Chapter 5. Bidirectional Communication in Real Time

We have been using COMET techniques to implement bidirectional communication between a web browser and web server. Long polling is the most popular technique of achieving bidirectional communication between a web browser and web server because it works without compromising user experience and without any extra server configuration, and it works on all web browsers that support AJAX. Long polling can easily be implemented in any existing HTTP server. But the problem with long polling and other comet techniques is that none of them are suitable for building real-time apps because of HTTP overhead. This means that every time an HTTP request is made, a bunch of headers and cookie data is transferred ...

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