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I am proud to announce that I have successfully completed my Google Summer of Code Project. As we hit the official pencils down date, I thought it might be good to publish results and final toughts.


I started the project in time and completed it 3 working days later than planned, though it could require more effort if we didn't change our goals. I cooperated with Tomas and Tobias to fix the flaws I couldn't notice during development. Changes I made to Openfire and XIFF are listed here and here. All changes have been imported into trunk and hopefully be included in next releases.


It was a wonderful experience to work on Openfire and SparkWeb, especially with my mentor Gaston. Even if my GSoC project is complete, I feel there'll always be something to do for me with Jabber. I am having fun with Jabber, and planning to continue working on Jabber development as a community contributor.


I would like to thank Google for giving me such a great opportunity. I also thank David Smith and Peter Saint-Andre for their excellent support.


See you around!

I have updated the XIFF library to be compatible with BOSH 1.6. As SparkWeb is based on XIFF, most of the information here also applies to SparkWeb. Main good news are:

  • Login phase and communication using BOSH is noticeably faster thanks to new overactivity rules of 1.6.
  • BOSH connection is tested and working with Openfire, Tigase and ejabberd.


Additional Work


  • Added logging support to XIFF using Flex logging API (mx.logging).
  • Moved SASL logic from XMPPBOSHConnection to XMPPConnection, so now both connection types (BOSH and socket) share the same authentication code. Previously, socket connection was using non-SASL authentication.
  • Cleaned up some dead code and made BOSH connection class more configurable.
  • Fixed a few Openfire BOSH issues that appeared when testing XIFF.


Known Issues


This updated version of XIFF will be fully compatible with the updated Openfire and Openfire's BOSH update will be included in version 3.6.x. However,  there is an issue with Openfire versions released before the update.


According to XEP-0206, after a successful authentication, clients should send a body with xmpp:restart attribute set to true. But older Openfire versions do not recognize xmpp:restart, handling the request as if it was a polling request. Thus, it responds to the client after 30 seconds.


If you use the updated version of XIFF or SparkWeb with a version of Openfire that does not support BOSH 1.6 (i.e. lower than 3.6), please be aware that you will be experiencing a latency of 30 seconds during logins.

I am working on BOSH support of Openfire and SparkWeb as part of the Google Summer of Code 2008. As we got past the midterm evaluations, my mentor Gaston and I thought it would be good to inform the community about what I have done so far.


My proposal involved updating and improving Openfire's BOSH support by updating the implementation to BOSH 1.6, and migrating Apache MINA as its connection provider.


I started with creating a load test environment to see Openfire's current performance, and created a document explaining how to use it. Then I ran some load tests using that environment. Unfortunately, the test machines I used were not enough to produce desired results.


As the next part of the project, I updated Openfire's BOSH to support both 1.5 and 1.6. Here is a summary of the update:


  • Added 'hold' and 'ver' attributes to the session creation response.

  • Fixed version checking. Before it was done using a double variable, which  may show that 1.5 is newer than 1.10.

  • Script syntax support has already been added before. Finetuned it to prevent  caching of responses.

  • Implemented in-order message forwarding (JM-1412), because further work seemed to be depend on this implementation. This is the part that took most of my time, also which made me to get more familiar with the code  after long debugging sessions.

  • Implemented acknowledgements, which was intoduced in version 1.6.

  • Added support for session pauses, which was also new for 1.6.

  • Implemented overactivity checking. In 1.5, there was only 'polling  too-frequently error', and a little description about it. Version 1.6 introduced a new section for overactivity, and has a detailed description of which  circumstances should be considered overactivity.


With this update, I have seen that some BOSH issues I was not aware of (JM-1245, JM-1246) have also been resolved. The update has been merged into Openfire trunk, so you can grab and test it.


After the update, I started to investigate how to migrate to Apache MINA, and found out that it would be harder than we expected, because the version used by Openfire, 1.x, did not have any http support. We had also other alternatives, like Grizzly, so we deferred the decision about connection providers until we do some tests on them.


I am currently working on SparkWeb to make it fully compatible with BOSH 1.6. In the meantime, I am cooperating with Tomas Karasek, who is developing BOSH for Gajim, to resolve any BOSH related issues in Openfire.


I am open to any ideas/suggestions.

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