Online chat room applications, chatroom development, even free and open source chat room software.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Q42 Multiplayer Game Engine Open Sourced

Category: Chat, Games

Martin Kool of Q42 let us know that his company decided to open source the Q42 multiplayer engine which is “a lightweight, generic multi-user solution, allowing developers to create their own browser-based application or game over port 80.” The engine is written in C# on the backend, and of course, JavaScript on the front end. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:33 am

3.4 rating from 37 votes

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Chat Infection: Embed Web Chat

Category: Chat, Component, JavaScript, Prototype

Todd Fisher has created Chat Infection, a simple chat widget that sits on top of Prototype. You can see Todd’s work via core.js, which is worth looking at to see the Event.onDOMReady(..) and the like. Here is a new room:

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:51 am

3.4 rating from 69 votes

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Radius IM: Mappy Meebo in Dojo

Category: Chat, Showcase

Radius IM is a mashup of Google Maps (location) with IM (teh social). It’s the only site that shows you where your friends are hanging out and lets you surf for other people based on location. It supports all the major networks: MSN, AIM/ICQ, Yahoo, and GTalk/Jabber. And you can use radiusIM from anywhere because Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:36 am

3.9 rating from 39 votes

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

The Offline Battle: You aren’t on a plane

Category: Chat, Editorial, Offline, Screencast

The arguments around offline have been brewing for some time. DHH came out with typical flare on why offline doesn’t matter as you are either online all the time, or if you aren’t, you don’t mind it. I hope that offline matters less and less over time, but for me connectivity can be very spotty Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:15 am

3.5 rating from 25 votes

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

OneTeam instant messaging client

Category: Chat, Firefox

Process One has announced a new IM client called OneTeam. The client is XUL based, so requires Firefox 2 or can be run as a stand-alone XULRunner: OneTeam handles presence, one-to-one chat, file tranfert, user business card and group-chat in realtime. Based on the XMPP protocol, it enables both secure and private chat inside the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:06 am

3.5 rating from 27 votes

Monday, December 18th, 2006

New Chat Prototype using Comet and Prototype

Category: Chat, Comet, Prototype, Showcase

Chris Chabot has recently announced a new chat prototype based on a comet iframe connections for real time messaging, ajax for posting messages and sending commands, prototype.js and as javascript framework, and bases of the newly written dhtml components. As a side effect of this project, the library & socket daemon framework used by Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:45 am

3.6 rating from 74 votes

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Meebo Update: Now more like a native app?

Category: Chat, Showcase

Meebo made a huge splash when it came onto the scene. It was an example of a real world app inside the browser, in this case chat. From that we started to see chat everywhere :) It also had the side benefit to proof that people would trust their passwords into a meta service like Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:29 am

4.2 rating from 30 votes

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Your Corner: Ajax Communication Widget

Category: Chat, Showcase

MontRed has created Your Corner as a way to get their users to communicate with them. It is a simple Ajax chat widget that allows people to leave notes. It is implemented with the JSOLait library and you can place with a demo box.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:46 am

3.7 rating from 47 votes

Pyro: An example of a site specific browser

Category: Chat, Showcase

Pyro is an example of an application that blurs the lines between a rich application and an ajax application. Pyro embeds WebKit on OS X (which is very easy to do, enabling these applications nicely) to offer a rich experience on top of 37 Signals Campfire chat application. Why would you want to do this? Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:57 am

3.2 rating from 13 votes

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Jive Wildfire Server: Enterprise IM

Category: Chat, Showcase

We aren’t done in the IM race :) Jive Software has released Wildfire Server an open XMPP (Jabber) based IM solution: Wildfire is an enterprise instant messaging (EIM) server dual-licensed under the Open Source GPL and commercially. It uses the only widely adopted open protocol for instant messaging, XMPP (also called Jabber). Wildfire is incredibly Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:24 am

3.4 rating from 30 votes

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Gabbly – Embedded Website Chat

Category: Chat, Showcase

Gabbly (via Digg) is a new application that embeds a chat window in any web page. It seems to be based on web proxying and iframes: You think you’re looking at the target website, e.g., but you’re actually looking at with an iframe for and an iframe above that for the chat Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:23 am

3.8 rating from 58 votes

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

37Signals load testing Campfire – new chat application

Category: Chat, Prototype, Ruby

37Signals is load testing their new chat application, Campfire. Run over there to take a look and try to bring their servers down. =) Would you use this over standard instant messaging or the other chat apps out there? Campfire certainly looks like the most user friendly chat app for those clients who aren’t technically Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 2:57 pm

3.8 rating from 44 votes

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Realtime on Rails 2.0

Category: Chat, Ruby

Martin Scheffler has released his second version of Realtime on Rails (we posted on version 1.0). Realtime on Rails is a RoR app using Ajax HTTP streaming to update browsers from the server. It includes: A ruby HTTPD for mediating the push connections A JS Window system and two demo apps: Chat/IM with rich text Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:41 am

4.6 rating from 12 votes

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

AJChat: Another Chat System

Category: Chat

AJChat is one of the latest ajaxian chat systems to come along. It offers a few differences, such as promoting the chat service rather than the just the chat client. This means that you can be in any chat room, and click “Options” and “Share Chat” to get the code that you can embed in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:44 am

4.1 rating from 27 votes

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Meebo IM Client Growth

Category: Chat

TechCrunch has brought up Meebo’s Impressive Growth. Meebo is the top Ajax client, and is a fantastic example of what you can do with Ajax. It looks nice, acts responsive, etc. There is a reason that it gets mentioned in all of the lists of quality Ajax applications. I think an interesting debate could be Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:21 am

4 rating from 16 votes

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

“Realtime on Rails” – real time chat using XHR Push

Category: Chat

Martin Scheffler posted this morning on the Ruby on Rails list about a new realtime chat application called Realtime on Rails. If you are using a Mozilla based browser, it will keep open a HTTP connection and push the chat data as JSON. In other browsers the server is polled every five seconds or when Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:26 am

3.8 rating from 29 votes

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