Here's a few pointers on how to get help on IRC effectively:
- Read the topic, it contains useful information that could help you get help.
- Be nice, you're more likely to get help if you are nice to the people in the channel.
- Be patient, people will help you if they have time to.
- Provide information about the problem you're facing, pretend we know nothing and explain everything to us.
- Providing snippets of the code you have problems with usually helps you get proper help (use a pastebin for pasting the code, such as gist.github.com or pastebin.com).
- Demanding people to code for you seldom helps (although asking if someone wants to help you code for a project might work).
- Finally, use a nickname and not a randomly generated one (basically only applies if you join via WebIRC).
Connecting to IRC
If you have no IRC client installed and don't want to install one there's Freenode's WebIRC, just fill in a nickname and hit Start.
For those who want an IRC client there's a great number of choices (listed with feature comparisons here) such as AdiIRC, mIRC, Pidgin, irssi and WeeChat (for those that fancy the CLI), Miranda, IceChat, HexChat and Quassel.
Port: 6667 (6697 for SSL)
For more information on what IRC is see the wikipedia article.