Prototype for Real Time Data Streaming (Data Push) Part 1

Real time data streaming from remote devices (ie. data pushing) has been a fascinating topic. In this series of blogs, I will examine how to implement a prototype to demonstrate the capability of pushing data from devices (java client) via embedded light weight web server JETTY (JETTY 7 / COMETD 2 / Bayeux Protocol) to your web browser (Javascript / JQuery). The series includes three parts:

Prototype for Real Time Data Streaming (Data Push) Part 1: maven2 generated Jetty based application

Prototype for Real Time Data Streaming (Data Push) Part 2: multi-channel subscription based web application

Prototype for Real Time Data Streaming (Data Push) Part 3: channel feeder java based application
The prerequisites for the prototype are MAVEN2, JETTY 7, JAVA SDK and JQUERY. I am doing on Ubunto 11.04. I believe it can be generalized on any linux distro. Also don’t worry too much on the minor version of all the prerequisites because MAVEN2 will take care of all the software and version dependencies. That’s why we use MVN. We just need to tell it what our goal is, and let it take care of the rest.

Maven 2 Jetty based Web Application

Get Started

I will create a server side web application for Jetty 7 by using mavern2.

 mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeCatalog=

It will present a few archetypes to choose. choose the following

4: -> org.cometd.archetypes:cometd-archetype-jquery-jetty7 (2.4.3 - CometD archetype for creating a server-side event-driven web application)

Then provide some parameters like the following:

Define value for property 'groupId': : henry416      
Define value for property 'artifactId': : DeviceMonitor
Define value for property 'version': 1.0-SNAPSHOT: 
Define value for property 'package': DeviceMonitor: 
[INFO] Using property: cometdVersion = 2.4.3
[INFO] Using property: jettyVersion = 7.6.4.v20120524
[INFO] Using property: slf4jVersion = 1.6.4

From it, a project called DeviceMonitort is created.  We can really test drive this web application now. Here is how we start jetty embedded server:

mvn install jetty:run
2012-09-23 12:18:28.567:INFO:oejs.AbstractConnector:Started SelectChannelConnector@
[INFO] Started Jetty Server
[INFO] Starting scanner at interval of 10 seconds.

Test drive by http://localhost:8080/ from web browser:

CometD Connection Established
Server Says: Hello, World
This is just like any programming where we always start with HELLO WORLD. Don’t stop here. Let’s explore what was created:


In web.xml, it defines two servlets:



In DevServ/, it creates new HelloService(bayeux);
In DevServ/, it adds service : addService(“/service/hello”, “processHello”);
In processHello, it reads from input (name), writes to output (“greeting”, “Hello, ” + name), and remote.deliver(getServerSession(), “/hello”, output, null); Here /hello is the channel.

In index.jsp, it obtains context-path contextPath: ‘${pageContext.request.contextPath}’ dynamically, and pass control to application.js
In application.js, it does:


/// 1. configure URL for cometd protocol
        var cometURL = location.protocol + "//" + + config.contextPath + "/cometd";
            url: cometURL,
            logLevel: 'debug'

/// 2. add meta listener
        cometd.addListener('/meta/handshake', _metaHandshake);
        cometd.addListener('/meta/connect', _metaConnect);

/// 3 handshake

Here is what metaHandshake do: subscribe to /hello channel, and publish { name: ‘World’ } to channel ‘/service/hello’, when the message push back, it displays $(‘#body’).append(‘<div>Server Says: ‘ + + ‘</div>’);

 function _metaHandshake(handshake)
 if (handshake.successful === true)
 cometd.subscribe('/hello', function(message)
 $('#body').append('<div>Server Says: ' + + '</div>');
 // Publish on a service channel since the message is for the server only
 cometd.publish('/service/hello', { name: 'World' });

About henry416
I am a computer technology explorer and an university student based on Toronto. If you have any question, please feel free to discuss and comment here

One Response to Prototype for Real Time Data Streaming (Data Push) Part 1

  1. Pingback: Prototype for Real Time Data Streaming (Data Push) Part 3 « Henry Chen

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