"Jabber is a revolutionary NEW Instant Messaging (IM) technology
destined to redefine the category!" That's the claim, at least,
that leads off the Jabber.com, Inc. Web site. While Jabber
competes with at least a half-dozen other prominent IM companies,
it's the only one that promotes itself as offering open-source,
"Among the experienced players on the Jabber.com executive team
is Director of Support Services Todd Bradley. Bradley previously
served in the same role for well-known development vendor Rogue
Wave. Along with a busy life outside computing, Bradley keeps his
hand in programming, and is currently maintaining two subprojects
as part of Jabber Tcl at SourceForge."
"We'll be chatting with Bradley about IM, open-source business
models, Tcl, and more, this Tuesday through Thursday. Todd, start
me off with some help: I don't get IM as a consumer or developer.
I'm far more comfortable with e-mail, both in its daily use, and as
a programming platform. My predictable response is, "Chat--that's
something teenagers do, right?" Technically, I know that Presence
and other mechanisms are present in the IM standard; what is it
about IM's use, though, that hasn't gotten through to me, yet?"