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Alternatives to WhatsApp

Telegram , Skype, Hangouts, Slack, and HipChat are the most popular alternatives and competitors to WhatsApp.
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What is WhatsApp and what are its top alternatives?

It is a cross-platform mobile messaging app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media.
WhatsApp is a tool in the Phone category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to WhatsApp

  • Telegram
    Telegram

    Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type. It provides instant messaging, simple, fast, secure and synced across all your devices. ...

  • Skype
    Skype

    Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are. ...

  • Hangouts
    Hangouts

    It is a communication platform which includes messaging, video chat, and VOIP features. ...

  • Slack
    Slack

    Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together. ...

  • HipChat
    HipChat

    HipChat is a hosted private chat service for your company or team. Invite colleagues to share ideas and files in persistent group chat rooms. Get your team off AIM, Google Talk, and Skype — HipChat was built for business. ...

  • Viber
    Viber

    It is a cross-platform instant messaging and voice over IP application provided as freeware for the Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS platforms. ...

  • Zoom
    Zoom

    Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems. ...

  • JavaScript
    JavaScript

    JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles. ...

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Telegram

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A cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service
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PROS OF TELEGRAM
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    Lightweight
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    Great bot API
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    Free
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    Unlimited history
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    Can hide phone number
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    Media editor
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    Great bot
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    Delete without a trace
CONS OF TELEGRAM
  • 3
    Requires phone number
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    Notification customisation is limited
  • 2
    No video call

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How to Create and Deploy a Telegram Bot using Python

Nuances of Telegram Bot Development When we’ve already determined reasons for creating the bot, now it’s time to think on how we plan to organize the development process and what tools we will need. Further, we will demonstrate in practice how to create your first bot and how to teach it to turn our message inside out.

In this part, we are planning how to build the application and what development tools to use. Further, we’ll show how to build your first Telegram bot on Python and will teach it to turn our message backwards. Since it is the manual for beginners, we will run the server with a single endpoint that will receive our telegram messages and will make an answer.

For that, we will use the following tools:

bottle – for our server; a simple and lightweight WSGI micro web-framework requests – for sending requests to telegram. request lib does not need to be overrepresented. It is universally used throughout the world in a variety of projects. Note: you have to install these tools on your computer. We will need them later. For that, open your bash console and install it via pip

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Hello, I want to implement a Telegram channel in my SAAS Application. Which API should I choose, Telegram API or Telegram Bot API??

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Skype logo

Skype

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PROS OF SKYPE
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    Free, widespread
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    Desktop and mobile apps
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    Because i have to :(
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    Low cost international calling
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    Good for international calls
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    Best call quality anywhere, generally
  • 5
    Beautiful emojis
  • 4
    Chat bots
  • 2
    Translator
  • 2
    Skype for business integration with Outlook
  • 1
    United kingdom
  • 1
    Not the Best, but get the job done
CONS OF SKYPE
  • 5
    Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
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    Not always reliable
  • 3
    Outdated UI
  • 3
    Birthday notifications are annoying
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    The worst indicator noises of any app ever
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    Finding/adding people isn't easy

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Dmitry Mukhin

Uploadcare is mostly remote team and we're using video conferencing all the time both for internal team meetings and for external sales, support, interview, etc. calls. I think we've tried every solution there is on the market before we've decided to stop with Zoom.

Tools just plainly don't work (Skype), are painful to install for external participants (Webex and other "enterprise" solutions) can't properly handle 10+ participants calls (Google Hangouts Chat).

Zoom just works. It has all required features and even handles bad connections very graciously. One of the best tool decisions we've ever made :)

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Mark Nelissen

I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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Hangouts logo

Hangouts

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A communication platform
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PROS OF HANGOUTS
  • 4
    Free
CONS OF HANGOUTS
    Be the first to leave a con

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    Slack logo

    Slack

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      Easy to integrate with
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      Excellent interface on multiple platforms
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      Free
    • 694
      Mobile friendly
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      People really enjoy using it
    • 331
      Great integrations
    • 315
      Flexible notification preferences
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      Unlimited users
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      Strong search and data archiving
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      Multi domain switching support
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      Easy to use
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      Beautiful
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      Hubot support
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      Unread/read control
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      Slackbot
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      Permalink for each messages
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      Text snippet with highlighting
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      Quote message easily
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      Per-room notification
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      Awesome integration support
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      Star for each message / attached files
    • 12
      IRC gateway
    • 11
      Good communication within a team
    • 11
      Dropbox Integration
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      Slick, search is great
    • 10
      Jira Integration
    • 9
      New Relic Integration
    • 8
      Great communication tool
    • 8
      Combine All Services Quickly
    • 8
      Asana Integration
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      This tool understands developers
    • 7
      XMPP gateway
    • 7
      Google Drive Integration
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      Awesomeness
    • 6
      Replaces email
    • 6
      Twitter Integration
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      Google Docs Integration
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      BitBucket integration
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      Jenkins Integration
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      GREAT Customer Support / Quick Response to Feedback
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      Guest and Restricted user control
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      Clean UI
    • 4
      Excellent multi platform internal communication tool
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      GitHub integration
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      Mention list view
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      Gathers all my communications in one place
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      Perfect implementation of chat + integrations
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      Easy
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      Easy to add a reaction
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      Timely while non intrusive
    • 3
      Great on-boarding
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      Threaded chat
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      Visual Studio Integration
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      Easy to start working with
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      Android app
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      Simplicity
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      Message Actions
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      It's basically an improved (although closed) IRC
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      So much better than email
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      Eases collaboration for geographically dispersed teams
    • 2
      Great interface
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      Great Channel Customization
    • 2
      Markdown
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      Intuitive, easy to use, great integrations
    • 1
      Great Support Team
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      Watch
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      Multi work-space support
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      Flexible and Accessible
    • 1
      Better User Experience
    • 1
      Archive Importing
    • 1
      Travis CI integration
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      It's the coolest IM ever
    • 1
      Community
    • 1
      Great API
    • 1
      Easy remote communication
    • 1
      Get less busy
    • 1
      API
    • 1
      Zapier integration
    • 1
      Targetprocess integration
    • 1
      Finally with terrible "threading"—I miss Flowdock
    • 1
      Complete with plenty of Electron BLOAT
    • 1
      I was 666 star :D
    • 1
      Dev communication Made Easy
    • 1
      Integrates with just about everything
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      Very customizable
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      Platforms
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      Easy to useL
    CONS OF SLACK
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      Can be distracting depending on how you use it
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      Requires some management for large teams
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      Limit messages history
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      Too expensive
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      You don't really own your messages
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      Too many notifications by default

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    We're using GitHub for version control as it's an industry standard for version control and our team has plenty of experience using it. We also found many features such as issues and project help us organize. We also really liked the fact that it has the Actions CI platform built in because it allows us to keep more of our development in one place. We chose Slack as our main communication platform because it allows us to organize our communication streams into various channels for specific topics. Additionally, we really liked the integrations as they allow us to keep a lot of our in formation in one place rather than spread around many different apps.

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    Lucas Litton
    Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 24 upvotes · 279.3K views

    Sentry has been essential to our development approach. Nobody likes errors or apps that crash. We use Sentry heavily during Node.js and React development. Our developers are able to see error reports, crashes, user's browsers, and more, all in one place. Sentry also seamlessly integrates with Asana, Slack, and GitHub.

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    HipChat logo

    HipChat

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    PROS OF HIPCHAT
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      Integrates well with a lot of developer tools
    • 96
      Developer-friendly
    • 85
      Clients for every major platform
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      Free unlimited users
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      Mobile-friendly
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      Extremely easy to use for non-tech guys
    • 39
      Good api integration
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      Irc-like
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      Reliable
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      Feature rich
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      Affordable at $2/user
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      Email notifications
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      Text Messages
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      More developer-friendly than Skype
    • 3
      Full text search
    • 3
      JIRA integration
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      Integrates with Atlassian products
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      Team Chat Rooms
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      Intergration with all the things
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      gitlab
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      tagia
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      256-bit SSL encryption to transmit your data
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      Fast
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      On-Premise deployment
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      Trello integration
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      salt
    CONS OF HIPCHAT
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      Purchased by and merged with Slack
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      Discontinued with the Atlassian Stack

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    Mark Nelissen

    I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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    Jack Graves

    We use Microsoft Teams as our primary workplace collaboration tool. It enables our team to work remotely and still collaborate on projects - with integration to JIRA and Confluence, the tool enables us to create War Rooms when problems occur and also provides information-sharing capabilities. Replaced HipChat.

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    Viber logo

    Viber

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    Free and secure calls and messages
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    PROS OF VIBER
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      Free
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      Easy to use
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      Free calls and chats
    CONS OF VIBER
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      Lack of interaction with new people
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      No servers, only group chats
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      Ad supported

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    Zoom logo

    Zoom

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    Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing
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    PROS OF ZOOM
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      Web conferencing made easy
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      Remote control option
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      Draw on screen
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      Very reliable
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      In-meeting chat is pretty good
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      Free
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      Pair programming sessions with shared controls
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      Easy to share meeting links/invites
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      Good Sound Quality
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      Cloud recordings for meetings
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      Great mobile app
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      Virtual backgrounds
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      Recording Feature
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      Other people use it
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      User Friendly actions
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      Reactions (emoticons)
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      Auto reconnecting
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      Chrome extension is great to easily create meetings
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      While sharing screen, you can still see your video
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      Mute all participants at once
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      When ending the videocall, everybody gets kicked
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      Different options for blocking chat
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      Easily share video with audio
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      /zoom on Slack
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      Registration form
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      Meant for business and education
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      Zoom
    CONS OF ZOOM
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      Limited time if you are a basic member
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      Limited Storage
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      Hate how sharing your screen defaults to Full Screen
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      Quality isn't great (Free)
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      No cursor highlight on screenshare.
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      Potential security flaws
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      Onboarding process for new users is not intuitive
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      Virtual background quality isn't good
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      Security
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      Editing can be improved
    • 4
      Doesn't handle switching audio sources well
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      The native calendar is buggy
    • 4
      Dashboard can be improved
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      Pornographic material displayed
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      Any body can get in it
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      Not many emojis
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      Past chat history is not saved
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      Recording Feature
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      En In reality,the chat in the meet not is excelent,noo
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      Zoom lags a lot

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    Yogesh Bhondekar
    Product Manager | SaaS | Traveller · | 15 upvotes · 425.5K views

    Hi, I am building an enhanced web-conferencing app that will have a voice/video call, live chats, live notifications, live discussions, screen sharing, etc features. Ref: Zoom.

    I need advise finalizing the tech stack for this app. I am considering below tech stack:

    • Frontend: React
    • Backend: Node.js
    • Database: MongoDB
    • IAAS: #AWS
    • Containers & Orchestration: Docker / Kubernetes
    • DevOps: GitLab, Terraform
    • Brokers: Redis / RabbitMQ

    I need advice at the platform level as to what could be considered to support concurrent video streaming seamlessly.

    Also, please suggest what could be a better tech stack for my app?

    #SAAS #VideoConferencing #WebAndVideoConferencing #zoom #stack

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    Yonas Beshawred

    Using Screenhero via Slack was getting to be pretty horrible. Video and sound quality was often times pretty bad and worst of all the service just wasn't reliable. We all had high hopes when the acquisition went through but ultimately, the product just didn't live up to expectations. We ended up trying Zoom after I had heard about it from some friends at other companies. We noticed the video/sound quality was better, and more importantly it was super reliable. The Slack integration was awesome (just type /zoom and it starts a call)

    You can schedule recurring calls which is helpful. There's a G Suite (Google Calendar) integration which lets you add a Zoom call (w/dial in info + link to web/mobile) with the click of a button.

    Meeting recordings (video and audio) are really nice, you get recordings stored in the cloud on the higher tier plans. One of our engineers, Jerome, actually built a cool little Slack integration using the Slack API and Zoom API so that every time a recording is processed, a link gets posted to the "event-recordings" channel. The iOS app is great too!

    #WebAndVideoConferencing #videochat

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    JavaScript logo

    JavaScript

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    PROS OF JAVASCRIPT
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      Can be used on frontend/backend
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      It's everywhere
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      Lots of great frameworks
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      Fast
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      Light weight
    • 425
      Flexible
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      You can't get a device today that doesn't run js
    • 286
      Non-blocking i/o
    • 237
      Ubiquitousness
    • 191
      Expressive
    • 55
      Extended functionality to web pages
    • 49
      Relatively easy language
    • 46
      Executed on the client side
    • 30
      Relatively fast to the end user
    • 25
      Pure Javascript
    • 21
      Functional programming
    • 15
      Async
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      Full-stack
    • 12
      Setup is easy
    • 12
      Future Language of The Web
    • 12
      Its everywhere
    • 11
      Because I love functions
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      JavaScript is the New PHP
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      Like it or not, JS is part of the web standard
    • 9
      Expansive community
    • 9
      Everyone use it
    • 9
      Can be used in backend, frontend and DB
    • 9
      Easy
    • 8
      Most Popular Language in the World
    • 8
      Powerful
    • 8
      Can be used both as frontend and backend as well
    • 8
      For the good parts
    • 8
      No need to use PHP
    • 8
      Easy to hire developers
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      Agile, packages simple to use
    • 7
      Love-hate relationship
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      Photoshop has 3 JS runtimes built in
    • 7
      Evolution of C
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      It's fun
    • 7
      Hard not to use
    • 7
      Versitile
    • 7
      Its fun and fast
    • 7
      Nice
    • 7
      Popularized Class-Less Architecture & Lambdas
    • 7
      Supports lambdas and closures
    • 6
      It let's me use Babel & Typescript
    • 6
      Can be used on frontend/backend/Mobile/create PRO Ui
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      1.6K Can be used on frontend/backend
    • 6
      Client side JS uses the visitors CPU to save Server Res
    • 6
      Easy to make something
    • 5
      Clojurescript
    • 5
      Promise relationship
    • 5
      Stockholm Syndrome
    • 5
      Function expressions are useful for callbacks
    • 5
      Scope manipulation
    • 5
      Everywhere
    • 5
      Client processing
    • 5
      What to add
    • 4
      Because it is so simple and lightweight
    • 4
      Only Programming language on browser
    • 1
      Test
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      Hard to learn
    • 1
      Test2
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      Not the best
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      Easy to understand
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      Subskill #4
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      Easy to learn
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      Hard 彤
    CONS OF JAVASCRIPT
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      A constant moving target, too much churn
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      Horribly inconsistent
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      Javascript is the New PHP
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      No ability to monitor memory utilitization
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      Shows Zero output in case of ANY error
    • 7
      Thinks strange results are better than errors
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      Can be ugly
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      No GitHub
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      Slow

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    Oof. I have truly hated JavaScript for a long time. Like, for over twenty years now. Like, since the Clinton administration. It's always been a nightmare to deal with all of the aspects of that silly language.

    But wowza, things have changed. Tooling is just way, way better. I'm primarily web-oriented, and using React and Apollo together the past few years really opened my eyes to building rich apps. And I deeply apologize for using the phrase rich apps; I don't think I've ever said such Enterprisey words before.

    But yeah, things are different now. I still love Rails, and still use it for a lot of apps I build. But it's that silly rich apps phrase that's the problem. Users have way more comprehensive expectations than they did even five years ago, and the JS community does a good job at building tools and tech that tackle the problems of making heavy, complicated UI and frontend work.

    Obviously there's a lot of things happening here, so just saying "JavaScript isn't terrible" might encompass a huge amount of libraries and frameworks. But if you're like me, yeah, give things another shot- I'm somehow not hating on JavaScript anymore and... gulp... I kinda love it.

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    Conor Myhrvold
    Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber · | 44 upvotes · 10.9M views

    How Uber developed the open source, end-to-end distributed tracing Jaeger , now a CNCF project:

    Distributed tracing is quickly becoming a must-have component in the tools that organizations use to monitor their complex, microservice-based architectures. At Uber, our open source distributed tracing system Jaeger saw large-scale internal adoption throughout 2016, integrated into hundreds of microservices and now recording thousands of traces every second.

    Here is the story of how we got here, from investigating off-the-shelf solutions like Zipkin, to why we switched from pull to push architecture, and how distributed tracing will continue to evolve:

    https://eng.uber.com/distributed-tracing/

    (GitHub Pages : https://www.jaegertracing.io/, GitHub: https://github.com/jaegertracing/jaeger)

    Bindings/Operator: Python Java Node.js Go C++ Kubernetes JavaScript OpenShift C# Apache Spark

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