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Delyn Simons is Director of Developer Relations for Mashery (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor).
This guest post comes from Daniel Jacobson , Director of Application Development for NPR .
Real-time alerts and notifications are a powerful feature being added to more applications every day; the addition of real-time notifications can make a big difference in user experience and peoples' work performance when using apps. Unfortunately, there's not one standard way to easily code these notifications across platforms and there's very little support for web apps seeking to send notifications to users. It's been one of the advantages that desktop apps have had over the web.