A STEP ABOVE
It seemed like the right thing to do at the time. We started a
company called Invisible Worlds to try and create an "Internet Atlas."
That broad goal morphed into a series of protocols created by
Marshall Rose and released as Internet-Drafts. The company also
was funded by a client to release an open source toolkit to encourage
developers to use the new protocols.
While the company did not succeed in gaining traction, the specifications
and toolkits are still available and a thriving group of open source
developers is beginning to think about how to extend and
implement the protocols. These efforts are currently hosted
beepcore.org and form the
underpinning for our
Core Technologies Program.
Extensive information is available on the Blocks architecture
and its key components:
- The core layer is the BEEP protocol, defined in
RFC 3080, in an
essay by Marshall Rose,
and in the forthcoming
O'Reilly & Associates title, "The BEEP Book."
- APEX is a "relay mesh" that builds on top of the core BEEP
protocol. A series of Internet-drafts discuss the
a presence service,
an access service,
- ANTACID is a replication service that builds on top of the
core BEEP protocol. Internet-Drafts describe the