Multiple SignalR clients and ASMX service calls from the same application

I was writing a test application to simulate what multiple signalR clients to a server would act like. The clients were triggered by the server and then would initiate a sequence of asmx web service calls back to the server using a legacy web service. This way I was using signalR as a triggering mechanism and not as a data transport. For my purpose this worked out great.

I had coupled the asmx calling code into a test class for a signalR client, so each class was responsible for its internal signalR connection as well as its outgoing asmx calls. When I had one class everything worked great. But the moment I had two classes running (i.e 2 signalR connections and 2+ asmx connections) everything locked up. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. The signalR clients had connected but all the asmx calls stopped making it through, and … Read more


Strongly typing SignalR

I’m a big fan of strong typing. If you can leverage the compiler to give you an error (or warning) before you deploy code, all the better. That means you won’t, ideally, push a bug into the field. So I have a big problem with frameworks and libraries that rely on dynamic objects, or even worse, stringly typing thing. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes dynamics are the only way to solve the problem, but whenever I run into one I’m always afraid that I’m going to get a runtime error since I don’t really know what I’m acting on till later.

In this post, I’m going to discuss strongly typing signalR. For the impatient, I have a working demo up, as well as the code posted on my github.

That said, I’ve written about signalR before so I won’t rehash that, but signalR uses dynamic objects heavily to … Read more


SignalR on ios and a single domain

Safari on ios has a limitation that you can only have one concurrent request to a particular domain at a time. Normally this is fine, since once a request completes the next one that is queued up fires off. But what if you are using a realtime persistent connection library like signalR? In this case your one allowed connection is held up with the signalR request. If you’re not on a mac or linux and you use windows 7 or earlier you can’t use websockets so you’re stuck using http. Most suggestions involve buying a second domain, but sometimes thats not possible, especially if your application is a distributable web app that can run on client machines. You can’t expect clients to have to buy a second domain just so your realtime push works.

A nice solution, posted about in this github tracker following the issue is to configure your … Read more

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Users by connections in SignalR

SignalR gives you events when users connect, disconnect, and reconnect, however the only identifying piece of information you have at this point is their connection ID. Unfortunately it’s not very practical to identify all your connected users strictly off their connectionIDs – usually you have some other identifier in your application (userID, email, etc).

If you are using ASP.NET MVC3, you can access this information from the hub context via Context.User, but if you aren’t using mvc3 (like a .net to .net client) a good workflow is to have your client identify themselves on connect. They can call a known Register method on the hub and give you the identifying information of who they are.

At this point you have your unique identifier along with their connectionID, but you have to manage all their disconnections, reconnections, and multiple connections of the same client yourself. This post will go through … Read more


Command pattern with SignalR

I’m using SignalR as a long poll mechanism between multiple .NET clients because part of my projects requirements is to have everything over http/https. There’s no point in rolling my own socket based long poll since SignalR has already done all the heavy lifting. Unfortunately since the app I work on is distributed I can’t upgrade my SignalR version from what I have (0.5.2) since the newer SignalR versions aren’t backwards compatabile. This means I have to make do with what this version of SignalR gives me.

Still, the version I have works great for my purposes and I can’t complain. However, I was getting frustrated at having to constantly update my internal boilerplate whenever I wanted to add a new hub method dispatch. What I want is to have a single method dispatch and encapsulate all my business logic in a command pattern so that I never have to … Read more

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Handle reconnections to signalR host

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SignalR does a great job of dealing with reconnecting to a host when either the client disconnects or the server disconnects. This is pretty handy since it handles all the intricacies of a persistent http connection for you. But what it doesn’t deal with is the initial negotiation to a server. If that fails you are stuck retrying yourself. I wrote a simple reconnection function that leverages the scheduling functionality of Rx to continuously try to reconnect to the server.

For our SignalR usage (version 0.5.2), I’m using the exposed Hub functionality, not the persistent connections since I liked the encapsulation that Hub’s gave us. In the following example, we have a local member variable called Connection which is a HubConnection type created with this code.

HubConnection Connection = new HubConnection(Url);

HubConnection has a Start method that you use to initialize connections to … Read more

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