Remember when the internet felt new? Many of us don’t. But if you can order a drink at a bar you probably remember when building the front-end of web apps felt like trying to knock on a revolving door. Then browser-based developer tools came to market and changed the pace of front-end development. To date, extending chat apps with custom integrations has felt more similar to the early days of web apps. That changes today, with Developer Toolkit in Stride.
Developer Toolkit is a new way to access and experiment with contextual metadata for all Stride messages right from Stride. Previously, the only way for a developer to access this metadata was to post it out to their logs in the process of debugging. Stride’s new Developer Toolkit does for team chat what Chrome did for browsers in 2008—making it easier than ever for developers to bring incredible user experience to apps in Stride, faster.
Unlike other chat vendors, Stride let’s you do all of this natively. You won’t have to jump from Stride to a browser to preview exactly how your messages will appear.
The Developer Toolkit is an optional setting intended for customers and partners looking to quickly build beautiful integrations in Stride and extend them across the Atlassian Stack. Enabling the Developer Toolkit adds two new actions on top of every message element: Message inspector and the visual Message builder.
Message inspector gives developers the ability to look into the details of any message, an indispensable tracing and troubleshooting tool.
Message builder presents a live message formatting sandbox within Stride’s desktop and browser apps. Developers looking to build custom workflows for their teams or automate tasks with in-house tools can quickly build and refine the UI of their apps right from Stride with message builder.
We released Developer Toolkit in beta to some of our closest app development partners last week. The feedback we received confirmed this feature will make developing apps for Stride easier than ever.
“Stride’s Developer Toolkit is an essential part of our workflow and really simplifies the development process,” said Mike Duff of Nextup.ai who recently launched Stride’s first integration with Jira Server. “We love how we can preview messages and update in real-time to ensure we provide the best possible user experience. Seeing live previews of your messages is an essential feature for developers building chat platforms, and this innovative solution from Stride is what we have been looking for.”
One of Stride’s early app partners, Obie.ai, agrees. “Stride’s Developer Toolkit fills a missing gap for companies like Obie.ai who are betting their business on building and designing intuitive ways for knowledge workers to engage with AI-powered bots in team chat,” said Alex Sopinka, Obie Co-Founder and CTO.
Developer Toolkit is the first of many investments we’re making to ensure Stride is the easiest team chat platform to build on and customize to suit your team workflow. Learn more about building apps for Stride or register for AtlasCamp in Barcelona that happens this Fall.
Developer Toolkit is an optional setting on Stride (version 1.21). You can find the option under the settings gear on the left-hand sidebar. Select Advanced, and check the box to enable developer toolkit.
When you’re back in your chats, click on the three dots to the right of any message, and you’ll find the two new actions to toy around with.
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