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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Speaking at SDForum Web Services Conference

As part of my continuing county tour, I’m heading to Santa Clara tomorrow for SD Forum’s “Web Services: The Next Generation” conference.

They’re managed to recruit a great bunch of speakers, including Tim Bray and Adam Bosworth. The PM from Google Maps, Bret Taylor, is also there. I’m interested to see if Google really can get the mapping company to open up their data for others to build upon.

I’ll be speaking on a panel with, among others, Jeremy Zawodny. The topic is “Why Standards Matter,” which isn’t the quite the correct one, in my opinion. I think everyone knows why they should care about standards. The real issue in the Web services world is “Which Standards Matter”.

Are you okay building your service “just” using HTTP and XML, as in the REST model? Or do you also need SOAP and WSDL? What about the whole WS-* set of extensions? Are there definitive answers, or does it vary? These are the real questions.

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