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27 July 2009, 15:29

Google begins open sourcing Wave

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Wave logo Google has begun to reveal the source code behind its Google Wave collaboration software, starting with the code for the Operational Transform (OT), the mechanism which allows Wave to be highly distributed, along with a basic wave protocol client server prototype. The prototype is described as a "simple 'hello, world' implementation" which is designed to encourage experimentation with the protocol. A getting started manual is available. The forty thousand lines of code are released under an Apache 2.0 licence.

The release came after a recent API Hackathon and Federation Day, where 150 developers worked together with Google on the Wave protocol, interoperability and the potential uses of the Wave technology. Google has also announced that the protocol specification, white papers and API documentation are being made available under a Creative Commons attribution licence.


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