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Alternatives to Socket.IO

SignalR, SocketCluster, PubNub, Pusher, and ExpressJS are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Socket.IO.
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What is Socket.IO and what are its top alternatives?

It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.
Socket.IO is a tool in the Realtime Backend / API category of a tech stack.
Socket.IO is an open source tool with 54.7K GitHub stars and 9.9K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Socket.IO's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Socket.IO

  • SignalR

    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. ...

  • SocketCluster

    SocketCluster

    SocketCluster is a fast, highly scalable HTTP + realtime server engine which lets you build multi-process realtime servers that make use of all CPU cores on a machine/instance. It removes the limitations of having to run your Node.js server as a single thread and makes your backend resilient by automatically recovering from worker crashes and aggregating errors into a central log. ...

  • PubNub

    PubNub

    PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server. ...

  • Pusher

    Pusher

    Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features. ...

  • ExpressJS

    ExpressJS

    Express is a minimal and flexible node.js web application framework, providing a robust set of features for building single and multi-page, and hybrid web applications. ...

  • Firebase

    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. ...

  • Croquet

    Croquet

    It is a platform that makes it easy to create high performance, Live Collaboration applications. Build interactive multiplayer experiences into your web apps and games. ...

  • ws

    ws

    It is a simple to use, blazing fast, and thoroughly tested WebSocket client and server implementation. ...

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SignalR

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A new library for ASP.NET developers that makes developing real-time web functionality easy.
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PROS OF SIGNALR
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    Supports .NET server
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    Real-time
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    Free
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    Fallback to SSE, forever frame, long polling
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    WebSockets
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    Simple
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    JSON
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    Open source
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    Ease of use
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    Cool
CONS OF SIGNALR
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    Requires jQuery
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    Expertise hard to get
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    Weak iOS and Android support
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    Big differences between ASP.NET and Core versions

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We need to interact from several different Web applications (remote) to a client-side application (.exe in .NET Framework, Windows.Console under our controlled environment). From the web applications, we need to send and receive data and invoke methods to client-side .exe on javascript events like users onclick. SignalR is one of the .Net alternatives to do that, but it adds overhead for what we need. Is it better to add SignalR at both client-side application and remote web application, or use gRPC as it sounds lightest and is multilingual?

SignalR or gRPC are always sending and receiving data on the client-side (from browser to .exe and back to browser). And web application is used for graphical visualization of data to the user. There is no need for local .exe to send or interact with remote web API. Which architecture or framework do you suggest to use in this case?

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SocketCluster

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PROS OF SOCKETCLUSTER
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    Cluster mode is awesome
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    WebSockets
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    Scalability
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    JWT based Authentication
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    Security
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    Real-time
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    Open source
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    Pub-Sub API
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    Client Libraries
CONS OF SOCKETCLUSTER
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    PubNub

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    PROS OF PUBNUB
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      Massively scalable & easy to use
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      Easy setup
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      Reliable
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      Great support
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      Flexible to integrate to custom applications
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      Sockets at Scale
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      High-Performance
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      99.999% availability guarantees
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      Multiplexing
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      High-Reliability
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      Scalability
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      70+ SDKs
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      High-Availability
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      Security
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      Azure Add-on
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      Heroku Add-on
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      Easy to setup
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      Flexible
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      Presence
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      Analytics
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      Free Plan
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      Server-Side Cache
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      PhoneGap Plugin
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      AngularJS Adapter
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      Data Sync
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      Data Streams
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      Support
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      Easy setup and very reliable
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      High cost, going up more in Summer '15
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      Cool
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      Angular 2+ integration
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      Documentation, easy to use, great people/service
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      CTO stephen also is A++++++
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      Real time and easy to use.
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      Easy integration with iOS apps
    CONS OF PUBNUB
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      Costly

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    I am trying to replace Socket.IO with PubNub. Provide the way to do it.

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    Pusher logo

    Pusher

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    Hosted APIs to build realtime apps with less code
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    PROS OF PUSHER
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      An easy way to give customers realtime features
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      Websockets
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      Simple
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      Easy to get started with
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      Free plan
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      Heroku Add-on
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      Easy and fast to configure and to understand
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      JSON
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      Azure Add-on
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      Support
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      Happy
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      Push notification
    CONS OF PUSHER
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      Costly
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    Kirill Shirinkin
    Cloud and DevOps Consultant at mkdev · | 3 upvotes · 238K views
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    Recently we finished long research on chat tool for our students and mentors. In the end we picked Mattermost Team Edition as the cheapest and most feature complete option. We did consider building everything from scratch and use something like Pusher or Twilio on a backend, but then we would have to implement all the desktop and mobile clients and all the features oursevles. Mattermost gave us flexible API, lots of built in or easy to install integrations and future-proof feature set. We are still integrating it with our main platform but so far the team, existing mentors and students are very happy.

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    ExpressJS logo

    ExpressJS

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    PROS OF EXPRESSJS
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      Simple
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      Node.js
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      Javascript
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      High performance
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      Robust routing
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      Middlewares
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      Open source
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      Great community
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      Hybrid web applications
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      Well documented
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      Sinatra inspired
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      Isomorphic js.. superfast and easy
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      Rapid development
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      Socket connection
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      Npm
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      Event loop
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      Light weight
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      Resource available for learning
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      Xxx
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      Callbacks
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      Data stream
    CONS OF EXPRESSJS
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      Not python
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      Overrated
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      No multithreading
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      Javascript
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      Not fast
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      Easily Insecure for Novices
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      Not a lion

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    Simon Reymann
    Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 25 upvotes · 2.1M views

    Our whole Node.js backend stack consists of the following tools:

    • Lerna as a tool for multi package and multi repository management
    • npm as package manager
    • NestJS as Node.js framework
    • TypeScript as programming language
    • ExpressJS as web server
    • Swagger UI for visualizing and interacting with the API’s resources
    • Postman as a tool for API development
    • TypeORM as object relational mapping layer
    • JSON Web Token for access token management

    The main reason we have chosen Node.js over PHP is related to the following artifacts:

    • Made for the web and widely in use: Node.js is a software platform for developing server-side network services. Well-known projects that rely on Node.js include the blogging software Ghost, the project management tool Trello and the operating system WebOS. Node.js requires the JavaScript runtime environment V8, which was specially developed by Google for the popular Chrome browser. This guarantees a very resource-saving architecture, which qualifies Node.js especially for the operation of a web server. Ryan Dahl, the developer of Node.js, released the first stable version on May 27, 2009. He developed Node.js out of dissatisfaction with the possibilities that JavaScript offered at the time. The basic functionality of Node.js has been mapped with JavaScript since the first version, which can be expanded with a large number of different modules. The current package managers (npm or Yarn) for Node.js know more than 1,000,000 of these modules.
    • Fast server-side solutions: Node.js adopts the JavaScript "event-loop" to create non-blocking I/O applications that conveniently serve simultaneous events. With the standard available asynchronous processing within JavaScript/TypeScript, highly scalable, server-side solutions can be realized. The efficient use of the CPU and the RAM is maximized and more simultaneous requests can be processed than with conventional multi-thread servers.
    • A language along the entire stack: Widely used frameworks such as React or AngularJS or Vue.js, which we prefer, are written in JavaScript/TypeScript. If Node.js is now used on the server side, you can use all the advantages of a uniform script language throughout the entire application development. The same language in the back- and frontend simplifies the maintenance of the application and also the coordination within the development team.
    • Flexibility: Node.js sets very few strict dependencies, rules and guidelines and thus grants a high degree of flexibility in application development. There are no strict conventions so that the appropriate architecture, design structures, modules and features can be freely selected for the development.
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    Overview: To put it simply, we plan to use the MERN stack to build our web application. MongoDB will be used as our primary database. We will use ExpressJS alongside Node.js to set up our API endpoints. Additionally, we plan to use React to build our SPA on the client side and use Redis on the server side as our primary caching solution. Initially, while working on the project, we plan to deploy our server and client both on Heroku . However, Heroku is very limited and we will need the benefits of an Infrastructure as a Service so we will use Amazon EC2 to later deploy our final version of the application.

    Serverside: nodemon will allow us to automatically restart a running instance of our node app when files changes take place. We decided to use MongoDB because it is a non relational database which uses the Document Object Model. This allows a lot of flexibility as compared to a RDMS like SQL which requires a very structural model of data that does not change too much. Another strength of MongoDB is its ease in scalability. We will use Mongoose along side MongoDB to model our application data. Additionally, we will host our MongoDB cluster remotely on MongoDB Atlas. Bcrypt will be used to encrypt user passwords that will be stored in the DB. This is to avoid the risks of storing plain text passwords. Moreover, we will use Cloudinary to store images uploaded by the user. We will also use the Twilio SendGrid API to enable automated emails sent by our application. To protect private API endpoints, we will use JSON Web Token and Passport. Also, PayPal will be used as a payment gateway to accept payments from users.

    Client Side: As mentioned earlier, we will use React to build our SPA. React uses a virtual DOM which is very efficient in rendering a page. Also React will allow us to reuse components. Furthermore, it is very popular and there is a large community that uses React so it can be helpful if we run into issues. We also plan to make a cross platform mobile application later and using React will allow us to reuse a lot of our code with React Native. Redux will be used to manage state. Redux works great with React and will help us manage a global state in the app and avoid the complications of each component having its own state. Additionally, we will use Bootstrap components and custom CSS to style our app.

    Other: Git will be used for version control. During the later stages of our project, we will use Google Analytics to collect useful data regarding user interactions. Moreover, Slack will be our primary communication tool. Also, we will use Visual Studio Code as our primary code editor because it is very light weight and has a wide variety of extensions that will boost productivity. Postman will be used to interact with and debug our API endpoints.

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      Fast and responsive
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      Easy setup
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      Real-time
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      JSON
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      Free
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      Backed by google
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      Angular adaptor
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      Reliable
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      Great customer support
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      Great documentation
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      Real-time synchronization
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      Mobile friendly
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      Rapid prototyping
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      Great security
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      Automatic scaling
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      Freakingly awesome
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      Chat
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      Angularfire is an amazing addition!
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      Super fast development
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      Awesome next-gen backend
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      Ios adaptor
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      Built in user auth/oauth
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      Firebase hosting
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      Speed of light
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      Very easy to use
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      It's made development super fast
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      Great
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      Brilliant for startups
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      Great all-round functionality
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      Low battery consumption
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      I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
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      The concurrent updates create a great experience
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      JS Offline and Sync suport
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      Faster workflow
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      Large
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      Serverless
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      Easy to use
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    CONS OF FIREBASE
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      Can become expensive
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      Scalability is not infinite
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      No open source, you depend on external company
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      Very unstable server
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      No Relational Data
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    Senior Solutions Engineer at Twilio · | 14 upvotes · 345.7K views

    Hi Otensia! I'd definitely recommend using the skills you've already got and building with JavaScript is a smart way to go these days. Most platform services have JavaScript/Node SDKs or NPM packages, many serverless platforms support Node in case you need to write any backend logic, and JavaScript is incredibly popular - meaning it will be easy to hire for, should you ever need to.

    My advice would be "don't reinvent the wheel". If you already have a skill set that will work well to solve the problem at hand, and you don't need it for any other projects, don't spend the time jumping into a new language. If you're looking for an excuse to learn something new, it would be better to invest that time in learning a new platform/tool that compliments your knowledge of JavaScript. For this project, I might recommend using Netlify, Vercel, or Google Firebase to quickly and easily deploy your web app. If you need to add user authentication, there are great examples out there for Firebase Authentication, Auth0, or even Magic (a newcomer on the Auth scene, but very user friendly). All of these services work very well with a JavaScript-based application.

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    Croquet

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    PROS OF CROQUET
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      Client side code
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      Simple to program
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      Low latency
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      Real-time
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