Well-known high-tech blogger Anil Dash has said he believes Google Wave is too complex to be broadly accepted as a platform by third-party programmers looking to write communications and collaboration applications.
Google Wave lets users send messages to each other, edit each other's messages and share pictures, video and other files in real time, serving as a live-action messaging and collaboration platform. Wave is elegant but buggy; Google is currently fine-tuning the platform, which the company is open-sourcing bit by bit, for a test run with 100,000 mainstream users Sept. 30.
Dash, a vice president at Six Apart who has been blogging for a decade, wrote in his personal blog Aug. 7 that while Wave has "cool features," the open-source platform is not conducive to easy application development and compatibility.
Dash argued that upgrades to the Web must be incremental and capable of being implemented in the course of a weekend instead of requiring an overhaul to programmer's technical infrastructure.
For example, while developers might grasp RSS feeds and AJAX in the course of an afternoon, Wave comprises an intricately woven Web of technologies that need to be accounted for as a whole in development. Dash wrote:
"Wave offers excellent opportunities to extend its core features and to add richness to its "wavelets", and I have no criticisms over its utility as a developer platform that third parties can build upon. But the fundamental Wave protocols are, I fear, a bit too complex to ever be fully and correctly implemented by anyone other than Google. Interoperability is likely to be a challenge that plagues the platform for its entire existence. In short: It's likely that nobody will ever build a fully-compatible clone of Wave that competes with Google's own implementation."
"That's a lotta stuff! XMPP alone is a bear to implement, let alone to deploy at large scale. (I can't think of anyone outside of Google, Earthlink and LiveJournal who have deployed XMPP to millions of users.) But if you wanted to make another application that truly interoperates with all that Wave can do, combining all of these pieces would just be the starting point."