MUSCLE (Multi User Server Client Linking Environment) is an N-way messaging server and networking API. It includes client-side networking APIs for various languages, including C, C++, C#, Delphi, Java, and Python. MUSCLE lets programs communicate over a network via streams of serialized Message objects. The included server program ("muscled") lets its clients message each other and store information in its server-side hierarchical database. The database supports flexible queries via hierarchical wildcarding, and "live" updates via a subscription mechanism.
Lucane is a free groupware platform written in Java, designed with extensibility in mind. Some applications are bundled with the platform, like a peer to peer quick message service, client/server and peer to peer file sharing, shared drawing, multi-user chat, audioconf, forums, a shared calendar, and more. The platform as a whole provides easy development for your networked applications with an object based network protocol, client/server and peer to peer integration, user and groups management, internationalization, and more.
Ice is a modern alternative to object middleware such as CORBA or COM/DCOM/COM+. It is easy to learn, yet provides a powerful network infrastructure for demanding technical applications. It features an object-oriented specification language, easy to use C++ and Java mappings, a highly efficient protocol (including protocol compression), asynchronous method invocation and dispatch, dynamic transport plug-ins, TCP/IP and UDP/IP support, SSL-based security, a firewall solution, and much more.
JTelIRC is an advanced IRC framework for Java. It is mainly intended for writing automated clients ("bots"), but may be used for normal clients as well. It provides an intuitive and well documented Java interface to IRC and makes it extremely easy to write advanced clients quickly.