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Beyond REST? Building Data Services with XMPP PubSub

Emerging Topics
Location: E146 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 12 ratings)

Decentralization, increased participation, real-time expectations, polling-based architectures. Something has got to give. Large scales web sites with heavy updates stream are starting to hit their limits, while small and medium scale sites struggle to keep up.

For a large class of data, from Flickr photos, Twitter tweets or Facebook minifeeds, to real time position information, sensor data, a stream oriented approach to consumption makes sense.

The Jabber/XMPP protocol and PubSub extension offer a web scale, standards based, and increasingly popular way to build stream-oriented web services.

This talk will cover the process of building and consuming data services using the PubSub extension to XMPP. Additionally we’ll cover some approaches to using OAuth to control access to restricted resources via XMPP, and how to deal with common challenges—web-to-Jabber challenges like buffering.

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Rabble Evan Henshaw-Plath


Rabble is a hacker and software developer at large. He has extensive experience doing ruby on rails development and generally causing a ruckus. He build the core of the Yahoo! Fire Eagle location broker platform, was lead engineer on Odeo.com, and is writing Testing Ruby on Rails for O’Reilly.

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Kellan Elliott-McCrea

Blink Health

Kellan Elliott-McCrea works on Flickr hacking on technological solutions to social problems.

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