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   RE: Random XTech observations

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  • From: "Box, Don" <dbox@develop.com>
  • To: "'Frank Boumphrey'" <bckman@ix.netcom.com>, martind@netfolder.com, Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 19:27:21 -0800

Title: RE: Random XTech observations

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Frank Boumphrey [mailto:bckman@ix.netcom.com]
> Sent: Monday, March 06, 2000 2:40 PM
> To: martind@netfolder.com; Elliotte Rusty Harold; xml-dev@xml.org
> Cc: xml-dev@xml.org
> Subject: Re: Random XTech observations
> If you're relying on
> > self-selected people who can afford their own plane tickets
> and hotel
> > rooms, it's no great surprise you get a lot of marketeers pitching
> > products
> This is all very true.
> In academic conferences the people speaking are academics,
> and one of the
> perks of being an academic is that the University usually
> picks up the Tag.
> Xtech2000 had all the hall-marks of being an academic
> conference without
> the main speakers being Academic.
> The thing that suprised me was how few naked pitches there
> were! In fact the
> academic quality of the papers was extreamly hgh.

I totally agree. XTech was roughly on par with a USENIX conference. As someone who has lived in the highly-commercial world of NT and COM programming, the quasi-academic format was quite refreshing when compared to the SD model of canned powerpoint presentations and flashy product demos.



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