Last night, I was invited to a Google+ Hangout to participate in a Chrome extension hackathon. I was not able to participate much due to some technical issues. It is really too bad, because I felt that I could have learned much from the other coders involved.
The project that we were working on is a chrome extension that allows users to play a game of pong while using Hangouts. This adds a whole new dynamic to how users can participate in Hangouts. Kudos to whomever first thought of the idea.
To be able to pull off creating this extension, we had to delve into the Hangouts source code. While doing this, we noticed a couple of interesting things after being pointed out by Mohamed Mansour.
Google+ Hangouts Uses Google Wave
One of the tasks needed to get the extension to work is that we needed to find
a way to easily and programmatically access the list of all users currently in
the Hangout. Mansour discovered a hidden
<iframe> that contained much of its
logic and data.
Deep inside this maze, Mansour noticed that Hangouts made some calls to
Google Wave services. This was pretty interesting considering the fact
that Google wave was retired almost a year ago. Well, not that interesting
in that they stated that they will
the technology for use in other Google projects. I really liked Wave
none the less, and I wish it had caught on. That was not the only interesting
discovery made during our code spelunking, though.
Google+ Hangouts Uses jQuery
All and all, for the brief time that I was participating in the hackathon, I was enjoying myself immensely. I would love to do one again, but before I do, I need to tune my desktop and switch to a faster ISP.