Using TypeScript/Node to Send Push Notifications to iOS

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Sending push notifications is a common feature to add when building mobile applications. A push notification is a message sent from a backend server to your application running on an iPhone or iPad. One of the cool things about push notifications is that they will be handled by the phone even if your application is…

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Using html2canvas

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Pictures often provide more meaning than can be provided by text. You know the pain if you have ever had to explain what is happening in an application but struggled to find the right words. Sometimes it’s just easier to send a screenshot. This is where html2canvas comes in. This handy little piece of JavaScript…

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Lowering Overhead with Fastify

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NodeJS is one of the more common server hosting environments out there. We at Don’t Panic Labs tend to use .NET instead of NodeJS for the hosting of backend systems, but I like to use NodeJS for a lot of my experiments as it often forces me to learn new things. When standing something up…

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Building a Chat System – Part 6

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In this series on building a chat system, we have gone through many parts that make up chat applications using Azure Chat. How all this works together may be a little difficult to follow. There are a lot of pieces, and it might not be obvious what each piece is doing. The Frontend – This…

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Building a Chat System – Part 5

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So far on our journey to build a chat system, we’ve covered setting up the Ionic framework, creating a user in Azure Chat, adding the ability to store more messages, and implementing a way to censor offensive words. Now we will cover actually interacting with Azure Chat. Azure Chat isn’t a full-blown component you drop…

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Building a Chat System – Part 4

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In our journey to build a chat system, we’ve covered setting up the Ionic framework, creating a user in Azure Chat, and adding the ability to store more messages. Now it’s time to clean up our language. With any chat solution, you run the risk of communication creating some points of conflict. One of those…

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Using Azure Table Storage

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Azure Storage tables are simple; they’re basically rows and columns. Storage tables can be used to store data much like you would with Azure SQL. While Azure SQL has more features, there is something nice about the simplicity of Storage tables. Once you get your data into storage tables, you will likely need to see…

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Building a Chat System – Part 3

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If you’ve been following my series on building a chat system inside a mobile app, you’ve seen as I set up my Ionic framework and created a user in Azure Chat. Now it’s time to build the ability to store message data. We wouldn’t need to necessarily store all messages, but by doing so we…

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Sending Emails with Azure Communication Services

Sending emails is a pretty known technical space. Many of us have sent emails using a variety of services. One you maybe haven’t tried is Azure Communication Services, which is still in preview at the time of this blog post. Here’s how you set up Azure Communications to send emails from your applications. Create a…

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Working With Stripe’s SDK

Working With Stripe’s SDK

Stripe is an e-commerce solution for supporting payments in your web applications. Integrating Stripe into your application is almost too easy, and their integrations put a very low barrier upon the integration. While their integration is easy and fast, you still do have to write some code to tie your system to the information in…

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