Free PHP Ajax Chat Server

I’m sitting in the hotel lobby with Brian and Stephen, putting some thought into wtf we’re going to try during our keynote. One idea Stephen had was to have an open web-based chat room, so attendees (physical or virtual) could ask questions, make comments, etc… without the intimidation of grabbing the microphone.

After a quick Google, and a few false starts, I found a link to Lace – it’s a simple PHP + “Ajax” chat server, using flat files to store session and chat data. That means it can run anywhere PHP can run, without needing a database.

I put a copy on one of our servers for us to use during the keynote. It looks like it will be much more open than an AIM group chat, and easier than an IRC channel.

We’ll also be mobile – the three of us with wireless microphones – and there will be 2 standing microphones in the room, so audience participation should be relatively easy. If the folks aren’t into it, we’ll fall back into a more conventional panel discussion, but we’re really hoping that the attendees take over the session.

12 replies on “Free PHP Ajax Chat Server”

  1. Perhaps unnecessary — UnKeynote wrapup…

    I’ll keep this short, as both D’Arcy (great discussion in the comments) and Stephen have posted substantive follow-ups to the UnKeynote. Like my collaborators, my feelings on the whole thing were mixed. It was a worthy experiment, but I’m not sure i…

  2. We should be preparing our session…

    …instead of goofing off, which is what we are doing right now. But it’s an UnKeynote, so a certain absence of structure need not be a fatal flaw. I feel better knowing Stephen and D’Arcy got my back. I think this is going to be fun. Let’s hope th…

  3. Jesse – it’s a really cool app. I love that it’s so lightweight – just drop the files on the server, and cest voila. Very cool stuff. I didn’t find it until about 60 minutes before our session was scheduled to start, after strugging with another one that turned out to be less fully featured than Lace anyway. I’m definitely keeping a copy of this up my sleeve…

  4. Actually im developing a website.i need to include the webbased version of chat like google does.can some one help me with the code or help me as to how it can be done.

  5. Actually im developing a website.i need to include the webbased version of chat like google does.can some one help me with the code or help me as to how it can be done.it is bben developed on ajax and .net.

  6. Actually im developing a website.i need to include the webbased version of chat like google does.can some one help me with the code or help me as to how it can be done.it is bben developed on ajax and .net.

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