SocketIO IRC-style Tutorial – Part 1 – Intro
July 16, 2015
One of the technology things that excites me the most is the use of Websockets to help power the “Real Time Web“. When you use a modern browser and use a web based chat system (like IRCCloud), it very likely uses websockets. Twitter feed constantly updating? Websockets. Facebook feed growing as you waste the day? Websockets. “Real Time” Google Analytics? Websockets. You get the idea, lots of cool things we use every day built for the real time web, many of which probably use websockets. The easiest way to use Websockets with NodeJS (which I’ve been spending some of my free time on over the last year) is a nifty tool called Socket.IO.
Using Geckoboard with HelpSpot
February 14, 2013
Geckoboard in Action One of the cool tech toys I’ve been introduced to at my job is called Geckoboard. It’s a nice slick website that allows you (or your company) to have a custom web-based dashboard with whatever data you want. Geckoboard is cool, but the power lays in its ability to be used for custom widgets. With these custom widgets, you can push/pull data from any source you want and have it displayed on your dashboard. My IT department runs HelpSpot for ticket tracking and I really want to have a more visual feel for how things are going. Since Geckoboard doesn’t have built-in widgets for HelpSpot, this seemed like the perfect time to write some PHP and run my own custom widgets.