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I am looking to integrate a live auction component (similar to to a website. I generally program using PHP. What is the best plan of action with this type of project (Timer, live bids..)?

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I have a friend who built one. He said reverse-ajax technology really helped some hurdles. Comet is an example of one such implementation. That way the server can update browsers when a bid is made.

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+1 for Comet. It ain't easy being white, it ain't easy being brown - All this pressure to be bright, I got children all over town. – Sergio Feb 24 '11 at 21:54
Can your friend suggest any tutorials or educational information on building such a website? – user18317 Feb 28 '11 at 14:53