[zeromq-dev] Actionscript bindings

Chuck Remes cremes.devlist at mac.com
Mon Apr 12 20:25:42 CEST 2010

On Apr 12, 2010, at 1:15 PM, Bhavin Turakhia wrote:

>>> When in HTTP-land, talk HTTP. The best solution for this would be to
>> have a
>>> RestMS to 0MQ bridge implemented as a webserver and have the browser-
>> based
>>> application speak RestMS.
>> This is probably true. WebSocket(s) is changing the game a little
>> since it subverts the HTTP stack in evil ways (follow the IETF HyBi
>> list for great merriement) but even then it can act as a data
>> transport for a RestMS-style control protocol.
> The reason for thinking of ActionScript as opposed to WebSockets is that
> flash is ubiquitously available in all browsers while WebSockets is
> currently only available in one
>> It would be very simple IMO to make a RestMS-to-0MQ bridge if we have
>> a 0MQ plugin for a webserver like nginx.
> This would work. But a browser to 0MQ bridge is IMHO more exciting ;) -
> trying to eliminate pieces in the middle for higher thruput, lower
> dependencies and higher reliability. Given that google is building an OS
> around chrome ... I would hedge my bets on doing everything from the
> browser. Chromium already has an XMPP implementation - heralding the role of
> a browser in days to come :) 

If Chrome's roadmap is guiding your thinking, then you should target WebSockets instead of flash. BTW, WebSockets is supported in nightly builds of WebKit (Safari and others), Firefox, Chrome and Opera. It will be ubiquitous soon.

Additionally, most of these nightly builds also include preliminary support for WebWorkers which are threads in the browser. You'll be able to do all sorts of async tricks with those.

In the meantime, if you are building this for an internal project you can always specify minimum browser version to get the features you need.


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