Mashing up Sinatra, node.js and socket.io to send messages via websockets to a server that sends some messy JSON back in response.
This is a node.js application that uses socket.io-node to listen to for connections from the socket.io client.
The message it receives consists of some stringified JSON, which contains a message and a type. The type will determine which of three URLs are returned and the message is simply echo'd back to the client. It could be broadcast instead.
The client is a sinatra app that renders a simple form that's wrapped in some hacky jQuery.
Basically the submit event gets swallowed and the message and type get stringified and sent via the socket.io socket.
The result is parsed and inserted in to a couple of DIVs. Handlebars.js or Mustache should be used to build the HTML from the response but this is just a proof of concept.
Get It Running
git clone git://github.com/jcf/node_sockets.git cd node_sockets rvm rvmrc load bundle install # after creating the RVM gemset node server/lib/app.js & shotgun client/app.rb
Visit http://localhost:9393 in your browser and starting sending messages!
Most things are managed with Bundler but you'll have to npm install socket.io manually until I set up npm properly.
- Ruby 1.9.2
The sinatra app won't run on Ruby 1.8. Not because it can't but because I am using 1.9.2 and don't care about support etc. with a project like this.
Support and Contributions
Don't. This is a proof-of-concept. It's a learning experience for me. If you find any of it useful great but you'll no doubt want to use a more mature project for inspiration and proper education.