Tag Archives: Web Application

WebSockets is cool, but what can you do today?

WebSockets is a new feature that appears to be a great way to send messages from the server to the browser, however today there isn’t much support, both in browsers and on the server in IIS and ASP.Net.

Today you can use a Comet technique (in particular, Ajax with long polling) which is available in all browsers. Using this concept, the browser makes a standard AJAX call to the server that waits until it receives a message. Asynchronous Pages and Asynchronous Controller allow you to have long running HTTP requests without using precious ASP.Net threads. Continue reading

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GWT is Flexible — an iPhone Demo

GWT is a very flexible environment that allows you to write a web application in Java and compile it to Javascript — even for the iPhone. A number of people have fears with GWT, for instance GWT isn’t flexible which will lead developers down a dead-end path and GWT is ugly, and can’t be used to make “gucci” UIs. This post will show that these are just myths. Continue reading

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GWT for Web Applications

There are several approaches for writing web applications, each with their own advantages.  GWT is a new framework with its own niche. Your standard ASP.Net (or JSP/PHP/etc) w/ Ajax and JQuery (or other Javascript library) Java WebStart or .Net ClickOnce … Continue reading

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