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Push technology isn't dead, it just went into retreat for a while. But
these days, there's a certain attraction to a low-tech browser-based
solution for streaming information without ActiveX or Java, so as to
avoid security issues. Lightstreamer is one such solution.
Architecturally, Lightstreamer consists of a server that manages the
client stream together with plugins for data retrieval. It supports a
wide variety of data sources, including traditional databases (via
triggers), and message oriented middleware. The server monitors
bandwidth and client usage, and makes sure nothing is getting saturated;
it can also handle multiple connections on both the front and back ends
(and you can cluster servers if you need even more horsepower).
Lightstreamer lets the server update the client page on a cell-by-cell
compatibility is broad: IE 4+, Netscape 4+, Opera 7+, and Mozilla are
If you want to know more, the company's Web site includes a demo with
simulated stock trading information, which is quite snappy on my lousy
rural connection. There's also a contact form that you can use to enquire
for pricing information.
Mike Gunderloy has been developing software for a quarter-century now, and writing about it for nearly as long. He walked away from a .NET development career in 2006 and has been a happy Rails user ever since. Mike blogs at A Fresh Cup.