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2009/11/4 Ignacio Burgueño <>:
> to have a socket relinquish its ownership and gaining access to an opaque
> identifier that is easily serializable (i.e. a number). Note that I'm not
> mentioning file descriptors. That identifier could be the fd but one must
> not rely on that.

A most sensible suggestion. There is always some raw underlying OS
handle involved, but for Windows it isn't a fd, and should not be
treated as such.  So portability _and_ flexibility!