PortaChat
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Published: 16 Dec 2003
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Abstract
Enhance your site with a Chat Room! This application is totally web-based, making it the thinnest client possible. It's simple to install on the server, and needs no client install at all! 4.0 Netscape/IE browser required.
by Peter Brunone
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A Web-Based Chat Room

This is fun. It's a chat application, built with HTML, ASP, and a dash of client-side JavaScript. No software to install, no upgrades to download; a totally thin client.

The key to making this so simple is the use of Application variables. Not only is data storage as simple as reading and writing from the Application() collection, but since everything on the server is in memory, processing is lightning-fast.
    I plan to add on to this one, so check back regularly.

See who's on.       Download it here (~11K).

3/2/2002: (v1.4) Users are now logged out after a period of inactivity (default 20 minutes), set by the intChatTimeout parameter in input.asp.
    A configurable window (IE only; adjust the height from input.asp) in the menu frame now shows the current users; those in gray will time out in five minutes.

12/12/2000: (v1.3) No more conflicting names; security hole patched (thanks, Nameless Man)
    Previously, users were able to change their nickname and preferences to malicious code by executing javascript in the address bar. This has been corrected.
    Also, a name check has been established to keep users from picking a name already in use.

12/07/2000: (v1.2) "Sign On" bug fixed; /clear, /nick, /logout commands added; persistent user name.
    It had been noted that clicking the Sign On button -- instead of just hitting Enter -- resulted in a JavaScript error. This has been remedied.
    Three IRC-type commands -- /clear (no parameters), /logout (no parameters), and /nick (new nickname as parameter), are now supported.
    Given cookie support, nickname is now remembered between visits.

12/01/2000: (v1.1) Style support added.
    Now users can customize their "look" for messages. Everyone seems to want an identity, and this is one way to get it. You can easily add more style features by adjusting the list in chatmenu.asp .

11/30/2000: Source Code available.
    This is completely plug and play. Nothing to configure if you don't want to; just unzip it on your web server and it's ready to go. Rudimentary, but ready.



User Comments

Title: download link broken   
Name: rasool
Date: 2/23/2009 10:07:06 AM
Comment:
please check the download link and correct that thanks alot
Title: Download Link broken?   
Name: J. Theaker
Date: 12/31/2008 2:04:03 PM
Comment:
I have serched the net for hours trying to find a download link for your Portachat, they are all broken....
Title: brelea40@gmail.com   
Name: Brenda Mccarthy
Date: 9/14/2008 12:54:33 AM
Comment:
i am having trouble logging into the chat room.
Title: LOVLYSITE   
Name: ARIADNE
Date: 6/20/2007 4:20:23 AM
Comment:
I LIKE UR WEDSITES LUV
Title: No database needed   
Name: Peter Brunone
Date: 12/14/2006 9:14:33 PM
Comment:
You don't need a database; all you need is a Windows server (anything from Windows 95 on up) that is running Personal Web Server (Win 95/98) or Internet Information Server (all the rest) and you need to have ASP installed.
Title: how to make him work ?   
Name: liviu
Date: 12/14/2006 12:34:56 PM
Comment:
i have just html website..
and ,....i dont't have my sqol database or something...how to make him work ...what i need ?
Title: Great script   
Name: Brandon Orndorff
Date: 11/4/2006 4:24:03 PM
Comment:
I love the script ... very usefull for my site for family and friends this way we may all speak while looking at pictures on the site...

Thank You
Title: Chat   
Name: Lionel Johnson
Date: 8/3/2006 2:11:25 AM
Comment:
Good work Dude.
Title: verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry good   
Name: mehdi nouri
Date: 7/30/2006 8:53:20 AM
Comment:
thanks
Title: great   
Name: emelie
Date: 6/30/2005 1:48:23 PM
Comment:
real nice one.
Title: A Web-Based Chat Room   
Name: Swamy
Date: 6/16/2005 1:59:46 PM
Comment:
Excelent program.
If there is smiles, it could be still usefull
Title: JS Incorperation   
Name: Scott (scottsfanclub@yahoo.com)
Date: 8/8/2004 2:24:13 AM
Comment:
This is a nice script. The layout is good. I am not really into GUI, but, I know this constant refreshing to show the forum is not necessary if you use Java. I do not really know how to do this. It seems w/ js rooms (like Yahoo), everyones screen changes when you make a submission. This would be a nice addition,but,obviously, it is a hassle to do this in just ASP-VB. THis language is not a GUI oriented lang. Other than this refresh thing, this is a pretty good script.

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