XML 2005

Volume 8, Issue 130; 08 Oct 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

The annual all-singing, all-dancing XML conference is just around the corner. If you haven't made your plans to attend, now's the time! (Also included, shameless plugs and dinner invitations.)

The annual U.S. XML conferenceNot to be confused with its somewhat geekier Canadian cousin, Extreme Markup Languages, or its European sibling, XTech (formerly XML Europe)., XML 2005, will, as you must surely know by now but in case you don't, be held in Atlanta, GA this year. It runs from 14-18 November, barely a month away, so now's the time to be making those hotel and travel arrangements.

This year, I managed to get a both a technical paper, Unit Testing in XSLT 2.0 , and a tutorial, DocBook: From Markup to Publication (which you can still sign up for, nudge, nudge), accepted. My own meager contributions aside, there's a lot of cool stuff on the program. Enough to fill my week, certainly.

Last year, I organized a dinner for DocBook fans. I'm game again this year, anyone interested? Send me some mail with your schedule constraints, or post them in a comment if you prefer, and I'll try to pick the best night.

And last, but not least, Sun will have a booth in the exhibit hall this year. That means I'll be doing a booth bunny impression part of the time. I'll have the usual kit with me: JAXP, the DocBook grammars, XSLT stylesheets of various sorts, XML Catalog tools, odd bits of RDF, etc. But if there's some sort of demo you'd really like to see, advance warning means you'll spend less time watching me fumble around figuring out how to string the bits together.

Whether you have pointy brackets in your blood stream, or just deep in the guts of the systems you use (and odds are, these days, you do), XML 2005 is a must-attend event. Here's hoping to see you there!