So, you want to start building realtime event driven applications using the new HTML5 WebSocket API?
You want it to work in all browsers, no matter if they have WebSocket support or not
You don’t want to rely on proprietary technology such as Flash to provide a fallback
And naturally, you don’t want to write more than one implementation
Introducing, the gracefulWebSocket jQuery plugin:
Implements the w3c WebSocket interface
Wraps the native WebSocket if support is detected
Provides a default fallback using traditional AJAX polling over HTTP
Requires no extra code on the frontend, allows you to target the WebSocket API today and let users take advantage of it as more browsers add support.
Default fallback behavior can be overridden by plugin options