WebSocket vs. HTTP communication protocols

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    Consider a web application where requests are handled through NGINX as the web server and PHP as the dynamic backend language. Let’s say something in the application logic results in a fatal error or process termination. This doesn’t affect NGINX’s ability to serve a response to the client, which would most likely be an HTTP 503 - Service Unavailable message.

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    You might also consider assessing complementary or alternative technologies; WebSocket and HTTP aren’t the only options when it comes to real-time communication, after all. WebRTC is similar to WebSocket, with the key difference being that it’s used to implement peer-to-peer connections without relying on a server. That can be especially helpful for video calls, allowing participants to communicate directly without introducing load to your server.

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    Of course, this separation does depend on your application’s architecture. Consider a similar situation where your application and web server are implemented together in the same process, such as a Node.js Express app. A fatal error here will also terminate the web server, limiting the usefulness of the error that the client will receive.

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