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About

PubStrapChat is a jQuery plugin that lets you add chat to a website easily. It plugs right into Bootstrap so it looks great out of the box, is fully responsive, yadda yadda.

$('#target').pubstrapchat();

Requirements:

This plugin requires PubNub. If you use a custom key, you need to enable the presence feature on your account.

<script src="http://cdn.pubnub.com/pubnub.min.js"></script>

Since it's a jQuery plugin, it also requires jQuery.

<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.2/jquery.min.js"></script>

It's designed to look great with Bootstrap, but does not require the Bootstrap stylesheet.

Barebones Example

<script src="http://cdn.pubnub.com/pubnub.min.js"></script>
<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="../lib/pubstrap-chat.js"></script>
<link href="//netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.1.1/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet">
<div id="target">
</div>
<script type="text/javascript">
$(function() {
  $('#target').pubstrapchat();
});
</script>

Options

You can configure PubStrapChat with a number of options.

var options = {};
$('#target').pubstrapchat(options);
Parameter Default Description
publish_key 'demo' Your PubNub publish key.
subscribe_key 'demo' Your PubNub subscribe key.
channel 'pubstrapchat' A channel name for this chatroom. Acts as a PubNub channel.
submit_text 'Send' What the chat button should say.
height '200px' How tall the chatroom iframe should be (not including chat input)

Options example

var options = {
  publish_key: 'demo',
  subscribe_key: 'demo',
  channel: 'pubstrapchat',
  submit_text: 'Send',
  height: '200px'
};

$('#target').pubstrapchat(options);

Custom User System

By default, users will get a random username like 'Purple Penguin' (color + animal). Despite how awesome these usernames may be, you probably want to configure your own user system.

You can configure PubStrapChat to use a custom user system like your own login system, facebook, twitter, etc. This way you get accurate usernames and ids for your system.

Parameter Example Description
data_from_session callback(user_data) A function that identifies the current user. Passes a callback as the only parameter. The callback must be called with the user's session data: callback(data). More examples below.
id_from_data return user_data.id; A function to extract a user's id from the data returned by data_from_session
username_from_data return user_data.username A function to extract a user's username from the data returned by data_from_session

Custom user system examples

Here's an example that uses http://randomuser.me to generate user profiles. View the full example at /examples/randomuserme.html.

The http://api.randomuser.me AJAX request returns a JSON object like the following:

{
  "results":[
    {
      "user":{
        "gender":"male",
        "email":"alfredo.jacobs25@example.com",
        "username":"bigmeercat617",
        ...
      },
      "seed":"ea85b02619b6bb4"
    }
  ]
}

We pass that into the callback for data_from_session and our user is populated.

$('#target').pubstrapchat({
  channel: 'pubstrapchat-randomuserme',
  data_from_session: function(callback) {
    $.ajax({
      url: "http://api.randomuser.me/",
      cache: false
    })
    .done(function(data) {
  
      // we pass the first result to the callback
      callback(data.results[0]);
  
    });
  },
  id_from_data: function(data) {
    // extract the "seed" (id) from the data returned by data_from_session
    return data.seed;
  },
  username_from_data: function(data) {
    // do the same for username
    return data.user.username;
  }
});

Here's another one that uses the Facebook api. View the full example at /examples/facebook.html.

$('#target').pubstrapchat({
  channel: 'pubstrapchat-facebook',
  data_from_session: function(callback) {

    FB.api('/me', function(data) {
      callback(data)
    });

  },
  id_from_data: function(data) {
    return data.id;
  },
  username_from_data: function(data) {
    return data.name;
  }
});

Running the examples locally

Clone and run:

python -m SimpleHTTPServer

Load http://localhost:8000/examples/bare.html and http://localhost:8000/examples/facebook.html

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