Implementing Chat in JavaScript, Node.js and React Apps

Chat user interface

If you’re building a chat user interface using JavaScript React, how do you integrate the rest of the backend functionality into your application? In this article, we’ll start by cloning a Git repository with the completed chat interface, then implement Programmable Chat and test sending and receiving messages between multiple users. Getting Started We’re going to start with a simple React application that has just a few… Read More

Building Chat Interfaces Using JavaScript and React

Chat interface built with React

If you’re integrating a service like Twilio’s Programmable Chat into your website, you’re going to need an interface for users to interact with. Let’s use React and a suite of modern development tools to create an application for submitting and displaying chat messages. Designing Our Interface Before we begin building our chat interface, we should have an idea of what we want to create. Our chat application will… Read More

Hacking Pixel Art on Twilio’s SIGNAL Conference Video Wall with Ruby and 23,000 Text Messages

Hackpack in front of SIGNAL video wall

In May, Twilio set up a massive 40-foot video wall for their SIGNAL conference and handed out hackable wireless badges to every attendee. Once you activated your badge by placing it in one of the podiums in front of the display, you could send commands to a short code that would affect your personal block on the video wall. As attendees began activating their badges, you could… Read More