Man, this has been a hectic few weeks... I just launched one site for a client. It went smoothly, but it was a lot of work and late nights. I've been spending so much time writing documentation that I lost the will to blog. Unfortunate... considering what happened this week.
I'm talking specifically about the highly disruptive Google I/O conference. It looks like Google Wave is going to be huge... it will no doubt set the standard for web-based email collaboration.
Nothing would make me happier than the death of HTTP, but it's not happening yet... As others have noted, Google Wave is still very dependent on HTTP... it only uses XMPP for server-to-server communication. The web browser still has to poll the server for more data. Although, I'd wager that once this takes off and Google servers are swamped, they might sneak XMPP into Google Gears and use that instead.
It looks like Wave will be easy to integrate with, and its all open-source... You don't need to host it at Google, you can install their server, or just implement the protocol. This is good, considering how many enterprises might want to make Microsoft Exchange more Wave-y. I have a couple of ideas for Wave plug-ins... but I have to wait until Google gets me a user account for testing :-(
Oh well... Its probably for the best. I could probably use one less distraction this month...