Tim Bray

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Tim Bray
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Born Timothy William Bray
(1955-06-21) June 21, 1955 (age 59)[citation needed]
Residence Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Alma mater University of Guelph
Employer
Known for Co-author of XML specification[4][5][6]
Spouse(s) Lauren Wood
Website

Timothy William Bray (born June 21, 1955) is a Canadian software developer and entrepreneur. He co-founded Open Text Corporation and Antarctica Systems. Bray was also one of the co-authors of the original XML specification.[7] Bray was director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems[2] from early 2004 to early 2010. Since then he has served as a developer advocate at Google, focusing on Android and then on Identity.[4][5][6][8][9] In February 2014, he announced he would be leaving Google, effective March 17, because he was unwilling to relocate to Silicon Valley from Vancouver.[10][dated info]

Early life[edit]

Bray was born on June 21, 1955 in Alberta, Canada. He grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and returned to Canada to attend school at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. He graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science (in 2009, he would return to Guelph to receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree[11]). Tim described his switch of focus from Math to Computer Science this way: "In math I’d worked like a dog for my C's, but in CS I worked much less for A's—and learned that you got paid well for doing it."[12]

Fresh out of university, Bray joined Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Toronto as a software specialist. In 1983, Bray left DEC for Microtel Pacific Research. He joined the New Oxford English Dictionary (OED) project at the University of Waterloo in 1987 as its manager.[13] It was during this time Bray worked with SGML, a technology that would later become central to both Open Text Corporation and his XML and Atom standardization work.[4][6][14]

Entrepreneurship[edit]

Waterloo Maple[edit]

Tim Bray served as the part-time CEO of Waterloo Maple during 1989–1990. Waterloo Maple is the developer of the popular Maple mathematical software.

Open Text Corporation[edit]

Bray left the new OED project in 1989 to co-found Open Text Corporation with two colleagues. Open Text commercialised the search engine employed in the new OED project.

Bray recalled that “in 1994 I heard a conference speaker say that search engines would be big on the Internet, and in five seconds all the pieces just fell into place in my head. I realized that we could build such a thing with our technology.”[15] Thus in 1995, Open Text released the Open Text Index, one of the first popular commercial web search engines. Open Text Corporation is now publicly traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol OTEX. From 1991 until 1996, Bray held the position of Senior Vice President—Technology.

Textuality[edit]

Tim Bray, along with his wife Dr. Lauren Wood, ran Textuality,[16] a successful consulting practice in the field of web and publishing technology. He was contracted by Netscape in 1999, along with Ramanathan V. Guha,[5] in part to create a new version of Meta Content Framework called Resource Description Framework (RDF), which used the XML language.

Antarctica Systems[edit]

In 1999 he founded Antarctica Systems, a Vancouver, Canada-based company that specializes in visualization-based business analytics.

Standardization work[edit]

XML[edit]

As an Invited Expert at the World Wide Web Consortium between 1996 and 1999, Bray co-edited the XML and XML namespace specifications. Halfway through the project Bray accepted a consulting engagement with Netscape, provoking vociferous protests from Netscape competitor Microsoft (who had supported the initial moves to bring SGML to the web.) Bray was temporarily asked to resign the editorship. This led to intense dispute in the Working Group, eventually solved by the appointment of Microsoft's Jean Paoli as third co-editor.

In 2001, Tim Bray wrote an article called Taxi to the Future [17] for Xml.com which proposed a means to improve web client user experience and web server system performance via a Transform-Aggregate-send XML-Interact architecture—this proposed system is very similar to the Ajax paradigm, popularized in 2008 and 2009.[18]

W3C TAG[edit]

Between 2001 and 2004[19] he served as a Tim Berners-Lee appointee[20] to the W3C Technical Architecture Group.[21]

Atom[edit]

Until October 2007, Bray was co-chairing, with Paul Hoffman, the Atom-focused Atompub Working Group of the Internet Engineering Task Force. Atom is a web syndication format developed to address perceived deficiencies with the RSS 2.0 format.

Software tools[edit]

Bray has written many software applications, including Bonnie which was the inspiration for Bonnie++, a Unix file system benchmarking tool; Lark, the first XML processor;[22] and APE, the Atom Protocol Exerciser.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bray, T. (1996). "Measuring the Web". Computer Networks and ISDN Systems 28 (7–11): 993–1005. doi:10.1016/0169-7552(96)00061-X. 
  2. ^ a b Khare, R.; Barr, J.; Baker, M.; Bosworth, A.; Bray, T.; McManus, J. (2005). "Web services considered harmful?". Special interest tracks and posters of the 14th international conference on World Wide Web - WWW '05. p. 800. doi:10.1145/1062745.1062758. ISBN 1595930515. 
  3. ^ Teaching Glass, Ongoing, 2014-05-13
  4. ^ a b c List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
  5. ^ a b c Tim Bray in Google Scholar
  6. ^ a b c Tim Bray from the ACM Portal
  7. ^ Roger Debreceny. XBRL for Interactive Data. ISBN 9783642014376. 
  8. ^ Tim Bray (2010-03-15). "Now A No-Evil Zone". Archived from the original on 2013-12-11. 
  9. ^ Tim Bray (2012-06-29). "Now On Identity". Archived from the original on 2013-12-11. 
  10. ^ Bray, Tim (February 19, 2014). "Leaving Google". Ongoing. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Eight to Receive Honorary Degrees". June 1, 2009. 
  12. ^ Joe Cellini. "Biomedical Visualization". Apple Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-26. [dead link]
  13. ^ Blake, G. E.; Bray, T.; Tompa, F. W. (1992). "Shortening the OED: Experience with a grammar-defined database". ACM Transactions on Information Systems 10 (3): 213. doi:10.1145/146760.146764. 
  14. ^ Tim Bray on Twitter
  15. ^ "Biomedical Visualization". Apple Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  16. ^ Textuality
  17. ^ "TAXI to the Future". Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  18. ^ Tim Bray. "ongoing · The Real AJAX Upside". www.tbray.org. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  19. ^ "W3C TAG History, thru 2004 WebArch Recommendation". W3C. 
  20. ^ Dan Connnolly. "TAG - representation "from the larger Web community"?". W3C. 
  21. ^ David Becker. "How does XML measure up?". CNET Networks. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  22. ^ Lark—the first XML processor
  23. ^ ongoing — Software—Summary Page on Tim Bray's weblog

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