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What are Websockets?

Websockets is a protocol that allows for continuous two-way communication between servers and clients. Websocket technology was first standardized by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) in 2011, and it has since seen widespread adoption. Currently, websockets are implemented natively in browsers like Chrome and Firefox as well as many server side programming languages including PHP, Nodejs, Python, Ruby on Rails, etc. The creation of websockets encourages developers to create more realtime applications with javascript instead of using AJAX requests to communicate between the client and server.

Websocket topics may include websocket servers, websocket clients, and tooling around websockets.