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Supported Features of the JavaScript Mapping

Ice for JavaScript does not support the entire set of Ice features that are found in the C++, Java, and C# language mappings, primarily due to platform and API limitations. Furthermore, there are some differences between using Ice for JavaScript in a browser and in Node.js.

The table below provides more details on the Ice for JavaScript feature set:

Feature

Browser

Node.js

Notes

Synchronous invocations

 

 

Blocking RPCs are not compatible with JavaScript's execution model.

Asynchronous invocations

(tick)

(tick)

 Also see Asynchronous APIs in JavaScript

Synchronous dispatch

(tick)

(tick)

 

Asynchronous dispatch

(tick)

(tick)

 

Outgoing TCP connections

 

(tick)

 

Incoming TCP connections

 

 

Applications must use bidirectional connections to receive callbacks.

Outgoing WS connections

 (tick)

 

WebSocket connections require the server to configure a Websocket endpoint.

Outgoing WSS connections

 (tick)

 

Secure WebSocket (WSS) connections require the server to configure IceSSL and a Websocket endpoint.

Outgoing SSL connections

 

 

Browser applications can use WSS.

Datagrams

 

 

 

DNS queries

(warning)

(warning)

The lack of support for DNS queries affects fault tolerance.

File logging

 

 

 

Property files

 

 

 

Flow control API

 

 

"Sent" callbacks are not supported.

Thread pools

 

 

Threads are not supported in JavaScript.

PerThread implicit context

 

 

Threads are not supported in JavaScript.

Protocol compression

 

 

Ice uses the bzip2 algorithm, which is not natively supported in JavaScript.

Communicator plug-ins

 

 

 

Dispatcher API

 

 

 

DispatchInterceptor API

 

 

 

Collocated invocations

 

 

 

Streaming API

 

 

 

Admin facility

 

 

 

DNS limitations

In most language mappings, the Ice run time performs a DNS query to resolve an endpoint's host name into one or more IP addresses. Specifying a multi-homed host name in an endpoint provides the client with a simple form of fault tolerance because Ice has multiple addresses to use during connection establishment.

This form of fault tolerance is not available when using Ice for JavaScript because the DNS API is not supported.

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