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Reference Protocol and Implementation

From: Ramesh Nethi <ramesh.nethi@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 22:23:55 +0530
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To: public-webrtc@w3.org

I have been following the activity on WebRTC last few months and excited to
see the progress on the spec development.

Wearing the hat of a web application developer, I have a question:

As a web app developer,

- I am not an expert on signalling and media protocols
- As a result, I cannot devise robust and secure protocols for the same.
- However, I understand the web application development part of it
(HTML5/JavaScript/Ajax/WebSockets, Python/PHP/Java/Node.js/Ruby etc)
- I am excited at the possibility of a cross-browser, plugin-less  RTC
capabilities and have bunch of ideas on how I can leverage these
capabilities for a new application I am planning on developing

- Going through some of the emails in this discussion forum and the API
spec document, I get the impression that when browsers implement this
standard, it is not enough for me to get started with application
development. I still need the signalling protocol aspect to be taken care
by myself.

- I see two or three options:

a) Hope that one of the vendors (Google, Facebook etc) implement an
end-to-end solution and make it available as an open-source or commercial
libraries for both front-end and back-end development

b) Wait for some great people at Apache or similar open source communities
to start a project on this.

c) Understand what it takes to design & implement a signalling protocol
(and any other details) and  get started my self.

Clearly, (c) is ruled out given my web app development skillsets.  I cannot
rely on options (a) and (b) for time constraints.

So, what choice people like me have ?

- I have gone through the draft draft-sipdoc-rtcweb-open-wire-protocol-00
and  fully understand the rationale for not having a single recommended

- But how about a reference protocol and reference implementation with an
open license ?   Much like Java Community Process (JCP)'s reference
implementation of APIs.

- Could this be done under the ambit of this working group with
participation from experts and interested folks ?  If not, one other
approach is to kick start an open source project outside the working group
( Like Option (b) above).

Would love to hear your feedback/insights ?

Ramesh Nethi
Cisco India.
Received on Sunday, 13 November 2011 17:51:11 UTC

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