HTTP Push in browser based Web Applications

A 2011 MSc student project at the University of Northampton looked into the viability of  Comet/HTTP Push with 'legacy' Apache-PHP technology and whether there are new possibilities of Comet applications that did not exist with AJAX.

He concluded:

  • There are a few small pitfalls in implementing Comet with a Apache/PHP - but they are not difficult to solve.
  • Comet is worth implementing for to replace an AJAX or PHP/Synchronous system when dealing with live data from a server.
  • Additional coding needed to implement Comet is small and no harder than Ajax.
  • It can make web applications live, a whole new experience.