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--------------------- IM-like application for Pinax social networks (Django), that allow you to see which friends are online and chat them Website: http://metaoptimize.com/projects/django-instantmessage Code: http://github.com/turian/django-instantmessage Read INSTALL to learn how to install django-instantmessage in a Pinax site. If you want to learn more about the individual applications, please refer to the README files: pinax-im-dist/apps/im/README pinax-im-dist/apps/useractivity/README Note that this code is designed for Pinax social networks (http://pinaxproject.com/). This code was built against Pinax 0.7.1, and tested on "socialproject" in Pinax 0.7.1 and 0.7.2. It might be possible to take the two applications (pinax-im-dist/apps/im and pinax-im-dist/apps/useractivity), and separate them into separate distributions, for use with generic Django sites, not just Pinax ones. I am not experienced with Django packaging, and I encourage other users to experiment with using this code for non-Pinax Django site, and re-releasing it. This code was written by Sergei Lebedev (http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/DotNet/SoftwareCoders/ShowBioInfo.aspx?lngAuthorId=7183794), is copyright (c) 2010, Joseph Turian, and is released under the MIT License. ISSUES: * If, instead of replying to the chat request, you navigate to another page, you lose the chat request. Then, that user cannot re-chat request you. But if you navigate to another page, the chat request window should stay. * If you have multiple windows open and someone chats you, only one window gets the chat request. Instead, they should all offer you the chat request. (And, if you accept or decline the chat request in one window, the chat request box should then disappear in all the windows.) * The Chat list should stay at the bottom of the screen, even if you scroll down on the page. However, if you look at a page that is taller than the one screen height, and you scroll down, the chat box will move up with the screen. * There's one issue with the ui code currently: user groups get collapsed after the userlist is updated. This is the result of having all templates rendered on server (which is kind of important in my opinion, because you don't have to modify js-code to get a different reprentation of something). I don't think it's critical, since most of the time the chatbox will be hidden from the users and hardly anyone will notice, but the issue is there, and I'm not sure of a good way to fix it. HISTORICAL NOTE: If you look at this git revision: http://github.com/turian/django-instantmessage/commit/d8d7961a54040f1562c136ebd63ef037d371ac13 you will see the last version of the code before we started using the database in the applications. It used to be the case that, to avoid hitting the database often, the original version of this code used Celery (http://www.celeryproject.org/), a distributed queue that sits on the RabbitMQ AMQP messager broker (http://www.rabbitmq.com/). However, it was to tricky to find bugs in the application, and seemed like an instance of premature optimization. So, the current version of the code uses the database in both apps.