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By | Gavin Clarke 1st December 2014 15:58

XML daddy Tim Bray pops his head in the Amazon cloud

'Work looks in­ter­est­ing' says Tim as he slips into the trench

XML co-creator Tim Bray has joined Amazon and will be working on Jeff Bezos’ cloud.

According to Bray, he’s “back in the full-time engineering trenches” working on AWS.

Bray announced the news on his blog. While he didn’t reveal what he’ll be working on down in the AWS engine room, he is something of a language polymath, his fluency spanning Java, Erlang, Lisp, Clojure and Go – to list just five.

He is a believer in open standards and an open web.

It does sound like Bray will be working with an expanding AWS team in his home city of Vancouver, Canada.

In the past Bray has gone on the record to comment about the state of computing and, in so doing, highlight areas he feels need work.

Server-side computing is in a happy place and will continue to improve, but he's called client-side computing a "mess" for a variety of reasons while singling out JavaScript, CSS and APIs for criticism in browsers.

Bray had spent four years at Google, working as a developer advocate specialising on Android and identity until he left in March this year.

Bray’s reason for leaving and then joining Amazon’s AWS team seems based around lifestyle – wishing to remain working in Vancouver rather than join the Google mother ship at the company’s corporate HQ in Mountain View, California.

Bray is perhaps best known for his role in developing extensible mark-up language (XML), a format to mark up documents in a human- and machine-readable way.

Completed in 1998 and ratified as a World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standard, XML made documents universally readable, regardless of platform.

Bray ran his own company, Textuality, and was director of web technologies at the former Sun Microsystems from 2004 until 2010, when Oracle bought the firm. ®

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