Mashup Camp Dublin

Facing jet lag and two presentations, one on Open AIM and one on Open Auth, I really debated just staying in bed all day. I did definitely get out of bed and headed to the Guinness Storehouse to see how Europe handles the Mashup world. John Herren opened the proceedings by explaining Mashup culture and how to get started. John is the Mashup king, he won the competition in Boston earlier this year. John Musser from Programmable Web gave the keynote yesterday afternoon and dove into how the Social Media API world is exploding with new APIs on a daily basis. While heavily pimping OpenSocial, he managed to give props to others like AIM for leading the way in the messaging API world.

In my two sessions I covered the client side of Open AIM by showing how easy it is to make a plugin, and some excellent examples out there today. In addition I showed how all messaging clients are built off of Open AIM, whether it be accsample included in our SDK, or AIM Lite or AIM 6.5, at their heart they all start off the same way. I also managed to squeeze in some time to show off AIM Tunes, and was successful in streaming U2’s Where the Streets Have No Name (apropos for Dublin, since street signs are non-existent) from my computer in Bethesda, Maryland across the Atlantic over conference WiFi in the Guinness Storehouse. Needless to say, that demo got a round of applause.

Since we are at the most famous brewery in all of the world, we were given free Guinness and a trip to the top of the factory for beers at the Gravity Bar and a view of Dublin. Coming up today is a presentation by fellow AIM-er Stephen Benedict where he will talk about Open AIM via the Web AIM APIs.

Gravity Bar @ Guinness Storehouse

Gravity Bar @ The Guinness Storehouse

Presenting on Open AIM Bots

Presenting on Open AIM Bots

Thoughts from across the pond.

I am over in Dublin for the weekend to give a couple of presentations at MashupCamp, and to do a presentation at our AOL offices. If you are in the Dublin area or at the conference make sure to stick around until after lunch, have a beer, and come listen to a talk about Open AIM and OpenAuth.

I already see there is some feedback on the latest AIM MusicLink I released on Thursday, and I have tried reproducing a few of the issues reported. Namely that iTunes 7.5 results in the song playing not appearing in your status or profile. I downloaded iTunes and with the latest AIM MusicLink and the latest AIM client, I had no issues. I am planning on looking at Windows Media Player 11 to see if something broke, but again it is an API that SHOULD be backward compatible. Make sure you are setting your preferences, and that you are not setting yourself as away, and everything should be working.

I will be posting my presentations from today on the blog later today so check back tomorrow and they will be up there. In addition, I have added some of my older presentations from 2006 to page, so if you want to see what was going on back then, you can now reference them.