Joe Hildebrand Application 2005

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I'm Joe Hildebrand, and I am re-applying for JSF Membership.

Current Job

As the CTO of Jabber, Inc., I'm responsible for (but not the only source of) the technology vision of our products, as well as communicating that vision to our customers, the press, analysts, and others. I'm lucky to work with such a wonderful team. I have a blog, but I don't post there as often as I'd like.

Open Source

I'm the main author of Jabber-Net, a set of .Net libraries that provide XMPP supprort. I also help PGM with the Exodus client.


Some protocols I've contributed to this year:

Note that the general workflow in our office for these is that I scribble some chicken-scratch on stpeter's whiteboard, and he does all of the hard work. Have I mentioned I work with some greate people? :)

I was also the co-chair of the WebDAV working group at the IETF for a while this year.

Public Speaking

There were more than a handful of speaking engagements this year. Usher and Theresa take good care of me.

I'll try to come back and fill this section in with more detail.


When I'm talking with large corporations, trying to get them involved in the JSF, I stress to them that we're an open bunch. Anyone can join the mailing lists, anyone can contribute. That makes us different from some standards organizations that make you purchase an expensive membership. However, we also have a pretty clear, republican decision-making process, which makes us different from some other standards organizations. I believe the group of interested, intelligent participants we have drawn together, coupled with a little bit of structure, is what allows us to make as much forward progress as we have. I want to be a part of that structure, to help determine who our leaders are.