What's a Java alternative to Google App Engine for developing iPhone Push Notification services?


What's a Java alternative to Google App Engine for developing iPhone Push Notification services?



I'm a Java programmer who is working on an iPhone application. I'd like it to use Push Notification services.

I originally thought I could use Google App Engine to provide the payloads to Apple, but I see now that it won't be possible because App Engine doesn't support the low-level socket programming that is needed to communicate with Apple.

Are there any alternatives to Google App Engine that let me use Java?

In brief, I'm wondering if there is a free hosting platform that supports Java and Socket Programming

UPDATE - since writing this question I've written an app that uses Urban Airship to act as a middleman between GAE and APNS. It works just swell. There is an app engine issue on this - http://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=1164 if you'd like to follow, but personally I've decided that this isn't really something that GAE should be doing. Just use Urban Airship.


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Though as yet it's vaporware, keep an eye on App Notify as well. How do you get the viewport scale after pinch/zoom on an iPhone web app?Urban Airship looks pretty cool, although doing the math in my head, I'd end up paying them hundreds of dollars a month for an app this I'd have a hard time selling for more than $0.99..

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Like Justin said (thanks random evangelist), AppNotify is launching nearer to the end of this month. We're just finishing up a few admin screens and doing any final tests. The pricing will be better structured than Urban Airship, and with a enough better interface.. If you want any thing in particular or more info, send me an email personally at adam.m@selectstartstudios.com. We're using it to develop our own products, although if we've missed a corner case I'd like to know around it.. Good luck.

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You must did it yourself with an Amazon EC2 cluster. They have a nice Eclipse plugin for easily spawning Tomcat instances and remote debugging Java applications..

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You must also check and follow these guys. It seems they are working on different stuff onto APNS integration. check out ns4app . Edit : They are changed their names and products ? forreceive my previous link. Check out MonoPush Project.


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