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Deploying Stream Chat (React) to Netlify and Heroku

This article describes how you can build and deploy a React Chat application powered by Stream’s Chat API to Netlify and Heroku. In this case, the React app will be deployed on Netlify, while the accompanying Node server will be deployed to Heroku. At the end of this article, you…

Engineering

Stream Is Deprecating Virtual Go – It’s Time to Move to Go Modules

TL;DR Stream released vg almost three years ago, and since its inception, Go has improved quite a bit in regards to its dependency management. Since Go has come so far, we’re now advocating that the community use native Go modules rather than vg. The Gist Stream provides an API a…

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Build a Customer Support Chat Bot with LUIS, React Hooks, Azure Serverless and Stream

Initial Thoughts This tutorial will teach you how to build your own customer-support chat experience and create a serverless chatbot! The end result will look much like this: The customer-facing chat experience is shown on the left, and the screen on the right shows the interface…

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A Guide to White-Label Chat

Read on if you find yourself in this position, and want to learn more about the space and options available. 👍 What Is White-Label Chat White-label chat is considered any chat solution provided by a chat vendor that doesn’t show the vendor’s logo, domain, or any other type of ve…

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Integrating the Web Notifications API With Stream Chat

Many applications today inform users about important messages related to their application by sending notifications – this can be via push or web. With a web notification, a user can click on the notification and instantly get back to the application to further act on that piece …

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Rolling a Custom Docs CMS with Slate and Django REST Framework

The Rundown In 2019 we realized we had a big problem here at Stream. Our documentation for Feeds and Chat was outdated, hard to navigate, and difficult to update due to legacy systems that were in place. We made it a goal to set out and build the best documentation site available…

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Interview & Predictions for Cloud in 2020

2019 has been a year of tremendous growth for both Stream and Ionic. My name is Nick Parsons, and I’m a Developer at Stream. I decided to reach out to Max Lynch, the CEO of Ionic, as well as Thierry Schellenbach, my CEO at Stream about trends that they see first hand in the cloud…

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Deploy a Stream Chat API With ZEIT Now

Stream Chat provides a JS Chat SDK that you can use to build custom messaging solutions for your application. Requests from the SDK are authorized via an access token provided by a backend API. Due to the restriction of having to generate a JWT token on the backend, you will need…

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Implementing React Hooks with Stream Chat

React hooks, released in February 2019, have huge benefits when implemented in your application. Whether you’ve used hooks before or are just learning, this post aims to show you just how simple it is to implement them with Stream Chat. The Basics Using hooks with Stream Chat is …

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Open Source REST API for Chat with Express, MongoDB, and Heroku

Overview Here at Stream, we’re known for our Feeds as a Service as well as our Chat as a Service product. Stream Chat was released out of beta late last year, and we’ve been receiving quite a few inquiries on how to structure a RESTful API to support the backend portion of chat. …

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Stream in 2020

2019 has been an exciting year for Stream. The team doubled, our customers doubled, and we launched our second product – Stream Chat. It’s been great to see how well our chat product has been received and how quickly it has grown. This would not have been possible without the tru…

Product

Stream Chat vs. Twilio Chat

Chat and messaging are becoming ever-more critical for application success. When searching for a provider to enable in-app chat, you might compare Stream Chat with Twilio Chat. Twilio is a monster in the space of API-driven SMS support and email (through their acquisition of Send…

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Securing a Chat App With React and Auth0

In this tutorial, we will build a chat application that’ll allow users to participate in a group discussion similar to how channels work in Slack. We’ll handle user authentication, and management using Auth0’s Authentication-as-a-Service solution that allows developers to add aut…

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React: Conversational UI Chatbots

Conversational UI is a user interface that emulates a human to human conversation, while in reality, the human is interacting with a computer program. We’ve often seen this with the use of chatbots and voice assistants. Conversational UI that involves speaking allows you to inter…

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A Guide to Developer Marketing in 2020

Initial Thoughts Stream provides Feeds, which allow developers to build event-driven applications similar to social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, in a matter of days versus months or years. Stream also provides Chat, a product that enables developers to…

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Chatbots: The Future of Customer Service

Chatbots provide an automated conversational interface that can positively impact your business. Imagine a customer calls a support center, and they’re stuck waiting to get a simple question answered. Not only do customers get frustrated, but having human beings respond to each c…

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Review: SendBird vs. Stream

Chat and messaging are critical components for application success. When searching for a provider to enable in-app messaging, you might compare Stream Chat with SendBird. SendBird is a highly funded, feature-rich chat application that is priced as if they are the only provider in…

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What I Learned Researching Chat Provider Pricing

My comparison of the top live chat services and their pricing structures – Pubnub vs Pusher vs Layer vs Sendbird vs Stream Full disclosure: I’m the head of sales at Stream, and we (now not so recently) removed the beta tag from our new live chat API. After 4 years of providing hi…

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Product Comparison: Stream vs. Layer

Update: Layer has shut down their API. Read about how to migrate from Layer and read our own thoughts about it. Chat and messaging are critical components to application success. When searching for a provider to enable in-app chat, you might compare Chat by Stream with Layer’s ch…

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Product Comparison: Stream vs. PubNub

Chat and messaging are critical components for application success. When searching for a provider to enable in-app chat, you might compare Stream Chat with PubNub. PubNub is an enterprise-grade lower-level pub/sub solution (hence the name PubNub). In late 2019 they officially rel…

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Stream Flutter: Building a Social Network with Stream Activity Feeds and Flutter

In this post, we’ll be creating a simple social network, called Stream Flutter, that allows a user to post messages to followers. The app will allow a user to post a message to their followers. Stream’s Activity Feed API combined with Google’s Flutter makes it straightforward to …

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Adding User Interactivity to a Chatroom with Laravel, Vue.js and Stream Chat

In my last tutorial here, we created a chatroom application using Laravel, Vue.js, and Stream Chat. Although we only covered the basics of getting our chatroom up and running, Stream Chat offers a lot of other functionality. In this tutorial, we will explore some of those functio…

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Building Real-Time Live-Stream Chat With Wowza

Wowza provides users with the ability to stream live video. Trusted by over 24,000 organizations to power video streaming, they offer an extremely flexible platform that’s easy to use for even the most novice streamer. My team at Stream specializes in real-time feeds and chat tec…

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Building an Encrypted, HIPAA Compliant Chatbot

As healthcare technology advances, secure real-time communication is becoming increasingly crucial to any modern medical application. It’s essential to provide the technology experiences customers expect while protecting their privacy and data, like through HIPAA compliant chat. …

Engineering

Prevent Native Race Conditions with React’s Context API

Here on the Stream Services team, we have the pleasure of working with a variety of clients and get to solve exciting challenges daily. This blog post provides a peek into one such occasion by highlighting the intricacies of building a native app in Javascript, and the creative s…