What is Socket.IO and what are its top alternatives?
Top Alternatives to Socket.IO
SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization. ...
SocketCluster is a fast, highly scalable HTTP + realtime server engine which lets you build multi-process realtime servers that make use of all CPU cores on a machine/instance. It removes the limitations of having to run your Node.js server as a single thread and makes your backend resilient by automatically recovering from worker crashes and aggregating errors into a central log. ...
PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server. ...
Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features. ...
Express is a minimal and flexible node.js web application framework, providing a robust set of features for building single and multi-page, and hybrid web applications. ...
Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds. ...
It is a platform that makes it easy to create high performance, Live Collaboration applications. Build interactive multiplayer experiences into your web apps and games. ...
It is a simple to use, blazing fast, and thoroughly tested WebSocket client and server implementation. ...
Socket.IO alternatives & related posts
- Supports .NET server28
- Fallback to SSE, forever frame, long polling14
- Open source7
- Ease of use5
- Requires jQuery2
- Expertise hard to get2
- Weak iOS and Android support1
- Big differences between ASP.NET and Core versions1
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SignalR or gRPC are always sending and receiving data on the client-side (from browser to .exe and back to browser). And web application is used for graphical visualization of data to the user. There is no need for local .exe to send or interact with remote web API. Which architecture or framework do you suggest to use in this case?
- Cluster mode is awesome12
- JWT based Authentication4
- Pub-Sub API3
- Open source3
- Client Libraries2
related SocketCluster posts
- Massively scalable & easy to use36
- Easy setup25
- Great support19
- Flexible to integrate to custom applications14
- 99.999% availability guarantees13
- Sockets at Scale13
- 70+ SDKs5
- Azure Add-on4
- Heroku Add-on3
- Easy to setup3
- Server-Side Cache2
- Free Plan2
- AngularJS Adapter2
- PhoneGap Plugin2
- Data Sync2
- Data Streams2
- Angular 2+ integration1
- Easy integration with iOS apps1
- Easy setup and very reliable1
- High cost, going up more in Summer '151
- Documentation, easy to use, great people/service1
- CTO stephen also is A++++++1
- Real time and easy to use.1
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Which messaging service (Pusher vs. PubNub vs. Google Cloud Pub/Sub) to use for IoT?
I am trying to replace Socket.IO with PubNub. Provide the way to do it.
- An easy way to give customers realtime features55
- Easy to get started with27
- Free plan25
- Heroku Add-on12
- Easy and fast to configure and to understand11
- Azure Add-on6
- Push notification4
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Which messaging service (Pusher vs. PubNub vs. Google Cloud Pub/Sub) to use for IoT?
Recently we finished long research on chat tool for our students and mentors. In the end we picked Mattermost Team Edition as the cheapest and most feature complete option. We did consider building everything from scratch and use something like Pusher or Twilio on a backend, but then we would have to implement all the desktop and mobile clients and all the features oursevles. Mattermost gave us flexible API, lots of built in or easy to install integrations and future-proof feature set. We are still integrating it with our main platform but so far the team, existing mentors and students are very happy.
- High performance192
- Robust routing150
- Open source70
- Great community57
- Hybrid web applications36
- Well documented13
- Sinatra inspired9
- Rapid development8
- Isomorphic js.. superfast and easy7
- Socket connection5
- Light weight5
- Resource available for learning4
- Event loop3
- Data stream2
- Not python27
- No multithreading14
- Not fast5
- Easily Insecure for Novices2
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Our whole Node.js backend stack consists of the following tools:
- Lerna as a tool for multi package and multi repository management
- npm as package manager
- NestJS as Node.js framework
- TypeScript as programming language
- ExpressJS as web server
- Swagger UI for visualizing and interacting with the API’s resources
- Postman as a tool for API development
- TypeORM as object relational mapping layer
- JSON Web Token for access token management
The main reason we have chosen Node.js over PHP is related to the following artifacts:
- Flexibility: Node.js sets very few strict dependencies, rules and guidelines and thus grants a high degree of flexibility in application development. There are no strict conventions so that the appropriate architecture, design structures, modules and features can be freely selected for the development.
Overview: To put it simply, we plan to use the MERN stack to build our web application. MongoDB will be used as our primary database. We will use ExpressJS alongside Node.js to set up our API endpoints. Additionally, we plan to use React to build our SPA on the client side and use Redis on the server side as our primary caching solution. Initially, while working on the project, we plan to deploy our server and client both on Heroku . However, Heroku is very limited and we will need the benefits of an Infrastructure as a Service so we will use Amazon EC2 to later deploy our final version of the application.
Serverside: nodemon will allow us to automatically restart a running instance of our node app when files changes take place. We decided to use MongoDB because it is a non relational database which uses the Document Object Model. This allows a lot of flexibility as compared to a RDMS like SQL which requires a very structural model of data that does not change too much. Another strength of MongoDB is its ease in scalability. We will use Mongoose along side MongoDB to model our application data. Additionally, we will host our MongoDB cluster remotely on MongoDB Atlas. Bcrypt will be used to encrypt user passwords that will be stored in the DB. This is to avoid the risks of storing plain text passwords. Moreover, we will use Cloudinary to store images uploaded by the user. We will also use the Twilio SendGrid API to enable automated emails sent by our application. To protect private API endpoints, we will use JSON Web Token and Passport. Also, PayPal will be used as a payment gateway to accept payments from users.
Client Side: As mentioned earlier, we will use React to build our SPA. React uses a virtual DOM which is very efficient in rendering a page. Also React will allow us to reuse components. Furthermore, it is very popular and there is a large community that uses React so it can be helpful if we run into issues. We also plan to make a cross platform mobile application later and using React will allow us to reuse a lot of our code with React Native. Redux will be used to manage state. Redux works great with React and will help us manage a global state in the app and avoid the complications of each component having its own state. Additionally, we will use Bootstrap components and custom CSS to style our app.
Other: Git will be used for version control. During the later stages of our project, we will use Google Analytics to collect useful data regarding user interactions. Moreover, Slack will be our primary communication tool. Also, we will use Visual Studio Code as our primary code editor because it is very light weight and has a wide variety of extensions that will boost productivity. Postman will be used to interact with and debug our API endpoints.
- Realtime backend made easy369
- Fast and responsive268
- Easy setup240
- Backed by google126
- Angular adaptor82
- Great customer support35
- Great documentation30
- Real-time synchronization25
- Mobile friendly21
- Rapid prototyping18
- Great security14
- Automatic scaling12
- Freakingly awesome11
- Angularfire is an amazing addition!8
- Super fast development8
- Firebase hosting6
- Awesome next-gen backend6
- Ios adaptor6
- Built in user auth/oauth6
- Speed of light4
- Very easy to use4
- Brilliant for startups3
- It's made development super fast3
- Push notification2
- Free hosting2
- Free authentication solution2
- Cloud functions2
- JS Offline and Sync suport2
- Low battery consumption2
- The concurrent updates create a great experience2
- I can quickly create static web apps with no backend2
- Great all-round functionality2
- Easy to use1
- Easy Reactjs integration1
- Free SSL1
- Faster workflow1
- Google's support1
- Simple and easy1
- CDN & cache out of the box1
- Good Free Limits1
- Can become expensive31
- Scalability is not infinite15
- No open source, you depend on external company15
- Not Flexible Enough9
- Cant filter queries7
- Very unstable server3
- No Relational Data3
- Too many errors2
- No offline sync2
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This is my stack in Application & Data
My Utilities Tools
Google Analytics Postman Elasticsearch
My Devops Tools
Git GitHub GitLab npm Visual Studio Code Kibana Sentry BrowserStack
My Business Tools
- Client side code1
- Simple to program1
- Low latency1