Wednesday, April 21, 2010


The Extensible Message and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is the protocol behind instant messaging services such as Jabber and GTalk. Myles Braithwaite gave a talk at this month's PyGTA meeting, in which he described how he uses XMPP for something other than chatting. XMPP is a store and forward protocol which is ideal for pushing important automated notifications from a server application to a user who may not always be online. It is using the protocol exactly as was intended but for an unexpected purpose. It's great to see this kind of outside-the-box thinking in software solutions.

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