By Gary simon - Jan 30, 2017
Most of us 25+ years and older were very familiar with AIM. Unfortunately, as with all great things, it came to an end (or, at least very close to an end).
The popularity of AIM saw a sudden decrease around 2009 after Gmail's Google Chat service released, along with text messaging and social networking sites. Still, I hung on to my AIM 5.9 account and let it idle 24/7 up until about 2015. In early 2016, I received a message, after logging on randomly, that my version of AIM would no longer work after March 15.
So, in a bout of nostalgia-driven inspiration, I had the idea to recapture this time in my life by creating a similar app, AONOS. Go ahead and download it if you're on Android. If there's any demand, which, I'm sure there won't be, I can publish this on the App Store for iOS, given I built it using Ionic 2.
First, this app is uhm, very lacking in features and is more for just the fun of it all. The idea came to me late Friday night, and I had it finished on Saturday evening. Suffice to say, virtually no testing has been done.
Still, it's worth mentioning the features:
I used Ionic 2, which is a hybrid mobile development framework built on top of Angular 2. It allows you to develop apps via HTML5, CSS/Sass and Angular, that can also hook into the phone's native functionality. I used Google's Firebase, via AngularFire2 to serve as the basis for the anonymous login system and the chat itself.
In this article, I'm not going to get into the actual code, but if you're at all interesting in learning app development, I just released a Free Ionic Course for beginners that will get you up and running.
Further more, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a tutorial on Building a chat app with Angular 2 that's very similar to AONOS. It uses AngularFire2 as well.