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Can I open a persistent conection using cfhttp?

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If I use cfhttp tag in coldfusion to output data from an oracle database, can I maintain a persistent connection so that when the database values change in oracle, the page is updated without refreshing the page?

If not, is there another tag that will do this?
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No you will have to poll.
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Can you explain polling?  Is there a coldfusion tag for that?
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just to elaborate... an http call can never be "persistent" by designs its a get and forget method. A call to a server happens once, and then server knows nothing about later calls (session variables were invented for this reason..to maintain state)

cfhttp is doing exactly what a browser would do so therefore, it can only do what a browser can do (and less in fact as it doesn't handle javasacript or other things like flash well)

You could use cfschedule to do a cfhttp call every x minutesand but you'd still have to handle screen updates but this probably won;t do what you want

You can "simulate" a persistent connection by doing an ajax call using a JS timer and updating behind the scenes but these are distinct calls to the server/db. This is the way most screen updates are handled in the web 2.0 world but they only look like they're not hitting the server/db... they actually do.
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