With our Web Sockets incubator we had a rough start on Atmosphere grinding through the samples. There is no intention to bash Atmosphere, it looks like an interesting approach. However, it should be a lesson to all aspiring framework builders out there: getting your samples in top shape matters a lot. This week we tried out socket.io and I wasn't too hopeful as I had planned all kinds of things throughout the evening. The result of a 40 minute pairing session with Sonny Gill was pretty good and I'll share the basic highlights here in a very short post.
First we installed node.js and used npm to install socket.io. Next we moved on to create a simple app that exposes a socket on the server. Finally we created a client that opens a socket and sends some test string over the wire.