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Revision as of 17:38, 22 November 2010

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Overview

From an end-user's perspective, ECF provides three major areas of communication which are Person to Person Communication, Collaboration and Utilities. Let's take a look at these three different area's and the see what the ECF has available for you.

Person to Person Communication

Chat

IRC You are able to login to an IRC server to join IRC chatrooms. Eclipse committers operate many rooms on the Freenode server. They are happy to help you answer questions. You are also able to setup your own room, for example to host your companies helpdesk.

XMPP and XMPPS This protocol started its life as the Jabber protocol but is since renamed to XMPP, the eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol. This open protocol is in use by many applications, most notably Jabber and Google Talk.

MSN (originally the Microsoft Network) is the protocol for the chat service provided by Microsoft. ECF provides a client to connect to people on the MSN network.

Eclipse IM Every Eclipse Bugzilla user is hooked up to the Eclipse XMPP server. Use this to connect to the ECF community.

News  ECF Provides the NNTP protocol together with a basic news client 
Collaboration

Project Synchronization Eclipse projects can be shared. 
Real-Time Collaborative Editing ECF Provides tools to share an editor over the network. This can be used for pair programming sessions across the network.
Utilities


File Sharing ECF Provides capabilities to share files.
BitTorrent Client ECF Enables file transfer through the BitTorrent protocol


ECF is a framework for building distributed servers, applications, and tools. It provides a modular implementation of the OSGi 4.2 Remote Services standard, along with support for REST-based and SOAP-based remote services, and asynchronous messaging for remote services.

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