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Smack and Openfire at GSOC 2015 -- Smack 4.1.0-rc3 available -- First preview alpha of Smack 4.2 available

The Ignite Realtime community is participating, as part of the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) GSOC organization, in this year’s Google Summer of Code. Besides various Openfire projects, there are two Smack related ones:

  • Add support for XEP-174 XMPP Serverless Messaging (smack-serverless)
  • Add support for DNSSEC to MiniDNS

All XMPP project ideas can be found at the XSF wiki: Summer of Code 2015 - XMPP WIKI

Furthermore we are proud to announce the availability of Smack 4.1.0-rc3, which should fix the last outstanding issues with Stream Management (XEP-198).

Also the first alpha version of Smack 4.2 has been released. Smack 4.2.0-alpha1 is basically Smack 4.1.0-rc3 with two major modifications that introduce the first big API changes in Smack 4.2:

  • Smack is now interruptible, which means that most methods throw a InterruptedException. This allows users to cancel (long-running) blocking I/O operations by just interrupting the thread performing those actions.
  • Smack uses now the Jid type (from jxmpp-jid) everywhere a Jid is expected. This prevents programming and users errors caused by an invalid JID String, since JIDs have pretty strict requirements regarding their String representation. Also jxmpp-jid does cache the result of the expensive String operations required to perform on JID Strings, which results in increased performance.
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