Arc Riley for Council 2014
I've been a heavy user and advocate of XMPP since 2004.
I currently serve as director for Copyleft Games Group, lead Python XML SIG, and maintain several software projects related to XMPP. Among them recently;
- NodeTree - an XML data binding package for Python, which supports XML stream processing including XMPP
- LightMelody - XMPP C library based on Loudmouth, largely rewritten using modern libraries (GLib/GIO) and cleaning up the API
- mod_xmpp - Apache module implementing XMPP over WebSockets, which hopefully will make deployment easier/cleaner vs setting up a WebSockets web proxy
I started mod_xmpp and NodeTree as components for building a XMPP service framework in Python with the goal being to be able to quickly build XMPP-backed web applications with a dozen or two lines of Python and XSLT. I've given talks demonstrating building a simple XMPP PubSub-based wiki where changes can be seen by other viewers in realtime.
I'm a vocal proponent of XMPP over WebSockets, especially in tapping into the growing WebRTC community to promote XMPP as a federated, open network for building WebRTC-based webapps on, and have given many talks on the subject.
I've also done some work getting a Dublin Core based XML metadata standard for online game catalogs as part of my work with Copyleft Games Group.
Why I'm Running
I believe my XML/XMPP experience makes me a good candidate for the Council.
Frankly, we have a fairly good list of council candidates and I have faith that whichever subset is elected will do a fine job. I'm running because at the time I'm throwing my hat in the ring (Oct 31) there are only 5 candidates for 5 positions, and uncontested elections suck.