Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Book Review - SignalR: Real-time Application Development

Over past few days, I was reading the book SignalR: Real-time Application Development, authored by Einar Ingebrigtsen and published by PaktPub. It is a nice, quick and effective read on SignalR. If you are looking for a simple guide to get you up to speed with the technology, then this book is a right choice.

The author did a nice job by keeping it very simple and yet covering what someone needs to know to start working on a project based on SignalR. All chapters are hands-on based with every step explained in detail. Because of this, it is extremely easy to follow the concepts and keep coding the examples at the same time.

First chapter of the book starts with stories on old terminal systems and discusses till rich clients and how they are better than any of the older client type. Immediately, the author jumps to web development, how it evolved over the years and what is expected out of web today. Here, it discusses what problems are solved by SignalR and why it is necessary to learn this technology.

After introducing the technology, the author dives into technical details of SignalR and discusses the underlying concepts in different chapters. The chapters cover following:

  • Creating server components using Persistent connections and Hubs and consuming them in Web and .NET clients
  • Creating groups on server and maintaining clients in the groups
  • Maintaining state
  • Securing hubs and applying authentication, authorization on Hub’s methods
  • Scaling out across multiple servers using different techniques
  • Monitoring traffic using tools like Fiddler
  • Hosting outside a web application using OWIN
  • Using SignalR in Windows Store applications

I hope you enjoy reading this 124-page quick read on SignalR as much as I did.

Happy coding!

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