[jifty-devel] Server pushed region updates (was Re: Manipulating page regions from actions)

Jesse Vincent jesse at bestpractical.com
Mon Aug 25 11:23:36 EDT 2008

On Aug 25, 2008, at 10:02 AM, Sterling Hanenkamp wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 8:00 AM, Jesse Vincent <jesse at bestpractical.com 
> > wrote:
> Sterling,
> My cranky-architect comments are that the name "metadata" isn't really
> very evocative and that without docs or tests, the patch isn't likely
> to be used by many people and is likely to get  broken the first time
> someone tries to clean up one of these codepaths.
> Agreed. Which is why I essentially said not to use the patch in the  
> comments. It's more a proof of concept than a useful hunk of code at  
> this point. However, if there was a mechanism for injecting some  
> information into the returned response that could be reacted to, I  
> think that would be swell. Currently, I'd have to implement such a  
> thing on my own.
> I'm going to see if I can come up with something that's more  
> flexible and less likely to bring out the cranky-architect. After  
> looking through jifty.js in detail, it looks like Jifty.update() and  
> related functions really ought to be refactored as a Jifty.Update  
> class (probably with a better name than that) with parts that could  
> be used separately and would be more extensible. I could see Ajax  
> and PubSub being extensions of some base with the potential of the  
> application further extending them and then setting:

That all sounds pretty reasonable.


> framework:
>   javascript:
>     ajax_update_class: MyApp.AjaxUpdate
>     pubsub_update_class: MyApp.PubSubUpdate
> to make all the event handler code use a custom class instead. Just  
> thinking out loud...
> Cheers,
> Sterling
> In general, though, I'm a fan. I know that we've had code that does
> something along these lines before, though I don't recall the exact
> mechanism.  Similarly, alex has been doing a lot of work on the pubsub
> stuff and I know it's possible for the server to build up and stream a
> queue of fragment updates for the client side. It'd be cool if there
> were more unity between these mechanisms.
> -j
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