Monday, March 16th, 2009

Atmosphere: Comet Abstraction Framework

Category: Comet, Java

<p>Jean-Francois Arcand announced a new Java-based framework that clients can code against for portable Comet support:

Atmosphere 0.1-ALPHA1 is now officially released and support Tomcat, Jetty, Grizzly and GlassFish. Finally a Comet/Ajax Push framework you can build on top of it and deploy everywhere!

One of the cool features of this release is that it auto-detects which server back-end you’ve deployed it into.

Among the materials in the release notes are two code samples and a PDF discussing what Comet is and the motivation/design behind Atmosphere.

Comet on Java just got easier, which is a welcome development indeed.

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And why would I want to use this over a more proven framework like icefaces.

Comment by michelle21 — March 16, 2009

@michelle21 – because you might not want to use icefaces just for the comet support

Comment by genericallyloud — March 16, 2009

Comet support alone is probably useful, a framwork that supports it at all levels of integration is more desirable.

Again I find icefaces to be a better mix

Comment by michelle21 — March 16, 2009

Atmosphere is great for testing out different push techniques directly from your own code, there’s no complex JavaScript API to learn, just a simple URL pattern. (Of course, the ICEfaces Java API is very simple as well, but the protocol details are hidden from you.)

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