Waartaa or wārtā is a word in Hindi: वार्ता, which means to communicate. And that's what waartaa is for. Waartaa is a web based IRC client as a service and it facilitates centralized logging, idling functionality, unique identification across multiple clients and a rich UI for awesome user experience. Waartaa is open sourced under MIT License. The source is at https://github.com/waartaa/waartaa/
.You can download, fork, customize and setup Waartaa as a service anywhere, be it a single user laptop/desktop, server for your self and your friends.
There are an arsenal of IRC clients and tools, so why another one?
Waartaa is not just a random fun project, although it has been fun and full of adventures to work on it. Below are a few reasons why I started to work on Waartaa:
GUI IRC clients work only for single machines. It's a pain to sync logs across multiple devices across multiple IRC clients.
Local IRC clients do not let you idle when you are not online. It's not possible for everyone to get a server to setup ZNC or similar idling server.
Most desktop IRC clients do not have that WOW! look and feel.
Lack of identity when logged in from multiple devices simultaneously.
Local network configuration (proxy, firewall) and quality (speed, timeout) often becomes a hindrance to good IRC experience.
Waartaa solves the above issues as follows:
Running IRC client as a service on better infrastructure ensures that you are always connected to IRC and capturing IRC logs.
Waartaa serves as a central place to store your chat logs.
No matter what device you login from to Waartaa, YOU are always YOU in the IRC and not some YOU_, YOU__, etc.
Waartaa is built on top of web technologies. So, it works flawlessly and uniformly across multiple platforms and looks equally awesome in all the them. This adds up to a superior user experience.