[Foundation] Jabber Environments
adamtheo at theoretic.com
Sat Oct 20 22:03:36 CDT 2001
I'm starting to JEP-ize my ideas of "Jabber Environments", mostly
because DotGNU <http://www.dotgnu.org> has shown interest in using the
concept to fit into Jabber and help develop it.
Problem: Jabber is growing. Fast. It used to be an "open source IM
system", but is now getting into RPC, advanced "identity", and secure
e-commerce transactions. With this explosion in specifications, options,
and features, users and developers will begin to get lost and
productivity will drop. Something must be done to head this off before
Solution: The trick is to get the benefits of a "close-knit platform"
without giving up any of the features or possabilities of Jabber. This
can be done by creating "sub-Jabbers", or "Jabber Environments", that
package together select bits and pieces of the greater Jabber platform.
They not only package the standards and features, but could standardize
common interfaces for clients or provide development tools and
Definition: "Jabber Environment" A carefully defined sub-set of the
Jabber standards to clarify and package an aspect of Jabber to
end-users, developers, and retailers.
Examples: To preserve Jabber's "roots", a Jabber Environment could be
created that encompasses the text-based IM features, called "Simple IM"
possibly. Another could be created that encompasses VoIP, video
conferencing, and email-like functionality into a complete conversation
environment (possibly called "Crown" <http://www.theoretic.com/crown>,
*nudge, nudge*). Finally, Norbert Bollow of the DotGNU Project
<http://www.dotgnu.org> has expressed interest in having dotGNU create a
Jabber Environment or two to operate under.
1. Should all functionality in a Jabber Environment be restricted to
standards adopted by the Foundation? This would disagree with some
people, but would prevent "embrace and extend" hijacking tactics.
2. Should Environments be allowed to be run and maintained by outside
organizations? This would complicate matters and possibly introduce
politics, but enables flexability and encourages adoption by outsiders.
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