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XTech Conference
a European web technology conference

Insanely excited

The XTech 2005 proposals are now coming in thick and fast, and I'm already incredibly excited about the conference. The standard of proposals is very high, and there is a lot of innovation going on. We've already got twice as many proposals than we have schedule slots, so that should ensure a high standard of presentation.

But don't let that put you off submitting a proposal... the call for participation ends today. For "today" you can read "end of the weekend", so there's still time if you're working on your proposal. Deadlines seem to focus the mind.

Of course, until the proposals have been reviewed I can't say what will be in the programme, but casting my eye down the list of titles there are core technologies talks covering anything from XQuery to Jabber, applications talks from publishing to OpenOffice.org, browser technologies from XForms to cellphone SVG, and open data talks on activism, photography and government. And plenty more besides.

My thanks to those friends and colleagues who've helped spread the word about the conference. Robin Cover's excellent site now has a very useful collection of links and news about XTech.

Though it tires me out, I love the Spring conference season!


There are now only a few days left before the deadline for submissions for GUADEC 2005, the GNOME Users and Developers European Conference. Time for GNOME people to spend the weekend working on that proposal! I've not seen a lot on GNOME blogs recently about GUADEC, but I know there's plenty of room for more proposals. A broad variety of talks seem to be required, from those positioned to orient new people to the project (users and/or developers) to those of a more involved nature about particular technologies.


Since the holiday break, I've been getting back into some development work, too. December felt like a muddy pit from that point of view, but I'm starting to make progress again. The other day I checked in a large number of cleanups and bug fixes to Redland#, the Mono/.NET interface to Dave Beckett's Redland RDF Application framework. This fixes both UTF-8 conversion and garbage collection problems.

Next week I'm going to do some work on GNOME Bluetooth.

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