Social Developer Tool: IRC

May 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

Almost all developer platform teams use IRC to support interested developers for instant communication. This channel sometimes are flavored over Forum and Mailing List.

None of the Instant Messengers such as Yahoo IM, AOL IM, Google Talk, Apple iChat, ICQ IM would support IRC chat rooms.

IRC (Internet Relay Chat)

It is harder to identify IRC options on mac. Here we are going to explore IRC that is available on mac and free.

Colloquy (Desktop)
http://colloquy.info/

Colloquy (Mobile)
http://colloquy.mobi/
iPhone iTune App Store ($2)
http://itunes.apple.com/app/colloquy-irc-client/id302000478?mt=8

Colloquy for iPhone®, iPad™ and iPod® touch puts the power of the most popular IRC client for the Mac in the palm of your hand. Built atop the Chat Core framework, Colloquy Mobile is a full featured client optimized for the on-the-go experience.

IRC Server, port or channel, specific chat room ID

Example:
irc.freenode.net, port 6667, chat room #room

Critical Fields:
Nickname: BillGates
Server Protocol: IRC
Chat Server: irc.freenode.net
Chat Server Port: 6667
Username: bill
Real Name: Bill Gates

After clicking the “Connect” button, select File > Join Chat Room and enter the specific conference room name.

This is a list of available mac IRC options
http://www.ircreviews.org/clients/platforms-macos.html

Learning Programming Language for Young Kids

May 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

Scratch is a ideal computer software to teach kids in grades 4-12 in building games and stories.

Scratch is a programming language that create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art.

It supports Mac and PC. You can install Scratch at http://scratch.mit.edu. Learn more here.

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