tcp_client_stream(address, @key port_number, keep_alive, coalesce = true, transcoder)          

Return a tcp-client-stream that represent a connection to a TCP server and allows communication with that server.

Address indicates the internet address of the server, and possibly the IP port number. A string of the form "INTF:PORT" will be parsed and the value of INTF will be assigned to address and the integer value of PORT will be assigned to port_number. This argument can also be a 4 element u8array which contains the 32-bit IPv4 address or an 8 element u8array which contains the 128-bit IPv6 address.

Port_number must be an exact integer. Indicates the IP port number of the server to connect.

Keep_alive should be either true or false. Controls the use of the keep alive option on the connection. The "keep alive" option will periodically send control packets on otherwise idle network connections to ensure that the server host is active and reachable. The default value of this setting is false.

Coalesce should be either true or false. Controls the use of Nagle's algorithm which reduces the number of small packets by delaying their transmission and coalescing them into larger packets. A setting of true will coalesce small packets into larger ones. A setting of false will transmit packets as soon as possible. The default value of this setting is true. Note that this setting does not affect the buffering of the stream.

Transcoder, if present, must be a transcoder object that will be used to encode and decode characters in the stream.


// A simple network echo server:          
let s = tcp_server_stream(2020)

function echo(client)
{ showln(stream = client, read_line(client))
  flush_writer(client) }
letfn loop (client = read(s))
{ !call_with_stream(client, echo)
  loop(read(s)) }

// The following code can be used to test the echo server:
let c = tcp_client_stream("localhost:2020")
showln(stream = c, "hello")
//> hello          

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