33-45 Parr Street
Liverpool, England L1 4JN

Due to a rather low turnout at the last event, Martin's going to have another crack at his talk.

Comet is a term coined by Alex Russell of the Dojo Foundation to describe the various methods (or hacks!) by which web servers can "push" data to browsers using just JavaScript and HTML on the client side. These techniques allow input from users of a page to be shared between all users without the need to continually request updates from the server. This opens the way for live chat, collaborative document editing, and more.

The talk will describe:

- The Bayeaux protocol that Dojo have defined as a standard way of adding Comet support to web servers. Don't worry, I won't go into much detail!
- Examples of sites which already use Comet, and other potential uses.
- The advantages and disadvantages of Comet over browser plugins like Flash, and standard techniques like periodic refresh.
- How this kind of thing will hopefully become standard in HTML 5, doing away with all these hacks!

There should be at least one interactive demo, a browser based chat application (the "Hello World" of Comet), which people should be able to use if they bring their laptops (and the wifi is working).

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What is GeekUp?
GeekUp is a community of web designers, web developers, and other tech-minded folk from the North West. Our socials take place once a month in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester and are always a lively place to share ideas and spread a little knowledge.

Who can attend GeekUp?
While the focus for GeekUp is predominately web related anybody involved in the technology industry is more than welcome to attend a GeekUp. The monthly events are free, we just ask that you buy your own beer.

Official Website: http://geekup.org

Added by tshannon on March 14, 2008



hey, i am a web designer based in Wirral and have never been to one of these before but i am thinking of attending.

What can I expect?



Hi Dan, you can expect a bunch of people having a few beers, then sitting around a big table while someone does a talk. Then we tend to have a big fight between the macfans and m$ whores. Or sometimes it's just an interesting discussion on something else entirely.

I'd also recommend joining the mailing list and introducing yourself, http://geekup.org/

Grant Bell

I'll defiantly be attending this time.

Last two times I was ill :(