Push content was an idea developed circa 1997
. It envolves writing programs
that send information
on a regular basis to the client
without the client
asking for it. Generally used to deliver news
, and other constantly changing information. Thought to be wonderful because "Clients do not have to waste cycles
and network traffic
to poll servers
." Supposed to be the Next Big Thing
at the time, it was integrated into both IE
4 as the next platform
of that endless steel-cage death match
The main reasons push failed:
- It required more Cpu cycles than was required to crack DES.
- 95% of the content provided could be found by turning on the telly.
- Download times for the 'instant information' were obscene. Sort of went against the whole gist of the thing.
does live on, but in a different form. HTML
has become more dynamic
with its various extentions
have become widely used, and information has become easy to come across without loading some behemoth
of a program.