Name: [16797] Tim Bower
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Description: Assistant Professor Computer Systems Technology Kansas State University at Salina `Tim Bower <http://www.sal.ksu.edu/faculty/tim/>`_ My blog: `Open Source on the Prairie <http://prairiepy.blogspot.com/>`_ ...

Demonstartion of multi-threaded chat server and client [ID:1544] (1/4)

in series: Python Network Programming

video tutorial by Tim Bower, added 07/09

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This video demonstrates the usage of a multi-threaded chat server and associated client. This video shows how they are both started and used and discusses some chat application layer control (protocol) messages, which the client might be to send to the server.

A suggestion is made for a short programming project to add an additional feature to the server. This "assignment" is actually pretty simple, but it will spur the viewer to take a closer look at some interesting issues related to network programming with sockets, multi-threaded programming and the associated solution to a fairly complex synchronization problem (readers and writers problem).

The client program is implemented using wxPython, so reviewing the source code of it may help someone wanting try some new things with wxPython. wxPython code must all run from within the same thread, but as is explained in a follow-up video, wxPython has some hooks which allow other threads to alert and send data to the thread which controls the graphical environment.

Follow-up videos will provide a code walk through of the client program and the server program. All of the source code for this project is available on my online Network Programming Study Guide.

Here is a link to the specific page in the Study Guide where all the source code can be downloaded from.

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Enjoyed the video, but really can't wait to see the implementation. I've been a programmer for a few years now, and enjoy it. I was wondering if you have any good resources for showing good ways to set up a MVC model for Python/wxpython


12. purandar Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:24

am really interested in this client-server chat application on unix, found many features on the demo provided.. can you please mail me the source code for it to my email address purandarrao@gmail.com

Thank you.


11. L Olding Thu, 08 Apr 2010 11:50

Really useful, was reading the study guide and decided to watch the video. The study guide is also a great guide.


Nice video, I look forward watching the rest in the series. I am implementing an python game server for simple games, such as TicTacToe etc, and multithreaded chat server is simular.


9. anonymous Thu, 29 Oct 2009 06:04

great, thank you


Good video, thank you for making it.

suggestion: move the mouse more at the beginning, because i could hear your voice but was not sure that the video was working for the first few seconds.


7. anonymous Sat, 08 Aug 2009 17:50

Good introduction


6. anonymous Sat, 18 Jul 2009 20:32

Hi Tim you have done a great job with what you are teaching. I have learned a lot from this video. Keep up the good work my friend.


Good point about the source code. The ShowMeDo video page only shows one file and this demo is showing 2 programs (client and server). The video showing the server code walk through shows the source code, but the client has three files. I show a link to the Network Programming Study Guide, which has all of the source code available for download. I will add a link to the specific page in the study guide that has the source code.


4. anonymous Sat, 18 Jul 2009 07:34

where is the source code , you should showed the source code at the same time and high light what is going on both the source code and the program?


Thanks for the kind words. The showMeDo videos on wxPython that you and Ian did were quite helpful when working on the client program.


Great stuff! Very smooth screencast - nice pacing, and I'm left eagerly anticipating seeing how the chat-system is put together. This sort of stuff is pure gold for budding programmers I think. Small, but not trivial, projects explained by their creators.

Sorry for the delay in publishing - I've just moved country to sunny Lisbon and am settling in. You're good to self-publish now and welcome to Showmedo. I'll be blogging about this later in the week. As I wrote, great material for a screencast set.


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