Kevin Smith Application 2009
My name is Kevin Smith and I'm applying to retain my XSF membership. The template for this re-app is extracted from my application from last year, and in turn 3 years back, which was in turn extracted from Johannes Wagener's 2005 page so should hopefully cover all pertinent points; if it doesn't, please contact me over xmpp (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll amend this page. My email's: domain kismith.co.uk, and my user part kevin.
I'm in my mid-twenties, currently living in Exeter, UK. PhD from the University of Exeter, which was a study into Simulated Annealing Techniques for Multi-Objective Optimisation, I'm now working as R&D Manager at a company developing credit card fraud detection systems. My BSc degree is in Computer Science (1st class honours), from the same institution. I've been an XSF member since 2005, and a council member since 2006. I'm chairing the current XSF Council.
- I've just stepped down as project leader for the Psi client, after 4 1/2 years.
- I'm now coding on the new Swift client with Remko.
- I wrote the SleekMigrate app for migrating between XMPP server software.
- I developed much of the SleekBot, which is a bot for running in MUCs - it's active in the jabber and jdev mucs on jabber.org, as well as Psi's muc.
- My (mostly abandoned) MaybeLater task manager system accepts new tasks through an XMPP bot.
- I sometimes contribute to the SleekXMPP Python XMPP library.
- I use other unreleased snippets for handy tasks like alerting me when my computational simulations complete.
I'm a co-author of several XEPs, and as a member of the XSF council am reading all the XEPs that go through.
- Peter, Remko and I have just finished XMPP: The Definitive Guide for O'Reilly, which goes to press today. It's good, really - buy it please.
- As leader of the Psi project, I've obviously contributed to the documentation at Psi Wiki.
Plans for the future
As well as continuing work on Swift, I intend to continue contributing to XEPs and chairing council.
Jabber - Why I like it
I came to Jabber because I was on Linux and didn't like the thought of using clients that had to play catch-up to the legacy networks; Jabber's open standard felt cleaner. Also, as a geek, helping to set up the university Jabber server was an appeal. I got drawn into development with Psi and learned more about the protocol and I think this is a standard worth supporting. I've since had a great deal of contact with the communit(y|ies), and met a good bunch of people at FOSDEM and the XMPP Summit over the last few years - community is one of the things that distinguishes XMPP from most other standards bodies (as everyone keeps saying) and this makes life fun.
Why I'm reapplying
I wish to continue doing what I've been doing so far; see Swift released, helping define extensions, contributing to discussion of others' extensions and core protocol and continuing with my work on the XSF Council.