MathChat is a web chat application that allows users write latex commands to draw** complex mathematical symbols.**
Check out this little tutorial about latex commands for more information:
Read more in my blog: http://codescience.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/mathchat/
In order to install the dependencies of MathChat you must do the follow in your *unix system (tested on ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10):
~$ sudo apt-get install ruby build-essential libopenssl-ruby libsqlite3-dev rubygems ruby1.8-dev
~$ sudo gem install rubygems-update --version=1.3.7
~$ sudo gem install sqlite3-ruby
~$ sudo gem install -v=2.3.5 rails
That setup an environment to run MathChat and give you the posibility to continue developing the application!
If you know about ruby on rails you can modify and expand the application as you want. It's really easy.
To run the MathChat server in localhost:3000 just do this inside the MathChat directory:
~$ ruby script/server
Then go to localhost:3000 in your browser (I suggest Google Chrome for better performance) and enjoy MathChat!