Chatty: Real-Time Instant Messaging App

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I built this lightweight real-time chat app as part of my coursework for the Lighthouse Labs Web Development Bootcamp. Express and WebSockets were used to build out the backend server, which enables real-time communication through the app. I also built the frontend using React with Babel and Webpack.

This project was finished way before the deadline, so I had fun working on a few stretch features:

  • Custom CSS themes that change depending on the time of day
  • /-commands for changing the user's username color
  • /giphy command enabled by the Giphy API, which then posts a gif into the chat

The full source code is available on GitHub.


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