Alex Freska

I do a little engineering


WebRTC: Not Quite Magic

WebRTC is an open source real-time communications standard for web browsers exposed through JavaScript APIs. The goal as stated on the project’s webpage: To enable rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in the browser via simple JavaScript APIs and HTML5.

In the past year I have been hearing more and more people talk about WebRTC and its plugin-less and auto-magical nature. At hackathons kids pump out amazing projects that allow for rich server-less communication between browsers, polished in just a few hours. Scores of people talk about how you can get a WebRTC based application up and running in 5 minutes flat.

All of this is true when you are developing an application for communicating with people in the same room.

About a month ago I decided it was time to dive into the awesome and easy world of WebRTC. A friend of mine had an idea for an application that involved...

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