Socket.IO vs Unifrost: What are the differences?
Socket.IO: Realtime application framework (Node.JS server). It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed; Unifrost: Stream PubSub Messages to the Browser. It is a go module for relaying pubsub messages to the web via SSE(Eventsource). It is based on Twitter's implementation for real-time event-streaming in their new web app.
Socket.IO and Unifrost can be primarily classified as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.
Some of the features offered by Socket.IO are:
- Real-time analytics - Push data to clients that gets represented as real-time counters, charts or logs.
- Binary streaming - Starting in 1.0, it's possible to send any blob back and forth: image, audio, video.
- Instant messaging and chat - Socket.IO's "Hello world" is a chat app in just a few lines of code.
On the other hand, Unifrost provides the following key features:
- Supports Go modules
- Uses Server-Sent-Events
- Can be embedded in your api server
Socket.IO and Unifrost are both open source tools. It seems that Socket.IO with 48.4K GitHub stars and 8.83K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Unifrost with 136 GitHub stars and 8 GitHub forks.