[Foundation-l] Google Wave and Wikimedia projects

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sun May 31 12:30:07 UTC 2009

Thinking of Google Wave as an application is not doing it justice. In my
opinion the most important part of Wave is its protocol. This is best
appreciated in that Google expects production quality code to go with the
"reference implementation". This reference implementation in turn will be
available to whoever wants it to have an own Wave server.

The point is that by concentrating on the protocol and the associated
reference implementation, wave is more like e-mail and less like outlook or
thunderbird, it is more like a wiki and less like MediaWiki or pbwiki and it
is more like instant messaging and less like IRC or Microsoft Messenger.

You may implement the Wave protocol in any way you like, the beauty of the
accompanying reference implementation is that nobody can hide what the
protocols are to mean. It is not like Microsoft who does not even implement
its own (standard) protocols cleanly in its Office implementation.

<grin> thinking of open standards, how about an OpenID implementation to go
with Wave </grin>

2009/5/31 Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com>

> 2009/5/31 Jussi-Ville Heiskanen <cimonavaro at gmail.com>:
> > For sure. I was just burying the point that telegrams
> > are not the best comparison. Courier mail did the
> > thing much slower, but it got the thing done.
> > Telegrams were for when you needed the
> > immediacy that E-mail now gives for free.(spam notwithstanding)
> Indeed. My point was that there *isn't* a good comparison. You can
> think of it as really fast courier mail, but that doesn't do it
> justice. You can think of it as free telegrams with attachments, but
> that doesn't do it justice. E-mail really was a whole new concept, it
> wasn't just an extension or improvement of existing concepts. Google
> Waves are just an improvement on existing concepts - the improvement
> being bringing them all together in one app.
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