[JDEV] cons of jabber technology
TBradley at jabber.com
Tue Feb 13 12:22:40 CST 2001
In the interests of keeping this post short, I won't
go into detail, but these are some of the areas you
should probably research regarding cons of Jabber,
if you want to see the whole picture. Note that
every one of these also has positive aspects to it,
too. But it sounds like you've already got the "on
the other hand" side of your research paper figured
XML is uncompressed: The client-to-server and server-
to-server data streams are plain, uncompressed text.
This isn't the most bandwidth efficient way of sending
messages. This will become important when Jabber
starts to reach millions of simultaneous users.
XML is unencrypted. The base Jabber protocol has the
message stream being in plain text, making eavesdropping
more possible. Encryption isn't a core part of the
It's not endorsed by any standards body. There hasn't
been any endorsement of Jabber from IETF or w3c or IEEE
or any of those type of groups.
It's not commercially endorsed by a major company. Open
source is great, but the fact that neither AOL or Microsoft
has "blessed" Jabber could be a risk to public acceptance
in the corporate IT world.
Jabber is peer-to-peer at the server level, not the client
level. So, it's not directly useful for consumer-to-
consumer file sharing, multimedia broadcasting, etc.
Jabber's interoperability with other IM systems is
unsanctioned by those companies. AOL, ICQ, MSN, or
Yahoo! could take steps--technically or legally--to
block access to their networks by Jabber users.
Hope that helps,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: siddharth thakkar [mailto:sjthakkar at yahoo.com]
> Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2001 8:19 AM
> To: jdev at jabber.org
> Subject: [JDEV] cons of jabber technology
> hi , all the great developers of Jabber.
> I have undertook a project on Jabber Technology. And
> as a part of Study of Jabber Technology, I need to
> prepare the article describing ANY NEGATIVE FACTORS,
> RISKS, OR VULNERABILITIES EXISTING WITH JABBER
> The positive and encouraging facts of Jabber, I have
> found at many places; but what i need is Potential
> Hazards, or Risks of the Jabber Technology.
> Do reply soon, IT WILL BE A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT FOR
> MY STUDY OF JABBER TECHNOLOGY and will make me
> understand Jabber better.
> Thanking you all in advance,
> yours truly,
> sjthakkar at yahoo.com
> sjthakkar at usa.net
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