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Re: On babies and bathwater (was Re: [rtcweb] Summary of Application Developers' opinions of the current WebRTC API and SDP as a control surface)

From: Rob Manson <roBman@mob-labs.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:06:43 +1000
Message-ID: <51EB1803.2070803@mob-labs.com>
To: public-webrtc@w3.org
+1

As a web developer that's spent a lot of time experimenting with the 
currently specified version of the WebRTC related APIs and that's been 
following the mailing list debates closely this really does seem like 
the best resolution.

It provides a more extensible and flexible architecture that can evolve 
at "web developer speed" not "aligned browser release speed". And at 
this speed it will also be less fragile.

It provides a clear separation of concerns so people can use SDP where 
they want, but not everyone is restricted by the timelines of other WGs 
that are required to evolve SDP.

And it would enable even more experimentation and future facing 
development too.


Also, in terms of timing I think getting this right is more important 
than the current commitment to a deadline.

This is from the perspective of a web developer that has gone to all the 
effort of just finishing a book on "Getting started with WebRTC" using 
the existing API and who is also working on several commercial projects 
based on the current API.

So if anyone should be promoting "just get the first version out" then 
it should be someone in my position. But I think you really will find 
that most web developers would rather we got this abstraction right 
first so we can avoid all of the extra support issues and application 
re-work that will be required down the track if we don't.

roBman


On 20/07/13 23:51, IƱaki Baz Castillo wrote:
> Let W3C experts to define a good JS API for WebRTC (with no SDP), let
> MMUSIC WG to define a SDP format for WebRTC, and then let JavaScript SIP
> experts to build JS libraries on top of it to play the SDP game, and we
> all will be happy. And telcos will be much more happy than they think.
> Let's get rid of all the SDP O/A stuff in the browser. The browser is
> not a phone and "fixed logic + fixed code" does not work here.
Received on Saturday, 20 July 2013 23:07:15 UTC

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