The Changelog – Episode #31

The WebSocket Protocol

with Peter Griess, Martyn Loughran, and Guillermo Rauch

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Wynn and Micheil sat down with Peter Griess from Yahoo Mail, Martyn Loughran from Pusher App, and Guillermo Rauch from Socket.IO to talk about Websockets.

Notes & Links

  • WebSocket is a technology providing for bi-directional, full-duplex communications channels, over a single Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) socket, designed to be implemented in web browsers and web servers.
  • Socket.IO provides a really simple API to leverage Sockets on the client side.
  • Socket.IO Node.JS server - sockets for the rest of us (in Node.js)
  • Pusher App Hosted HTML5 web sockets service
  • Websocket-js A Flash fallback for browsers that do not support Websockets
  • Long polling Traditional approach to emulating push for web apps
  • HAProxy reliable, high performance TCP/HTTP load balancer
  • True Story A collaborative planning tool for agile teams
  • HTML5 Event Source A one-way websocket with limited browser support
  • Node Websocket Server Micheil’s websocket server written in low-level node.js, should be 90-100% spec compatible.
  • Hummingbird demo - a real time traffic visualizer
  • MongoDB Awesome NoSQL database featured on Episode 0.0.7
  • Redis an advanced key-value store. It is similar to memcached but the dataset is not volatile, and values can be strings, exactly like in memcached, but also lists, sets, and ordered sets.
  • EM-Websocket EventMachine based WebSocket server from Ilya Grigorik
  • Node.js YUI3 bindings YUI3 on the server?!
  • Telehash - a new wire protocol from Jeremie Miller, the guy behind XMPP, for exchanging JSON in a real-time and fully decentralized manner, enabling applications to connect directly and participate as servers on the edge of the network.
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