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It was difficult to return to work this week after spending last week at the 2005 XML Conference in Atlanta.  It was a great experience.  The Hilton turned into a Who's Who for XML gurus.  For those of you that are hooked on XML like I am (it’s worse than crack), you know that it's a very small community of folks.  In the five or so years that I've been working with XML, I've seen the same names over and over again.  To walk into a room and see all of these people together is just amazing.  It was like going to Show West in Vegas and seeing all of the celebrities.  One of the highlights of the conference for me was meeting Michael Kay and getting to know him a little bit.  So many people I know, including myself, learned XSLT by reading his book.  Some of the names you will recognize included Eve Maler, Tommie Usdin, John Cowan, Michael Champion, and Priscilla Walmsley. 

 

The conference was organized such that you had a full (or half days) tutorial on Monday and Friday, and many 45 minute sessions spread across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  There were several of the 45 minute sessions that I really enjoyed, but none of them got deep enough to really get your feet wet.  It just your brain thinking of new ways to do things.  There were several conversations around testing and performance that sparked some new ideas.  Thanks to Gerald Beuchelt from Sun, I have a new understanding of SAML.  He took the time during one of the breaks to walk through how this could be used in multiple situations.  I have heard of SAML, but it would have taken many long hours of reading to learn all that he shared.

 

Although all of these sessions were helpful, the real value of the conference came on Friday when I sat through an all day tutorial of “XML Design Considerations using W3C XML Schema” with Priscilla Walmsley.  If I had to skip everything else except for this one day, it would have been worth the registration fee.  Not only is she the most knowledgeable in this area, she is a terrific teacher.  Schema design is very disputable, as I’m beginning to learn.  Thanks to Priscilla, I am now armed with the ability to argue my points with authority.

 

I highly recommend attending this conference next year.  I’ve been to other XML conferences which were enjoyable, but not nearly as relevant to what I need to know.  This one couldn’t have been a better fit.  Thanks go out to the IDEAlliance for organizing it.

 

 

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 8:00 PM | Back to top


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Hi John - you are very welcome. If you have more questions, please let me know.

Best,

Gerry
Left by Gerald Beuchelt on Nov 26, 2005 10:24 PM

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When will be the next conference?
Left by Wan Reeder on Jul 12, 2006 5:46 AM

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The next conference is December 4-7, 2006 in Boston. Check out http://2006.xmlconference.org for info. It's well worth the trip.
Left by John Workman on Jul 12, 2006 5:51 AM

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So how was the December conference ?
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