It’s a truism of the service world that open APIs mean more developers working with your public services.

Google is a good example of this, and it’s doing it again by opening up its talk service with an interesting set of functions as described on TechCrunch .

Libjingle looks very interesting (and probably something for me to think about with my Server Management messaging editor hat on). Quickly looking at Google’s announcement we see a collection of tools that could make it a lot easier to build collaboration applications:

We are releasing this source code as part of our ongoing commitment to promoting consumer choice and interoperability in Internet-based real-time-communications. The Google source code is made available under a Berkeley-style license, which means you are free to incorporate it into commercial and non-commercial software and distribute it.

In addition to enabling interoperability with Google Talk, there are several general purpose components in the library such as the P2P stack which can be used to build a variety of communication and collaboration applications. We are eager to see the many innovative applications the community will build with this technology.

Below is a summary of the individual components of the library. You can use any or all of these components.

  • base – low-level portable utility functions.
  • p2p – The p2p stack, including base p2p functionality and client hooks into XMPP.
  • session – Phone call signaling.
  • third_party – Non-Google components required for some functionality.
  • xmllite – XML parser.
  • xmpp – XMPP engine.

Looks interesting.

The related Google Talkabout blog has just gone on to my blogroll…