I’m Principal Architect at Zepheira, where I design and develop lightweight Web based solutions to large integration problems.
I’ve done some consulting in recent years too, and prior to that founded a company, Rove IT (now a Solarwinds company), who provide innovative mobile systems management and administration solutions for the enterprise. I also spent three years at at Sun Microsystems, which had acquired my previous company, Beduin Communications. I was Beduin’s CTO.
My principle areas of interest and expertise is Internet scale distributed systems, the Web, standards development, software architecture in general, and mobile/wireless.
See my resume for more detailed information.
As an originator or editor of a specification, some stuff I’ve done includes;
- XHTML Basic; the core of WML 2.0 in WAP
- RFC 3236; the registration of the application/xhtml+xml media type
- RFC 3902; the registration of the application/soap+xml media type
- An Abstract Model for HTTP Resource State; an explanation of the model hidden behind the coordination semantics of REST’s uniform interface
- RDF Forms; extending the Semantic Web RESTfully with mutation and indexing support, as HTML Forms do for the HTML based Web
I’ve also contributed to; WAP 2.0, RFC 3023 “XML Media Types”, SOAP 1.2, XHTML Modularization, XHTML 1.1, XML Events, RFC 3470 “Guidelines for the Use of XML within IETF Protocols”, Compound documents.
I am an unabashed lover of the Web, in particular the two primary specifications that made it all possible (HTTP 1.1, and URIs), and the architectural style, REST, that was used by Roy Fielding to craft them (at least as far as one person could in a concensus driven process). I spend far too much of my free time educating others, and generally evangelizing the profound implications of the Web and REST.
If you’re wondering whether I’m that Mark Baker that you knew years ago (but somehow didn’t recognize my picture above 8-), here’s a list of some group affiliations, past and present.
- Zepheira LLC
- Day Software
- W3C Web Application Formats WG
- W3C Web API WG
- W3C Compound Document Formats WG
- Research in Motion
- Idokorro (ne Planetfred)
- W3C Web Services Architecture Working Group
- W3C XML Protocol Working Group
- W3C HTML Working Group
- Sun Microsystems
- Beduin Communications
- Ottawa Java Users Group
- The Distributed Objects Mailing List
- Northern Telecom
- Teleride Sage
- Chubb Electronics North America (CENA)
- JDS Information Systems
- Control Data Systems
- Queen’s University, Mathematics & Engineering (aka “Apple Math”), class of 1991
- Mayfield Secondary School, class of 1987