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I’m Ryan Murthick, and I’m a Computer Science student and Software Engineer currently working remotely at Clock.

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What's happened with WinIRC?

So firstly – WinIRC is not dead. I am still working on it, even if there’s been no commits to the repo, I’ve still been working on fixes and new features in IrcClientCore, which will end up in WinIRC. Eventually, I hope to finish the current update for WinIRC, which although isn’t the recode I mentioned in the last release, is a major decoupling of the IRC logic from WinIRC into IrcClientCore. It also has a number of UI tweaks including coloured nick names, and displaying the number of unread messages in the channels on the sidebar. This update is planned to happen soon. The reason I’ve not been working on it as much (apart from university / being employed) is a WIP project currently called Signal IRC. This is an IRC client based upon the same IrcClientCore library as WinIRC, but rather than running as a native UWP application, it’s an ASP.NET web application. […] This is essentially the spiritual successor to an older project I had, namely Comet IRC. The major differences is that the backend and frontend is not nearly as tightly coupled – the backend utilises a mixture of ASP.NET Web APIs for login / server management and SignalR for real time messaging. The frontend is a Vue single page application that’s served by the ASP.NET server portion. I plan to have a public release of Signal IRC as an alpha on Github at some point this year assuming I have time, once a few key features are completed, including storing message scrollback within a database.

Introducing the rebuild of this site

WordPress has served me well for a good few years now, but I decided last year that it’s time for an overhaul of my site to use more modern web development practices and for me to have much more control over it. I also wanted much more emphasis on the projects I’ve done, rather than have them buried as a small link on a subsection of the site. This led me to create this site – a Hugo powered static site with a couple extra server side scripts to manage Netlify style continuous integration and GitHub auth for the Netlify CMS used for content management. It also utilises the InstantClick JS library for Gatsby like SPA navigation and page preloading in a couple KBs of JavaScript The site is fully open source, and available to download at https://github.com/rymate1234/rymate.co.uk.

Issues releasing WinIRC 1.5

WinIRC 1.5 is finally making it’s way to the Windows Store, with a host of new features - the main one being a refreshed UI. However, the release of the application has left much to be desired. Just over two weeks ago, I pushed the final 1.5 changelog to the WinIRC Github, as I was hoping in the next couple of days the release would be live on the Windows Store. As it turns out, this wasn’t the case - I forgot to test it locally, and the Store based certification process marked two issues that needed to be fixed before it would be certified, specifically: […] So I fixed the first issue by building a local NuGet package for the twitter library, then tested with the local Windows App Certification Kit (WACK) and my app passed, with no mention of the other metadata issues. So logically, I tried to release it on the store, and it failed the store WACK test with the same errors as last time! I first assumed it was my machine, so I tried it on my tablet and then a Creators Update VM, and failed to reproduce on both After trying (and failing) to get help from MS support, I tried last night to rename the filename of the package that was uploaded to the store, as all of the ones I’d uploaded were the default filename. This worked! Although there was still a difference with the store results to my results, I managed to fix the metadata issues with my UWP MenuBar (by importing the source as a c# class library to the main WinIRC source tree) meaning WinIRC passed it’s validation tests. So what’s next? For WinIRC development, the next step is to refactor the app to properly use an actual design pattern, probably MVVM. I also want to add some scripting support to WinIRC, so users can add their own commands and functionality to WinIRC. For distribution, I want to work on alternative distribution channels for WinIRC and other UWP / AppX applications, so it isn’t entirely centralised in the Microsoft ecosystem, and hopefully so apps don’t need to have a special signed certificate. More on this if I actually manage to make a prototype

Release of the UWP Menubar Lib

A couple months ago, I posted on Twitter that I’d been working on a menu bar to be used for UWP applications: […] To mark a sort of return to twitter - a screenshot of something I've been working on pic.twitter.com/R5jYX5wyFX […] A couple days ago, I released the lib on NuGet and GitHub as a prerelease! Here’s a video demonstration of the library: […] Head to the GitHub for a detailed readme and usage docs
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