Today, I discovered a very interesting project created by Github: Hubot (https://hubot.github.com/)
In Github’s own words:
GitHub, Inc., wrote the first version of Hubot to automate our company chat room. Hubot knew how to deploy the site, automate a lot of tasks, and be a source of fun in the company. Eventually he grew to become a formidable force in GitHub. But he led a private, messy life. So we rewrote him.
Today’s version of Hubot is open source, written in CoffeeScript onNode.js, and easily deployed on platforms like Heroku. More importantly, Hubot is a standardized way to share scripts between everyone’s robots.
We ship Hubot with a small group of core scripts: things like posting images,translating languages, and integrating with Google Maps.We also maintain arepository of community Hubot scripts and an organization of community Hubot packages that you can add to your own robot.
The real fun happens when you add your own scripts. Be sure to personalize your Hubot, too; your company’s robot should be a place full of inside jokes, custom integrations, and general merriment.