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HTML 5, WebSocket, and Comet - The Future of the Web

Kaazing's CTO, John Fallows, and CEO, Jonas Jacobi, to Present at SYS-CON's AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo

There are several innovations within the HTML 5 specification that will forever change the direction of the web, and one in particular - WebSocket - that will revolutionize the way we develop and deploy web applications. Until now, bi-directional browser communication has been an elusive goal of the Comet community, usually achieved with an assortment of hacks. However, with recent updates to the HTML 5 specification, developers can now use a full-duplex communications channel that operates over a single socket.

The HTML 5 WebSocket enables communication from the browser to any TCP-based back-end service (for example, JMS, JMX, IMAP, Jabber, and so on). For example, it is now possible to avoid convoluted architectures by simply channeling certain protocols to the browser over HTTP, and web applications can now be deployed without the need for a traditional web server.

This session will provide an in-depth look into the use of HTML 5 WebSocket and the techniques and technologies required to build Comet applications with it. Additionally, the speakers will discuss the trade-offs between emerging de jure standards (such as HTML 5's WebSocket) and de facto standards such as the Bayeux protocol. Furthermore, the session will cover the server and network architecture that powers an event-driven web application. Attendees will be introduced to the technologies and requirements for delivering scalable, real-time Comet web applications, and, most importantly, to the pitfalls they may face in the process.

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Speaker Bios: John Fallows, Co-Founder & CTO of Kaazing Corporation, is a pioneer in the field of rich and highly interactive user interfaces. In his role as chief technology officer, John formulates Kaazing's vision of creating the best real-time web framework based on the Java standard. He defines the architecture of the Kaazing product suite and oversees its development.

Jonas Jacobi is co-founder and chief executive officer of Kaazing Corporation. A native of Sweden, Jacobi has worked in the software industry for more than 15 years with a mission to simplify application development. Prior to founding Kaazing, he worked for Oracle for eight years as a Java EE evangelist and product manager responsible for the product management of JavaServer Faces, Oracle ADF Faces, and Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client in the Oracle JDeveloper team. As co-founder and CEO of Kaazing, Jonas sets the company's business and product strategy and oversees all aspects of Kaazing's operations and mission to become the world-wide leader in real-time software. He is co-author of the best-selling book, "Pro JSF and Ajax: Building Rich Internet Components," (Apress).

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Ever since Google popularized a smarter, more responsive and interactive Web experience by using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) for its Google Maps & Gmail applications, SYS-CON's RIA News Desk has been covering every aspect of Rich Internet Applications and those creating and deploying them. If you have breaking RIA news, please send it to RIA@sys-con.com to share your product and company news coverage with AJAXWorld readers.

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