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Chat rooms and live peer-to-peer chat on the web are high on the list of stunning rich application features that can still drop jaws. Facebook recently launched an integrated web chat implementation to much fanfare. Their impressive Erlang and C++ chat infrastructure showcases real-time web techniques and live, interactive interface elements. However, following Facebook's lead is actually not that hard if you use the right approach. The two main difficulties faced by Facebook, Google, or any other web giant that wishes to deploy a chat application are scaling out an inconceivably large messaging back end and sending real-time messages to the browser. The first problem is one that many of us would like to have, but few actually encounter. The second problem is getting much, much easier to solve. Web chat is about to go mainstream, thanks in large part to a new HTML 5 ... (more)