TokBox, provider of the OpenTok video conferencing platform, has seen a surge in interest and activity since Google and Facebook stepped into the ring. Today the company has 13,370 developers building on its TokBox API. Since Google launched its video chatting “Hangouts” feature on June 28 developer interest in TokBox has doubled.
Stream.io provides developers with tools for adding scalable feeds, activity streams, and chat functionality to their applications via the Stream API. The company has recently announced a new SDK that aims to streamline the addition/creation of chat functionality for iOS applications.
Bots are a handy way to automate simple tasks that you might typically do on your own, such as updating calendar appointments. In this tutorial on Full Stack Python, Matt Makai explains how to build your first chatbot using the Slack API and Python to begin returning simple messages.