which language is best for socket programming

It really depends on what you mean by network programming. So I’ll run through a couple possibilities. Commentators: Don’t fret if I forgot “your language.” The question is so open-ended. It’s like asking ‘What kinds of vehicles are good for getting me from New York City to Boston?’

  • You want to write a program that participates in XML-RPC or similar.
    • C# or Java
  • You are network programming in the context of a web page
    • JavaScript
  • You need some machines to talk to each other in some other existing protocol, and you need it done quickly.
    • Python or Perl
  • You need to write a distributed program that needs to be up and running all the time, not even resting for upgrades
    • Erlang
  • You need to write a distributed program that is very fast and does a bunch of things at once
  • You need to write a new network driver, for a new network protocol you thought up yourself
    • C, C++
  • You just want to network some TCP sockets together



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