Flying above the clouds

JAX Innovation Awards 2014 Spotlight: Atmosphere Framework

Lucy Carey

What keeps this Java framework aloft, and what’s on the roadmap ahead?

Over the last month we’ve had many interesting
and diverse nominations sent our way for the JAX
Innovation Awards 2014, in the form of Most innovative Java
Technology, Most innovative Open Technology, and Most innovative
Open Tech Business. Community voting is open until May 12th – make
sure to get yours in, and give the people making genuine waves in
the industry the recognition you think they deserve. Click here to get submitting! This
interview is part of a special series showcasing our final

Category: Most innovative Java

Technology: Atmosphere Framework

Interviewee: Jean Francois Arcand

1) Can you tell our readers a little more
about the Atmosphere Framework?

The Atmosphere Framework is the most popular
asynchronous application development framework for enterprise Java.
The Atmosphere Framework provides the enterprise features required
to build massive scalable, real time, asynchronous and reactive
applications using protocol like WebSocket, Server Side Events and
traditional Ajax Techniques.

2) Can you explain what problems you solve
with your technology?

Atmosphere solves portability and fast evolution
of the websockets protocol and it’s different browsers/servers
implementations, and help surviving evil proxies and load balancer.
Atmosphere allows the developer to focus on the application logic
without taking care of how the websockets protocol has been
implemented, browsers supporting an old version of the protocol or
when the protocol is at all. In those situations, Atmosphere
transparently use a fallback mechanism to make applications work
seamlessly, allowing applications to be deployed and used by all
mobiles and desktop browsers.

3) Who are your main users?

Anyone interested to build websocket’s
applications on the JVM. Atmosphere supports Netty Framework,
Vert.x, Play! Framework, all Servlet-based servers like Tomcat,
Jetty, Undertow and more, transparently. Developers have the
freedom of platform choice and guarantee to have a working
application everywhere, without any modifications. Developers of
Real Time, Collaborative, Asynchonous and reactive applications are
the main user of Atmosphere.

4) What’s on the roadmap ahead for

Atmosphere’s community is constantly growing and
the community is now moving to add support for the STOMP protocol,
quality of service features, high availability mechanism, hot
deploy and remote monitoring.

Atmosphere 3, which will be a complete open
source revolution, will be released next summer. Atmosphere Pro/HA
will be released in May, allowing enterprises customers to monitor,
ease the implementation of guarantee delivery mechanism and
replicate Atmosphere state’s across a cluster easily.

5) Why do you think Open Technologies
 are important for truly innovative IT?

Community around an Open Technology is the key.
Atmosphere is fully open source and extremely open. The success of
the project relies on the fact that it’s open, free,
transparently…and on Github! The popularity of Atmosphere is
growing everyday, and that’s really because it’s open
source. was
created to support Atmosphere’s growing community and its
enterprise customers. Without the community, it would have not been

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