What is Gnotty?
Gnotty ties the knot between the web and IRC. It is designed to assist open source projects that host an IRC channel for collaboration on their project. Gnotty is BSD licensed.
Gnotty is comprised of several parts. Primarily Gnotty provides a modern web client and server for communicating with an IRC channel via a web browser. The web server uses gevent and WebSockets, which provides the communication layer between the IRC channel and the web browser. Twitter's Bootstrap is used to style the web interface, providing a fully responsive layout, suitable for use with mobile devices. Customisable templates are also provided for skinning the web interface.
Check out the Gnotty live demo to see the web interface in action.
Secondly, Gnotty provides the ability to run a highly customisable IRC bot. Different classes of bots can be configured on startup, and bots can perform different services such as message logging and interacting with users in the IRC channel. Bots also contain webhooks, which allows bots to receive and act on input over HTTP from external services.
Gnotty also provides an optional Django application that archives IRC messages, for browsing and searching via a web interface. By default the IRC bot uses Python's logging module to provide configurable logging handlers for IRC messages. When the Django application is used, a logging handler is added that logs all IRC messages to the Django project's database. The Django application then provides all the necessary views and templates for messages to be searched by keyword, or browsed by date using a calendar interface.
Note that the Django application is entirely optional. Gnotty can be run without using Django at all, as a stand-alone gevent web server that provides the web interface to an IRC channel, with configurable IRC bots.
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