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Introducing Cobot: System Messaging for Co-op

The Harvest Team communicates with Co-op all day, every day. It is the visual heartbeat of our team, as we share failures, successes and silliness from our work days and our lives. While this heartbeat is strong, it also has an obvious arrhythmia: no system status messages.

For the past couple weeks we have been refining an API technique to programmatically add system status, and anything else, to a Co-op workstream. We are pleased with the results, and would like to introduce you to Cobot:

Cobot - The Harvest Co-op Robot

Cobot posts may be created via the Co-op API.

Along for the ride are a couple of new formatting features now enabled for Co-op statuses. First, statuses now accept <br /> tags to force new lines, which is essential for posting things like deployment of multiple code commits.

Co-op also now supports code pastes. If you paste anything in your Co-op message box with two or more new lines, the code paste view will take effect:

Philip J. Fry WTFjs

Feel free to share what kinds of system messages you will be looking to bring into your Co-op workstreams, we’re excited to know if you find this feature useful!

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  • Brad McConahay on February 16, 2010

    In the line, “Cobot posts may be created via the Co-op API.”, the link to the API points to localhost:3001.

  • @Brad Thanks for letting us know! It’s all fixed up now.

  • I’d love to see something that would allow for notifications when someone did an @ to you in co-op.

    For example, someone wrote a userscript for campfire that I use when we’re using campfire on a project:

    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/28815

    I currently use Co-Op in a fluid instance. I love it. Notifications would really rock. That said, Cobot looks sweet as well. Got to figure out how we might use it.

  • I don’t get it. How is cobot any different than the API before?

  • never mind. I see the Cobot methods in the API. duh.

  • @Jason Thanks for the suggestion. It’s definitely on our radar.

  • LOVE this idea guys! We’ll be using it for sure.

  • @Nick Please let us know what you come up with for Cobot!

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