Asynchronous frameworks – could Vert.x bring in a new mobile development trend?

By | May 19, 2012
Asynchronous frameworks – could Vert.x bring in a new mobile development trend?

As users go increasingly mobile, applications need to increasingly cater to mobile needs. And one of them is the need to communicate asynchronously: it makes no sense for your phone to continuously check your email account to see if you have a new message. That wastes your precious data usage quota, drains your battery, and is rather pointless if your email account could just send a message to your phone once to say that you have new mail instead. Of course, we're talking about much more than just email here – but that's the idea behind asynchronous frameworks. It may seem like a small change, but it is a rather large one in terms of how it would affect application design underlying all the mobile applications you use today.

Node.js is more or less the closest we've had to asynchronous frameworks for web development so far. And it does have its pain points – it offers a pseudo-polling, by keeping a persistent tunnel open for a very long time as opposed to a true asynchronous communications channel. At first glance, it looks very promising, plus it supports more than just Javascript.

Note to self: Stop reading G+, it's time to get busy!

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