Joe Hildebrand Application 2006

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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. With the passing of Peter Millard, I suppose Exodus is now more-or-less my fault as well, although we're working on it here at Jabber, Inc. as well.


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? :) For the Jingle JEPs in particular, I only had a role in the kick-off and initial design, but an even smaller role in the details than normal.

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.

This year I believe we've made some good strides on the JSF being viewed as a "real" standards body. The Jingle work in particular, I believe, is driving this perception, along with the participation of more large companies.