: Reverse roles of client/server communication

    Can the client PCs register with the server and give it their IP address? Then the clients each act as servers allowing the server pc to connect to each client in turn.

    Also look at MulticastSocket
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