Tim Bray's Resume
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Employment and Professional Activities
Mountain View, CA
Developer Advocate, Android Group
- Editor of the Android Developers’ blog and Tweet stream; doubled readership of both (to 100K and 53K respectively).
- Speaker at many industry events, in the US, Canada, Denmark, German, Japan, and throughout South America.
- Internal work with partners and the Android engineering team.
Santa Clara, CA
Distinguished Engineer and Director of Web Technologies
- Chairman’s award for co-launching the Sun blogging initiative and creating blogging policy.
- Two appearances before the European Commission regarding open file formats.
- Co-chair of the IETF Atompub working group, designing the Atom syndication data format and publishing protocol. Work completed successfully in summer 2007.
- Implemented two Atom Publishing Protocol open-source software tools, the Atom Protocol Exerciser and mod_atom.
- Led Sun’s movement toward embrace of dynamic languages, on and off the Java platform.
- Worked with Sun’s general counsel and the SEC to explore the legality and appropriateness of all-Web financial reporting without use of the financial newswires.
- Built strong relationships between Sun and the Ruby and Python communities.
- Led the “Wide Finder” project (1, 2), influential research on parallelizing I/O-intensive data-processing style batch jobs.
- Led the Concur.next project, widely-read research into performing traditional data-processing tasks efficiently in a many-core environment.
- Co-designer of the Sun Cloud APIs.
Founder and CTO
- Raised two rounds of VC financing.
- Designed and implemented data visualization software based on large RAM-resident database implemented as an Apache module.
- Managed development of AJAX-style dynamic-HTML user interface.
World Wide Web Consortium
Served as Chair, Spec Editor, and member of several Working Groups and was a Tim Berners-Lee appointee to the Technical Architecture Group.
Successful consulting practice; customers included Microsoft, IBM, the European Parliament, A.T. Kearney, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Medtronic, Daimler Chrysler, Diebold, the U.S. Department of Energy, Lucent, Merrill Lynch, and Software AG.
Open Text Corporation
Co-Founder and Senior Vice President
- Invented and built the Open Text Index of the World Wide Web, one of the first popular Web search engines.
- Ported the Open Text search technology to operate in the Japanese language.
- Designed and implemented an innovative graphical user interface that was central to the company’s later success.
- Served as company’s leading evangelist, speaking and keynoting at many conferences.
- Participated in three rounds of Venture Capital investment and the $65M NASDAQ IPO.
Waterloo Maple Software
- Saved the company from bankruptcy by introducing basic financial sanity.
- Diagnosed and fixed several memory leaks in the Maple garbage collector.
University of Waterloo
Research Manager, New Oxford English Dictionary Project
- Led a ten-programmer team in the research into and development of a new class of software tools for handling very large, highly structured text objects.
Microtel Pacific Research (a GTE company)
System Software Group Leader, Computer Support, then Technical Leader, Digital Products Group
Performed requirements analysis, system design, and led the implementation of a T1 network management system. This product became the basis for several large lines of business.
Simon Fraser University
Part-time lecturer on Operating Systems
Digital Equipment Corporation (Canada)
Promoted twice within first 18 months. Won a variety of awards for technical excellence.
Guelph and Waterloo, Ont.
Freelance Stage Manager
Stage-managed hundreds of concerts, plays, and lectures — mostly rock & roll. Hired security and stagehands, dealt with promoters, artists, electricians, police, and fire department.
University of Guelph
University of Guelph
B.Sc. (Hon.) with double major in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Twitter stream with around 15,000 followers in early 2011.
ongoing by Tim Bray weblog regularly rated in world’s top 1% by popularity, approximately 50,000 subscribers. I wrote in excess of one million words for the blog between 2003 and 2010.
XML and the Second-Generation Web
Jon Bosak and Tim Bray, Scientific American, May 1999.
The Gilbane Report
Tim Bray, ed., six issues.
The VRML Riddle
The Bulletin: Seybold News & Views on Electronic Publishing, Volume 1, No. 48
Computer Networks and ISDN Systems 28 (1996) pp. 993-1005 (Proc. 5th International World Wide Web Conference, Paris). This paper won a Gold Medal from the Mayor of Paris honouring it as the best of the conference.
Why I Hate the Web
Wired Magazine, #3.10
Live Music is Better - the Paradox of Live vs. Recorded Music
The Abso!ute Sound - The High-End Journal, Issues #90 and #92.
Shortening the OED: Experience with a Grammar Defined Database
(with G. Elizabeth Blake and Frank Wm. Tompa). ACM Transactions on Office Information Systems, vol. 10 #3.
Steps to Success in Building Motif Applications
Proc. Motif 1990, Washington DC
Lessons of the New Oxford English Dictionary Project
Proc. Winter 1989 Usenix Technical Conference, San Diego, CA.
Words and Birds of Wonder - An Essay on Ornithology and Etymology
Toronto Globe and Mail, Feb. 11, 1989.
The Atom Publishing Protocol (RFC5023)
Co-chair of the Working Group and spec-language contributor; this became an IETF Standard in late 2007.
The Atom Syndication Format (RFC4287)
Co-chair of the Working Group and spec-language contributor; this became an IETF Standard in late 2005.
The Architecture of the World Wide Web Contributor as member of W3C Technical Architecture Group, author of several early drafts.
Namespaces in XML Tim Bray, Dave Hollander, and Andrew Layman, 14 January 1999.
Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 Tim Bray, Jean Paoli, and C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, 10 February 1998.
I have been developing software continuously since 1981; these are the contributions which were made available to the world as opposed to shipping in an employer’s product suite.
An AtomPub module for the Apache Web server.
The Atom Protocol Exerciser
A Web application in the Ruby language for exploring correctness of implementations of the Atom Publishing Protocol.
A library in the C language for generating correct, canonical XML efficiently. Still officially in Beta, but in production in a few live deployments.
The world’s first conforming XML processor; implemented in the Java language.
The Open Text Index of the Web
One of the first popular Web Search Engines, an industry-leader 1995-1996.
A Unix filesystem performance benchmark in the C language. Has been positively reviewed by Linus Torvalds, used to debug Linux filesystems, and is part of the Solaris Hardware Certification Test Suite.
Born June 21, 1955, Canada; raised in Beirut, Lebanon. Health excellent. Married, two children.