Google will expand the 200K lines of code they’ve released under the Google Wave Federation Protocol to work towards a more complete application or “Wave in a Box.”
This project will include:
- An application bundle including a server and web client supporting real-time collaboration using the same structured conversations as the Google Wave system
- A fast and fully-featured wave panel in the web client with complete support for threaded conversations
- A persistent wave store and search implementation for the server (building on contributed patches to implement a MongoDB store)
- Refinements to the client-server protocols
gadget, robot and data API support
- Support for importing wave data from wave.google.com
the ability to federate across other Wave in a Box instances, with some additional configuration
Note that the project will not have the full functionality of Google Wave as it exists online today, although the intention is to provide developers and enterprising users an opportunity to run wave servers and host waves on their own hardware.
Further Reading & Resources
If you’re interested in learning more about Google Wave’s current capabilities in anticipation of the open source “Wave in a Box” version, consider Gina Trapani and Adam Pash’s Complete Guide to Google Wave.
Alternatively, you might want to take a look at the multi-author volume Beginning Google Wave for a comprehensive overview of the application and its relevance to online collaboration.
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