Apple's Rendevous Equals Zeroconf

by James Duncan Davidson

After Steve Jobs announced Rendezvous at this year's WWDC, a lot of questions were in the air. What is it? Will it really be standardized? As well, many comparisons were made between it and other technologies like JXTA and Jini.

Rendezvous quite a bit lighter than those other technologies and is based on an ongoing set of IETF standards in progress that have been under development for several years now. In fact, if you've ever seen your computer set itself to an IP address that starts with 169.254, you've used part of Rendezvous.

If you want to read up on Rendezvous and how it works, check out the Zeroconf working group site. And those of you that are working on JXTA and Jini--listen up. You really want to make sure you take advantage of this stuff. It's easy. It's simple. It's elegant. And I have a feeling its going to take off.