Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What Do You Want Next?

When we first started the Sydney Alt.Net group we asked you what you wanted to hear about.

Since then we’ve covered a good number (though not all) of those subjects and when we pause and consider how quickly our industry moves you realise that it’s about time for us to take stock and reset the goals for what you’d like to see covered in the coming months.

So help us out and leave a comment on what you want to hear about or, even better, what you’d like to present on.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

April Alt.Net Meeting

A quick reminder that this month’s meeting is on this Tuesday, April 28th.

We’re having two presentations this month

Presentation 1

Do you arrive home after a long day at work to endless requests by family and friends to use the latest application you've been writing? Do local teens make regular visits to your house asking they can have another go of your application? When your colleagues at work finish for the day, do most of them stay on a little longer to use your application just because they enjoy using it so much?

Not so much? Well come and have a chat to Luke as he discusses some of the ways to make applications that people actually want to use.

In-between dodging imaginary attacks, making 'pow pow' noises and singing "We are the champions" throughout the office whilst 'playing' Visual Studio, Luke Drumm, has been known to speak Tech Ed, Code Camp, user groups and Microsoft with only a minimal loss of life, three bottles of 'mana' juice and the passing respect of at least one small child who once saw him almost complete the first level of Tetris.

Presentation 2

Introducing MEF. From concepts to examples.

Sergey will cover the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) a future extension of BCL, explaining high level concepts, and providing examples and possible usage scenarios.

Sergey Klementiev is a follower of CSDD or Common Sense Driven Development ;)

Help us out by RSVP-ing via the blog (add a comment) or Facebook so we can get the catering right. See you there!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

March Open Spaces Wrap Up

On Tuesday we ran our open spaces night and even though it was a smaller than usual turnout it was still a fun night.

The night started by throwing up some suggested topics and we ended up voting to decide the sessions we were most interested in talking about. As a result we had the following:

  • C# Code Contracts [by Richard Banks]
  • Seams (working effectively with legacy code) [by Dave Cameron]
  • Ruby, and
  • REST applications [both by James Crisp]

As an experiment we also used kyte.tv to do a live stream of the night (excluding the code contracts session) for those who couldn’t be there.  If you couldn’t make it you can always catch up on what happened by watching the shows (part 1, part 2). Apologies for the break in the transmission; there was a short dropout of the 3g network connection.  And at times the sound isn’t great – we’ll see what we can do to fix that in the future.

All up it was a fun night and I think everyone got something useful from it.  This month we’ll return to the usual session format, so stay tuned to see what April has in store for us!

P.S. My sincere apologies go out for those who received the reminder late and couldn’t make it.  I had a small chair to keyboard interface problem that meant I thought I had sent reminders when I actually hadn’t.  Ooops! :-(