[JDEV] jabber client
jens at mac.com
Wed Sep 5 11:52:47 CDT 2001
>> I'd like to learn to develop a jabber client. DO you
>> know which texts should I read as reference?
> Have a look at Jens Alfke's Client Developer's Cheat Sheet aT:
One note: my cheat sheet describes writing a Jabber client from scratch
(or nearly from scratch -- you'd be nuts not to at least use an
available XML parsing library like expat.) But you should first consider
using a Jabber library for your platform, if one's available for your
favorite language & platform and if you can agree with the (usually GPL)
licensing terms. See <http://jabber.org/?oid=71>. This will save you a
lot of coding.
You should also consider whether it wouldn't be more productive to
contribute to one of the existing open-source clients instead of writing
yet another one. If you're doing this because there's a feature you need
that isn't available, it'll probably be easier to add it to an existing
client, and there'll be an existing user base that will thank you for
it. There's a somewhat-complete list of clients at
<http://jabber.org/?oid=70>, most of which are open source.
That said, let me toot my horn and say that the cheat sheet is probably
worth reading even if you're not working from scratch, since it
describes the overall architecture of what happens inside a Jabber
client in a style that's much more tutorial than the official specs.
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