I watched the Webcast : Ajax Push and Collaborative Enterprise Applications – Vendor Webcast about the ICEfaces framework.
Two remarks :
- It is very long : more than 1 hour ! In the same amount of time, I could have read a (good) article and have some entertainment. The WebCast format didn’t convince me, but to be fair I don’t think I was the intended audience for this one, even if I learned a big news.
- I didn’t know about the non-blocking IO solution ! This is big and great ! Looks like AJAX buzz made so much noise that this information get lost to me !
It is big in that it involves changes in the Servlet handling level. There are explanation here : Ajax, Comet and Jetty
With traditional J2EE this wasn’t possible since each connexion is handled by a thread, now with non-blocking connexion, it is feasible. A good point is that ICEFaces is free and OpenSource, but if by chance your application is successful, they will sell the non-free clustering solution …