2004 will hopefully be the year when I will get a Bachelor degree in applied computer science. Leaving 3 years of really hard work behind me, I'm already facing a new mountain of work.
In december 2003 I was elected as an Apache Lenya committer. After my exam in June 2004 I will start to contribute heavily on the Apache Lenya project. I hope I have time to start with some smaller contributions the next days and weeks.
Apache Lenya and Cocoon
Apache Lenya is an open source content management system. It is based on Apache Cocoon, which is a web development framework. Cocoon uses a Lego(TM) like approach to connect so called pipelines which read, aggreagte and transform XML via XSLT. But there is a lot more to know about Cocoon and Lenya.
Using technologies like XML and XSLT is a mandatory basis to face tomorrow's requirements for a sematic web. A goal is to make the web more machine processable. To achieve that, one of the most important things will be to describe the semantics of web content and objects with (RDF?) metadata using ontology description languages like i.e. OWL. Of course all that ontology (magic) is no silver bullet.