Important reminder

Next Thursday, December 9th, there is a change in the regular class schedule and classes will proceed as if it were a Monday at ETSINF (please note this does not apply to other schools or studies).

We do not have lectures on Mondays but we do have lab sessions. Remember this not to miss anything.

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Attendance rate is declining fast

If you look at the attendance record you’ll see that I’ve added two rows in the bottom showing the total number of attendees on each session and a moving average too.

I can see there is a steep decline in the attendance to the class. Whether this is due to a problem that can be fixed or not I do not know. I just hope you’re not given up the subject as still there is one month left. If there is something that needs to be changed in the classroom just talk to me.
Attendance to my office hours is very low too. I just want to remind you that I am here to help and that office hours are part of the instruction.

Sample micro web server

The sample code shows a very basic web server that handles requests one at a time. A text line is printed showing the file requests. Please note the contents to be served has to be in the same folder of the server binary.

BTW, web server listens on port 7777, but you may change that if you wish.

Click on this entry’s title to see the code on pastie’s page. Please note there is a download link on the upper right corner there.

Second assignment


Though you still have two weeks to turn in your first assignment, the second one is published too.

Do not worry because you have till December 20th, 2010.
This time it is a server what you have to do (a multi-threaded server). The good news is that the application protocol is very simple. After connecting to the server, the client may send one line of text containing an arithmetic expression (i.e. 1+2*3/4) and the server will respond with another text line containing the result of evaluating this expression (i.e. 2.5) or an error message if there is something wrong with the client expression.
Client will signal the server its willingness to quit by sending an empty line. Server will provide no other answer to the empty line but closing the connection.
Several clients can be using the server at the same time and all of them need to be served right away.
You can find here the Eval.java mentioned on the assignment text.

Another useful tool


Though we have mentioned traceroute command in the class. I want to bring your attention to a better alternative: mtr program and its windows version WinMTR.

What it does is a more in depth statistical analysis of the path from your computer to a certain destination. Contrary to traceroute, mtr command is kept running till you press “q” or Ctrl+C as it is constantly updating its measurements.

HTTP and your bike


While you may think HTTP is just a protocol for downloading HTML files, this idea is wrong. HTTP is used daily for transferring many different types of files, from HTML to several graphic formats (JPEG, PNG, GIF, etc) to Cascade Style Sheets (CSS) to JavaScript files and many others.

In this post you can study the way the city bicycle service (Valenbisi) works in order to provide an application the location of the different bike stations and the current state of each one. Here the body of each HTTP response is an XML file.
Armed with this knowledge, this site was created and, believe it or not, it turns out to be much more useful than the “official” one.

The software you don’t want your friends to have

Not sure how long this trick will work, but it is a wake up call about Facebook security when it comes to users accessing over wifi networks. We’ll be explaining HTTP protocol soon in the classroom, but for Wifi technology you’ll have to wait till next term.

I reckon this tool will only work on WEP-protected wifi networks, but I’ll be interested on your feedback if you get it working.

Now that “The social network” is on theaters it seems a good moment for this type of information 🙂

Short Tutorial on Java Network Programming

I’ll be using this material in the classroom to present the basics about Java Network Programming. You can download the PDF file by clicking on this entry title too.
Java Network Programming http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=39482243&access_key=key-d2lytgaawuyzg00civ1&page=1&viewMode=slideshow

It seems the guys at Scribd have some trouble with this document. If you see empty yellow boxes, please download PDF or watch the file on Scribd site (by clicking on Scribd logo) to be able to see the missing code.

Source code is available too.

First assignment is out


This is our first assignment. It is about writing as small web server in Java language. Those of you not familiar with Java might use a different language upon request.

We will present the basic ideas of how to create networking programs in Java in a few days. Please note a sample server is also provided so you can now see exactly what is required.
For running the sample code you need to have a Java Virtual Machine installed on your system. Then at a terminal type: java EchoWebServer
And next type in your browser address bar: http://localhost:8080/anything

Every now and then …


… we are told the transition to the new version of IP protocol is about to happen. This article says, once more, that old motto (it’s been a decade of listening to the same message in slightly different ways).

We will be covering Internet Protocol in Chapter 3. But unless something earthbreaking happens next month, we will still be covering IP version 4 instead of the new version 6 (which is now twelve years old). Whatever it happens, please remember your computer (no matter what OS you use as far as it is recent) already supports both versions.