Robbie Cheng is the author of the book "ZK: Ajax without the Javascript Framework". He is a software developer at Potix Corporation, and the principle developer of ZK Android and ZK Forum. Recently, he become a ZK evangelist, and has been invited to give speeches at Google Developer Day and Mobile Monday, as well as published many articles on the Internet. Robbie has posted 19 posts at DZone. View Full User Profile

ZK 3.5 Supports Comet Server Push!

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ZK is Ajax framework. 100% Java, no JavaScript. With event-driven, 170+ components, and markup languages, development as simple as programming desktops and authoring HTML/XUL pages. ZK supports JSF, JSP, J2EE, and scripting in Java, Ruby, Groovy...

New Feature Highlight
  • Comet Server Push is enabled which allows developer to create Web application in a new way.
  • The layout of all ZK components are upgraded to a brand-new style, more responsive, and more interactive.
  • Grouping Grid and Listbox is designed display data in an intuitive way.
  • More Layout Components - Portallayout, Columnlayout, and Tablelayout are introduced to satisfy various requirements of UI design.
  • A Powerful Container Component - Panel is introduced with more functionalities.
  • Tabbox is much enhanced with scrolling features, and more molds.
  • The concept of moldSclass is introduced to customize layout of ZK components with ease.
  • Spinner and Fisheyebar component is introduced.
  • Chart supports Gannt Chart, Watermap Chart, Bubble Chart, Wind Chart.
  • A convenient mechanism to monitor the performance of Web application.
  • Fulfill Event is enhanced with URI Expression, and onFulfill Event.
  • Iframe supports Bookmark management.
  • Event Supports subscribe/publish Mechanism.
  • ZUML Supports switch/case and choose/when

  • See also New Features of ZK 3.5.
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John Denver replied on Wed, 2008/09/17 - 12:14pm

ZK is awesome!, Thanks to the team for this great framework.

Robbie Cheng replied on Thu, 2008/09/18 - 3:56am in response to: John Denver

Oh, there is a ajax forum build with ZK, please leave your mesage there.

Stephen Maryka replied on Wed, 2009/03/18 - 11:10am

ZK likes to compare themselves to ICEfaces, but when it comes to Ajax Push-Comet, they simply do not measure up.  I recently did an assessment of ZK's Ajax Push capabilities compared to ICEfaces.  You can read about it here.


Rutger Klein replied on Thu, 2009/08/20 - 7:19pm

If you're looking for a push server you may be interested in StreamHub Comet Server. We use it with ZK as the implementation of comet built-in to ZK doesn't scale to our needs.

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