Very insightful keynote by someone who…well someone who is hard to categorize in a few words as he’s done so much for the web at large. Have a look at his homepage if you don’t know who Roy is. Here are just a few random notes.
A quotable statement with which I fully agree: XForms and several other w3c recommendations are not used because they are not simple enough. Note that Roy didn’t say too complicated – very polite of him.
He also noticed that no one is touting SOAP-based web services as the Next Big Thing That Will Solve Everything anymore – but at the same time, practical web services are appearing everywhere, based much more on REST principles than the SOAP. In his words, REST has won – I agree and it is Good News – simplicity wins once again.
Roy also mentioned WHAT, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group. These people take a pragmatic view to the problem of rich web applications, proposing solutions based on HTML, which can apparently be easily implemented in today’s browsers. Something to follow for sure…
Update: Arje has posted his own impressions of Roy’s talk