[FoRK] mod_pubsub way ahead of its time: Comet solves Ajax-envy

Damien Morton < fork at bitfurnace.com > on > Wed Mar 8 18:29:02 PST 2006

Umm, I hate to call you on this, but what in particular does AJAX have 
to do with UNIX?

I was doing AJAX in 1999, but it wasnt called that then, and it was 
IE-only, because only IE had a DOM mutable in javascript. Its only with 
the death of UNIX-ish / FOSS Netscape that AJAX has become a relatively 
universal possibility.

> Digressing --
> It seems to me that the term "AJAX" directs attention away from what is 
> unique and important about the underlying trend.  The thing that is 
> unique and important is bringing Unix-ish / FOSS ways of working to 
> browser apps.
> In this case, for example, something wrapped up under the AJAX topic is 
> in fact not asynchronous at all.
> -Lucas
> On Wed, 8 Mar 2006, Ken Meltsner wrote:
>> Recent presentation at the O'Reilly ETech conference highlighted
>> "Comet," which is a new name for an old trick: using an open HTTP
>> connection to send data to clients, rather than using polling like
>> ajax.
>> Seems like it's kind of old-hat, with nothing new but the name, but
>> people are thinking about scalability issues (threading!) and other
>> subtleties, so it's not all old hat.
>> http://alex.dojotoolkit.org/?p=545
>> -- 
>> Absolute power corrupts absolutely, but model train sets do a pretty
>> good job as well
>> -- 2/28/05, in a odd dream
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