The very bright Boris Mann is spot-on in saying that 2006 will the year of XMPP. Mind you, I said the same thing last year, and so I’m really just self-servingly using Boris to punt my XMPP forecast into the coming year:
I’ve been following the growth of Jabber/XMPP for years, and here
are some of the concepts and happenings which I think are going to blow
it wide open in 2006:
- …XMPP isn’t just about IM anymore: there have always been really cool examples floating around in the Jabber community (e.g. Google Maps + Jabber,
including a *very* cool way to login by having the server message you a
login phrase), but the really big news is JINGLE, including the
immediate release of an audio transport, with Asterisk integration
almost immediately and video probably not far behind.
- …The push for realtime: this goes hand in hand with the last point.
The super secret part of XMPP is that it’s not about IM at all…it’s a
generalized XML message passing protocol optimized for real-time. Every
once of effort to get faster polling of RSS is wasted…it’s an
asynchronous poll model — XMPP is the step beyond. I suggested that Plazes throw away it’s proprietary protocol and use XMPP directly, preferably using the User Geolocation JEP
that has already been defined for exactly such uses. Anything else you
want to pass around in real time that can be represented in XML? Like
real-time ATOM? Yep, the possibilities are endless.