Text Exchange Functionality (like chat) Question?

Mark Schonewille m.schonewille at economy-x-talk.com
Wed Jun 8 15:43:46 CDT 2011

Hi John,

If looks like a chat app, moves like a chat app and sounds like a chat app, then it ought to be a chat app. Why call it text-exchange functionality if you really want a chat box? :-)

1) here's a (partial) presentation on sockets:

2) last weekend I did a presentation on processes and other stuff that include a telnet example, also using sockets:

The telnet example should be available at http://livecode.tv soon. Just keep an eye on the site.

3) check out ChatRev:

You can think of your own server as one that resembles ChatRev but remembers which students belong together and sends incoming messages from one particular student to the connected student only.

Best regards,

Mark Schonewille

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On 8 jun 2011, at 22:06, John Patten wrote:

> Hi All...
> I’m trying to develop a process where multiple stacks register the same text individual users type into specific fields. Similar to chatting.  For example, It could be one stack with two fields on the card. Each user would have the same stack, but only one of the fields could be edited. The other field would be locked and just show what the text the user of the other stack has typed. I would like this exchange of text to happen as close to real-time as possible.
> There could be 10 pairs of students using the same stack together (20 stacks in a room), so there would have to be some kind of session control so that only the specific pairs of students receive their partner’s text. Maybe a list of students would be available in the margin and the students would be required to select another student to collaborate with before they start. The students names that are selected could be tied to a unique session id that could be used to “broadcast” the text back out to the individual stacks. (Not sure how to actually do that though...?)
> I can envision this 'text-exchange" functionality being useful in all kinds of instructional situations in a classroom and I’m thinking that, maybe through the process of creating a custom object, this functionality could be easily incorporated (drag and drop) into all kinds of LiveCode projects.
> How could I create that functionality? What is the easiest most reproducible strategy?
> Should I look at port communications, like others have done with chat apps? Flat file text exchanges that are uploaded and downloaded? On-Rev or RevServer implementations that take advantage of post and get html functionality? …?
> A few other requirements; I would like the data to be recoverable at a later time by say, the teacher. So what the students type, the data, will be stored in a database and retrieved in a report format later (each collaborative group would have unique session id). It may also need to run a Linux too, we use Netbooks and Ubuntu nbremix in our classrooms. Not sure how that might complicate matters...?
> Thanks for any ideas in advance!
> John Patten

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