arsd.rtud

This provides a kind of real time updates that can be consumed by javascript (and probably other things eventually).

First, you compile the server app. dmd -version=standalone_rtud -version=rtud_daemon

Run it. It's pretty generic; probably don't have to modify it but you always can. It's useful to have a long running process anyway.

But then you'll want an intermediary between this and the javascript. Use the handleListenerGateway() function in your cgi app for that. You can pass it a channel prefix for things like user ids.

In your javascript, use EventListener("path to gateway"); And addEventListener(type, function, false);

Note: this javascript does not work in all browsers, but real time updates should really be optional anyway.

I might add a traditional ajax fallback but still, it's all js so be sure it's non-essential if possible.

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handleListenerGateway
int handleListenerGateway(Cgi cgi, string channelPrefix, bool throttledConnection = false)

The throttledConnection param is useful for helping to get around browser connection limitations. If the user opens a bunch of tabs, these long standing connections can hit the per-host connection limit, breaking navigation until the connection times out. The throttle option sets a long retry period and polls instead of waits. This sucks, but sucks less than your whole site hanging because the browser is queuing your connections!

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And in your app, as events happen, use in D: auto stream = new UpdateStream(channel); stream.sendMessage(type, message);

and the helper app will push it all out. You might want to wrap some of this in try/catch since if the helper app dies, this will throw since it can't connect.

I found using user names as channels is good stuff. Then your JS doesn't provide a channel at all - your helper app gives it through the channel prefix argument.

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