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IRC: The free developer chat community

Dean Sofer
Dec 05, 2014
<p>If you haven't heard of it already, check out Freenode.net on IRC.</p><p><strong>What's IRC?</strong> IRC stands for <strong>I</strong>nternet <strong>R</strong>elay <strong>C</strong>hat, and was one of the first ever internet chat services. It's a chatroom-based service that lets you connect to <em>servers</em> (such as freenode.net) and then connect to chatrooms (called '<em>channels</em>') which are always prefixed with a '#' character.</p><p>If you can think of a language or framework, there's probably a channel for it on freenode: #javascript, #css, #rails, #angularjs, ##bootstrap, #android-dev, #java, you name it, they've got it.</p><p>You can connect to the server using this webapp: <a href="http://webchat.freenode.net/">http://webchat.freenode.net/</a> or locate a free IRC client for your OS and connect to the freenode server. Once you're connected, simply type <span style="background-color:#D3D3D3">/join #javascript</span> (or whichever channel you wish) into the chatbox and you're off!</p><p><strong>Just remember:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>​</strong><span style="color:rgb(95, 99, 102); font-family:lato,sans-serif">Use pastebin.com or a similar service instead of pasting your code right into the chat.</span></li><li><span style="color:rgb(95, 99, 102); font-family:lato,sans-serif">Everyone's a developer, so they can be crude. Develop a thick skin.</span></li><li><span style="color:rgb(95, 99, 102); font-family:lato,sans-serif">Be </span><strong>EXTREMELY</strong><span style="color:rgb(95, 99, 102); font-family:lato,sans-serif"> patient. Everyone volunteers their time and you may have to wait around or ask your question multiple times before getting answers.</span></li><li><span style="color:rgb(95, 99, 102); font-family:lato,sans-serif">Don't message people privately unless they give you permission to do so. It's considered impolite.</span></li><li><span style="color:rgb(95, 99, 102); font-family:lato,sans-serif">Hang out. You learn the most from just hanging around and talking to other members.</span></li></ul>
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