IRC isn’t all that easy.

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I’ve had some problems being completely new to the world of coding and programming.  I barely knew how to get on IRC (Internet Chat Relay) some of you may laugh and say “How in the world could you even get a programming internship being so weak in linux/unix/terminal command line business”.   I say to those persons – “We all crawl first” and some other mean stuff with cuss words.

So how does it work?

Step One:  Get a IRC Client (Client = A client is the requesting program or user in a client/server relationship.) It’s as easy as googling “The Best IRC clients for MAC/PC” .

Hexchat_Logo.svg

Personally, I chose HEXCHAT because it was easy to understand, it is a separate program as opposed to opening in a browser tab, and because it let me add servers easy.

Step Two:  Channels and Servers – When you first open an IRC client you aren’t necessarily going to be where you’re “supposed” to be.  It’s like going New York and looking for a store.  Where in New York are you going.  Which store.  There are 5 boroughs with even smaller sub divisions in New York along with countless stores. Am I right?

So in this example the Server (Server =  a server is a program that awaits and fulfills requests from client programs in the same or other computers) is what a IRC client will either provide or ask you to provide.  The provided ones would be found under NETWORKS.

If you have to “add” a new network the server address will more than likely will mostly like start with irc:

irc.gnome.org

irc.openstreetmap.org

Okay now where are your friends?  They would be in something called CHANNELS. Channels start with  # “.  For example

#outreachy, #pineapple, #dooooope,

Try it now. See if it works.

For all other secret ninja IRC tricks please see this website: http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/irctutorial.html

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