[Summit] BOSH discussion at Summit 12

Winfried Tilanus winfried at tilanus.com
Tue Oct 9 08:00:53 UTC 2012

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On 08/28/2012 10:23 PM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> On 8/28/12 2:03 PM, Jack Moffitt wrote:

(Note: this discussion this was on the members mailing list, but I am
sending it to the summit and BOSH mailing lists, because I think it is
most relevant there).

>> If there are enough interested parties, I'd love to have a 
>> discussion about future directions of BOSH, or perhaps some kind
>>  of strophe-related sprint.
> We had some discussions last time (in Brussels) about HTTP/XMPP 
> integration, but I'm sorry to say they didn't really lead anywhere
>  because we all dropped the ball on follow up. Perhaps we could
> pick up the ball again in Portland...

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to Portland for Summit 12,
but I think it would be very good to discuss BOSH. So maybe it would
be possible for me to participate in the discussion by some kind of

I think there are two mayor topics to discuss:

Issues in the current protocol. A starting point for that is the list
at: http://wiki.xmpp.org/web/BoshIssues (though that list needs some
TLC from me). If we can identify the most important issues on there
and a direction to fix them, then already much work is done.

Long term, the future of BOSH. In at summit 11 in Brussels the opinion
was vented to abandon BOSH asap in favor of websockets. Though I think
websockets should be superior to BOSH, I believe we are far from the
point where we can switch to websockets. One of the reasons is beacuse
the current extension for XMPP over websockets needs some serious
polishing up, it is not adapted to the latest changes in the websocket
protocol. So I think it would be good to take a moment time to think
about our long term strategy and to look at who is able and willing to
take on some of the tasks that inevitable come out of that.


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