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== Better protocol support ==
== Better protocol support ==
* New Messenger plugin
* New Messenger plugin (with filetransfer working)
* Telepathy plugin with support for text, voice and video channel.
* Telepathy plugin with support for text, voice and video channel.

Revision as of 17:48, 1 October 2007

This roadmap is not meant to be rock solid. Things can move and nothing is final. It is just a tool to help us focus our priorities.


For KDE 4.1 release (Kopete 1.0)

Better protocol support

  • New Messenger plugin (with filetransfer working)
  • Telepathy plugin with support for text, voice and video channel.

Model/View for Contact List

Storage abstraction is already in libkopete in SVN.

  • Make the contact list model
  • Implement funky KopeteContactListItemDelegate

Improve usability

  • Improve handling of status message, allow editing of previous status message
  • Polish UI being broken by Qt3->Qt4 migration
  • Respect HIG more

Full Identity support

  • Make accounts read/write user info from/to the identity instead of using their own myself() contacts.
  • PIM integration?

See more on IDENTITY_REFACTORY in kopete svn.

Make use of the Command pattern for most tasks

We should keep that point in mind when refactoring the contact list handling. Some tasks could really use this pattern, like deleting a contact. Currently there is no way to be notified if the deletion of a contact went wrong. Most of the contacts tasks are implemented as methods of some classes, like Kopete::Contact::deleteContact which return.....void.

Using the Command pattern allow us to use signals for notification and encapsulate tasks into proper objects. One task, one object. Easier to maintain too.

Kross integration

Kross is the new scripting engine for KDE4 that helps implement scripting support into an application. It supports multiple scripting languages like Python, Ruby and JavaScript(ECMAscript). It would be really nice to be able to write plugins as scripts.

Strigi integration

The first Strigi use in Kopete would be the history search.

For KDE 4.2 release (Kopete 1.1)

Guest mode

Allow people other than the current user to use another IM account while not bloating the user settings, like a sandbox mode.

Full integration of Telepathy/Decibel

  • Make Kopete protocols available as Telepathy connection manager
  • Separate libkopete into libkopete_protocols and libkopete_app (of course

with a better name)

The general consensus of everyone was Kopete will to move to full Telepathy support in a near future. But currently the Telepathy spec and Decibel are not mature enough for our needs. We need to prepare for that move because most people want to keep a BC during Kopete 1.0 period.

Will is going to look into making our protocols available as connection manager.

Why should we split libkopete? Because some code in libkopete is related to the application itself (and plugins) and others are related to protocol implementation. If we want to be more efficient and have a core library easier to maintain, we should split the library to have two distinct missions, manage the application, and help to implement the protocols.

The plan is also to move most of code in Telepathy plugin into the core and make use of Decibel (which the Telepathy plugin doesn't use).

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