[FoRK] any IM experts here

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Wed Mar 28 22:19:24 PDT 2007

I assume that you mean something like Meebo, Kool-IM, etc.

I've built mainly servers, and very specialized client code.  A few 
years ago, I did build a web client using a frame that processed 
streaming javascript.  It was kind of cool in that it allowed on-the-fly 
translation in each direction (using public translation engines).

Given libraries that communicate to those services properly (is that war 
finally over??), arrangements (if still needed) with services to allow 
many connections and/or messages through a small number of IP addresses, 
and a small set of features (not video, direct file transfer, etc.), it 
shouldn't take more than a month of solid work by 1 or 2 developers to 
get the main functionality done.  Another month or two would be needed 
to get true scalability.  Polishing and extra features would follow.

For various reasons, I've been looking at what it would take to create a 
complete, scalable search engine.  Not Google exactly, but something 
more than a toy.  There's a lot available for the crawling, indexing, 
and basic search functionality.  The search engine seems pretty straight 
forward to scale also.


Sat N wrote:
> any one who has built an IM client?
> How long does it take to build a scalable web based IM client that can
> talk to Yim, MSN, AIM and Gtalk?
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