Pusher vs Simperium: What are the differences?
Pusher: Hosted APIs to build realtime apps with less code. Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features; Simperium: Move data everywhere it's needed, instantly and automatically. Simperium is a new kind of data layer. As your app reads and writes data, Simperium circulates that data everywhere it's needed. You add a Simperium library to your app and initialize it. This library keeps a persistent connection to the Simperium hosted service. The Simperium libraries and service work together to efficiently move data around for your users.
Pusher and Simperium can be primarily classified as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.
Some of the features offered by Pusher are:
- Easily build scalable in-app notifications, chat, realtime graphs, geotracking and more in your web & mobile apps with our hosted pub/sub messaging API.
- Send programmable push notifications to iOS and Android devices with delivery and open rate tracking built in.
- Easily add 1-1 and group Chat to your web & mobile apps. Presence, message storage, rich media, notifications, typing indicators and more.
On the other hand, Simperium provides the following key features:
- Data transparently moves across mobile, web, and desktop versions of your app
- Your users can read and write data even when they're offline
- Multiple users can collaborate with the same data at the same time
"An easy way to give customers realtime features" is the top reason why over 44 developers like Pusher, while over 2 developers mention "Simple and useful data model" as the leading cause for choosing Simperium.
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In the original prototype all the communication was handled by a backend server. Each client connected directly to the server using the socket.io 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.
Simperium is simply amazing. It surprises me not more people have heard about it.
As an added bonus, the open source team does an awesome job responding to, and helping out on Github issues.
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