David Megginson (born 1964) is a Canadian computer software consultant and developer, specializing in open source software development and application. He was the lead developer and original maintainer of the Simple API for XML, or SAX, a leading streaming API for XML.
For the World Wide Web Consortium, he served as chair of the XML Information Set Working Group and as a member of both the XML Working Group and XML Co-ordination Group.
He made significant contributions to other open source software projects including FlightGear, a cross-platform flight simulator making use of XML, the NewsML Toolkit library for NewsML, the XMLWriter libraries for Perl and Java, RDF Filter, and SGMLSpm, a mid-1990s precursor to many XML functionalities.
He is an instrument-rated private pilot, and maintains weblogs about technology and small-plane aviation. Formerly employed by the University of Ottawa, he maintains his consulting and development practice in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Structuring XML Documents. Prentice Hall. 1998. ISBN 0-13-642299-3. An advanced guide focusing on XML and SGML document type definitions.
- Imperfect XML: Rants, Raves, Tips, and Tricks ... from an Insider. Addison-Wesley Professional. 2004. ISBN 0-13-145349-1. A broad exploration of XML applications and standards.
- Quoderat, Megginson's technology weblog
- Land and Hold Short, Megginson's aviation weblog
- "Linux is obsolete." by Andrew S. Tanenbaum
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