Chat programs are common on the web these days. HTTP-based versions were often built as Java applets, but today, developers have a wider range of options when building chat programs. This article gets you started with building one that uses AJAX as the workhorse for sending out http requests without the need for page reloading.
You’ve been seen it hundreds, if not thousands of times before. You’ve surfing the Web, looking for a website that offers the possibility of meeting people and talking in real time, and certainly many times during your exhaustive search, you’ve been confronted with the user interface of an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) application, most of the time developed in Java.