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Orbited: Enabling Comet for the Masses

Location: E145 Level: Novice
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Real-time interactivity has long been out of reach of most web sites. Today, using the HTTP push technology known as Comet, a few sites have managed to create such real-time applications… but their solutions take months of development, are difficult to scale, and rely on proprietary code and novel server architecture.

Orbited, the open source HTTP/Comet Daemon, makes creating scalable Comet applications simple. It provides a clean client API in every major programming language and leaves existing server configurations nearly unmodified. Orbited brings Comet to mere mortal developers, and richer web experiences to us all. Orbited is a sure-bet in avoiding proprietary browser technology lock-ins, as happens with Flash or Java. This talk further explorers the obstacles and solutions of scaling a Comet web application both vertically and horizontally.

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Michael Carter


Based in Los Angeles, Michael has been developing Web-based applications for nine years. He is currently the principal software architect at Brand Up, an LA area-based Internet and technology marketing firm. For the past two years Michael has been filling the void of good Open source HTTP Push (Comet) servers. He is the creator of Orbited, an Open Source, scalable, cross-language, and cross-platform HTTP server optimized for long-lasting idle connections that allow distributed HTTP Push communication. He has presented Orbited as well as additional theoretical work at multiple web development conferences. He shares his expertise in bi-weekly articles for the technical publication Comet Daily.

Jacob Rus


After two years at Harvard College, Jacob Rus spent a year working for One Laptop per Child, in Cambridge, MA, splitting his time between user interface design, Python and C programming, and writing. He spent a second year as a full-time developer for Orbited, the Open Source Comet server. Jacob has since returned to Harvard to complete his degree. He discusses the future of web standards and current usability techniques for HTTP push communication with bi-weekly articles for the technical publication Comet Daily.

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