The newest user group in Sydney will have it's first meeting on September 30 at the Thoughtworks offices. Richard Banks published the agenda and details in the group's blog, but what exactly is an ALT.NET Group? Why do we need another one if we have generic groups like Sydeny's DNUG and RDN or technology specific groups like OzTFS and OzSilverlight?
ALT for Alternative has caused a lot of controversy that lead to misunderstanding, so let's better start for what it's NOT, it's not the anti-microsoft group, its not the open source community tired of Java wanting to use something better (altough some of them might be part of the group), its not a group that loves NHibernate and hates Entity Framework.
Simply is a group of developers that like to look for better ways to do their work, keeping a "get things done" approach and commonly identified with agile practices, continuous improvement and the pragmatic thinking, people who "use what works while keeping an eye out for a better way".
If you feel identified with these ideas, come and join us or if you're not in Sydney, find an ALT.NET User Group or create a new one.
In our first meeting we will have talks about Ruby and Mocking.
- Recent Glenn Block's post. "What are the kinds of things that concern folks from the ALT.NET community?"
- Hanselminute's show On ALT.NET with Dave Laribee
- DotNetRocks on ALT.NET with Dave Laribee and Jeremy Miller
- Sydeny's ALT.NET Group Blog