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Re: [DotGNU]IM services ?

From: Dan Kuykendall (Seek3r)
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]IM services ?
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 06:03:07 -0800

"Gopal.V" wrote:
> Hi,
>         We have been missing an important point in webservices. I never 
> noticed
> it till Arun mentioned it. What about Instant messengers ?.
>         I have no illusions that phpGW will handle IM. All other webservices
> discussed here cannot run this small yet fundamental part of webservices.
> We have discussed this with Jabber, but the jabber server's GPL
> incompatibility put a lid on it. With other webservices from phpGW,
> Macs etc we are left with the IM issue. Any suggestions ?

We have an internal messenger app in phpGW which like most everything
else, has an xml-rpc interface. With a small client this can handle
single server instant messaging. The nice thing about jabber is that
users dont have to be part of the same server. I am not certain of all
the details for supporting something like this, but it doesnt strike me
as all that hard.
Jabber is more complex because it is not simply an instant messenger, it
can do much more. The instant messenger in phpGW would only handle
instant messaging.

We also have plans and a tiny bit of inital code for adding a jabber
client to phpGW. The only problem is that because we are stateless we
have to keep logging in to the jabber server so that the user can appear
to stay online. With will probably require a small daemon to keep the
connection alive. I have also heard that there is some other web based
jabber client out there, so we can investigate how they handle this.


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