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Thanks for sockets!: 7/14/2015 16:39:46


kubaziki
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I would like to thank the administrators for creating sockets, it was great idea! For me, this change means the end of clicks on Refresh button. You're the best! Keep it up!
Thanks for sockets!: 7/14/2015 17:35:42


Master Poof 
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I would also like to thank Fizzer for this new feature. Long gone are now the days when the warlighter would need to spam his R-key or risk losing valuable seconds of the boot time. Huzzah!
Thanks for sockets!: 7/14/2015 21:22:13


Mercer 
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Any other feedback on sockets?
Thanks for sockets!: 7/14/2015 22:05:04


knyte 
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It'd be nice if I could toggle them on/off on the top right of the window (where I see whether I'm connected/disconnected). Also, the Connected/Disconnected indicator seems to disappear after a while- I'd like it to be there permanently since it tells me when I'm having connection issues and should wait before committing.

The core functionality is working perfectly for me; the only big improvements I can see happening would be on the interface, but they're probably not too big a deal if you've got 20 weeks' worth of work piled up.
Thanks for sockets!: 7/14/2015 22:49:51


Benjamin628 
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^^^ Well said.
Thanks for sockets!: 7/15/2015 03:29:33


Master Ree 
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+1

Not sure if this happens (haven't looked to close) but does it refresh the open games menu? If there are spots left, will I see them refill or have to manually refresh to see that?
Thanks for sockets!: 7/15/2015 03:49:35


knyte 
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It doesn't appear to. I just had the Open Games page open in one tab and a 3v3 (with 4 open seats) open in another and joined/left the game repeatedly to see if Open Games changed. Nothing happened.

Moreover, the "Refresh" button is still present in Open Games and the socket connection indicator is absent from the top right.

If adding that functionality to sockets isn't too non-trivial, I'd think it'd be great if Fizzer/Mercer added it.

Edited 7/15/2015 03:50:22
Thanks for sockets!: 7/15/2015 05:08:58


Rogue Nikolai Krogius
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What are sockets?
Thanks for sockets!: 7/15/2015 05:25:49


knyte 
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They're something Fizzer implemented in a recent update. Go to settings (Ctrl+F "sockets" to find the option) and enable them. Basically, they allow you to connect directly to the server so you don't have to send a request every 10 seconds or press the Refresh button anymore (in games).

If you're wondering what exactly a "socket" is (outside the context of just Warlight): it's basically an endpoint for two-way communication (in this case, between your client and the server)- think of it like one end of a phone call. For a better explanation, it's one of the few things the Oracle Java Documentation doesn't suck at explaining: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/networking/sockets/definition.html

As you can see by looking (briefly) at the Python socket library (https://docs.python.org/2/library/socket.html), if you're working with them directly you're probably doing low-level networking.

In the context of Warlight, then, the new sockets feature just lets you set up a direct (or semi-direct, not sure exactly what's going on in the backend) connection between your client and the server, kind of like what you'd have on a proper chat server that updates instantly.

Edited 7/15/2015 05:31:54
Thanks for sockets!: 7/15/2015 05:36:21


Zephyrum 
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It's excellent, but it causes lag on other things connected to the web I might have open. I can't be on a warlight lobby with sockets on while playing League, for example, since my ping skyrockets.
Thanks for sockets!: 7/15/2015 05:43:50


knyte 
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^ Which is why being able to toggle it on/off from any Warlight window would be just perfect.
Thanks for sockets!: 7/15/2015 06:12:30


Mercer 
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What kind of internet connection do you have? I am wondering why ping times would suffer.
Thanks for sockets!: 7/16/2015 05:50:08


Master Ree 
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@knyte

If you go into a game and then back to open gams it shows it but doubt it's actually working.

I would agree this would be a nice update! I would however be said because I just realized last month that pressing the spacebar refreshing it

Edited 7/16/2015 05:50:20
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