The third HTTP Workshop was held in London on 12 and 13 June, 2017.
This Workshop was different from previous ones, in that it was only two days long, and was graciously hosted by Facebook, rather than being held in a hotel.
In the past, we felt it was important to establish the Workshop as independent of any big vendor or other influence, but feedback we got within the community indicated that we could safely use a sponsor's facilities, rather than go through the considerable work of arranging a space in a hotel. This also allowed us to avoid charging a registration fee, as we have previously.
This time, we had 35 participants, with good representation from clients, browser vendors, server and intermediary implementers, CDNs, and operators of large Web sites. We also had a good spread of Open Source and proprietary implementations, and while many participants had been to a Workshop before, there were about ten new faces.
As before, our conversations ranged over experiences with HTTP as deployed, current standards work and possible future developments.
We had fifteen attendees respond to a feedback survey. The results were again quite positive; asked to rate "Attending the Workshop was useful" on a scale of 1-5, all responses were 4 or 5.
Comments about the best thing about the workshop included:
The discussions, both formal and informal. It's a great forum to talk about http-related issues that we normally don't have a non-standards-body way of talking about.
Getting an opportunity to learn from other implementers and large scale deployments.
People (experts) from different backgrounds and with different perspectives, and a very open environment.
I left with several concrete impactful todos.
Asked what could be improved about the Workshop, attendees again asked for more diversity and tweaks to the structure of the event.
Many thanks to our sponsors:
The attendees of the 2017 HTTP Workshop were (in alphabetical order):
- Alan Frindell (Facebook)
- Alessandro Ghedini (CloudFlare)
- Alexey Melnikov (IETF)
- Andreas Garkuscha (Apple)
- Artur Bergman (Fastly)
- Colin Bendell (Akamai)
- Cory Benfield (Python)
- Craig Taylor (BBC)
- Daniel Appelquist (Samsung / W3C TAG)
- Daniel Stenberg (Mozilla / Curl)
- Eric Rescorla (Mozilla)
- Francesco Chemolli (Facebook / Squid)
- Hervé Ruellan (Canon)
- Hooman Beheshti (Fastly)
- Iuniana Oprescu (Akamai)
- Jana Iyengar (Google)
- Julian Reschke (greenbytes)
- Kazuho Oku (Fastly)
- Kilian Finger (TH Köln - University of Applied Science)
- Leif Hedstrom (Apple / Apache Traffic Server)
- Lucas Pardue (BBC)
- Mark Nottingham (independent)
- Martin Blix Grydeland (Varnish)
- Martin Thomson (Mozilla)
- Moses Nakamura (Twitter)
- Patrick Mcmanus (Mozila)
- Ranjeeth Dasineni (Facebook)
- Roy T. Fielding (Adobe)
- Sebastien Lambla
- Stefan Eissing (greenbytes)
- Vlad Krasnov (CloudFlare)
- Wenbo Zhu (Google)
- Willy Tarreau (haproxy)
- Yoav Weiss (Akamai)
- Youenn Fablet (Apple)