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What is 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.

What is Pusher?

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

What is 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.
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      What are some alternatives to PubNub, Pusher, and SignalR?
      It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.
      SendBird is a Messaging SDK, Chat API, and fully managed chat infrastructure for your mobile apps and websites. Embeddable chat for iOS, Android, JavaScript, Unity, .NET.
      Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.
      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.
      Ably's APIs solve the most complex and demanding aspects of realtime engineering, making it easy for developers to power and scale realtime apps like chat, multiplayer games, real time GPS location updates, IoT device control, and more.
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      Decisions about PubNub, Pusher, and SignalR

      I recently used PubNub to implement a realtime leaderboard into my Unity game. It was easy and straight forward to get up and running. I choose Pubnub because they had a Unity SDK and an example project which showed me how to use it. I downloaded the example project and tweaked it to fit my game.

      In their documentation I found good information about what I needed to know. Also, their support is very helpful when you have questions.

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      I used PubNub because we needed a real time server for our product. Even though we selected a fixed amount paid version, the amount they charged was incredibly high, 8x of the fixed amount. We could not understand how did they do the calculation and there is no easy way of understanding it. Regarding to the analytics they have, we spent millions of messages with few hundred active users.

      Then for the second month we tried to change our architecture to decrease the messages but nothing changed. Then we wanted to get some support from them. We arranged a meeting and the person who joined the meeting didn't even have permissions to see our usage, so it was waste of time. Then they arranged another meeting WEEKS after which didn't solve anything either. As a result, we stopped using it and implemented our own simple pub-sub server.

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      Poojan Shah
      Poojan Shah
      Python Developer at Datavizz · | 6 upvotes · 7.8K views

      I was building up an Alexa Skill in which user orders a meal and its notification gets to the system of the restaurant and gets displayed which was implemented using PubNub which helped me a lot in getting real time updates and notifications. I used simple publish and subscribe module to implement it which resolved a major challenge. The 5 to 6 lines of python code get my every single chain working with notifications. Thanking PubNub for this major support for solving the challenge.

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      Krissanawat Kaewsanmuang
      Krissanawat Kaewsanmuang

      I use PubNub because is simple and easy I use on Chat app this service has stable, cheap and userfriendly. The admin interface is very easy to understand and you will find a lot of tutorials and learning at their website. Pubnub comes with my highest recommendation for anyone working with apps with chat, push notifications and other realtime data.

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      Reviews of PubNub, Pusher, and SignalR
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      Co-Founder and CTO at Tipe
      Review ofPubNubPubNub

      PubNub is my goto solution for when I want to use sockets at scale. They have redundant data centers in 14 regions with 99.999% SLA allowing me to build realtime apps for any platform. Also Stephen (PubNub CTO) is Awesome!

      How developers use PubNub, Pusher, and SignalR
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      Nathan Heffley uses PusherPusher

      In the original prototype all the communication was handled by a backend server. Each client connected directly to the server using the library. This quickly proved to be messy and unreliable, especially on the cheap server being used to host it.

      Websockets proved to be a little more reliable, but still just as messy and not all browsers support them. That's when the project was switched over to use Pusher. Using Pusher has allowed all but the initial connection code to be off-loaded onto the client. Now instead of communicating through a self-hosted server, clients can communicate pretty much peer-to-peer over Pusher.

      Avatar of Volkan Özçelik
      Volkan Özçelik uses PubNubPubNub

      Using websockets is something, scaling a message pipeline to thousands of concurrent connections is something else.

      I trust PubNub with what it does best, and use it as ’s messaging pipeline.

      With PubNub, I have one less problem to think about.

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      Flutter Health Inc. uses PubNubPubNub

      Flutter uses PubNub for sending push notifications when the users add new posts to the Flutter Community or leave comments.

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      Jewel Mahanta uses PusherPusher

      Pusher is used to send update notification whenever Lapzbot joins a server.

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      Tuomas Hietanen uses SignalRSignalR

      All communications between client and server

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      Ronnie Sunde uses SignalRSignalR

      Communication between backend and frontend

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      Vamsi Krishna uses PusherPusher

      Push real-time updates

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