OpenTok JS Plugins – Widget

I have began to create a set of OpenTok JavaScript plugins to provide boilerplate solutions for some common use cases.

The first plugin is the _OT.widget, which makes it simple to create a videochat widget similar to the HTML embed widget seen here.

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StartupXLR8R II

We will be at StartupXLR8R II in Maryland this weekend June 4-5.

The startupXLR8R will included both an invitation only code-sprint + pitch track, as well as an open un-conference for entrepreneurs.

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Using signals to pass real-time data

Problem

You are developing a multi-user OpenTok application and you need a way to pass data between user in real-time.

Solution

Use Session.signal() to notify user when there is new data on the server to be retrieved.

Tutorial Overview

In this tutorial I will show you how to implement this solution by creating a simple chat app that uses OpenTok signals to pass data between users in an OpenTok session. The app will allow connected users to communicate through both video chat and text chat.

I will use Rails for the backend portion of the app, however this technique can be applied to any server-side technology. I also use jQuery for DOM manipulation and AJAX and the OT_LayoutContainer class created and explained in this blog post for managing the layout of the video streams.

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API Hack Day Chicago

Saturday, May 28 we will be at API Hack Day Chicago.

API Hack Day brings developers together for an all-day coding fest focused on building apps with APIs. Developers of all experience levels can share ideas, collaborate on projects, start new ventures and find out about great tools and new APIs to play with.

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TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 TokBox will be at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon.

Fueled by pizza, beer and RedBull, the hackathon event will begin Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, May 21st – 22nd. Then after a lightning round of demos and judging Sunday afternoon, the winning team will present onstage at Disrupt on Wednesday, May 25th. This is a great opportunity for superstar hackers to share the spotlight alongside the top startups chosen from Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield.

If you’re at the event, stop by our “Getting Started with OpenTok” workshop on Saturday afternoon.

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Music Hack Day Recap

This last weekend we hosted Music Hack Day at our office in San Francisco. As a result of a collaborative effort on behalf of the people at Music Hack Day, the Echo Nest, SoundCloud, Song Kick, the TokBox team, and many others, the event was an astounding success. More than 150 developers showed up to create 55 awesome hacks over the weekend.

Music Hack Day @ TokBox HQ. Image provided by Thomas Bonte.

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Music Hack Day San Francisco

This weekend TokBox will be hosting Music Hack Day San Francisco at our offices on Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th.

Music Hack Day comes to San Francisco to explore and build the next generation of music applications. It’s a full weekend of hacking in which participants will conceptualize, create and present their projects. Music + software + mobile + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it’s music related.

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San Francisco Startup Weekend

This weekend TokBox will be at San Francisco Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend is a 54h crash course about Entrepreneurship! We are back in SF, for another great Weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

If you’re in the Bay Area and not attending Music Hack Day, consider coming to San Francisco Startup Weekend to meet some new people and build something cool.

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BayArea Mobile Meetup

Join us this Thursday at 6:30PM at the Bay Area Mobile Meetup Group in Mountain View. I will be giving a talk at the Bay Area Mobile Meetup Group about using the OpenTok API to create multi-screen videochat applications. You can learn more about the group here.

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BarCamp LA

I will be at BarCamp LA this Saturday and Sunday to hack, meet with other hackers, learn some things, and spread the word about the OpenTok API. If you live in LA and are interested in coming out, there are still some spots available. You can register here.

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