Convos rocks!

By Abhijit Menon-Sen <>

Convos is a persistent IRC client that you can use from any browser. After twenty-odd years of running ircII, I've become a happy user of Convos for the past few years.

XKCD #1782: cartoon of one last defiant IRC user in 2051

I'll be honest — it took me a while to get used to a web-based client, and there are still some ircII features that I miss sometimes. But there's also an upside. It's much easier to hack on Convos to make it do things you want. And it's such a relief that Unicode text just… works! Like magic!

Convos is a sophisticated application written in Perl using the Mojolicious real-time web framework with a Svelte frontend and extensive tests. It's a great example of modern web development, it's fun to hack on, and it has friendly and responsive maintainers.

Today was a Convos hackathon, and I took the opportunity to submit a few small pull requests, which were reviewed and merged promptly.