Via the Edmonton .NET User Group (my old platform in my old city), comes word of the ALT.NET Canada Conference, happening August 15-17, 2008 at a to be determined Hotel in Calgary. I recognized some of the names on the organizers list as people I'd met or listened to at Edmonton tech events. While these guys were unapologetic Microsoft .NET developers, they were also open-minded, learning from other platforms and incorporating open source tools into their work. That philosophy has evolved into the ALT.NET community.
- The type of developer who uses what works while keeping an eye out for a better way.
- You reach outside the mainstream to adopt the best of any community: Open Source, Agile, Java, Ruby, etc.
- You’re not content with the status quo. Things can always be better expressed, more elegant and simple, more mutable, higher quality, etc.
- You know tools are great, but they only take you so far. It’s the principles and knowledge that really matter. The best tools are those that embed the knowledge and encourage the principles (e.g. Resharper.)
This sounds like a very interesting event for any Microsoft developers in Western Canada, and something that would beneficial for any developer. The conference will be run with an "Open Spaces" concept, familiar to those who have ever attended a BarCamp...
Whoever shows up is the right group. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. Whenever it starts is the right time. When it's over, it's over.
You may lead sessions, you may participate as an attendee, you may take responsibility for capturing proceedings, or you may just hang out in the halls and talk with interesting people.
Be prepared to be surprised.