Pusher has just announced a new competition that challenges developers with the task of adding cool engaging realtime features to an application using the Pusher API. Winning apps will get prizes that include an 11 inch Macbook Air and a ticket to the Keeping it Realtime Conference.
Pusher seeks to make the task of developing real time applications simpler. By focusing on the core functionality of real time coordination, Pusher lets developers forego dealing with timers and polling for server side changes. The Pusher API allows developers to skip ahead to the good stuff: Implementing their unique idea.
In the past months we have covered real-time client push services and seen the introduction of real-time client push technology and APIs to a number of services such as Superfeedr and DataSift. This focus on real-time push to client applications, and in particular web browser applications, is very exciting. The initial assumption would be that this movement has been triggered by an advancement in technology, and to some degree that is the case, but it might surprise you to know that the ability to push real-time updates into a web browser isn’t new and has in fact been around for a number of years.
There are a number of ways of delivering data in real-time but until recently it has looked like PubSubHubbub, with the backing of Google, was going to be the preferred method. However, the past couple of weeks have seen a couple of interesting developments which could indicate that the developer community may actually prefer HTTP Streaming.
This week we had 11 new APIs added to our API directory including a gps data sharing service, fitness tracking service, social television service and two real-time push services. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.
This past week 26 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 29 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include AlternativeTo, Amazon Marketplace Web Service, Google Health, Gowalla, Pusher, Thounds and Tribe HR. The most often used APIs this week are Box.net, [...]
The number of services offering real-time APIs is slowly but surely expanding and it looks like we’re going to have to add quite a few more. Since the start of the year a new type of service has started to appear–client push services, which help developers include real-time updates in their web apps.