Friday, May 1st, 2015
Real-Time Web Functionality & SignalR
Real-time web functionality is something millions of people see every day when using their favourite websites, but probably without realising it. For example, your activity feeds when using Facebook and Twitter update without you having to do anything but sit and wait. It is intended to make your experience on the site less static, and more immersive.
We’ve chosen to use a technology called SignalR to bring real-time web functionality to Rezi. It’s a library that has been developed by Microsoft to help bring real-time functionality to the masses. You can use SignalR to add any sort of real-time web functionality to your application. An example used often when talking about ‘real-time’ is chat, but there’s so much more that can be done with this technology. Here are some other examples of what it could be used for:
They will combine elements such as status updates from their reporters, links to their articles as they are published and tweets that will keep you informed and engaged in their coverage
In Rezi, we take advantage of real-time web functionality in numerous places. Chat, reminders, note streams, document generation progress, and more! If you want to generate a mass mail out to 500 people, you don’t want to keep refreshing to see if it’s finished yet. Instead you can forget about it, go and make a cuppa, and we’ll let you know when it’s finished.
It’s basically a nice way of saying, “don’t call us, we’ll call you”.