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davedelong opened this Issue June 14, 2010 · 1 comment

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Dave DeLong
Dave DeLong
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(from http://stackapps.com/questions/346/stackkit-an-api-framework-for-cocoa/703#703 )

Is it possible to get a push notification when a new answer appeared for a specific question?

Dave DeLong
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Sure, but not with StackKit. Push notifications have to come from somewhere, and if StackKit is running on your device, why don't you just use it to pop up a UIAlertView, or toss a badgeValue on your app or something?

In general, push notification architecture generally looks something like this:

Server => Apple servers => Device

In other words, a server notices that something has changed. In this case, you've set up to be notified when a favorite changes. That "noticing" has to be done by a server, who then notifies Apple, who then pushes a notification to your device.

So you can use StackKit to "notice" changes, if you write a tool to constantly monitor for changes and that's running on a Mac OS X-based server (like an Xserve). Once you find a change, however, it'd be up to you to push that to a device via Apple's push notification servers.

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