Build a real-time team dashboard app (part 1)

The future of the web is real-time. The reason I can say this with certainty is because it's already happening under our noses. Facebook, Gmail, Google Talk and GitHub, to name but a few, have all implemented some form of automatic page updating. When they have something new to tell you, they don't wait for you to ask for it. They push it out to you, from the server to the client.

In some cases this is as simple as the page automatically polling to see if there's something new. In other instances it's more advanced, where all the data used to build and update the page is coming over an open WebSocket connection. For our purposes, the transport mechanism is largely irrelevant; the point is, data comes to you.

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