CHAPTER 1

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What Is Realtime?

If you’ve been keeping up with trends in web development over the last year or two, no doubt you’ve seen the term realtime tossed around. But what is realtime? How is it different from current web technologies, and why should we bother using it?

To better understand what realtime means and how it’s changing the Internet as we know it, let’s look at the history of the problem it attempts to solve: how can we affect the state of our web apps on the client side without requiring any action on the user’s part?

The Evolution of Media

Let’s be honest: when it comes to information, we have a desire to hear the news first. ...

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