This might be too much of a first project...
Obviously, I took first project to mean a literal "first project".
- Must be able to run "out of the box" for the major five browsers. So I'm not looking for a Java, Flash, or (I'm assuming it needs something more) ASP.NET based development.
There are several Java chat clients which utilize a Java application server (e.g. Tomcat). I'm sure this is also true for the MS versions of the web application ecosystem.
LatiosXT wrote:Design should be more or less modular from the application.
Huh? Are you suggesting something like a meta-gui description language that can simply be used with any number of programming languages?
Probably wishful thinking, but someone else is designing the layout, so what I'd like to do is just plug that into the application and everything will be hunky dory.
Yeah, I would categorize that as wishful thinking too. =) What language is the other person using?
LatiosXT wrote:Must support user accounts.
Hmm... what code are you planning on writing?
LatiosXT wrote:Must support logging (both on the server and the user's machine)
This could be a bit messy on the client-side with various security policies, etc.
The one thing that keeps coming to me is PHP, MySQL, and JQuery or some such. Anything else?
Sure, why not. Again, I don't see why you'd want to write a chat application given the proliferation of chat applications, but to each his own, I suppose. Why not just review the source code for an existing OSS application instead?