A Sails application
What it is
sailsChat is a multi-user chat app that demonstrates some new features in Sails v0.10:
- Low-level socket methods using
- New / reworked PubSub methods
- Auto-generated routes and actions (blueprints) for associations
The app features both private messages between two users, and public (multi-user) chatrooms, all updated in real time. And all in under 100 lines of backend code (using the strictest method of line-counting :) )
What it ain't
sailsChat is not a sterling example of how to architect a web application. The front-end is deliberately simplified, using no outside libraries besides jQuery and socket.io. The back-end is similarly oversimplified--a new user is created whenever a socket connects to the server, and destroyed as soon as that socket disconnects. This allows us to easily demonstrate concepts without having to implement a login system, sessions, or anything else extraneous.
Clone the repo into a new directory,
npm install and
sails lift, and you're off!
http://localhost:1337 to view the app in all its glory. A new user will be created for you automatically. Of course, a chat app isn't much fun with just one user, so open another tab or browser window to the same address to pop up a new user. Then use the "Send private message" button to communicate directly between two users, or start a new chat room to chat with a group!
On the wiki.