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Internet Product Watch: Jabber Server 1.0: Open Source Server Enables XML Based Instant Messaging

May 11, 2000, 04:52 (0 Talkback[s])

By IPW Staff Members, Internet Product Watch

The Jabber Server, now in version 1.0, is an open source instant messaging server targeted to businesses, ISPs, or any entity wishing to offer branded instant messaging capabilities to their customers. The source code is written in C and is being made available under the GNU Public License (GPL).

The server infrastructure is based entirely on XML, including both data storage and the transport layer for the server's communication. XML data stores are managed via an included file based XDB API; with MySQL and LDAP APIs being developed.

Key to the server's functionality is the incorporation - and enforcement at the server level - of individual user choices and preferences through their clients. For example, Jabber supports multiple connections to the server by a single user (using a single account); and individual users control who may see their online status through a subscription-based permission mechanism. Other features include support for the storage of user vCards (some of which is searchable via the User Directory), offline messaging, and adminisrative options such as the ability to see all currently connected users and broadcast messaging to all users.

The code itself is available for download at Jabber.org; additional resources can be found at JabberCentral (JabberCentral.com), and the commercial development arm of the project at Jabber.com.

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