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Say I like to experiment with multiplayer games and I do not want to reinvent the wheel and build yet another game server. I don’t mind configuring and writing wrappers and adapters (both in c++ and java) for the server.
What server does Farmville use? Is it Java or C based? What isometric flash engine do they use? What other examples can I look into to learn the subject?

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I really do not see why this is a CW question. – The Communist Duck Dec 1 '10 at 15:56
I converted it because it's basically asking for a list of software packages. – Tetrad Dec 1 '10 at 16:20
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One of your best bets is to look at SmartFoxServer Lite. It's free, but better packages cost money. It's basically a socket server that uses JSON for all its communication and works well with various clients.

(I haven't used it myself, but heard it recommended in the past.)

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does red5 can do what smartfox can do? – user3689 Dec 3 '10 at 5:26
Definitely check out SmartFoxServer. It's what Club Penguin is/was based on originally I believe. – Tim Holt Apr 7 '12 at 18:59

For your database needs, I'd highly recommend looking into Membase.

Membase is the primary database for the popular FarmVille and Café World applications at Zynga; and it provides a shared data management platform for NHN, Korea’s largest web application operator with nearly 70 million unique users. - Membase Website

The engine Zynga uses to build FarmVille is highly custom, but this website links to various isometric flash engines and frameworks you may want to look in to.

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Maybe this is a useful link which gives some insights: How FarmVille Scales to Harvest 75 Million Players a Month (also mind the related articles)

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