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Tim Bray

 

Brief description: One of the prime movers of XML, now with Sun

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Described recently as "a perennial figure of the Web," Tim Bray's typical bio is frighteningly full of accomplishment: He was manager of the New Oxford English Dictionary Project at the University of Waterloo, a co-editor of the XML spec, co-founder of Open Text Corporation, and is the founder and CTO of Antarctica Systems. He is a member of the W3C Consortium's Technical Architecture Group, which serves an architectural oversight function for the Web. As James Horner has observed: "To put it simply, his efforts change the way we work with, and perceive, information."

Bray blogs enthusiastically, and recently joined Sun as Director of Web Technologies.

While most people regard .NET as the chief threat to Java's status as the de-facto standard basis for large-scale software development, Bray - ever the contrarian - argues that rather it is the family of dynamic or "scripting" languages such as Python and Groovy that will inevitably occupy a larger and larger piece of the software-development universe. He believes that this trend is "impossible to resist, and that this is potentially a good thing for Java."

Closely involved in the world's most successful XML vocabulary, "RSS", which is used for news syndication, Bray is co-chair of the IETF "Atom" project which is designed to be its future.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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