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Getting Started with HTML5 WebSocket Programming by Vangos Pterneas

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Chapter 7. Going Mobile (and Tablet, Too)

WebSockets, as their name implies, is something that uses the web. The web is usually interwoven with browser pages because that's the primary means of displaying data online. However, non-browser programs too use online data transmission. The release of the iPhone (initially) and the iPad (later) introduced a brand new world of web interconnectivity without necessarily using a web browser. Instead, the new smartphone and tablet devices utilized the power of native apps to offer a unique user experience.

Why mobile matters

Currently, there are one billion active smartphones out there. That is, millions of potential customers for your applications. Those people use their mobile phone to accomplish daily tasks, ...

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