Ajax Chat Tutorial

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p. Creating a chat application is not a difficult task. Honest!

p. This tutorial is a step by step introduction to creating a lightweight chat application using XML as a storage medium. As personal motivation, I develop PHP games as a hobby. In pursuit of that hobby I’ve found that offering a flat threadless forum in such games tends to result in heavy usage as players attempt to use it as a chat room. The reason is that even with the advent of irc and instant messengers, users continue see an alternative web based solution as attractive for a number of reasons whether its limited access to instant messengers through a corporate proxy or simply for convenience sake.

“Part 1: Introduction, The Zend Framework”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1234

“Part 2:Prototype, Scriptaculous, Application HTML”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1280

“Part 3:Storage Medium, XML and the Message Process”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1326

“Part 4: IndexController MessageAction() and JSON Encoding”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1387

“Part 5: The Javascript, Sending Chat Messages, Screen Name Changes”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1407

“Part 6: Updating the User List”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1532

“Part 7: Usability Improvements”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1580