explainBot 1.0.4 review

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ExplainBot is a single minded IRC bot

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 923K
Developer: Michael Wojciechowski
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ExplainBot is a single minded IRC bot. Its single purpose is to allow users of a channel to query/store/change information directly from an IRC channel. Administrative features like giving op, setting topic etc. are not implemented and never will be. Another two bots do the same thing

Here are some key features of "explainBot":
Some of the features of explainBot are as follows:
1. Single, XML, configuration file.
2. Different types of commands and users.
3. Easy extension by adding custom commands.
4. Easy installation on any system supporting Java 2.
The last version of explainBot used a crude config-file format. This has been replaced by a XML file. The configuration file lets you change the important aspects of the bot as which commands to load, nick, ident, logging and verbosity.

Four Types of commands are implemented:
1. Unauthorised - available to anybody on the channel where explainBot is.
2. Authorised - available to any authorized user on the channel where explainBot is.
3. Special - special commands like login.
4. Automatic - automatic answer to e.g. ping

ava 2
Access to a mysql database(trough included JDBC drivers)

What's New in This Release:
Using XML for config file
Added Checking config upon startup
Added support of writing and loading new commands without need for rewriting the core classes of explainBot
Added a group of automatic commands
Added only responding on commands from users in same channel as the bot
Added more input validation
Added (probably) a better anti-DOS device
Added storing passwords as MD5 hashes
Added "!setpassword" command for setting user passwords
Added "!status" command
Added (simple) locking of explains
Hiden Martyr debug from user
Modified New command to accept an integer as parameter, to show at most new terms
Fixed Add and Learn commands to use 'username' from database instead of nick
Added messages to quit and restart commands
Using a newer version of mysql connection library (MySQL Connector/J 2.0.14), where "useUnicode=true" actually works
Using a newer version of Martyr
Code cleanup
More testing

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