Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Somebody write some code!

Author:Pete Jansson
Posted:8/5/1999; 2:52:30 PM
Topic:Yusuf Mehdi on Instant Messaging
Msg #:9191 (In response to 9146)
Prev/Next:9190 / 9192

Is there really any reason for either AOL or MS to create an open protocol? What would be much better is to already have a set of protocols and some implementations, and then persuade MS and AOL to interoperate with the protocols -- there's a much better chance of that happening! So, rather than sit around in a committee and try to invent the Instant Messaging Protocol equivalent of Ada, sombody should just write a new implementation and make the protocol open. Then the IETF could adopt a best practice as a standard (like they've done before with SMTP and other protocols that were sweet implementations long before they were standards) and we'll all be much happier.

Programmers, start diggin'!

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