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Building a Chat Application with SignalR

SignalR is an open source library for ASP.NET developers. It’s the equivalent of what Socket.IO is for Node.js (if you want, you can check out a comparison on Stack Overflow). SignalR can be used to provide real-time web features to your applications. Usually, if you are into Ember and JavaScript, you might be inclined to choose Socket.IO and stick to JavaScript. One of the reasons why I chose SignalR is that it has a more extended documentation and several resources to refer to. Moreover, you can get all the benefits of ASP.NET world for free.

In this article, I’ll show you how to build a simple chat application using SignalR. If you haven’t done it yet, I suggest you to read my previous one titled “A Chat Application Using Socket.IO” in order to have a more complete overview of these topics and then compare pros and cons of both the approaches.

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