Tuesday, 24 June 2003
We finally did it. More than two years ago, I went to North Carolina almost by accident; at the last minute I asked David Fallside if I could come to the first meeting because it sounded “interesting.”
One of the biggest issues in many people’s memory is whether it would be called SOAP at all; but, after some wrangling in Dinard, we kept the name and dropped the acronym. Go figure.
To a large degree, it was a process of attrition; at that first meeting, we had something like 80 people in the room; when I rejoined the group recently, it was more like eight. Despite this (or maybe because of it ;) XMLP is still quite productive.
It’s not perfect (what is?), but it’s a damn good start. Congrats everybody.