Matthew Wild Application 2008
My name is Matthew Wild, I am a working, part-time student and fan of Jabber in the United Kingdom.
Relationship with Jabber/XMPP
My work producing producing plugins for Miranda IM led me to discover Miranda's Jabber plugin. Having discovered this hackable protocol, I soon became one of the main testers, and eventually I found myself submitting patches to improve the plugin.
My involvement in the Miranda project sadly ceased when I switched to a Free operating system, on which Miranda is not available.
My search for a decent cross-platform Jabber library led me to gloox. It was with gloox that I created a bot (HAL/xepbot in the jabber/jdev MUCs respectively) which can be scripted using Lua. I later made a server component the same way. It allows creation of server components using Lua, which makes for very rapid development, great for testing.
This component led me to make a simple MUC server, which grew to be a text-based virtual world (the kind from the old text adventure games). Fun, indeed.
I am an active member of the community, having been following the mailing lists and idling in the MUCs for several years.
My long-term objective is to infiltrate every project I possibly can with Jabber and Lua.
Summer of Code
During the summer of 2007 I worked on gloox, successfully implementing support for BOSH (XEP-0124 & XEP-0206). My work now allows clients using gloox to connect to Jabber servers from restrictive network environments.