We had a great day yesterday at the CONNECT Code-A-Thon, walking a bunch of new interested participants through Direct, up to an including the architecture, fundamental classes, and how to get the Java implementation up and running.
We were able to get my laptop running as a HISP, live, no magic. Pretty fun to see a message go in one side plaintext, and out the other side signed and encrypted.
Today, we will be working on the other side of the CONNECT Direct Direct connect; in addition to cross pollinating Direct with the CONNECT folks, we will be working on integrated Direct with a direct connect into CONNECT. (I never get tired of saying that).
There are a number of Federal centers, agencies and departments that would like to use Direct specifications to connect, using CONNECT, directly, for purposes ranging from continuity of care to pushed administrative transactions. The key to this is making sure that an implementation of Direct is directly connected to CONNECT, so that CONNECT can direct connect directed connections.