Alan Freedman -- The Computer Language Company - Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Longest-Running Tech Reference on the Planet

A CDE Definition

You'll love The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (CDE) for Tech Term of the Day (TTOD)


TCP/IP socket

See Unix socket.

Unix socket

In a TCP/IP network, the method of directing data to the appropriate application in a computer. Also called a "network socket" or "TCP/IP socket," the combination of the IP address of the station and a port number make up a socket. To "create a socket" or "open a socket" means to establish a connection to the Internet or other TCP/IP wide area or local area network. For more details, see TCP/IP port and well-known port.

Personal Use Only

Before/After Your Search Term
TCP/IP abc'sTCP/IP stack
TCP/IP filterTCP port
TCP/IP filteringTCP protocol
TCP/IP handshakeTCP rate shaping
TCP/IP networkTCP splicing
TCP/IP offload engineTCPA
TCP/IP port numberTCPIP abc's
TCP/IP printerTCPIP filter
TCP/IP protocolTCPIP port

Terms By Topic
Click any of the following categories for a list of fundamental terms.
Computer Words You Gotta KnowSystem design
Job categoriesUnix/Linux
Interesting stuffPersonal computers
InternetIndustrial Automation/Process Control
Communications & networkingAssociations/Standards organizations
HistoryDesktop publishing
ProgrammingHealthcare IT
System design