|2011-02-26 02:50:43||Implementing & Integrating an Instant Messenging Functionality into SkS|
I've been discussing with John Cook the viability & utility of building an instant chat/messenging capability into Skeptical Science.
PROsIt could be an invaluable resource in a Rapid Response of SkS resources (the time and expertise of the commentators); for example:
CONsMore work for John (always bad)
THE TECHNICAL ISSUES
SkS is John's creation, having hand-coded it in PHP and MySQL from cellar to roof, butts to nuts
The first option sounds like a real PITA (Pain In The A**), so I took the initiative & waded through some available online options. As far as I can tell, the best option seems to be PHP121 ($19.00 cost)
PHP121 is a web based instant messenger - written entirely in PHP. This means that it will work in any browser on any operating system including Windows and Linux, anywhere!
THE REMAINING TECHNICAL ISSUES
Thanks for your time!
My only concern with this is that we have to make it clear that criticisms of posts and such should be discussed in public rather than on the private messenger.
|2011-03-26 02:01:40||Instant Messaging|
I looked into a couple of options, but they all seem a bit off in various ways.
Pherhaps a simpler aproach would do the same job - I guess we don't need very much functionality.
I need a session name or similar from John (by mail) for the current user id and login (or he may edit it into the program)
Takes a few hour which I'll be happy to do - I can send the code and tables to John by mail.
|2011-03-27 09:00:18||Instant Messaging|
Managed to spend some more time on this, and finally it's starting to look like we have an application ready - had quite a few technical issues with the tool I'm using ("Ext js") - but they are finally out of pre-release and into beta, and this solved a few issues (just to make the message window to scroll automatically to the bottom was a challange).
Update on this soon...