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Tutorial: Complete walkthrough for joining AutoIt's IRC Channel using a desktop client

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

Hello Guys! :D. I have been busy with my exams... They are finished now, so summer holidays! :lol:

I am been working very hard to bring back the reputation for AutoIt in IRC, I recently made a unofficial channel for AutoIt at freenode (freenode is a very popular IRC Network for FOSS [Free and Open Source Software]). You can check this topic if you want:

 

Introduction

This tutorial will guide you from start to finish covering each and every small step (no matter how small to make it more IRC newbie friendly) so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of IRC and the IRC Community. Please read the whole post for better understanding.

Ok, lets begin our IRC adventure! :D

Installing HexChat

You might wonder why do you need HexChat, why not use the free and no installation needed online IRC client? Well, most online clients might be quick and easy to setup but don't offer much option and power, moreover they even show your IP in the public!

For the above reason, we are using a neat desktop client called HexChat! (Its FOSS too!)

Here are the steps you need to follow:

1. As you might have expected, you need to download the installer first. Here is the link to the download page: http://hexchat.github.io/downloads.html. You need to select the best option for you, here are some pointers:

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2. After downloading the installer, install it... Here is a small video which I made to help you :):

 

  Configuring HexChat

This is the most important step in our journey, Configuration. After launching HexChat, it will prompt you to configure it, simply follow these steps:

1. This is the initial window, find "freenode" in the "Networks" List:

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2. Select it and click "Favour" (optional but recommended).

3. Change the values in the input boxes as you wish (I have set mine in the screenshot).

4. Click edit and you will be prompted by a screen, click the "Autojoin channels" and add "##AutoIt" to it.

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5. Click "Close"

6. Click "Connect" in the previous window and wait for it to automatically connect to ##AutoIt :D.

7. Vola! You are done! You can now chat like blah blah blah.....

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Some extra optional work

1. Type "/msg NickServ REGISTER <any password> <your email address>"

2. Verify your email

3. Open network manager by doing Ctrl + S

4. Find freenode in the network list and click edit

5. Enter your password and click "Close"

6. Click on the "freenode" tab and enter this command: "/stats p". You will get a list of active staff members:

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7. Type "/query <nickname of the staff member> <message>"
Replace <message> with a message asking for a "cloak", something like this would do the trick: "Hello, I want a cloak for account"

8. Wait for the staff member to give you the cloak. :)

That's it! You are done!

End comments by the author of this tutorial

I am glad that you are still reading until the end :), You have just made a BIG contribution to freenode ##AutoIt IRC Community! Thank you very much for that :thumbsup:

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS, FEEL FREE TO PM ME HERE OR /msg TheDcoder <message> ON IRC.

Edited by TheDcoder
Updated the "Some extra optional work" section!
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My contributions to the AutoIt Community

Some messages & Apologizes:

If I hurt you, Please accept my apologies, I never (regardless of the situation) mean to hurt anybody!!!

Also, I am very busy with my project so I will appear in the last row of the online list, if you want to contact me: Email@TheDcoder.xyz

Or you can have a nice chat with me in freenode, I use the same nick on freenode too!

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PLEASE JOIN ##AutoIt AND HELP THE IRC AUTOIT COMMUNITY!

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@JohnOne There are many benefits, you can talk with fellow AutoIt Enthusiasts, Chatting helps know people better, get instant responses etc. etc.

 

P.S You just made in time, I was gonna log off, See ya tonight in ##AutoIt!


AutoIt.4.Life Clubrooms - Life is like a Donut (secret key)

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My contributions to the AutoIt Community

Some messages & Apologizes:

If I hurt you, Please accept my apologies, I never (regardless of the situation) mean to hurt anybody!!!

Also, I am very busy with my project so I will appear in the last row of the online list, if you want to contact me: Email@TheDcoder.xyz

Or you can have a nice chat with me in freenode, I use the same nick on freenode too!

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PLEASE JOIN ##AutoIt AND HELP THE IRC AUTOIT COMMUNITY!

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Currently 7 but it will be 6 soon (because I will be logging off), Its not real popular yet, I am working on the IRC Bot :)


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My contributions to the AutoIt Community

Some messages & Apologizes:

If I hurt you, Please accept my apologies, I never (regardless of the situation) mean to hurt anybody!!!

Also, I am very busy with my project so I will appear in the last row of the online list, if you want to contact me: Email@TheDcoder.xyz

Or you can have a nice chat with me in freenode, I use the same nick on freenode too!

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PLEASE JOIN ##AutoIt AND HELP THE IRC AUTOIT COMMUNITY!

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12 hours ago, TheDcoder said:

I am working on the IRC Bot :)

And I've finally got a reason other than myself to work on the IRC udf. :lol:

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My UDFs are generally for me. If they aren't updated for a while, it means I'm not using them myself. As soon as I start using them again, they'll get updated.

MY PROJECTS


Active: IRC UDF, WindowEx UDF
Discontinued: GithubBubbleSort UDF

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AutoIt.4.Life Clubrooms - Life is like a Donut (secret key)

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My contributions to the AutoIt Community

Some messages & Apologizes:

If I hurt you, Please accept my apologies, I never (regardless of the situation) mean to hurt anybody!!!

Also, I am very busy with my project so I will appear in the last row of the online list, if you want to contact me: Email@TheDcoder.xyz

Or you can have a nice chat with me in freenode, I use the same nick on freenode too!

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PLEASE JOIN ##AutoIt AND HELP THE IRC AUTOIT COMMUNITY!

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:thumbsup:

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AutoIt.4.Life Clubrooms - Life is like a Donut (secret key)

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My contributions to the AutoIt Community

Some messages & Apologizes:

If I hurt you, Please accept my apologies, I never (regardless of the situation) mean to hurt anybody!!!

Also, I am very busy with my project so I will appear in the last row of the online list, if you want to contact me: Email@TheDcoder.xyz

Or you can have a nice chat with me in freenode, I use the same nick on freenode too!

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PLEASE JOIN ##AutoIt AND HELP THE IRC AUTOIT COMMUNITY!

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Here's the background I use for HexChat, forget where I got it ... a Google search on the filename returned zilch. Much easier on the eyes.

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Make sure brain is in gear before opening mouth!
Remember, what is not said, can be just as important as what is said.

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What is the Secret Key? Life is like a Donut

If I put effort into communication, I expect you to read properly & fully, or just not comment.
Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

I may have the Artistic Liesense ;) to disagree with you. TheSaint's Toolbox (be advised many downloads are not working due to ISP screwup with my storage)

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I recommend using the Aubergine theme with Liberation Mono font ;).

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AutoIt.4.Life Clubrooms - Life is like a Donut (secret key)

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My contributions to the AutoIt Community

Some messages & Apologizes:

If I hurt you, Please accept my apologies, I never (regardless of the situation) mean to hurt anybody!!!

Also, I am very busy with my project so I will appear in the last row of the online list, if you want to contact me: Email@TheDcoder.xyz

Or you can have a nice chat with me in freenode, I use the same nick on freenode too!

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PLEASE JOIN ##AutoIt AND HELP THE IRC AUTOIT COMMUNITY!

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#13 ·  Posted (edited)

just join the ##Autoit and got me and admin symbol (@) :), I'm not even a registered user.
That should not happen. You'd have to register the channel.

Also joined #Autoit. No admins there, just another user and I.

Ok, bye bye. 

..ok, I may have been on a split and that was why I had the channel for my own.

nope. I misspelled the channel :>

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My contributions to the AutoIt Community

Some messages & Apologizes:

If I hurt you, Please accept my apologies, I never (regardless of the situation) mean to hurt anybody!!!

Also, I am very busy with my project so I will appear in the last row of the online list, if you want to contact me: Email@TheDcoder.xyz

Or you can have a nice chat with me in freenode, I use the same nick on freenode too!

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PLEASE JOIN ##AutoIt AND HELP THE IRC AUTOIT COMMUNITY!

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I have updated the tutorial to match with freenode's current infrastructure :D

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AutoIt.4.Life Clubrooms - Life is like a Donut (secret key)

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My contributions to the AutoIt Community

Some messages & Apologizes:

If I hurt you, Please accept my apologies, I never (regardless of the situation) mean to hurt anybody!!!

Also, I am very busy with my project so I will appear in the last row of the online list, if you want to contact me: Email@TheDcoder.xyz

Or you can have a nice chat with me in freenode, I use the same nick on freenode too!

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PLEASE JOIN ##AutoIt AND HELP THE IRC AUTOIT COMMUNITY!

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      A. An Array is an datatype of an variable (AutoIt has many datatypes of variables like "strings", "integers" etc. Array is one of them). An Array can store information in a orderly manner. An Array consist of elements, each element can be considered as a variable (and yes, each element has its own datatype!). AutoIt can handle 16,777,216 elements in an Array, If you have an Array with 16,777,217 elements then AutoIt crashes.
      Q #2. Help! I get an error while declaring an Array!?
      A. You tried to declare an array like this:
      $aArray[1] = ["Data"] That is not the right way, Array is a special datatype, since its elements can be considered as individual variables you must have an declarative keyword like Dim/Global/Local before the declaration, So this would work:
      Local $aArray[1] = ["Data"] Q #3. How can I calculate the no. of elements in an array?
      A. The UBound function is your answer, Its what exactly does! If you have an multi-dimensional Array you can calculate the total no. of elements in that dimension by specifying the dimension in the second parameter of UBound
      Q #4. Why is my For...Next loop throwing an error while processing an Array?
      A.  You might have done something like this:
      #include <MsgBoxConstants.au3> Local $aArray[10] = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] Local $iMyNumber = 0 For $i = 0 To UBound($aArray) ; Concentrate here! $iMyNumber += $aArray[$i] Next MsgBox($MB_OK, "Sum of all Numbers!", $iMyNumber) Did you notice the mistake? UBound returns the no. of elements in an array with the index starting from 1! That's right, you need to remove 1 from the total no. of elements in order to process the array because the index of an array starts with 0! So append a simple - 1 to the statment:
      #include <MsgBoxConstants.au3> Local $aArray[10] = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] Local $iMyNumber = 0 For $i = 0 To UBound($aArray) - 1 $iMyNumber += $aArray[$i] Next MsgBox($MB_OK, "Sum of all Numbers!", $iMyNumber) Q #5. Can an Array contain an Array? How do I access an Array within an Array?
      A. Yes! It is possible that an Array can contain another Array! Here is an example of an Array within an Array:
      ; An Array can contain another Array in one of its elements ; Let me show you an example of what I mean ;) #include <Array.au3> Global $aArray[2] $aArray[0] = "Foo" Global $aChildArray[1] = ["Bar"] $aArray[1] = $aChildArray _ArrayDisplay($aArray) ; Did you see that!? The 2nd element is an {Array} :O ; But how do we access it??? ; You almost guessed it, like this: ; Just envolope the element which contains the {Array} (as shown in _ArrayDisplay) with brackets (or parentheses)! :D ConsoleWrite(($aArray[1])[0]) ; NOTE the brackets () around $aArray[1]!!! They are required or you would get an syntax error! ; So this: $aArray[1][0] wont work!  
      More FAQs coming soon!
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      By TheDcoder
      Hello! I made a unofficial IRC channel for AutoIt in freenode , Here are the details for connecting to it:
      Server: chat.freenode.net
      Ports: 6665, 6666, 6667, 8000, 8001, and 8002, with SSL on 6697, 7000, and 7070 (Port 7000 with SSL is recommended)
      Channel: ##AutoIt
      Web Clients:  Kiwi IRC, Freenode Webchat (qwebirc), Mibbit etc. (Using Kiwi IRC is recommended because the url is pre-configured)
      (WARNING! Using web clients may reveal your IP!)
      If you are new to IRC, I have made a guide just for you!:
       

       
      Enjoy! TD