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Building the Realtime User Experience 1st Edition

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Book Description

Creating Immersive and Interactive Websites

About the Author

Ted Roden was the first full-time developer hired on at Vimeo.com, and currently works in the Research and Development group at The New York Times. His work researching and prototyping topics closely related to the content of this book has been profiled by Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab (http://bit.ly/f7rdJ http://bit.ly/YzELI). At the Times, he has also worked on bringing election night coverage, maps, and updates to the mobile website, as well as March Madness fantasy brackets. He is also the creator of a popular social bookmarking site: enjoysthin.gs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596806159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596806156
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Roden is the founder of Fancy Hands, a personal assistant service. He is the author of Building the Realtime User Experience (O'Reilly). He previously worked as a Creative Technologist in the R+D group at The New York Times where he was on the team that built News.me. He built enjoysthin.gs and Blasted.app (acquired by Apparent Software). Before all that, he was a developer at Vimeo.com. He lives in New York City with his wife and two kids

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This book is carefully named. Most "user experience" books tend to focus on usability and human interaction issues, "heat" maps and other techniques. The emphasis in this book is the first word in the title, "Building..." The book and its accompanying Web site of working examples has an exclusive focus on implementation.

"Building the Realtime User Experience" will guide, in very direct language, that developer who has just taken on the task of building a server push application.

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This is not a survey work.

Ted Roden takes a smattering of use cases and dives deep, building non-trivial sample applications to demonstrate the how-to of adding realtime features to your web application.

The book will be exceptionally useful if you are using a technology stack similar to the author's (python and google app engine play critical roles), and have use cases similar to those explored in the book. Even without a good match, this is a very useful book simply because Roden really does understand his subject matter, and highlights the most important concepts to understand along the way. The writing is clear. The structure makes sense.

In organization, the book begins with chapters that build well constrained applications to demonstrate some basic patterns. Roden covers syndication (SUP, PubSubHubbub), basic browser polling mechanisms including explanation of JSONp and long polling, server side mechanisms for dealing with high concurrency and data throughput (Tornado), chat, IM, SMS, and Analytics. The book concludes with the building of a reasonably meaty game that adds authentication and geolocation to the preceding concepts.

These patterns cover a wide range of common realtime design problems, but they are not presented as a comprehensive survey of available tools and patterns. For the reader interested in grasping the range of possible tools, this will be a somewhat frustrating book. For the reader who has no intention of using Python or Google App Engine, there is a lot of material that at first seems skim-worthy. However, Roden's strength is in his pragmatic get-it-done approach. The details of his implementations are important, and his low-level discussions are a mistake to skip.
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When I first got this book I was expecting a just another User Experience book, it turned out a very unique book that show you how to "build" a Realtime User Experience rather than just give theoretical ideas, complete with examples showing how to actually build the applications and integrate them into your website using several known programming languages and technologies.

I would definetly recommend this book for anyone interested in developing realtime applications for their site with basic development knowhow, the book focuses on Syndication, instant messaging, sms, realtime widgets, feeds, chatting, and lots more, really a very unique "other side" of User Experience that is a must to know if you want to have a 360 degree view of all technologies related to UX far from the traditional theoretical version, specially the real time stuff similar to Twitter and Facebook feeds and widgets.
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The Web is moving ever faster towards sites that give users what they want, not when they load or refresh pages, but rather in real time. Understanding how this works and how to leverage it on your own site so that it is useful to the user is important knowledge any developer should have. In his book, Building the Realtime User Experience, Ted Roden does just that.

Building the Realtime User Experience breaks down the technologies that make the most sense for a developer to deliver to the user in realtime such as syndication and instant messaging, for instance. One thing the book does that I appreciate is it presents the examples found throughout using different languages, applying the most practical language for a give scenario or toolkit. Doing this does not make understanding the examples very difficult, however, and any developer with reasonable coding skills should be able to follow along in any language without difficulty.

The first chapter gives an introduction into what "realtime" means in terms of the Web and development and lays out the languages the examples will use. From Chapter 2 on, the book jumps right into the different technologies that present well in a realtime format starting with syndication. Roden focuses on two technologies for syndication, Simple Update Protocol (SUP) and PubSubHubbub, giving each protocol pretty much equal treatment, leaving it for the reader to decide which protocol to implement. Chapter 3 discusses how to implement widgets that will display realtime on a web page, using Twitter and FriendFeed as examples.
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