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err or condensed er² and pronounced "R2" is a chatbot that allows you and your team to interact live with it in a chatroom with preprogrammed commands.
By integrating commands into a chat, you can ease the communication by showing real time query / results while chatting.
In order to get the list of available commands, simply type : !help
The bot, either directly or in a chatroom will answer you with the list of commands and their meaning.
ElizaBot: !askus: Give us a fun topic to talk about !complete: Complete the given sentence !eliza: El'cheapo shrink for you ErrBot: Commands related to the bot administration !install: install a plugin repository from the given source or a known public repo (see !repos to find those). !load: load a plugin !reload: reload a plugin !repos: list the current active plugin repositories !restart: restart the bot !status: If I am alive I should be able to respond to this one !taillog: Display a tail of the log [...]
You can request more help by doing !help command.
Shows weather info for given location. Example: !weather San Francisco, CA or !weather brussels
For the current list of available commands you can look at http://github.com/gbin/err/wiki/Catalog
Interactive usage example
@joe have you seen the weather for the end of the week ?
take a look ! !weather brussels
Weather forecast for brussels Forecast date: 2012-05-21, Taken at Brussels, Bruxelles on 2012-05-28 06:00:00 +0000 *Current conditions*: Condition: Cloudy Temps: 12 c Humidity: 88% Wind: W at 13 mph *Forecast conditions*: Day of week: Mon Chance of Rain Low: 14.0 c high 25.0 c Day of week: Tue Rain Low: 11.0 c high 23.0 c Day of week: Wed Fog Low: 15.0 c high 27.0 c Day of week: Thu Fog Low: 16.0 c high 30.0 c
Oh yes indeed !
So it is a simple example but you can imagine to integrate it with bug tools like jira, zendesk reporting, ... so the team can query and interact in real time with other systems.