Almost all HTML5 and web applications today make use of AJAX to communicate between client and server. AJAX is great with asynchronous operations, but what about real-time communication? How would you push a message from server to client? HTML5 websockets offer a solution to all of these questions but are not supported in every browser and every network environment. SignalR is the new cool kid on the block: it leverages websockets when supported and falls back to different mechanisms when they aren’t. In this session, I’ll show you where and how to use SignalR to create rich real-time applications in the browser. No toothpaste. Just code.
21st January 2012