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SignalR vs WCF: What are the differences?

What is SignalR? A new library for ASP.NET developers that makes developing real-time web functionality easy. 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.

What is WCF? A runtime and a set of APIs for building connected, service-oriented applications. It is a framework for building service-oriented applications. Using this, you can send data as asynchronous messages from one service endpoint to another. A service endpoint can be part of a continuously available service hosted by IIS, or it can be a service hosted in an application.

SignalR and WCF can be primarily classified as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.

SignalR is an open source tool with 7.75K GitHub stars and 2.19K GitHub forks. Here's a link to SignalR's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, SignalR has a broader approval, being mentioned in 22 company stacks & 18 developers stacks; compared to WCF, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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Pros of SignalR
Pros of WCF
  • 26
    Supports .NET server
  • 17
    Real-time
  • 13
    Free
  • 13
    Fallback to SSE, forever frame, long polling
  • 12
    WebSockets
  • 7
    Simple
  • 7
    JSON
  • 6
    Open source
  • 4
    Ease of use
  • 4
    Cool
  • 2
    Classes

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Cons of SignalR
Cons of WCF
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    Requires jQuery
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    Expertise hard to get
  • 1
    Weak iOS and Android support
  • 1
    Big differences between ASP.NET and Core versions
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    What is SignalR?

    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.

    What is WCF?

    It is a framework for building service-oriented applications. Using this, you can send data as asynchronous messages from one service endpoint to another. A service endpoint can be part of a continuously available service hosted by IIS, or it can be a service hosted in an application.

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      What are some alternatives to SignalR and WCF?
      Firebase
      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.
      Pusher
      Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features.
      RabbitMQ
      RabbitMQ gives your applications a common platform to send and receive messages, and your messages a safe place to live until received.
      WebRTC
      It is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose.
      MQTT
      It was designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport. It is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium.
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