Re: [rtcweb] A plea for simplicity, marketability - and... who are we designing RTCWEB for?

Iñaki Baz Castillo <> Wed, 19 October 2011 15:09 UTC

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2011/10/19 Dan York <>:
> The question is - will the RTCWEB/WEBRTC API/protocol/whatever be so simple
> and easy that web developers will choose to use it over
> Flash/Phono/Twilio/Java/whatever to add RTC functions to their web apps?

You miss the fact that RTCweb is a technology, not a JavaScript
library. When RTCweb becomes a reality there will appear thousands of
JavaScript libraries implementing a custom signaling protocol. Web
developers will choose the best one or the easiest one, in the same
way lot of web developers include JQuery library for making JS effects
and manage the DOM in their web pages without knowing aout JQuery

RTC is about realtime communication. Web is not about communication,
so we cannot expect to build "something" that requires no knowledge or
RTC protocols. Web developers will choose some existing and successful
RTCweb JS library and include it within their web apps. Of course, it
also requires some code in the server, but that will be not so hard,
and 100% feasible using PHP or whatever language.

RTCweb means real integration of VoIP in the WWW world. So VoIP folks
must learn something about WWW and WWW folks must learn something
about VoIP (not too much when RTCweb JS libraries appear). A web
developer has not the right to claim "I want cool new features but I
don't want to learn new stuff".

Take a look to Google Maps (web version). It contains a really complex
JavaScript logic, but the tools are there available for any one (it's
JavaScript and AJAX in the client side, no more) and any developer
could code something similar (having enough knowledge). And I've not
seen a web developer complaining because "doing it is so hard".


Iñaki Baz Castillo