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The java.net Package

28.16 java.net.Socket (JDK 1.0)

This class implements a socket for interprocess communication over the network. The constructor methods create the socket and connect it to the specified host and port. You may also optionally specify whether communication through the socket should be based on an underlying reliable connection-based stream protocol, or on an underlying unreliable (but faster) datagram protocol. A stream protocol is the default.

Once the socket is created, getInputStream() and getOutputStream() return InputStream and OutputStream objects that you can use just as you would for file input and output. getInetAddress() and getPort() return the address and port that the socket is connected to. getLocalPort() returns the local port that the socket is using.

public class Socket extends Object {
    // Public Constructors
            public Socket(String host, int port) throws UnknownHostException, IOException;
            public Socket(InetAddress address, int port) throws IOException;
        1.1public Socket(String host, int port, InetAddress localAddr, int localPort) throws IOException;
        1.1public Socket(InetAddress address, int port, InetAddress localAddr, int localPort) throws IOException;
        #   public Socket(String host, int port, boolean stream) throws IOException;
        #   public Socket(InetAddress host, int port, boolean stream) throws IOException;
    // Protected Constructors
        1.1protected Socket();
        1.1protected Socket(SocketImpl impl) throws SocketException;
    // Class Methods
            public static synchronized void setSocketImplFactory(SocketImplFactory fac) throws IOException;
    // Public Instance Methods
            public synchronized void close() throws IOException;
            public InetAddress getInetAddress();
            public InputStream getInputStream() throws IOException;
        1.1public InetAddress getLocalAddress();
            public int getLocalPort();
            public OutputStream getOutputStream() throws IOException;
            public int getPort();
        1.1public int getSoLinger() throws SocketException;
        1.1public synchronized int getSoTimeout() throws SocketException;
        1.1public boolean getTcpNoDelay() throws SocketException;
        1.1public void setSoLinger(boolean on, int val) throws SocketException;
        1.1public synchronized void setSoTimeout(int timeout) throws SocketException;
        1.1public void setTcpNoDelay(boolean on) throws SocketException;
            public String toString();  // Overrides Object

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