The AOL Protocol

by Rael Dornfest

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AOL-Files is building building a collection of documentation on the mysterious AOL Protocol. The AOL Protocol takes us inside "how the AOL client and server interact with each other, how data is prepared, how it is sent, and how it can be manipulated." The UnOfficial AIM/OSCAR Protocol Specification hopes "someday become the cononical source of unencumbered information on the AIM/OSCAR protocol suite." The authors believe that this effort will actually have the effect of promoting AIM usage by opening things up for third-party developers to create better AIM clients, especially for platforms currently suffering sub-par implementations. Oodles of discussion on the AOL-Files Programming Forum and Slashdot.