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” .
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:
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