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I spent some time today considering different ways to provide realtime data to visitors of a web site, and ultimately decided the requirements were best met by websockets. The web seems to be a wasteland when it comes to knowledge on websockets, but fortunately I discovered some very helpful code snippets provided by BTCthreads.



A relatively new (2008) technology, websockets are a very interesting and powerful tool. Websockets provide big reductions in latency as well as the amount of data transmitted over other TCP/IP methods.