FW Editor: What are your plans or objectives in the near future?
Anthony Thrash Durbin: I plan to add some scripting capabilities to ThrashIRC, you should be able to see them in the client around Dec. 2010.
FW Editor: How and when did you start writing the code for ThrashIRC? What inspired you the most? Do you plan to develop new software, or are you more focused on optimizing the current ones?
Anthony Thrash Durbin: Way back in 2003, a friend of mine claimed he could write an IRC client from scratch in one day. I know it's silly, but that night I began working on ThrashIRC to see how long it would take to produce a reliable, easy to use client. Months later (haha) I had the first version of ThrashIRC.
I plan to keep enhancing ThrashIRC for a long time, it's a labor of love.
FW Editor: From your point of view, which is the strongest or most important feature of ThrashIRC?
Anthony Thrash Durbin: It's a unicode IRC client. That means you can chat in any language UTF-8 supports over IRC with ThrashIRC. ThrashIRC also has a large modern smiley set. I wouldn't use any client that didn't have smileys. They make chat fun and help express emotion in chat. A feature that I use heavily is the web browser URL grabber on the toolbar. When clicked, it pastes the current URL in the browser's address bar, into chat. It's time saving and awesome if you share a lot links in chat.
FW Editor: Not everyone was a fan of the old IRC. What can you say to such a person to convince him/her about the qualities of ThrashIRC?
Anthony Thrash Durbin: For real-time conference style text based communication, IRC can't be beaten. It's a wonderful place to stay in touch with groups that share your interests. If you've had a bad experience with some other client, please try ThrashIRC. It almost sets itself up, and it's very reliable.
FW Editor: To end with, is there any message you would like to send to ThrashIRC users?
Anthony Thrash Durbin: Thanks for using ThrashIRC. If you get prompted to auto-update, please do, I add new features and fixes through auto-updates.
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