Introducing OpenTok Starter Kits

Starter kits

At TokBox we are focused on making life easier for developers and accelerating their development time. We understand that our partners build very complex solutions, and they need our communication expertise and toolkits. Today we are excited to introduce Starter Kits for the OpenTok platform. These include sample code and design and development best practices for implementing the OpenTok platform’s server and client components. Now you can give your development a jump start, but still have the flexibility you need to to customize your implementation however you want.

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The OpenTok Platform Collaborative Editor

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 6.01.54 AMWe always want to share as much as possible with our community so today we’re sharing a description of how we developed the opentok-editor collaborative editor using ot.js and CodeMirror. You can see the editor in action at meet.tokbox.com and you can see how to use it for yourself at the opentok-editor github page. We love to see people using our open source projects so please feel free to file issues and contribute pull-requests to this project on Github.

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WebRTC Data Channels vs WebSockets

WebRTC Data channels vs. WebSocketsSignaling between client end points has always been an important facet for most interactive web applications. The use cases range from text chatting to multiplayer games to driving a robot remotely. In the world of HTML5, most developers establish signaling through websockets, long polling and server side events. However with the advent of WebRTC, data channels joined the ranks and the question posed by many developers is “Where do data channels fit in the equation?”

Data Channels provide a way to send binary / text data to another peer over the browser. The data channel api is very similar to web sockets when it comes to sending different types of data. It works peer to peer without the need of a centralized server or an additional hop in most cases.

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Releasing the OpenTok Plugin for Internet Explorer 8-11

opentok plugin for internet explorerToday we’re pleased to announce support for Internet Explorer versions 8 & 9 through our OpenTok Plugin. (The previous version of the plugin supported Internet Explorer 10 & 11.) Now you can leverage the same native WebRTC features enjoyed by Chrome and Firefox users in Internet Explorer versions 8 through 11.

Our release today means that your OpenTok powered applications will automatically start working with Internet Explorer 8 and 9. As always, we’re focused on bringing the best possible real time communications experiences to the endpoints you know and use. This is just one more step forward in our journey towards making the OpenTok platform endpoint agnostic.

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Buy vs. Build

BVBWhen creating new services and products, organizations always face a challenge whether to buy or build key underlying components and functionality. As WebRTC attracts an increasing degree of interest, we regularly hear from customers that they are considering the trade-off around the decision to buy or build. Many go so far as to try and build their own real time video or audio solution before they turn to a hosted platform like OpenTok. Not surprisingly given the business we are in, we come down pretty strongly on the side of leveraging a hosted service.

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