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At just 5 years old, Web Real-Time Communications is a rather new technology. It has come a long way since its inception, but it still has some growing up to do.
More recently, in the past several months, I've noticed huge gaps among WebRTC adopters' understanding of the technology. This disparity stems from the fact that truly understanding WebRTC architecture sits at the intersection of the internet, voice over IP (VoIP) and mobility. That intersection requires knowledge of many computer science disciplines, including audio and video compression, real-time networking, VoIP, software development and web development, just to name a few.
These gaps in understanding WebRTC architecture haven't been filled in the past five years, but rather the opposite is true. The more people look at WebRTC, the less experience they seem to have in the gamut of disciplines necessary. This disconnect is probably due to the rising popularity of WebRTC as a technology, coupled with the large and growing number of software tools that make WebRTC easier to use and adopt.
WebRTC architecture enables the use of real-time voice and video communications inside web browsers without the need for added installations. To test your WebRTC technical knowledge, take this 10-question quiz:
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