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Using RaspberryPI's for Creating an Interesting Slackbot

Install Node.js and NPM

It is always a good idea to the upgrade and update before adding packages after the initial installation of the OS on the PI.

sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get update

You might need to removed the old nodered, which might not be the package we want

sudo apt-get remove nodered
sudo apt-get remove nodejs nodejs-legacy
sudo apt-get remove npm 

And then get the latest node source and install

curl -sL | sudo bash -
sudo apt-get install -y build-essential python-dev nodejs 

npm seems to come with nodejs. When trying to do an apt-get install npm, I get an error. Running with

node --version

npm --version

Here is an alternate way to install, but the above method seemed to work.

sudo dpkg -i node_latest_armhf.deb

Useful Pages to Read



Coffee - the little language that compiles into Javascript

Slack Pages

BUA Diversity Slack Home Page

HUBOT Tutorial

Need to set up a bot in a slack page - So, you still need to set up a slack url and a new bot. Follow the instructions in and do the section on Create a new Bot in your slack organization. And then follow the tutorial in spice-up-your-slack-channel-with-hubot.

It gives the most basic commands - none of the addons. The section after integrating with slack works except for the pug me section. I found that the hubot-catme section does work. And I didn't bother to understand the Jarvis part of the tutorial that talked about checking when a user was active last. I went on with the example coffee script from the norrisbot git repository.

This is the general hubot repository. It is worth looking at and following the using the scripts/ file from Michikino Slackbot Tutorial

CatMe Pages [[BR]

Chuck Norris

Useful to do this tutorial also Chuck Norris - uses javascript instead of coffee.

Ship It Squirrels

Maybe Useful to Read

Example Slackbots

I installed a couple on the Pi,

To run the Chuck Norris bot and connect to

cd /home/pi/norrisbot
BOT_API_KEY=xoxb-48080620372-KHlo6i1AECTA0H7H1nZptr7r node bin/bot.js 

On the #general slack channel at the URL above, any mention of Chuck Norris generated a random Chuck Norris joke. Look at lib/norrisbot.js to see how this works.

To run the rabbithain bot:

cd /home/pi/test-bot/
HUBOT_SLACK_TOKEN=xoxb-48595095201-QyWScPVPnV94pQaW7zneF5oJ ./bin/hubot -a slack

On the #general slack channel at the URL above, it can do a bunch of random things. Check the scripts/ and attached images for what it can do. It is a good example script to see what can be done with slackbots.

For Administration Purposes

Look into PiNet to help with classroom administration. I tried it and it seemed to work. It uses NFS to keep all files from the PI's onto the file server.

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