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Series: Building a Social Network with Flask & Stream – Part 8

This is the eighth installment of a tutorial series focused on how to create a full-stack application using Flask and Stream. In this article, we will be walking through how to retrieve information from the Stream API client-side using Javascript to make an infinite scroll featur…

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Build a Chat Messaging Platform in PHP

Building a fully functional and scalable chat platform is time-consuming. Luckily, Stream Chat can help you build one in minutes! In this tutorial, we are going to build a chat messaging platform in PHP using the Stream Chat API. Prerequisites To follow along with this tutorial, …

Case Studies

Digital Platform homeis Switches to Stream from an Alternative Chat Provider

homeis is the first digital platform for foreign-born communities around the world with an aim to build a better internet for immigrants. Through homeis, one can join a community of locals who share the same homeland, find friends to share aspects of their cultural background, fo…

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Series: Building a Social Network with Flask & Stream – Part 7

This is the seventh installment of a tutorial series focused on how to create a full-stack application using Flask and Stream. In this article, we will continue to explore creating, updating, and deleting activities by adding content to collections, a group of URLs with available…

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Ephemeral Chat Messages

One increasingly common feature in chat apps is the ability to send self-destructing messages, also known as "ephemeral" messages. When this feature is enabled, the messaging system automatically erases the content minutes or seconds after the message is sent. This deletion is ef…

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Build a Mobile Twitch Clone

People long for connection, and technology has allowed us to connect with those who aren’t physically near in increasingly many ways over the last few decades. With applications like text messaging, and then group messaging, with our music, photos and movies moving to the cloud, …

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How to Display Web Chat Notifications

In any chat application, one of the most integral features is being able to notify users of new messages. While providing this feature comes with its own set of challenges (listeners, timing, notification types, keeping track of which messages are read, etc.), notifying users of …

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Series: Building a Social Network with Flask & Stream – Part 6

This is the sixth installment of a tutorial series focusing on how to create a full-stack application using Flask and Stream. In this post, we will be exploring how to create, update, and delete activities on Stream, as well as enrichment of feed activities. We are going to dive …

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Building an Ionic Real-Time Chat App

Update: Here is an excellent post on the vision for 2020’s tech trends in cloud computing between the CEO of Ionic, Max Lynch, and CEO of Stream, Thierry Schellenbach. There is a massive difference between platforms such as React Native and Flutter compared to Ionic. Ionic believ…

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Implement Stream Chat with Vanilla JS

In this post, we are going to implement a simple Group Chat application with Vanilla Javascript and Stream Chat! Stream Chat allows you to rapidly ship real-time messaging systems that are reliable and robust, without the overhead cost and time of managing the infrastructure by y…

Design

In-App Chat Messaging UI/UX Impact

Adding chat to your application has traditionally been a rather complicated process. Most of the early direct messaging with chat were handled by dedicated third party applications like AOL Instant Messenger. The internet thrived early on because it made messaging your friends, r…

Product

10 HIPAA Compliant Chat Apps – Live Chat, Text Messaging & Video

With the explosion of new technology in healthcare communications, there are many applications in the market that make communicating with patients easier, while also keeping their Protected Health Information (PHI) secure. While researching chat with PHI concerns in mind, I came …

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Deploying a Node API to Docker & Kubernetes with a CRA Frontend

Creating an application is a lot of work! Deploying your application shouldn’t be. Every developer has said at one time or another, "it works locally, but I can’t get it to work on the server!"; it can take you hours, or even days, to figure out what went wrong and to put a fix i…

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Series: Building a Social Network with Flask & Stream – Part 5

This is the fifth installment of a tutorial series focusing on how to create a full-stack application using Flask and Stream. In this article will go through setting up a customizable user profile page and an introduction to adding content in Stream, we’ll even toss in a brief se…

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Send Chat Transcripts with Mailgun

Getting Started In any business interaction, it is vital to hold on to records of how you got to where you are. Not only can being able to reference previous transactions and interactions teach you about what you’ve done, it can help you make informed decisions about what you are…

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Series: Building a Social Network with Flask & Stream – Part 4

This is the fourth installment of a tutorial series focusing on how to create a full-stack application using Flask and Stream. This is the second part of the User and Permissions set up. This article is going to cover setting up the views and forms to allow users to register, log…

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Build a WhatsApp Clone on Android With Kotlin – Part 1

Android development has come a long way over the last few years. The Jetpack components significantly speed up development. In this tutorial, we’ll build a functional clone of WhatsApp with Kotlin. Building a messaging app used to be difficult; in this tutorial, you’ll get a chat…

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Build a Chat App With Ionic 4

Ionic is an open-source framework that allows you to build and deploy apps that work across multiple platforms, such as iOS, Android, desktop, and the web as a Progressive Web App – all with the same code base. At first, Ionic was built to work with Angular, but with the release …

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White-Label Chat for Cloud Messaging

Cloud messaging is a service that enables developers to send messages between servers and client applications. With cloud messaging, developers leverage the infrastructure of a reliable cloud messaging provider such as Stream to deliver messages and notifications to their platfor…

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Series: Building a Social Network with Flask & Stream – Part 3

This is the third installment of a tutorial series focusing on how to create a full-stack application using Flask and Stream. Originally, this article was going to cover the creation of the initial database models for your app, as well as handling registration/login and other con…

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Series: Building a Social Network with Flask & Stream – Part 2

This is the second installment of a tutorial series focusing on how to create a full-stack application using Flask and Stream. This week we’re going to start digging into the actual construction of our app. In this article, I am going to guide you through setting up the initial f…

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Series: Building a Social Network with Flask & Stream – Part 1

For the last little while, I’ve wanted to develop a new kind of social media site. Between the privacy issues, relentless ads, and the pervasiveness of bots on almost every service, I wanted to build something that would allow people to have a new source to discover the newest an…

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Processing Webhooks with Stream Chat, Lambda, and Node.js

In this tutorial, we will show you how to process webhooks to send a message to a Slack channel! Here at Stream, we are big fans of Chat. With our chat product, we offer a webhook so that you can relay data to an endpoint of your choice. Webhooks are an excellent way to make

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Build a Chat App with Stream & Kong

Managing microservices manually can get very complicated and takes the focus away from business logic. API gateways help take care of the various collective management and housekeeping tasks necessary for running microservices. One of the most popular API gateways is Kong. As the…

Engineering

Styled Components vs. CSS Stylesheets

Over the last few years, CSS-in-JS solutions have become prevalent across the front-end landscape with many offerings such as styled-components, and emotion that provides a way to colocate your components and style definitions. The power of these libraries lies in the ability to …