Getting started

WebSockets are a way to implement real-time communication between your applications. It is also used to update the user interface immediately after the change took place or when something happened in some other part of your application. Typically, an event is sent from the server (usually, the backend server) to be handled by the client (usually, the browser).

Typetron makes it easy to implement events and send message from the server to the client in a very intuitive and simple way.

In order to have Typetron start the WebSocket server, you need to set a port to listen to. This port can be set in the config/app.ts file:

📁 config/app.ts
import { AppConfig, DatabaseProvider } from '@Typetron/Framework'
import { RoutingProvider } from 'App/Providers/RoutingProvider'
import { AppProvider } from 'App/Providers/AppProvider'

export default new AppConfig({
    // ...
    websocketsPort: 8001,
    // ...

Now, you should see a message in the console saying that Typetron is listening to WebSocket connections on port 8001.

Message format of the WebSocket events

The Typetron WebSocket server uses a specific message format when exchanging information between it and the clients. These message have the following format: When sending a message:

    "event": "event name",
    "message": { // optional
        "body": "content sent to the controllers",
        "parameters": ["param1","param1"] // controller method parameters (optional)

When receiving a message:

    "event": "event name",
    "status": "OK" // or "Error",
    "message": "backend response", // optional

Let’s see how we can create a few events to listen to when the client is firing them: Creating events