[JDEV] webclient project

Pete Chown 1 at 234.cx
Fri Jan 3 15:14:01 CST 2003

Dave Meador wrote:

> How were you planning on solving the client-notification problem?  I think
> there needs to be a client-side process running that maintains a connection
> to the sever... thus Java and Flash based solutions.

I wonder if you could solve the problem like this...  First set the web 
page to refresh as quickly as possible, say every second.  Then, when 
the browser requests an updated page, it gets the data very slowly.  So 
it gets the first character just after sending its GET request.  It gets 
the second character half a minute later, and so on.  If this was done 
cleverly, it could stop the browser timing out, while avoiding sending 
anything real.  When a message arrives, the process speeds up, 
repainting the screen with the new message in the appropriate place.

> So why not provide
> a chat server that listens on port 80 and setup the client to connect to
> chat.domain.tld:80 and to all your...

IMO port 443 is better, then proxy servers don't expect to be able to 
interpret the data stream.


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