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Kevin Nilson

Kevin has several years of industry software engineering experience with companies such as: Pfizer, Northrop Grumman, Southwestern Bell Communications, US Postal Service, and Core Institute. Kevin is currently consulting full-time for Pfizer in St. Louis, MO, teaching for College of San Mateo part-time, working part-time for, an exciting Bay Area start-up, working part-time for Vantage Point Mapping, and devotes any free time to open source programming for JAbook. Kevin is also one of the current co-leaders of the Silicon Valley Web Developer JUG. This JUG was formed in April of 2003 with an initial focus on web application development using the Struts open source web application framework. The group has recently moved to a more general focus on J2EE web application development. The JUG is co-sponsored as a Java Web Developer BayCHI BOF. Kevin is a Sun Certified Java Programmer and Sun Certified Web Component Developer. Kevin received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.



Ajax has become quite popular as websites have become richer and richer. Ajax allows a page to periodically request data from the server. Comet, on the other hand, allows the server to push data to the client at any time. Comet applications are starting to redefine the capabilities of Web 2.0...