What is SignalR

Are you building websites that needs real-time updates? For example, Facebook and twitter feeds or stock quote updates? SignalR may be the solution for you. 


SignalR is an Async library for .NET to help build real-time, multi-user interactive web applications.

From SignalR website: 

ASP.NET SignalR is a new library for ASP.NET developers that makes it incredibly simple to add real-time web functionality to your applications. What is "real-time web" functionality? It's the ability to have your server-side code push content to the connected clients as it happens, in real-time.

SignalR also provides a very simple, high-level API for doing server to client RPC (call JavaScript functions in your clients' browsers from server-side .NET code) in your ASP.NET application, as well as adding useful hooks for connection manbagement, e.g. connect/disconnect events, grouping connections, authorization.

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SignalR can be used to add any sort of "real-time" web functionality to your ASP.NET application. While chat is often used as an example, you can do a whole lot more. Any time a user refreshes a web page to see new data, or the page implements Ajax long polling to retrieve new data, is candidate for using SignalR.