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Rbirkby 20:41, 7 December 2006 (UTC)


Bowsworth played a key role in the creation of the two technologies used in AJAX: Dynamic HTML and XMLHttpRequest. Dynamic HTML, the ability to modify the structure of a page through script in the page, first made it's appearance in the Trident HTML engine. Bosworth managed the team that developed Trident. After building Trident, Bosworth moved on to work on XML technologies. XMLHttpRequest came of of his work on XML. -- (talk) 02:05, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

Microsoft "making notes" incident[edit]

I just cleaned up some of the weaselly opinionated crap in the section about Access and Paradox. Let's maintain NPOV, people. Mikepurvis 23:59, 18 January 2007 (UTC) 10:10, 4 February 2007 (UTC) Good points. I went out and read the Chronicle referenced piece. It is pretty detailed and extensive. What it shows is that Bosworth, Nielsen and someone else were copying screens on notebooks in a room that was left accidentally opened. I don't know about you, but if you worked for Boeing and you were at an aviation conference and an Airbus room with details about unreleased craft were there, you wouldn't even dare checking even if the door was open. Let alone getting in. Let alone sitting down and "making notes"! Transpose this in the pharm industry or the automotive industry. You'd have quite a scandal. Especially with one of the key guys there was an ex key employee, which Bosworth was. So I think that as this is public information. Information it is relevant especially given that on Bosworth's resume he went from: Borland to competitor Microsoft to competitor Google (indirectly, but he ended up there). There are not that many executive level people who have gone this route. Let's remember that Microsoft and Borland at the time were head to head like Microsoft and Google are today and that this incident was widely reported and that the Microsoft spokesperson agrees with the facts. Whether the door was ope or closed it seems to me that the happy Microsoft trio didn't have any business there. We all know that there have been numerous such situations in which Microsoft was involved. In this one there is no contest given the quote of the Microsoft spokesperson. Hence it is an important, verified and significant event. It doesn't apply just to Bosworth but to Microsoft also of course.

XML pioneer?[edit]

I researched the XML pioneering reference and there is no verifiable reference. The Wiki XML entry has a different story. Maybe the correct terminology would be: "Early Adopter" or "Early Usage". Does anyone have verifiable sources?

See On October 6th 1996, Bosworth says: "what is needed as soon as possible is a model for extensible grammar (aka DTD)/rendering in the HTML model so that the data required by components with extensible TAGs and Attributes for each such component. Rbirkby 21:39, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

That's a good point. However it doesn't really make sense: A lot of people saw the need for the light-bulb before Thomas Edison. However they aren't considered pioneers. Or Jules Vernes is not considered a pioneer in space exporation or in the design of submarines. Yet he described most of it. So I would say that this citation doesn't make the point. 22:16, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

Jean Paoli, one of the XML spec authors, reported to Bosworth while working the XML spec. Although Bosworth was not directly involved with the authoring of the spec, he was behind the scenes supporting and/or directing Paoli's work. Bosworth invented XMLHttpRequest. Reference to Bosworth helping Paoli in early days of XML: -- (talk) 01:55, 1 November 2008 (UTC) 08:30, 14 February 2007 (UTC) In doig a bit of research a few things standout:

1. Bosworth has no shame switching from competitor to competitor and working on competitive products. 2. Bosworth continuously makes "visionary claims" that revise history and common sense. 3. Bosworth seems to get very significant sin-on bonuses and seems to be int he right place at the right time. 4. The "making notes' incident is correct and two of the three "busted" Microsoft employees were Adam Bosworth and Tod Nielsen, now with Borland.

Does anyone have more information?