Thursday, March 29th, 2007
Joe Walker has discussed the progress of the OpenAjax Hub. He has participated in a demo of using the OpenAjax Hub with DWR or Lightstreamer. TIBCO GI is the UI side, and it plugs into either backends with no code changes.
With a traditional request/response model, DWR (and Lightstreamer) would be calling GI routines to update. With the pub/sub model the distinction between client and server is gone because the UI publishes things it’s interested in back to the hub. There’s no reason the UI has to be GI even: any UI that groks the OpenAjax hub can play. We could even have several UI components listening to the same messages on one page.
The OpenAjax Hub is getting close to a 1.0 release, and I’m hoping that DWR will have a server-side version of the OpenAjax hub soon after. This would allow you to transparently co-ordinate remote hubs, and even allow publishing of messages from one browser to another.
I’ve put the DWR version live so anyone can have a play. It’s not exciting, but you can see it in action. Just click on an “Industry Sector” to see messages published to that sector. See the DWR/OpenAjax/GI demo. I hope to move where it is hosted soon, and this is definitely something of a test, so don’t be surprised if you get a 404. I hope we can get a demo of the Lightstreamer version live soon too.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:48 am