In Open Source Messaging Application Development: Building and Extending Gaim project maintainer Sean Egan explains how to create an open source messaging application from Gaim's example. He also guides you through the creation and installation of plug-ins, and discusses strategies involved in supporting messaging protocols like MSN Messenger, AIM and IRC.
Chapter 2 -- The Open Source Development Process -- describes creating an open source project and community and, in the process, become an open source citizen in good standing.
Chapter 2, "The Open Source Development Process," is excerpted from Open Source Messaging Application
Development: Building and Extending Gaim by Sean Egan, published in July 2005, by Apress
(ISBN: 1-59059-467-3). Copyright © 2005, Apress. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission by
This was first published in September 2006