This tutorial will teach you how to use Twilio's real-time, Programmable Chat technology. You will be able to see this in action between two or more browser sessions. At the end of this tutorial, you would have developed a chat system between users.
Installing dependencies and Requirements
Here is a list of dependencies you need to install, and steps needed to be taken before you can complete this tutorial.
If you have Laravel installed on your machine, you can proceed to creating a new project by running any of the commands below:
$ laravel new project_name
or using the composer create-project command
$ composer create- …
In my last tutorial, I showed you how to add chat to a Laravel app using Twilio Chat. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to enhance the app by adding media support to it using Twilio Programmable Chat. That is, allowing users to send media files as message.
In order to follow this tutorial, you will need the following:
- Composer installed on your local machine
- Basic knowledge of the Laravel Framework
- Basic knowledge of Vue.js
- A Twilio account
Getting Twilio Credentials
Login to your Twilio dashboard and copy both your ACCOUNT SID and AUTH TOKEN.
Before you can start using the Twilio Programmable Chat, you need to first create a chat service:
Take note of your SERVIC …
Rude or offensive comments can run rampant in today's online communication landscape; however with the power of machine learning, we can start to combat this.
This blog post will show how to classify text as obscene or toxic on the client-side using a pre-trained TensorFlow model and TensorFlow.js. We'll then apply this classification to messages sent in a chat room using Twilio Programmable Chat.
Google provides a number of pre-trained TensorFlow models which we can use in our applications. One of those models was trained on a labeled dataset of Wikipedia comments available on Kaggle. Google has a live demo of the pre-trained TensorFlow.js toxicity model on which you can test phr …
We build web applications for all kinds of projects. If you want to give support agents a way to communicate with customers, or provide your users with a place to share ideas, you might find yourself wanting to add messaging to your application. Let's use Twilio Programmable Chat and Ruby on Rails to build a full-featured chat application from scratch.
Creating a New Rails App
First we'll make sure we've got a recent version of Ruby installed, then we'll install Rails and create a new application.
gem install rails rails new twilio-chat
The last command will generate our Rails application in the
twilio-chat directory. If we move into our newly created directory an …
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 out a …
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 and assumes you’ll be using a Linux …
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:
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 …
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 with React commonly use a …
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.