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Ably Terraform Provider in Action

The verified Ably Terraform Provider greatly simplifies the provisioning and managing of realtime architectures that include Ably via Terraform, the most popular Infrastructure-as-Code tool on the market. Ably is part of the software architecture of many high-scale cloud-based applications, enabling services and products to deliver complete realtime functionality directly to their end users.

Building a realtime quiz app with AWS & Ably

This video explains the high-level architecture required to support bidirectional low-latency messaging for a realtime application. We use a multiplayer quiz example to explore message flow and implementation, but with minor differences, this could equally apply to other features such as chat, Q&A, or reactions. Jump to: This repository contains a base networking framework for building a realtime quiz platform with Ably. This project uses VueJS on the client-side and NodeJS on the server-side and is scalable as you need.

Building a realtime chat application using WebSockets with Angular and Firebase

The joke used to be that no piece of software was complete until it could send and receive email. Fast forward to today, replace email with realtime chat, and actually you might not be too far from the truth. Whether you’re delivering customer service, connecting community members, or helping colleagues communicate, realtime chat is quickly becoming a standard part of the web developer’s toolkit.

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Top 6 Easy to Use Chat Tools for Small Business

Ensuring constant availability to your customers in the competitive digital world is crucial for long-term business growth. But availability is just one of the reasons why small business owners should invest in the right chat tool, helpdesk software, and virtual call systems, or a comprehensive solution with multiple built-in functionalities.


What's Happening To Middleware In The Cloud-Native Era?

Spending two decades in the middleware field has given me deep insight into the evolution of this technology domain. I began my career as a software engineer in a platform group, building reusable components using technologies like object linking and embedding (OLE), the distributed component object model (DCOM) and common object request broker architecture (CORBA).


Scaling live experiences: Horizontal vs vertical scaling for WebSockets

Live experiences are at the heart of the modern web. And delivering them to small audiences is relatively easy, thanks to protocols such as WebSockets. But there is a challenge. The difficulty involved in scaling WebSockets is non-linear. In other words, there comes a point where serving more clients demands significantly more complex architecture.


The WhatsApp outage highlights our dependence on realtime technology - but why is it so hard to get right?

Billions of people rely on WhatsApp each day to communicate in realtime. Friends exchange memes, expats catch up with their families, businesses take bookings and run customer support, and teams ranging from emergency services to on-call engineers at tech companies even use WhatsApp as their primary communication tool. So when WhatsApp had an hours-long global outage on 25 October 2022, the world noticed.

Visualize Azure serverless workflow progress in realtime with pubsub

A suitable way to update a front-end from back-end processes is to use pubsub over WebSockets. In this video I'll show how to use Ably, a cloud based pubsub service, to visualize the progress of a serverless workflow implemented with Azure Functions and Durable Functions. About Ably Ably is an enterprise-grade pub/sub messaging platform. We make it easy to efficiently design, quickly ship, and seamlessly scale critical realtime functionality delivered directly to end-users. Every day, we deliver billions of realtime messages to millions of users for thousands of companies.

Publish & Subscribe with JavaScript and Ably

The Publish/Subscribe pattern, also known as Pub/Sub, is an architectural design pattern that provides a framework for exchanging messages between publishers and subscribers. The Ably platform makes it very straightforward to implement this pattern and provides guarantees about scalability, reliability, and ordering of messages. Publishers publish messages to a named channel. Subscribers to that channel will then receive those published messages in a totally de-coupled way.