On May 15, 2006, at 1:23 PM, Jeff Rush wrote:
Benji York wrote:
Jeff Rush wrote:
Just checking if I'm missing something -- with the removal of
HTTP streaming/chunking in 3.2, this means that the async bi-
directional persistent socket communications associated with Ajax
is NOT possible at this time?
Don't know if it is or isn't, but that's a novel definition of the
"A" in AJAX that I haven't seen before.
I got the definition from Wikipedia:
+XMLHttpRequest, is a Web development technique for creating
interactive web applications."
From the page of the guy that coined the name:
The key points re Zope3 are:
around and issues an HTTP GET back to Zope3 such that that
connection is kept open indefinitely, and the thread within Zope3
that is servicing that request hangs around and periodically shoves
bits of data (XML, JSON, whatever) down that pipe that get acted
=> client communications via a brief REQUEST and a neverending
RESPONSE chunked up into pieces representing operations run on the
similarly turns around and issues an HTTP GET/PUT back to Zope3
with a header to keep the connection open. Over this pipe the
client can issue conventional multiple REQUEST/RESPONSE cycles to
invoke functions within the server, providing client => server
communications. However the trick re Zope3 is that the URL/view to
which that request connects must be one that can rendevous with the
thread or a piece of state associated with (1) above, so that the
server and client have a meaningful basis on which to talk.
So far as I can see, Zope3 doesn't provide any way to (1) hang onto
a thread that can send further response data at any time or (2)
manage a rendevous with a thread/context of another HTTP request
from the same browser. I think I can implement (2) but (1) is
harder until streaming is added back in. #1 could also be
implemented as some piece of context that is handed to an arbitrary
request-servicing thread each time data becomes available to send
to the client but that approach still needs some element that does
computation within the server and then signals it has data ready to
send to the client.
I think Benji's commenting on the fact that you're creating a
synchronous connection when you hold it open like that.
FWIW, I've been using MochiKit's Async package for writing Zope 3
apps with AJAX.
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