WebDAV Interoperability Testing Event
Santa Cruz, California, July 19-20, 2001
Baskin Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz
The goal of the WebDAV Interoperability Testing Event is to
gather together, in one physical location, developers and testers of
WebDAV/DeltaV clients and servers so they can exercise as many
client/server pairs as possible. Ideally, all functionality of each
client will be tested against every server. This will quickly surface
interoperability problems. Once identified, these problems can
sometimes be fixed on the spot (if developers have brought source
code), or can be targeted for resolution in the Draft Standard
(i.e., revised) version of RFC 2518.
events have been held in the past for Internet mail standards,
and have been very successful. They are an extremely efficient way
to do interoperability
testing against a broad array of
clients and servers, allowing problems to be quickly identified and
resolved. Invariably, the net result of an interoperability testing event is a set
of clients and servers that work together better, hence offering
better value for end-users.
As of June 8, 2001, 11 companies representing significant WebDAV
clients and servers are planning on attending this event. Several
open source projects will also be represented, including Apache
If you are planning on attending the WebDAV Interoperability
Testing Event, please register with Jim Whitehead
Some details on the event:
- Results from the event are NOT intended for distribution to the
Press. This is not an interoperability demonstration like those
sometimes held at trade shows for marketing purposes. Instead, this
is a normal part of the engineering activity of creating an
interoperability standard. People attending the event for the sole
purpose of collecting marketing information will be asked to leave.
- Since the room for this event is not super-big, a
maximum of two people may attend per independent code base. If you
feel this is too restrictive, and would prevent you from adequately
testing your implementation, please send an email to Jim Whitehead
<email@example.com> to discuss alternatives.
- The event will be held in the Baskin
Engineering building on the
campus of UC Santa Cruz. Specifically, the room for the event (a picture of 1/2 of the room) is a large common
area, located outside room BE 115 (on the ground/first floor). There
are lots of tables, chairs, whiteboards, and electrical outlets
available. Some directions to UCSC and Baskin Engineering can be
- You will need to provide your own machines, with the client
and/or server software installed. UCSC will provide networking
capabilities. The room for the event is not secure, and
only limited security will be provided. Ideally, you will bring
your WebDAV implementation on a laptop machine, so it can be
set up and torn down quickly. Please also bring network cables
(10BaseT) for your machines.
- Ideally attendees will bring their development environment, and
a copy of their source code, so that minor errors can be fixed on
the spot. Sometimes it is necessary to fix an error before further
interoperability testing can take place.
- Your WebDAV implementation does not need to be a shipping
product. It is OK to bring pre-release code for testing
purposes. After all, it is best to catch interoperability problems
before users do.
- DeltaV client and server implementations are welcome at the
- HTTP proxies and caches that understand WebDAV and DeltaV are
also welcome to attend.
- Open source implementations are welcome at the event.
- There is no cost to attend the event, although some companies have
been asked to donate the costs of food at the event.
- Cell phones do not work well in buildings on the UC Santa Cruz
campus. They do work reasonably well outside of buildings.
- If you're traveling from afar, you should get accommodations as
early as you can. Santa Cruz is a popular vacation location in the
summer. There are web sites with information on Santa Cruz
hotels and Bed
and Breakfasts. The West Coast Santa Cruz
Hotel is nice, close to the event, and most rooms have an ocean
view. 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95060,
831-426-4330 or 800-426-0670.
- The closest airport to Santa Cruz is San Jose (SJC), about 50
minutes away. San Francisco airport (SFO) is also an option. It is
about 1 hour and 30 minutes away. Rush hour traffic can add 10-20
minutes to these drive times.
- Electrical power (US style outlets only), network access,
tables, chairs, and food (coffee, lunch, snacks) will be provided. A
printer, and land phone lines for credit card calls will very likely
be available (this is planned, but not yet confirmed).
Other questions? Ask Jim Whitehead <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Last updated: June 8, 2001