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Join the Montana Programmers IRC channel!

A former member
Post #: 31
At tonight's Missoula meetup I suggested creating an IRC channel for Montana Programmers. Since many of us work at home, and since we're a bit separated geographically, it's nice to have a 'virtual water cooler'. This will be a 24/7 text chatroom for all of us, to use to say hi, get help, coordinate meetups, whatever we want. This should be a fun way to build the community and smooth communication.

Quickstart
If you already know how to get on IRC, just join the channel #mtprogrammers on the freenode IRC network: irc.freenode.net

What's IRC?
IRC is one of the oldest chat-room technologies on the internet, and still much in use, primarily by geek types. It's cross-platform and works on everything from Windows to Linux to OS X, old mainframes to iPhones.

Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.o...­

How do I get access?


  • Get an IRC client. If you're on a Mac, try Colloquy. If you run Firefox, the Chatzilla add-on lets you IRC right from Firefox. Windows users can try mIRC. A bare-bones web access is here: http://webchat.freeno...­. There are tons of IRC clients, and many are free, here's a list for those who want to go exploring: http://en.wikipedia.o...­
  • Fire up your new client.
  • Before you can join the channel, you need to connect to the freenode IRC network. How you do this depends on your client.
  • With Colloquy, select Window->Connections, click New, and make the connection like this:



    Then click Connect and you should be in:



  • With ChatZilla, click 'freenode' that appears in the main window, then select IRC->Open this network at startup:



    Then type "/join #mtprogrammers" (without quotes) and press return to enter the channel:



    You should now have joined the channel and see a tab for it, along with a list of channel users:



    Finally, select IRC->Open This Channel at Startup to auto-join #mtprogrammers each time you start ChatZilla:



  • For any other IRC client, you'll need to find out how to join the freenode network (irc.freenode.net), then join the #mtprogrammers channel

  • If all else fails and you need a quick temporary way to get on (or you're away from your computer) use the webchat. Go to http://webchat.freeno...­ and sign on like this:



    and, you're in! :



    There more to learn about IRC, this is the bare minimum you need to join the channel. Setting and registering your nickname can be helpful, so can learning some basic IRC commands. I'm not going to go into all that now, there's plenty of info on teh Google.

    Please leave a comment here if you're having any trouble getting connected. I'll be happy to help you get up to speed!

    I hope this IRC channel helps us connect more, have some fun, support each other, and plan our events more smoothly. Try it!


Harold
hajush
Stevensville, MT
Post #: 10
Hi Andy - amazing support. It made it easy to get into the IRC chat.

I'm not seeing any obvious way to read older messages on the channel from before I connected. You said that the messages were persistent at the meeting, but maybe I misunderstood. I know that there is persistence support in some open source Jabber software - and one of the free servers supports it - but it requires special permission to get it added for your particular room which they didn't sound like they granted easily. I'm really hoping we can get that kind of support for #mtprogrammers. A water cooler with a several day long echo...
A former member
Post #: 32
Hi Andy - amazing support. It made it easy to get into the IRC chat.

Never underestimate the power of procrastination! Amazing how productive I can be when I'm avoiding other work…

I'm not seeing any obvious way to read older messages on the channel from before I connected. You said that the messages were persistent at the meeting, but maybe I misunderstood. I know that there is persistence support in some open source Jabber software - and one of the free servers supports it - but it requires special permission to get it added for your particular room which they didn't sound like they granted easily. I'm really hoping we can get that kind of support for #mtprogrammers. A water cooler with a several day long echo...

Yeah, I misunderstood 'persistence', I thought you meant "does the channel stay around even if nobody's in it?"

I'm not sure exactly what you're getting at. Some IRC channels have 'bots' that log the channel activity and publish it on the web for search/review. Is that what you mean? E.G. some of the drupal channels are logged: http://www.disobey.co...­. In my very limited knowledge, it takes some expertise to set up a logging bot, if so I don't have the time/energy to do it right now.

However if there's another easier way to achieve what you envision, please let me know and I'll explore it!

Jade R.
jaderobbins
Bozeman, MT
Post #: 4
Just joined! Hope to see more of us in there soon :D
Rob L.
roblund
Bozeman, MT
Post #: 5
Nice.
Ashton S.
Ashotn.Sanders
Polson, MT
Post #: 68
Joined and Bumped. Thanks Andy.
Scott R.
scottwrouse
Missoula, MT
Post #: 27
I hopped on, too. I'm not in the habit of getting in IRC every day, but I'll try to remember.
Ben C.
benjica
Missoula, MT
Post #: 7
I enabled IRC on my phone so I can be more active throughout the day smile

In addition is anyone want to work on a IRC bot? Something to log traffic, statistics, etc.
A former member
Post #: 2
Hubot http://hubot.github.c...­ is a good one Rudybot https://github.com/of...­ is also interesting...
Shawn W.
lannocc
Billings, MT
Post #: 4
Just got word of the IRC channel. I should be hanging out there most days (lannocc).
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