i'm going to build a instant messager and now i have to decide how i implement the networking. So far i only worked with Sockets (TCP or UDP). Now i heared about RMI (in Java) and want this in my C#-Chatapplication too.
There is .NET Remoting and WCF. I think building the instant messager with Sockets is not a good idea, right? But that should i use? .NET Remoting or WCF? .NET Remoting seems to be the older technologie and is similar to Java RMI. I read that .NET Remoting is faster than WCT (article from 2007).
Which technologie should i use for my instant messager? I want to send formatted text from the richtextbox and inline images. Furthermore i want to exchange files from chat-client to chat-client.
For .NET Remoting i found a tutorial which uses
But this is marked as obsolete. Is .NET Remoting a obsolete technologie? Is it possible to send images and files with WCF or .NET Remoting or are Sockets the better choice?
I read that WCF is a collection of networking technologies (Web Services, Remoting, ...) but if i search for WCF and remote method invocation i only get examples for Web Services...
BTW: Later, i want to implement a Web-Client for my instant messager with ASP.NET. Are there some limitations respective to Networking (WCF/Remoting)?
Thank you :)
.NET Remoting is maintained for backward compatibility only as of .NET 3.0. Thus, if you are going to be using .NET 3.0 or greater, use WCF.
For your immediate use, I would suggest the
NetTcpBinding. You can then select a more appropriate binding using the following chart.
Finally, to learn about WCF, refer to this SO question.
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