IRC logs viewer using CouchDB and KnockoutJS

Fri 11 Oct 2013

In my previous post I talked about how to make an IRC bot in Node.js that would store messages in a CouchDB instance. This time, I'll look at how we might retrieve and display the stored messages.

IRC bots in Node.js, with CouchDB

Thu 10 Oct 2013

Over at JS Oxford we've been avidly using IRC for organising, as well as general JS chatting. The openness of IRC is brilliant. You can just rock up to freenode, /join #jsoxford, and you're chatting with the team. One of the major downsides I found with IRC though is that there is no obvious way to view conversations that happened while you were offline. So I decided to write a small bot that would save the conversation in a public document store. From that point on, it's just a small jump to displaying chat data on a public webpage (and another blog post ;).

Keep running

Thu 02 May 2013

Over the past couple of years I've really gotten myself in to running. Last year I seemed to have peaked on my season's running, I think I did about 10 events. I hit most of my targets, with a 47:20 10km and a 1:51:45 half-marathon. I was really pleased with these, but they were all building up to the big one. The Marathon. I ended up doing the Milton Keynes event last April in 4:25:32. I'll admit, I was somewhat disappointed with my time as I was sure I could have done it in under 4hrs, but I know why I didn't.

Monkey Flask

Fri 26 Apr 2013

So it turns out that in GCSE computing, they have to learn Python now. How wicked is that?! I've been helping out my girlfriend's cousin with hers and I've been having to quickly learn bits of Python on the fly so I can answer her questions. Here are some of my thoughts

RC cars in Node.js

Mon 22 Apr 2013

Wanna make your brain hurt? Try developing a hardware interfacing library for node.js...

Arrownd variable size div arrows

Sat 02 Feb 2013

One of our designers has a love for putting variable size arrows on navigation lists. This is really easy to do in Photoshop but a damn nightmare to build. However, I felt bad that saying it was something we couldn't really do. I mean, coming up with solutions is our thing right?! So I spent some time thinking about it...