Netsend is / will be a networking tool with the main aim of sending a file across a network peer to peer. Weather it be across a LAN or the internet.
Netsend is person to person. Peer to peer (single peer). The Idea is simple, I want to send Mr-x a picture of a purple monkey. I simply run netsend. Mr-x connects and the transfer starts. After the transfer is complete both programs on mine and Mr-x machines end.
In contrast it will also be able to compress a bunch of pictures of purple monkeys, encrypt them and send them to a backup server every night.
Yes I know theres FTP, secure copy, chat protocol x or some other similar application.
But netsend differs in that its not a service like FTP, its only function is to successfully copying 1 file at a time. Its not designed just for humans sending files like with chat clients (although you can get a interactive command line). It can be 100% automated. It will be 100% open source and multi platform.
The idea of netsend is like any good OS/Networking tool which allot of the unix paradigm is designed around. Make it do one job and do it well, use IPC (Inter Process Communication) and use standard Input and Output to make it generic.
Also lots of options and features helps also but no feature creep.
At the moment its features are short and platforms are limited:
- Percentage completion status bar
- File resume
- Windows 32
Netsend will be designed to be light weight and require very few external library’s.
The next feature I want to add is specifying a range or single IP which can make a connection