#Socket.io for Elm
This library provides Elm code with realtime push-based two-way communication with a server using socket.io. It works quite well for the most common use case, a stable connection to a server that you wrote in Node.js.
Note that vanilla websockets (i.e. servers other than Socket.io) are not supported. You should use ports and the JS Websocket API.
For documentation, see
src/SocketIO.elm. Supports Elm 0.16 and Socket.io 1.4.4. If this version is causing problems, open an issue to bump to the latest version.
For each example, a working Elm client and Node server are provided. You will need to
cd examples to start. This first time you do this, you will also need to
npm install to get socket.io for the server. Then in separate terminals, run
node <example-name>/server.js and
elm reactor, then open your browser and navigate to the example as you normally would with the reactor.
In this example, client and server exchange a number, incrementing it each time. The server sees odd numbers and the client sees even numbers.
This example is big enough to show all the useful features of the library, but no bigger. There is also a version using The Elm Architecture and elm-effects (with the same server).
The main example: a realtime chat program. You can test it out yourself with multiple browser tabs.
Chat is divided into five modules.
Protocol most of the knowledge shared with the server and a few other common functions.
Login is the login page,
Post is the text field and submit button, and
View makes the messages look pretty. Finally,
ChatClient pulls it all together and does the I/O.
A very simple example to show that you can obtain a signal about the connection state and use this to render information in the UI.