How to Build Chat into Django Applications with Twilio Programmable Chat
Looking to build a realtime chat app? Building this from scratch requires thinking about lots of concerns at once. How should you model your users? What about different channels and different access levels? How about showing which users are online and when they start typing a message? There’s these questions and a lot more to answer when building a quality chat app.
That’s where Twilio Programmable Chat comes in. This awesome service helps abstract away the groundwork involved in building realtime chat applications. Chat comes with support for basic chat features such as channels, users, roles and permissions. There are also many other advanced features that you can add incrementally to your app.
We will create a chat room application, where users can chat on different topics in different rooms, typically known as “channels”. Our application will be simplified and through it we will explore how to build ...
Building a Django Twilio Programmable Chat Application
As a developer, I’ve always wanted to include chat capabilities in the applications I’ve created. Coding applications is fun but I’ve been stumped by the idea of creating the complex infrastructure needed to support real-time chat. Fortunately, I found that Twilio makes it easy to include chat capabilities in just about any application.
In this tutorial, we’ll be creating a chat application using Python and the Django framework along with Twilio to implement the chat functionality.
We’ll need to accomplish the following goals to get the application functioning properly:
- Setting up Python and Django and creating the base environment for the app.
- Generating API keys from Twilio to integrate chat functionality
Setting up the Django Environment
Let’s get started by setting up our development environment. This tutorial requires at least Python 3.4 ...
Add Twilio Programmable Chat to a Java Struts 2 Web App
The need for real-time chat can’t be overemphasized. Real-time communication with your users increases customer satisfaction, and as a result, makes your business more credible.
In this article, I’ll walk you through setting up a Java Struts 2 application. Then we’ll add real-time chat to the application by leveraging Twilio Programmable Chat.
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have built an application similar to this:
The following are used in this post:
- Java SDK– Download and install the Java SDK from Oracle’s site, if you don’t have it already. (I’m using version 9.0.1)
- Eclipse IDE – Download and install Eclipse from their website. (I’m using Oxygen.1a Release (4.7.1a))
- Maven (The most recent version of Eclipse includes Maven already)
Step 1: Set up Twilio Programmable Chat
First, we need to set up Twilio Chat ...
We’re going to start with a simple React application that has just a few components for submitting and displaying messages. With git and npm installed, we can clone the repository, install the application’s dependencies, and start the application:
git clone https://github.com/kevinthompson/react-chat-interface cd react-chat-interface npm install npm start
When we start the application, we’ll see a simple chat interface where we can enter a few messages and see them displayed in our message list.
So far we can only have a one-sided conversation. In order to allow ...!-->
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 have a container with a list of messages, and a form for writing and submitting messages. A simple design might look something like this:
As we build our our interface, we’ll identify any isolated piece of the UI that might contain its own state and behavior. Those will be our initial React components. In this simple design, the two most distinct areas are the message list and the message form.
Setting Up Our Development Environment
Developers working ...
One of my favourite icebreakers is to play a game called Once Upon a Time, which is popular enough to have its own card game. When playing, friends get to write one line of a story at a time and each player can only see the one immediately before theirs. The results are always hilarious as stories go off in all kinds of directions. I wanted the ability to play anytime with friends, where all they need is an internet-connected device. In this post I’ll show you how to create a basic online version of the game using Twilio Programmable Chat.
- Your code editor of choice – I personally use Sublime Text
- Node.js with the Express.js package
- A Twilio account, which you can sign up for here.
Setting up our project
The first thing to do is download the Node.js starter app from the Twilio ...
Do you need live customer support chat in your web application but don’t know how to go about building it? You’ve landed in the right place. Twilio Programmable Chat can help you create the support functionality that you envision for your business.
Let’s walk step-by-step through quickly coding a multi-party chat application.
Demo App and Code
You can create your own version of the project to get started by clicking on “Remix” button on the demo app.
Starting from Scratch
If you want to start from a blank project instead of using the Glitch Remix feature, follow along with these steps.
Head over to Glitch and you will set up with a new environment. Open up
package.json– a file which provides information about your project. Click the “Add package” button and add the
requestmodules. Glitch will install the modules as soon ...
Coming Soon – Twilio Frame, UI Components for in-app Chat, Voice, & Video
- UI components and tools for JS, iOS, and Android.
- Integrated with Programmable Chat, Video, and Voice SDKs.
- Coming soon to a Twilio SDK near you.
Today at SIGNAL, we announced Twilio Frame, a set of UI components and tools for embedding chat, voice and video in your web and mobile apps. Twilio Frame provides you with the tools to quickly build a rich, branded visual experience that works across iOS, Android, and web and is already wired to work with your Twilio apps. Frame is built on top of Twilio’s Chat, Video, and Voice SDKs allowing you to seamlessly move between different communication channels on the same screen.
Gettin’ GUI with it
Twilio’s first products, Programmable Voice and Messaging, opened the black box of telecom to millions of web developers. SMS and voice apps don’t have front-end requirements; the user interface is simply the phone’s native ...
Twilio Programmable Chat release with new features and pricing
Today we’re excited to announce a comprehensive update to our chat SDKs giving you even more control over the chat experience and cutting the time it takes to build full-featured chat into your mobile apps, SaaS products, and websites.
Allow me to reintroduce myself
We’ve found that IP Messaging wasn’t an intuitive product name for many of you. When you came looking for a Twilio chat product, you didn’t find one. Instead you found two “messaging” products. We think the name Programmable Chat does a better job of describing the current product and is a bit easier to grok for someone learning about it for the first time.
Writing a bot for Programmable Chat in Node.js
It seems like bots are the new hot thing that every chat supports. They usually augment conversations or they can perform tasks for the user. We will add to an existing Programmable Chat chat a simple bot that will return us a GIF whenever we ask for it.
Getting Your Initial Chat Up And Running
We will be working off an existing chat application. Before we get started with our bot we need to get a couple of things ready.
First of all, make sure you have:
- Node.js and npm which you can get here
- A Twilio Account to set up Programmable Chat – Sign up for free
- ngrok – You can read more about ngrok here
The existing chat application that we will base our work off is this quickstart project. It only takes 5 minutes to set this project up. Clone the repository by running:
git clone https://github ...