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Why the Web Dinosaurs Died

A fast-moving Comet is about to impact the Internet - Enterprise Comet

A fast-moving Comet is about to impact the Internet. When it hits, it will wipe away the architecture flaws we have lived with for the past 15 years and allow a new World Wide Web to evolve.

This new Web will include applications that are instantly on and always on, applications that are truly multi-user, and applications that go far beyond today’s “click and wait” Web solutions.

Brace for Comet Impact
Comet (or Reverse AJAX) introduces a significant departure from the stale “click-and-wait” interaction we traditionally associate with Web applications, and resurrects push-style communications – the 1990s technology that was long before its time.

Comet introduces a more scalable, agile, and broadly supported approach to mixing push capabilities with the traditional REST-based communications model of the Web, one that also addresses the limitations that made the initial inception of “push” short-lived.

Simply put, push communications like Comet remove the requirement for an end user to explicitly click on a link or button to request information from a server. Instead, the server is free to send messages to clients anytime a server-side event occurs. Therefore, content no longer needs the tried and true “click” to reach you. Web pages from hereon out will simply update as new data is made available, finally laying to rest the refresh button on your browser.

Comet makes it possible to build any application that requires real-time updates, enabling true desktop-like functionality to be delivered over the Internet. Example rich Internet applications (RIA) include, but are certainly not limited to: chat applications to exchange messages on social networks; online games; stock prices from online trading platforms; tools for online collaboration; betting odds for gambling sites; news feeds; and results from sporting events.

Imagine a more interactive eBay that actually shows auction updates as bids occur. This would enable users to bid on products with the most up-to-date information, rather than having to place a bid based on stale information, only to find that you have been outbid. Financial Web sites such as E*TRADE or Yahoo Finance will also benefit from Comet by providing a scalable means for delivering real-time quotes to millions of customers.

Comet also brings true “instant play” to the world of online games, enabling gaming sites to deliver multi-player games via the browser rather than requiring a lengthy download and installation process to install clunky desktop software.

With its ability to turn the Web into an event-based medium, Comet brings the promise of a Web that is always on and always adapting, a Web that is no longer bound to page views, but dedicated to streaming continuous content that is ever more targeted and personalized, and at any time.

To quote Douglas Crockford, Yahoo, at AJAXWorld East 2008, “Comet is a correction of the initial architecture of the Web.” Comet provides us with a true event-driven model for building next-generation Web applications.

Traditional Web application dinosaurs are headed for extinction.

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John brings to Kaazing his 17 years’ experience in technology development and software design, and is considered a pioneer in the field of rich and highly interactive user interfaces. As CTO he formulates Kaazing Corporation’s vision of enabling mobile users, marketplaces and machines to connect and communicate in real-time, more reliably and at unprecedented scale. He defines the architecture of the Kaazing product suite and oversees its development. Prior to co-founding Kaazing, John served as Architect for Brane Corporation, a startup company based in Redwood City, California. Before joining Brane, he was a Consulting Member of Technical Staff for Server Technologies at Oracle Corporation. During his last five years at Oracle, he focused on designing, developing, and evolving Oracle ADF Faces to fully integrate Ajax technologies. Originally from Northern Ireland, he received his MA in Computer Science from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and has written several articles for leading IT magazines such as Java Developer’s Journal, AjaxWorld Magazine, and JavaMagazine (DE), and is a popular speaker at international conferences. He is co-author of the bestselling book Pro JSF and Ajax: Building Rich Internet Components (Apress).

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Ric Smith is director, business and product strategy at Kaazing. provides Kaazing Corporation with a wealth of experience in product management and consulting for enterprise products and services. Prior to joining Kaazing, Ric was a principal product manager for Oracle's Fusion Middleware at Oracle's Headquarters in Redwood Shores, CA. In his role as a Principal Product Manager he was responsible for the evangelism and product direction of Oracle's AJAX and Java EE Web Tier offerings. Before joining the Fusion Middleware team, Ric worked for Oracle's consulting business as a principal consultant where he led development of mission-critical applications for prominent organizations within the defense/intelligence industry. In addition, Ric won consecutive awards for technical achievement for each year of his tenure as a consultant. Ric is a frequent speaker at international events and has written articles featured in leading industry publications such as Java Developer's Journal and AJAXWorld Magazine. He is also a representative to the OpenAjax Alliance and an honors graduate of the University of Arizona.

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In his career, Brian has focused on simplifying complex UI programming models for widespread use, while maintaining backwards compatibility and keeping future flexibility, which now pays dividends in Oracle's effort to move older technologies to it's Fusion stack. Brian received a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin, and a BA degree in Plan II Honors from the University of Texas, Austin.

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