Summer Dev is in full swing: we've been busy greasing wheels, sanding edges, and tidying the place up. Now it's time for our first roundup, where we bring you up to speed on the progress we are making!
Our goal for this month was to "blend in" - to make our APIs and libraries work within the existing infrastructure of various communities, so that application developers can work with I2P more efficiently, and users don't need to worry about the details.
Java / Android
This should make it much simpler for Java developers to use I2P in their applications. Instead of needing to obtain the libraries from a current install, they can simply add I2P to their dependencies. Upgrading to new versions will similarly be much easier.
The I2P Android client library has also been updated to use the new I2P libraries. This means that cross-platform applications can work natively with either I2P Android or desktop I2P.
The Twisted plugin txi2p now supports in-I2P ports, and will work seamlessly over local, remote, and port-forwarded SAM APIs. See its documentation for usage instructions, and report any issues on GitHub.
The first (beta) version of i2psocket has been released! This is a direct replacement for the standard Python socket library that extends it with I2P support over the SAM API. See its GitHub page for usage instructions, and to report any issues.
- zzz has been hard at work on Syndie, getting a headstart on Plugins month. You can follow his progress on the development forum thread.
- psi has been creating an I2P test network using i2pd, and in the process has found and fixed several i2pd bugs that will improve its compatibility with Java I2P.
Coming up: Apps month!
We are excited to be working with Tahoe-LAFS in July! I2P has for a long time been home to one of the largest public grids, using a patched version of Tahoe-LAFS. During Apps month we will be helping them with their ongoing work to add native support for I2P and Tor, so that I2P users can benefit from all of the improvements upstream.
There are several other projects that we will be talking with about their plans for I2P integration, and helping with design. Stay tuned!
Take part in Summer Dev!
We have many more ideas for things we'd like to get done in these areas. If you're interested in hacking on privacy and anonymity software, designing usable websites or interfaces, or writing guides for users: come and chat with us on IRC or Twitter! We are always happy to "see" new "faces" in our community, both inside and outside I2P. We'll be sending I2P stickers out to all new contributors taking part (or possibly other pending I2P goodies)!
Likewise, if you are an application developer who wants a hand with integrating I2P, or even just to chat about the concepts or details: get in touch! If you want to get involved in our July Apps month, contact @GetI2P, @i2p or @str4d on Twitter. You can also find us in #i2p-dev on OFTC or FreeNode.
We'll be posting here as we go, but you can also follow our progress, and share your own ideas and work, with the hashtag #I2PSummer on Twitter. Bring on the summer!