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Build your own live chat web component with Ably and AWS

Web Components are a great way to build reusable functionality you can use in different web pages and web apps. Imagine sharing components between different frameworks like React, Vue.js, or Next.js! In this post, we delve into Web Components and show you how to build a chat web component with Ably to use it in an application built with AWS Amplify and AWS Lambda.

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From A to (series) B

Today I’m absolutely thrilled to announce Ably’s $70M Series B co-led by Insight Partners and Dawn Capital LLP. We’ve grown immensely since I shared details of Ably’s Series A funding in 2020. Back then we reached 50 million devices per month. Our mission is to become the definitive infrastructure of the internet, so we set ourselves the goal of reaching one billion devices by 2025, which felt like an insurmountable challenge at the time.

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Navigating the 8 fallacies of distributed computing

The fallacies of distributed computing are a list of 8 statements describing false assumptions that architects and developers involved with distributed systems might make (but should undoubtedly steer away from). In this blog post, we’ll look at what these fallacies are, how they came to be, and how to navigate them in order to engineer dependable distributed systems.

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Scalable event streaming with Redis and Golang

A common problem that our customers have is event streaming spikey traffic to their clients. For example, imagine a server which needs to stream details on cryptocurrency trades. The quantity of trades happening each second is likely to fluctuate, sometimes nothing could happen, other times perhaps thousands. In order to ensure reliable communication, it’s important that rate limits are in place on how many messages are to be sent to subscribed clients.

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Incoming Webhooks: scale data flow to connected applications without a hitch

Webhooks are the easiest way to integrate your various business applications, but they can create challenges and complexity when you are scaling. If you’re an Ably user, you don’t have to worry about this. What’s more, with ‘Incoming Webhooks’ it is now easier than ever to receive messages from a 3rd party integration, with no risk of bottlenecks when you’re rapidly scaling.

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Building a realtime SMS voting app... In the web.

Allow me to set a scene - You’re a speaker at a conference in a large venue. During your talk you’d like to poll your audience to find out whether they use a Mac, Windows or Linux. You’ve got an interactive chart in your slides which will update as the audience votes on your web app. But there’s a hitch, you — as the speaker, have access to a private WiFi, but your attendees don’t have that.

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Myth-busting: Jamstack can't handle dynamic content

Jamstack has brought forward a great way to rethink the infrastructure of modern-day websites. It shows us just how much we can abstract away in the process of serving websites and, as a result, gain tremendous benefits to User and Developer Experience. However, much confusion exists around what kind of websites can actually fall under this classification.