|Getting started and developer experience|
Time to "hello world"
Reviewed by 3+ independent developers
Ratings were given based on the average amount of time it takes to sign up to a new account and publish the first message.
4 / 5
5 = <30 min
3 / 5
5 = <30 min
Demos / Tutorials
A selection of online demos and tutorials so you can test and see the code in action.Explore Ably's tutorials for our pub/sub messaging platform
Reviewed by 3+ independent developersExplore Ably's documentation for our pub/sub messaging platform
4 / 5
Getting started guides5 / 5
Information architecture and developer journey4 / 5
API reference documentation4 / 5
Readability, design and navigation3 / 5
Quality of code5 / 5
Breadth and quality of tutorials3 / 5
"Much like the solution, the documentation is pretty lightweight. You have an excellent getting started guide that requires no prior Socket.IO or Node.js knowledge. There are tens of code snippets throughout the docs, which is fantastic. There are almost no tutorials (not official ones), but you do have a chat and a whiteboard demo that you can grab from GitHub. The quality of writing is good enough. Most of the time, things are clear. Navigating between documentation, demos, and the API reference is quite annoying. They could have done a better job linking these sections and having them displayed in a common ToC. Although lightweight and generally clear, the documentation seems to have some holes in it, based on the number of GitHub and Stack Overflow questions about Socket.IO."
2.33 / 5
Getting started guides2 / 5
Information architecture and developer journey2 / 5
API reference documentation1 / 5
Readability, design and navigation4 / 5
Quality of code3 / 5
Breadth and quality of tutorials2 / 5
“tenefit.cloud documentation is schematic and not informative. It gives you a very quick overview of the solution and some other lightweight details on usage. There are no technical details about how tenefit.cloud works, nothing about the quality of service, reconnections, conflation, deltas, or any of the features mentioned on the product page. There’s no API reference to consume because tenefit.cloud uses SSE APIs in the browser rather than provide proprietary APIs. At least the docs are designed in a readable way, and the nav is intuitive. However, with almost no getting started guides, seldom code snippets, only a couple of simplistic tutorials, and no depth in general, tenefit.cloud documentation is opaque and insufficient for developers.“
Dashboard or dev console
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1 / 5
Ease of use1 / 5
Stats and reports1 / 5
Functionality1 / 5
"Socket.IO does not provide a developer console or dashboard."
2.67 / 5
Ease of use5 / 5
Stats and reports1 / 5
Functionality2 / 5
“tenefit.cloud has a simplistic console, which allows you to connect to Kafka topics and map them to front end URLs that clients can subscribe to. It is easy to use since there are only a few actions you can perform. The UI is simple and unpolished. The functionality is limited, and there is practically no reporting available, no way to do debugging, and not even an advanced setting.“
Note: Only official SDKs were taken into account.Explore Ably's 25+ SDKs for our pub/sub messaging platform
Note that there are also several community-made client implementations in other languages, such as Java, Swift, Python, or .NET.
tenefit.cloud has no proprietary client SDKs or APIs
Reviewed by 3+ independent developers
5 / 5
API consistency across SDKs5 / 5
Well structured5 / 5
Intuitive5 / 5
Simple5 / 5
1 / 5
API consistency across SDKs1 / 5
Well structured1 / 5
Intuitive1 / 5
Simple1 / 5
“tenefit.cloud does not provide any proprietary APIs. It uses the W3C standard SSE APIs available in the browser, so there is nothing to rate.“
|"Hello world" code example|
Pub/Sub is a design pattern that lets any number of publishers (producers) push messages to channels (also known as topics). Multiple subscribers (consumers) can subscribe to a channel to consume published messages.Explore Ably's pub/sub messaging implementation
You can use the rooms feature to broadcast events to a subset of clients, but this applies exclusively to the server-side (i.e. clients don’t have access to the list of rooms it has joined).
You can also use a Redis adapter to broadcast events to clients through the Redis pub/sub mechanism.
tenefit.cloud allows clients to subscribe to Kafka topics to consume messages via a pub/sub paradigm. However, client apps cannot publish messages to Kafka.
A message queue is a form of asynchronous service-to-service communication. Messages are stored on a queue until they are processed. Note that each message is only consumed by one subscriber (consumer).Explore Ably's message queues implementation
Presence enables you to track the online and offline status of devices and end-users in real time and to store their state. Essential for chat apps and multiplayer games.Explore Ably's presence implementation
Message history provides a means to retrieve previously published messages. For this to be possible, message data must be stored (persisted) somewhere.Explore Ably's message history implementation
Connection state recovery (stream resume)
In the case of unreliable network conditions, clients may suddenly disconnect.Connection state recovery ensures that when they reconnect, the data stream resumes exactly where it left off.Explore Ably' s connection state recovery implementation
Guaranteed message ordering
Ordering ensures that messages are delivered to consumers in the same order that producers publish them.Explore Ably' s guaranteed message ordering implementation
Exactly-once is a system-wide data integrity guarantee that ensures each message is delivered to consumers exactly-once.Explore Ably' s idempotent publishing implementation
Message delta compression
Message delta compression enables you to only send the changes from the previous message to subscribers each time there’s an update, instead of the entire message. Useful for use cases where there is a significant degree of similarity between successive messages.Explore Ably' s message delta compression implementation
Native push notifications
Native push notifications can be used to deliver messages even when clients are offline. Useful for geolocation updates or news alerts.Explore Ably's push notifications implementation
Webhooks provide a mechanism to get messages and other types of events (such as clients entering or leaving channels) pushed to your servers over HTTP.Explore Ably's webhooks implementation
A serverless function is essentially an isolated, single-purpose piece of code that is only executed when it’ triggered by an event. For example, you can use serverless functions to send a welcome message to clients when they become present on chat channels.
Note that serverless functions are usually fully managed by cloud vendors.Explore Ably's serverless functions implementation
Which popular services & systems are Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud integrated with?Explore Ably's library of integrations
Known limits and constraints
Find out practical limits, such as the maximum message size, or the maximum number of concurrent connections.Explore the practical limits of the Ably pub/sub messaging platform
Maximum message size
Unknown, but the default is 1 MB
Maximum number of topics
Maximum number of concurrent connections
|Supported development platforms, languages, open protocols and cloud models|
Development platforms & operating systems
Which popular development platforms and operating systems do Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud support via official SDKs?Explore the development platforms supported by Ably
Which popular programming languages do Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud support via offical SDKs?Explore the programming languages supported by Ably
Which popular open protocols do Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud support?Explore the open protocols supported by Ably
Which popular cloud models do Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud support?
|Global and reliable edge service|
Edge messaging network with latency-based routing
Latency-based routing ensures that clients are always routed to the nearest datacenter and point of presence.Explore Ably's routing mechanism that mitigates network and DNS issues
Multi-region data replication (message durability)
Multi-region data replication (storage) protects against single points of failure and ensures message data durability.Learn how Ably ensures message durability
Here’s what the most common SLAs amount to in terms of downtime over a calendar year:
99.999% SLA = 5m 15s downtime per year
99.99% SLA = 52m 35s downtime per year
99.95% SLA = 4h 22m 58s downtime per year
99.9% SLA = 8h 45m 56s downtime per year
99% SLA = 3d 15h 39m 29s downtime per year
Quality of Service
What QoS guarantees do Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud provide natively?Explore Ably's availability and uptime guarantees for our pub/sub messaging platform
API key authentication
The simplest way to authenticate. Involves using private API keys that you can usually create and edit via a dashboard. Recommended to be used server-side, as private API keys shouldn’t be shared with untrusted parties.Explore Ably's implementation of API key authentication
Which popular token-based authentication mechanisms do Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud support?
Note that token-based authentication is usually the recommended strategy on the client-side as it provides more fine-grained access control and limits the risk of credentials being compromised.Explore Ably's implementation of token-based authentication
Configurable rules and permissions
Which types of configurable rules and permissions do Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud support?Explore Ably's configurable rules and permissions
Which types of message encryption do Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud support?Explore Ably's message encryption mechanisms
Which formal certifications are Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud compliant with?Explore Ably's security and compliance for our pub/sub messaging platform
|Pricing & Support|
What do the free packages offered by Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud consist of?Explore Ably's free package for our pub/sub messaging platform
Socket.IO is a free & open-source solution.
There doesn’t seem to be a free package.
How are the Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud pricing models calculated?Explore Ably's pricing model for our pub/sub messaging platform
What benefits do the Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud enterprise packages offer?Explore Ably's enterprise package for our pub/sub messaging platform
Reviewed by 3+ independent developersExplore Ably's community support channel for our pub/sub messaging platform
5 / 5
Presence on multiple channels5 / 5
Size and activity5 / 5
"Socket.IO is the most popular open-source WebSocket solution. It has a large and very active community. Client SDKs in several different languages? All of them community-made. Troubleshooting and support questions? The community will sort you out, almost always. As you’d expect, Stack Overflow and GitHub are very busy, with tens of thousands of questions, views, and responses about all things Socket.IO."
1 / 5
Presence on multiple channels1 / 5
Size and activity1 / 5
“tenefit.cloud doesn’t seem to have a community. There aren’t any forums. There’s no Stack Overflow presence, no community-made libraries. There’s only a couple of repos on GitHub, but that’s about it.”
What types of support options and response times do Socket.IO and tenefit.cloud offer?Explore Ably's support options for our pub/sub messaging platform
General support options
Technical documentation, Slack, Stack Overflow, GitHub.
General support options
Chat, email, phone, lightweight documentation
There is only one level of support, Platinum Level, which includes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week assistance.
Between 1 hour (severity 1 cases) and 5 business days (severity 4 cases).
Disclaimer: The information presented for Socket.IO was last updated on 3 December 2020 and on 9 December 2020 for tenefit.cloud. It is possible that some details may now be out of date. If you think that’s the case, please let us know so we can update them. In any case, you should not rely solely on the information presented here and must check with each provider before deciding to integrate or buy any of these two solutions.
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