Inter-Project Collaboration during Google Summer of Code 2008

Since XMPP is (becomming) the biggest player from all the instant messaging protocols out there, there are a lot Google Summer of Code™ projects in the XMPP field this year. BOSH, the highly discussed dream team for connecting to XMPP from mobile or other limited network environments, is covered by a lot projects this year. My GSoC project is, not only, about adding BOSH support to libpurple, the C instant messaging library which powers desktop clients like Pidgin and Adium and web clients like Meebo. libpurple doesn’t only cover nearly any proprietary instant messaging protocol but also some open protocols like IRC, SILC and of course XMPP. For XMPP, as the (future) major instant messaging protocol, it’s most important that XEPs get implemented, coded and used in real life. There is a huge number of XEPs which aren’t implemented and may never be, who knows. I will implement BOSH from the beginning since there is no codebase in libpurple in the BOSH field and just contacted Safa Sofuoğlu, a GSoC student for the XSF mentoring organization, who updates Openfire’s BOSH implementation. We plan to test our implementations of the two XEPs, XEP-0124 and XEP-0206, against each other since he’ll write a server side implementation and I’m writing a client side implementation.

Our aim is to have not just working and good performing implementation but moreover implementations according to the two XMPP Enhancement Proposals. I’m looking forward to the inter-project collaboration.

Cheers and good luck to all Google Summer of Code™ students,


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