So I've been spending quite a bit of my spare time looking into node. It's actually more interesting than I first thought, Mainly because I can run it on my Raspberry Pi.
Currently I have a chat server running which uses socket.io. This was incredibly easy to set up a basic chat server (when I say basic, I mean basic..). I've been customising it visually and logically for a few days now.
Visually I have decided to make it look like a Linux terminal, this is done mainly with CSS but also with a JQuery plugin called Typed.js. I've used this before for other projects and I find it easy to use and it does what it says on the tin.
Karl: This is a test <a href="http://www.google.co.uk">www.google.co.uk</a> end of test
So my way around this was to break up the message but keep the order, each URL found would be inserted as HTML, everything else inserted as text. I'm researching into how other chat clients resolve this issue, I think my way my have some security vulnerabilities, but hey, it's a good way to learn.
I'm also looking into file sharing and possibly enabling some kind of webcam chat. I'm currently looking at socket-signaler-client which I think has the ability to give me what I want.