Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sockets over HTTP: Comet and Orbited

After my talk on "Disruption Tolerant Applications in Opportunistic Networks" at the IRT meeting yesterday, I found some interesting info about sockets over HTTP using Javascript.

The Javascript implementation, called Orbited, claims to provide a TCP socket over a web browser. Sounds like a really interesting concept. A slightly outdated tutorial on writing an IRC client using Orbited.

This is related to a neologism called Comet, which is "a web application model in which a long-held HTTP request allows a web server to push data to a browser, without the browser explicitly requesting it." (quote from Wikipedia's entry on Comet.)

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