Last month, ten excellent WebSocket demos were shared in the May Dev Derby competition. After looking through the entries, our three expert judges—Guillermo Rauch, Peter Lubbers, and Rob Hawkes—have decided on three winners and three runners-up.
You don’t have to be a contestant to get excited. Because these demos are completely open-source, they provide wonderful lessons in all of the exciting things you can do with the WebSocket API today.
- Just Spaceships! by April finalist Ondřej Žára
- Achtung, die Kurve! by newcomer rdragon
- Atoms, also by Ondřej Žára
- Collaborative Draw, also by Ondřej Žára
- Sync HTML5 audio by sophomore JoanC
- open whiteboard by long time contributor Cory Gackenheimer
Many congratulations to Ondřej for his astounding and record-setting three placements this month. Thankfully, this won’t be the last we see of him. Based on his early entry to the July Derby, it’s clear that Ondřej has much more to share. Congratulations also to rdragon, JoanC, and Cory Gackenheimer, who have shown us that newcomers and veterans alike are equally capable of impressing in this contest.
And let’s not forget about all of our other great contributors. The Websocket API is very important for the future of the web, and these contributors deserve a great deal of praise for pushing it forward.
- MDN articles on WebSockets
- BrowserQuest – a massively multiplayer HTML5 (WebSocket + Canvas) game experiment
- Adding real-time multiplayer game-play with WebSockets
About John Karahalis
John Karahalis is a software developer, a project manager, and a user experience enthusiast. He helps with web development on mozilla.org and project management on the Mozilla Developer Network, and he formerly led the Dev Derby contest.