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Sep 21, 2023   |  By Ably
When building a React web application, one feature you might be considering is a notification system. Notifications enhance the user experience by providing real time updates, alerts, or calls to action. However, the big question is whether to build a custom notification system from scratch or go for an off-the-shelf solution. This choice isn't simple and can influence your project's overall cost, resource allocation, and success.
Sep 15, 2023   |  By Ably
In today’s data-driven world, presenting data in a visually compelling manner is paramount for user engagement and clarity. React, a premier library for building UIs, has an extensive UI component ecosystem which offers many options for integrating charts. From business analytics dashboards to scientific data displays, the right charting library can transform numbers into insightful narratives.
Sep 11, 2023   |  By Faye McClenahan
We are very excited to announce a new product — Spaces! The Spaces SDK comes with an intuitive set of APIs that allow you to build realtime collaboration features such as avatar stacks, live cursors, member location and component locking, in days. Each API is optimized for their specific use-case, reducing integration effort.
Sep 7, 2023   |  By Chloe Dormand
Category Visionaries is a podcast where founders and CEOs share their stories from the front line of business. It specializes in discussions with leaders who are disrupting and reimagining the business model of their industry. Our CEO Matthew O’Riordan recently sat down with the podcast’s host, Brett Stapper, to discuss his journey since founding Ably, the reasons he did so, and the decisions he’s made along the way. Here’s the full discussion.
Sep 6, 2023   |  By Tooba Jamal
According to research from Matillon and IDG, data volumes increase by 63 percent per month on average in an organization. Examining such substantial volumes of data without the right tools makes it impossible to make informed decisions, even in small businesses. The key to deriving useful and profit-driving insights from data is data visualization - which turns complex raw figures into meaningful visual representations of the data. Google Charts is a free data visualization library provided by Google.
Aug 25, 2023   |  By Ably
When was the last time you WhatsApped someone? In all likelihood, the answer is probably not that long ago. First released in 2009, WhatsApp quickly became the default setting for instant messaging in much of the world. By 2014, it defined the market so much that it was acquired by Facebook – and it has pretty much remained a leader in the chat space ever since.
Aug 18, 2023   |  By Thomas Camp
Working with collaboration tools like Miro and VS Code Live Share has transformed my expectations of collaborative interactions. However, I found myself trying to move my cursor around websites during calls with colleagues, despite not sharing my screen. It was as if I believed they could see my cursor. I even caught myself saying, 'and when I click here...', only to realize I was sharing with nothing but the void. I decided to do something about this with a project I'm calling 'Cursors Everywhere'.
Aug 18, 2023   |  By Ably
One of the common methods that businesses and organizations use to make sense of their complex and scattered data is data visualization. Data visualizations provide a quick way to understand the masses of data collected - - providing easy access to insights needed to drive growth. A dashboard is a data visualization tool that is commonly found in enterprise web applications.
Aug 16, 2023   |  By Artem Matinian
In the world of video livestreaming, emojis are the ultimate game-changers! These tiny icons pack a powerful punch, instantly amplifying audience engagement and sparking a connection with viewers. Beyond being adorable expressions, emojis add an emotional touch to interactions, breaking down barriers between content creators and their audience. From heartfelt appreciation to genuine excitement, emojis speak volumes with their appearance.
Aug 7, 2023   |  By Ably
Elasticity is far from a solved problem – especially for transportation and logistics companies providing realtime updates. Prior to 2006, startups finding sudden success had to drive – often in a hurry – to a store like Best Buy to purchase new servers and support an unexpected surge in users.
Aug 29, 2023   |  By Ably
Learn about Ably DevRel Engineer Tom Camp's experience with creating a Chrome Plugin to allow anyone to see one another’s cursors on any web page, and the technical considerations required. About Ably Ably is an enterprise-grade pub/sub messaging platform. We make it easy to efficiently design, quickly ship, and seamlessly scale critical realtime functionality delivered directly to end-users. Every day, we deliver billions of realtime messages to millions of users for thousands of companies.
Aug 8, 2023   |  By Ably
WebSockets are hard to scale, it's true. The stateful connection that makes them so powerful for two-way realtime communication also makes them tricky to load balance efficiently, but that isn't to say it can't be done. In this video, Alex Booker (@CodeCast) from Ably runs you through the technical challenges scaling WebSockets before outlining the patterns used to scale WebSockets to thousands of concurrent connections and beyond. Theoretically, the approach to system design outlined in this video can scale to millions of concurrent WebSocket connections in a production environment.
Jul 5, 2023   |  By Ably
This video complements our blog post which digs into the useful implementations of Amazon Aurora and Ably across different use cases, and the best architectures to ensure scalability and reliability, followed by an in-depth tutorial on how to make a chat app.
Nov 22, 2022   |  By Ably
The verified Ably Terraform Provider greatly simplifies the provisioning and managing of realtime architectures that include Ably via Terraform, the most popular Infrastructure-as-Code tool on the market. Ably is part of the software architecture of many high-scale cloud-based applications, enabling services and products to deliver complete realtime functionality directly to their end users.
Nov 14, 2022   |  By Ably
This video explains the high-level architecture required to support bidirectional low-latency messaging for a realtime application. We use a multiplayer quiz example to explore message flow and implementation, but with minor differences, this could equally apply to other features such as chat, Q&A, or reactions. Jump to: This repository contains a base networking framework for building a realtime quiz platform with Ably. This project uses VueJS on the client-side and NodeJS on the server-side and is scalable as you need.
Oct 18, 2022   |  By Ably
A suitable way to update a front-end from back-end processes is to use pubsub over WebSockets. In this video I'll show how to use Ably, a cloud based pubsub service, to visualize the progress of a serverless workflow implemented with Azure Functions and Durable Functions. About Ably Ably is an enterprise-grade pub/sub messaging platform. We make it easy to efficiently design, quickly ship, and seamlessly scale critical realtime functionality delivered directly to end-users. Every day, we deliver billions of realtime messages to millions of users for thousands of companies.
Sep 27, 2022   |  By Ably
The Publish/Subscribe pattern, also known as Pub/Sub, is an architectural design pattern that provides a framework for exchanging messages between publishers and subscribers. The Ably platform makes it very straightforward to implement this pattern and provides guarantees about scalability, reliability, and ordering of messages. Publishers publish messages to a named channel. Subscribers to that channel will then receive those published messages in a totally de-coupled way.
Aug 23, 2022   |  By Ably
This video complements the blog post about Cloud pubsub services compared: Azure Web PubSub & Ably. In the video we highlight the following three major differences between Azure Web PubSub and Ably: Creating the cloud resource Creating a client side connection Presence The blogpost contains the following aspects for the comparison: About Ably
Aug 16, 2022   |  By Ably
In the realms of event streaming, Kafka has become the number one choice for many organizations. It’s capable of handling and processing vast amounts of critical, time-sensitive event data. But Kafka isn’t designed for distributing data between internal systems and consumers on the public internet. Yet rich, live digital experiences are a must-have as far as users are concerned. They are increasingly becoming a key source of differentiation. In this webinar we will show you how you can harness the power of Kafka, to deliver engaging realtime application to users, using Ably.
Aug 4, 2022   |  By Ably
Ably CTO James Aley gives a quick overview of the Ably platform. Find out what Ably offers to software developers and infrastructure teams building and supporting realtime features and products for millions of users, ask your questions, and get answers live. Additional reading mentioned in the session: About Ably
May 7, 2021   |  By Ably
Take a view into the universe of realtime transport APIs in 2019. How do they stack up against realtime expectations? The report looks at ten cities across the globe, scoring and ranking them on ten indicators of maturity. Learn what the pioneers are doing, what those just starting on their Realtime API journeys can do better, and find actionable recommendations for your own Realtime API program.
May 7, 2021   |  By Ably
Online gamers have the most demanding realtime expectations. Mobile gaming now the largest sector of app store purchases, accounting for 42% of a $109 billion marketplace. It's vital that game developers offer a level of mobile performance that delivers an optimum realtime experience for every user. This white paper highlights some of the UX issues that can undermine your company's ability to do this effectively.
Apr 1, 2021   |  By Ably
I watch sports for a living. I couldn't tell you the last time I watched a baseball game from beginning to end. Data is one of the most valuable resources around. But data is no longer something that languishes in a database to be looked at later. Like sports events, data is now live. The sports industry can reap and build on innovations in the realtime data space. But this is no long a nice-to-have. Driven by changing fan behaviour this is now a commercial imperative.
Apr 1, 2021   |  By Ably
Sports and gaming app users demand an uninterrupted, true realtime experience. Almost 90% of US adults now use a mobile device while watching sports. In competitive arenas with similar offerings, like betting or sports, then you absolutely cannot afford to deliver poor mobile experiences. Customer experience is the new competitive battleground and realtime mobile experiences are an essential part of that.

Ably is a pub/sub messaging platform with a suite of integrated services to deliver complete realtime functionality directly to end-users. Every day we guarantee low latency delivery of billions of messages to more than 50 million devices over a secure, reliable, and highly available global edge network.

Build, deliver and scale any realtime application without managing global infrastructure.

  • Build your realtime applications with our simple yet powerful SDKs and APIs for cross-platform, multi-protocol pub/sub messaging with device presence and stream history.
  • Deliver to your end-users no matter where they are with ordering and delivery guarantees over our global edge network.
  • Scale with confidence from day one with our fault tolerant, high-elastic infrastructure and 99.999% uptime SLAs.
  • Extend your realtime capabilities beyond simple pub/sub with our additional features and rich library of third-party integrations for services like AWS Kinesis.

Build realtime features you can trust to deliver at scale.