Calling Perth .NET Practitioners

Are you the type of developer who uses what works while keeping an eye out for a better way? Do you reach outside the mainstream to adopt the best of any community: Open Source, Agile, Java, Ruby, etc? Are you not content with the status quo and feel that things can always be better expressed, more elegant and simple, more mutable, higher quality, etc? Is it your opinion that 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.

If you were able to answer yes to any of the above then you may just be ALT.NET. The ALT.NET movement is a collection of like-minded individuals who espouse the values implied by the questions above. They are interested in bringing strong software engineering practices and continuous improvement into the world of .NET development. They are also concerned with applying critical evaluation to software tools. And I am proud to say that I am one of them.

This post is to announce the formation of a new local user group whose goals are aligned with those of the international ALT.NET community. The idea is provide a local forum for us as practitioners to get together and discuss what works for us and what doesn't. At the moment the group exists as a few crazy plans and ideas in my head and a shiny new Perth ALT.NET blog.

If you are interested in helping out, presenting or discussing ALT.NET in general then I encourage you to subscribe to the PerthAltDotNet feed and look out for the first meeting or contact me directly.

As it seems there a few of these groups springing up around Australia, Richard Banks (who is a founder of the Sydney ALT.NET Group) has created an site which will be used to aggregate the efforts of the individual cities.
Posted by: Mike Minutillo
Last revised: 27 May, 2011 02:42 PM History


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