Deeper and deeper I dive into HTML 5.  The WebSocket API allows bidirectional communications with a server.  Think of this one as how you wish AJAX would have been.  Not only do you have Server-Sent Events with HTML 5, you can actually have multi-directional communication with any web server.

This really opens up the possibilities of making web applications more real-time.

You can make your HTML 5 web application communicate, collaborate and receive updates in real-time through web sockets and server-sent events.  Definitely a big step in the evolution of web applications.

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