Apache and XUL at XTechby David Sims
The Graphics Communication Association brought its XTech 2000 conference to the San Jose Convention Center this past week. GCA's shows tend to have a high signal-to-noise ratio, especially compared to the exploding range of XML conferences. XTech is, a small conference (maybe 400 people) focusing on XML technology, mostly from a developer's point of view.
XML is a broad enough topic to deliver a wide range of presentations, from EDI folks who see it as a way for purchase orders to communicate to computer engineers who see it as a great machine language.
The presentations were short and tightly focused, and most of the action took place in one large room that hosted the technical track.
Two particularly interesting presentations included:
- Brian Behlendorf explaining the rationale behind the Apache Group's XML efforts, and
- Eric Krock offering an introduction to XUL, the extensible user interface language.
Follow the links above for brief reports on Apache's XML tools and XUL.
For more reports on the conference, see XML.com and its more comprehensive coverage.