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Chattyloo

Chattyloo is an asynchronous chat app written in Sinatra and persisted with Postgres or SQLite using Datamapper.

There is no authentication, users arrive at the index and are redirected to a chat room with a unique URL that can be shared for others to join the room.

The source code for this application is available on Github.

Look, I know the name is stupid. There just aren't a lot of great domain names available containing the word "chat", so I'm stuck with this one!

The application makes use of Server-Sent Events (SSEs) instead of WebSockets for simplicity, but also gains a few really cool features because of that. Go have a look at the source code! The app is entirely open-source, please help improve it.

Besides the fact that it's very simple, the app does have a few bells and whistles. Firstly, different sounds play when chat messages are sent and received. Hearts and :)'s are automatically rotated using CSS3 transforms. Lastly, the title element displays a status message when new messages are received.

Usage

First clone the repository:

git clone git@github.com:jpsilvashy/chattyloo.git

Run the bundle command at the root of the project:

cd chattyloo/
bundle

Then you should be able to start the server:

./chattyloo.rb

Then just go to localhost:4567, and start chatting!

Deploying to Heroku

You can deploy your own Chattyloo app! Here are the instructions for deploying to Heroku.

First in the root creat a new heroku app:

heroku apps:create mychatapp

Then add the addon for the shared database, this will create a Postgres database with all the proper environment variables needed to connect to it.

heroku addons:add shared-database

Now deploy the app to the server and go check it out

git push heroku master