Over the last decade, advances in web computing have removed many of the barriers to entry for developers. New languages, frameworks, and development methodologies have kickstarted new ideas and new ways to develop web applications to make modern life easier and more efficient. WebSockets (introduced as part of HTML5) is one such technology that enables a new class of scalable, super-responsive, collaborative, and real-time web applications with a wide range of uses.
In this talk, we will first cover the basics of asynchronous web programming using WebSockets, including predecessors such as polling and long-polling, applications of WebSockets, its limitations and potential bottlenecks, and potential future improvements.
Next, we will demo and dissect a real-world use case for realtime social data analytics, using the Apache Tomcat implementation of WebSockets and the Java-based Liferay Portal Server. This will include a discussion about development of WebSocket endpoints, its lifecycle within the application container and browser, debugging WebSockets, and scalability topics.