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Broadcast data to all viewers of your webpage using Firebase


Firebase is a cloud-hosted JSON based database, which can be used to replace the back-end of web applications.
It excells in certain cases, using websockets to communicate seamlessless between client and server, it removes the need for postbacks or Ajax polling.

Here is a simple example using Firebase to broadcast a message to all viewers of a particular web-page. I have removed the security settings for this particular instance, so no username or password is required.

The callback is event-orientated, so whenever the value held in the database changes, the event is fired on all clients, with the snapshot object containing the updated value.

  <script type='text/javascript' src='https://cdn.firebase.com/js/client/1.0.6/firebase.js'></script>
  <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.0.min.js"></script>
  <script language="javascript">
    var myRootRef = new Firebase('https://vivid-fire-7206.firebaseio.com/');
    function setData()
	myRootRef.on('value', function(snapshot) {	 
  Say something to all users viewing this page:<br>
  <input name="text" id="message" onkeyup="setData()"> 
   <h2 id="lastMessage"></h2>
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