I am currently developing an IRCX AJAX Chat Based system and have a few questions regarding the Server and Client implementation. Any suggestions are welcome:
Should this be implemented as a Web Service or a Windows Form application? I have experience in developing Windows forms based servers however I am wondering if this would be better implemented as a Web Service, if so why?
How are Web Based Clients implemented today and what is the preferred way to implement a web based client?
My solution so far are:
- ASP.NET Web Forms with an AJAX Update Panel (This seems the most viable)
How frequently should the server be polled for new messages?
0.5 seconds seems a bit excessive and anything between 2 or 3 seconds seems sluggish?
Thanks for your input