Commit cb6ae9d1 authored by Clement Ho's avatar Clement Ho 🔴

Merge branch 'realtime-methods-docs' into 'master'

Add docs for realtime polling for the frontend.

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You can find documentation about the desired architecture for a new feature built with Vue.js in [here][vue-section].
### Realtime
When writing code for realtime features we have to keep a couple of things in mind:
1. Do not overload the server with requests.
1. It should feel realtime.
Thus, we must strike a balance between sending requests and the feeling of realtime. Use the following rules when creating realtime solutions.
1. The server will tell you how much to poll by sending `X-Poll-Interval` in the header. Use that as your polling interval. This way it is easy for system administrators to change the polling rate. A `X-Poll-Interval: -1` means you should disable polling, and this must be implemented.
1. A response of `HTTP 429 Too Many Requests`, should disable polling as well. This must also be implemented.
1. Use a common library for polling.
1. Poll on active tabs only. Use a common library to find out which tab currently has eyes on it. Please use [Focus]( Specifically [Eyeballs Detector](
1. Use regular polling intervals, do not use backoff polling, or jitter, as the interval will be controlled by the server.
1. The backend code will most likely be using etags. You do not and should not check for status `304 Not Modified`. The browser will transform it for you.
### Vue
For more complex frontend features, we recommend using Vue.js. It shares
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