LuaIRC 1.0 (GekiHEN Contest Entry)
Rejoice for we already have entries for GekiHEN and it’s been less than 24h since the contest was announced! The cherry on this contest was popped by developer Rinnegatamante who coded a functional and fully-featured IRC client for our PS Vitas in LUA. I was actually wondering when Rinnegatamante was going to be done with this, since I had an interaction with him on Twitter about it and from his tweets it looked like it was already in pretty advanced stages of development. Some people had been clamoring for ways to chat on their Vitas and now they already have a choice when it comes to that.
What is LuaIRC?
LuaIRC is a LUA implementation of IRC (Internet Relay Chat) which was and still is a somewhat popular way of communicating online. It uses the on-screen PS Vita keyboard as a way to type the messages and according to Rinnegatamante it should do anything that a normal IRC client does, except it’s on your Vita. I questioned the developer about BT keyboard support, but it doesn’t seem likely to happen and since the on-screen keyboard for the Vita is better than many I’ve seen, it means this will be more than great to use.
Features of LuaIRC?
– Multichannels support: You can join multiple channels and switch towards chats easily.
– New messages detection: When a new message is detected on an inactive chat, the channel name will change color in the channel list.
– PART, QUIT, JOIN, PRIVMSG, PING, NAMES commands detection.
– Auto-detection of PSN Nickname for default nickname usage.
– (Optional) History logs save.
– Possibility to see the whole list of connected users.
To get your hands on the release build of LuaIRC, you should direct your attention to its page entry on the GekiHEN website, where you will find the download and further instructions for customization along with the how to use controls for LuaIRC. If you find bugs or have suggestions for developer Rinnegatamante and want to give him feedback, you can easily find him on Twitter for that. However knowing him, considering this is a stable and fully-featured release, he might already be working on his next big project.
Let’s hope GekiHEN continues at this pace, this is a great start! Enjoy the release everyone!