Thursday, July 3, 2008

AJAX IM Client: Do It Yourself

Some time ago I was wandering around Internet in search for an open source Ajax IM client. I found a few, but I didn't dare to dig into their code hence ended up choosing none of them. First reason was that I didn't quite understand how IMs work, second, most open source IMs have too many features, and look complicated (scary).

After I bought the Jabber Developer's Handbook things became clearer. I understood that it's not that trivial to speak XMPP language. Fortunately there are libraries for that. E.g. XIFF for ActionScript (Flex). I wanted something like that for JavaScript. Not that easy... So I suspended my research.

Recently I found a nice tutorial on IBM developer works: Create an Ajax-based IM client

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