[Standards] XMPP Myths

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Mon Aug 10 20:11:26 UTC 2015

On 10 August 2015 at 18:37, Dominik Renzel <renzel at dbis.rwth-aachen.de>

> Nice compilation, Dave.
> As one of the guys from xmppresearch.org, I might add a bit from the
> academic side. There is quite a body of literature available on XMPP
> research (and - yes, we keep collecting!). We're currently working on a
> survey paper on a collection of XMPP research from 2003 till today. I can't
> reveal too much, but a little bit of overview allows me to wield the
> academagic battle-axe at least for two myths.
> Myth Two:
> Although I don't know if the scientific use of XMPP extensions mirrors
> practical deployment, I would assume that there are certain similarities.
> In response to a request during this year's summit in Diegem, Belgium, my
> dear colleague Daniel Schuster from TU Dresden created a tag cloud of the
> XEPs in scientific use, extracted from 250 different papers:
> http://www.xmppresearch.org/posts/xeps-used-in-xmpp-research/
That's awesome; I'll link to that in the Myth Two section.

> Myth Three:
> There is quite some scientific evidence on the use of XMPP in
> bandwidth-critical, mobile settings, especially in the last five years.
> You find literature on mobile sensor networks, mobile apps, IoT, etc.,
> some of them applied in disaster scenarios with no or very impaired public
> communication infrastructure. Bandwidth-efficiency is hardly ever mentioned
> as a problem.
Yes, I'll poke about and see how much of the use-cases I'm aware of can be
talked about openly, since there's sectors using XMPP over low-bandwidth
for mission-critical messaging that are really eye-opening - and I didn't
even know about the disaster cases - links would be great.

> Best,
> Dominik
> Am 10.08.2015 um 18:02 schrieb Dave Cridland:
>> I've noticed that a large well-funded group have been attending a number
>> of
>> conferences and making unfortunately ill-informed statements about XMPP,
>> in
>> favour of their own solution in a number of spaces in which we overlap.
>> In conformity with Napoleon's suggestion that one should never attribute
>> to
>> malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence, I have
>> tried
>> to address these statements directly, but sadly while representatives of
>> the organization were willing to agree they would correct their website,
>> they have remained too incompetent to do so.
>> This is terribly unfortunate, and so to help address this I knocked up
>> some
>> answers to specific "myths" on a Wiki page, intended (by me) as a draft
>> blog post (but it could just as well stay on the Wiki, get reused as
>> website content, or whatever).
>> It's here: http://wiki.xmpp.org/web/index.php?title=Myths
>> Suggestions and corrections would be very much welcome; feel free to
>> either
>> edit directly, or (possibly preferable) discuss in the XSF chatroom at
>> xsf at muc.xmpp.org
>> Thanks!
>> Dave.
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