Tim Bray , Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Is the Web Still the Place?

These days, being Web-centric is so twentieth-century.  In the past few years, I've spent a whole lot of time at the Web's core, working on the "Architecture of the World Wide Web" and on the Web's hottest new application, syndication (as in blogging, RSS, Atom).  I think we now have a much better understanding than we did ten years ago of what the Web is good for, where its weaknesses are, and the kinds of things that we might expect from it in the future.   (Plus, I might be able to talk about Project Zeppelin, my current skunkworks).

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Tim Bray  managed the Oxford English Dictionary project at the University of Waterloo in 1988-1999; co-founded Open Text Corporation (Nasdaq:OTEX) in 1989; launched one of the first public Web search engines in 1995; co-invented XML 1.0 and co-edited "Namespaces in XML" between 1996 and 1999; founded Antarctica Systems (http://www.antarctica.net/) in 1999; and served as a Tim Berners-Lee appointee on the W3C Technical Architecture Group (http://www.w3.org/2001/tag) in 2002-2004. Currently, he serves as Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems; publishes a popular weblog (http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/); and co-chairs the IETF AtomPub Working Group (http://www.ietf.org/html.charters/atompub-charter.html).

Email: tbray@textuality.com

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