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To follow up to my previous blog about the desire for, I'd like to talk about using Project JXTA in the interim (and perhaps indefinately, if people like it) to fill the gap.

Shortly after posting the above blog, I was contacted by James Todd about the possibility of using MyJXTA as a distributed chat service. I tried it out, and it seems to fit the bill pretty well.

So, I've created a public jxta group called jsfaces. You can join by using Java WebStart and clicking on this link.

In my opinion, the number one advantage JXTA has over old school IRC is the ability to easily tunnel through HTTP using the standard java control panel proxy settings. In this way companies like Oracle, with firewalls that only permit HTTP to traverse, can participate in the chat.

I hope to see you all in the jsfaces chat room!

In any case, please continue to vote for, even if you try out JXTA.

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Is it just me or do you also feel that will never be a leading open source community without having its own irc server? Mozilla has one, Netbeans uses freenode, the list goes on and on. It's just a great way to do realtime collaboration. For example, in my case if we had a channel for JavaServer Faces, users could get in touch with developers right away. Also, if we had one for the JavaServer Faces EG, expert group members could chat about things in real time and resolve issues faster.

I filed a bugon this at, which was closed due to lack of interest. Please vote for this bug!:

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