jueves, 21 de marzo de 2013

Slipping in the snowball

As you would know, I conceived originally ShareIt! as a real-time files-oriented PasteBin-like service using a WebSockets-based relay server (creating buzzwords the wild way :-P ). This was previously to known about WebRTC and DataChannels, that demostrated to be a way better aproach.

Obviously I wasn't the only want that saw this, and lately they are appearing a lot of other projects with a similar focus, like PeerJS, ShareFest (that recently got alpha status - congratulations! :-) ), OpenPeer or Drop&Load, and other related ones like DirtyShare, QuickShare or WhatAreYouDownloading. You could think about this that's a problem (too much related projects developed indepently and with their own incompatible protocols), and more taking in account that the WebRTC doesn't stop to being modified. What a mess! How something productive can be achieved with this perspective?

Obviously I wasn't the only want that saw this ;-) and that's the reason why in the latest weeks have been discussed to create a common P2P protocol that could make all this implementations compatible... and seems will be heavily influenced by ShareIt! 2.0 and WebP2P ideas :-D They agree on the point of split the handshake and the connection framework from the application specific protocols, so it could be easier to integrate with current protocols like Gnutella, and also it could be able to improve stability and versalite on the handshake servers (everybody is using custom ones, while it seems I'm just the only one that want to use generic third party channels... :-P).

Unluckily, I'm really busy lately with the classes up to the point I don't have time also for my work (I'll try to get up to date this spring week), so I believe I will not be able to do almost any progress on ShareIt! source code until summer, just reading others work on email. The good part is, by summer usable native DataChannels should be a reality... :-D