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witness

Log chat messages from any chat room and display them neatly

If you're interested in an API-only version of this, I have one called gossip, written in Go.

Installation

$ git clone git://github.com/parkr/witness.git
$ cd witness
$ # write configuration files based on samples in config/
$ mkdir public; mkdir tmp # if they don't exist
$ bundle install
$ touch tmp/restart.txt

You're rearing to go!

Usage

Send HTTP POST requests to /api/messages/log with the following JSON-encoded data:

{
    room: <room-name>,
    author: <author>,
    message: <message>,
    time: <time-message-was-sent>
}

To fetch the latest messages in JSON, send an HTTP GET request to /api/messages/latest. You can optionally provide a limit value in the GET query string.

All requests to the API must be sent with an access_token, which must be included in config/auth.yml on the server. If the access token is not there, the requesting service will receive a 403 Forbidden response.

Hubot as Stenographer

Hubot is an amazing thing, and is particularly well-suited for use with this project. Hubot can "listen" to what it hears and act based on what it hears. Luckily for us, this hearing is not tied to any term or terms, so we can instruct Hubot to take everything it hears and do something with the message.

I created a stripped-down Hubot, lovingly nick-named "stenographer", which sends the appropriate HTTP POST request to Witness's /api/messages/log endpoint with each message it hears. Clone it, set a couple environment variables and push it up to Heroku and voilà!

Contribute

$ # fork on github
$ git clone git@github.com:<your-username>/witness.git
$ bundle install
$ git checkout -b <my-new-feature-name>
$ bundle exec rake preview
$ # edit you files, making sure to restart the server every time you edit a Ruby file
$ git add <files-you-edited>
$ git commit -m "<a-short-commit-message>"
$ git push origin <my-new-feature-name>
$ # submit a pull request on GitHub to https://github.com/parkr/witness

License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2013 [Parker Moore](http://parkermoore.de)

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