[Pharo-dev] [Pharo-users] Slack, fragmentation and design information

Dimitris Chloupis kilon.alios at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 06:29:34 EST 2017

I have been pushing for Discord because

a) There is no need to host and maintain as Esteban said
b) There a ton of communities already using it and its by far the second
most mature chat client after Slack
c) It has a very powerful Python API.... yes I know.... I know its no Pharo
but still it makes it very easy to make bots that automate a lot of staff.
I am using a bot that fetches RSS feeds (Although not sure how well this is
working) connects to the reddit forum and of course fetches git commits
d) The team listens to its users
e) for personal reason.... all my favorite software (Blender, Unreal etc)
is using it

I am also making my own bot . I  could try to add a way for the bot to
connect the mailing list with the Discord channel turn the mailing lists
discussions to Discord discussions and vice versa but I have not done this
before so no promises. I do have find a website that turns pretty much
anything to webhooks which is what Discord uses (probably Slack too)


I could do the same with Slack , meaning to send Slack messages to Discord
and Discord to Slack, I think I found one bot that already does this.

In short we can unite everything under one roof and let people keep using
whatever people feel comfortable with (Slack, mailing lists, world.st
forum, reddit , google hangouts , youtube , github and anything with
webhooks or some form of web API)

Also the Bot could store its own log even in the unlikely scenario of a
nuclear explosion in Discord servers we wont lose our valuable data. Though
I think I saw somewhere that Discord allows to backup and export the data
so that may be proven unnecessary.

On the other hand I will have to find a way to host my bot , but that is
not a big deal , the bot is a simple python application and there are a ton
of websites which offer hosting for python applications for free.

Its getting there but will need time.

Also my library Atlas can be used to access the APIs of all these chat
software, Slack and Discord included, because Atlas allows you to use
python libraries from inside Pharo. So its possible to have tools in the
image for those of you that you love never having to leave the image that
take advantage of these technologies. I wont be doing this though because
a) porting APIs is a project by itself b) most of the code I find is python
code and that makes it an easy copy paste approach (the vast majority of it
is GPL or MIT licensed)
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