[JDEV] Advocacy 2: Why do you jabber?
andrew-list-jabber-jdev at ccl.bham.ac.uk
Sat Feb 1 14:54:23 CST 2003
On Sat, Feb 01, 2003 at 03:12:08PM +0100, Ulrich Staudinger wrote:
> why do users use jabber?
The most important reason for me is that Jabber's architecture is the
most correct from a technical and organisational point-of-view:
* No single points of failure - if yahoo.com goes offline, everyone
using Yahoo Messenger goes off-line. If jabber.org goes off-line,
people can use a different provider.
* No artificial barriers to entry or constraints of any kind - if you
want to add voice support to MSN Messenger, you'll have to pay your
dues to MS. If you want to add voice support to Jabber, go ahead.
* The protocol is open and well-documented. As well removing
constraints, this brings the usual benefits - e.g. XML is
multi-lingual and extensible, SSL has a number of proven
* The division of labour is efficient and jobs are divided sensibly
(e.g. I can write a new MSN transport without having to design a GUI,
GUI designers don't have to waste time on transports).
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