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You can get data close-enough to "real time" for most practical purposes. See the StackHose app, for example. Read the page about the API's Throttles and Quotas. From that page we can deduce: The maximum, burst, request rate is 30 requests per second, and this risks getting your app shut down. Your app will never be allowed more than 10,000 requests per ...


Or can I just spam them out as fast as my program can send them, as, like you said, you cache it anyway. No. The throttle discussion page specifically says: ... we consider > 30 request/sec per IP to be very abusive and thus cut the requests off very harshly. And even though the underlying data is cached for 60 seconds, the HTML requests are not. ...

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