WebDAV

Hypertext 2004 regrets to announce that the WebDAV tutorial is cancelled.

Full-day Tutorial

WebDAV is the stealth standard, widely deployed but not widely understood. The base features are remarkably flexible and extensible — resources with properties, collections of resources, and locking resources. DeltaV extends these basic features with version control. A major challenge today is knowing how to use and extend these features in a wide variety of Web-based applications.

In this tutorial, participants will learn:

  • The basics of WebDAV
    • Collections and URLs
    • Properties
    • Locking
    • Access Control
  • How WebDAV is used in horizontal applications
    • Basic Web authoring applications
    • Site synchronization tools
    • Cross-platform enterprise file sharing
  • How WebDAV is used in vertical applications
    • Exchange 2000 (email, calendaring, tasks, contacts)
    • Chemistry Problem Solving Environment: ECCE
    • Insurance industry: Underwriter repository
    • Integrate with Instant Messaging: file sharing
  • DeltaV features extending WebDAV
    • Features for single-file versioning: Checkin, checkout, version lists, forking
    • Features for multi-file versioning: activities, workspaces, baselines, versioned collections
    • Interoperability challenges and opportunities

About The Presenter

Lisa Dusseault, an author and noted speaker on Internet standards, now does standards architecture and development management at Mitch Kapor's Open Source Applications Foundation. OSAF is creating a 21st century inter-personal information manager that will allow secure sharing of calendar, contact, and other information without requiring a central server.

Prior to joining OSAF, Lisa was Director of Server Development at Xythos, where she managed Xythos flagshop product, the WebDAV-based WebFile Server. Before that, Lisa was Lead Program Manager at Microsoft, working on Exchange Server features including: WebDAV engine and XML property management, chat server, instant messaging and content indexing.

She is the co-chair of both the WebDAV and the XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) working groups at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Her latest book on WebDAV was published by Prentice Hall in 2003. Her degree in Systems Design Engineering is from the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada.