St. Louis ALT.NET meetup


The ALT.NET community is a loosely coupled, highly cohesive group of like-minded individuals who believe that the best developers do not align themselves with platforms and languages, but with principles and ideas. In 2007, David Laribee created the term “ALT.NET” to explain this “alternative” view of the Microsoft development universe–a view that challenged the “Microsoft-only” approach to software development. He distilled his thoughts into four key developer characteristics which form the basis of the ALT.NET philosophy:

  1. You’re the type of developer who uses what works while keeping an eye out for a better way.
  2. You reach outside the mainstream to adopt the best of any community: Open Source, Agile, Java, Ruby, etc.
  3. You’re not content with the status quo. Things can always be better expressed, more elegant and simple, more mutable, higher quality, etc.
  4. 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.)

The St. Louis ALT.NET meetup group is a place where .NET developers can learn, share, and critique approaches to software development on the .NET stack. We cater to the highest common denominator, not the lowest, and want to help all St. Louis .NET developers achieve a superior level of software craftsmanship.

Join us by becoming a member of the St. Louis ALT.NET meetup.

3 thoughts on “St. Louis ALT.NET meetup

  1. @Aaron, If we do a session on F# you might be interested. It’s Microsoft’s new functional language on the .NET platform. But since you don’t do any .NET in general, I don’t know that you would find the group that interesting. But you’re always welcome to come and check it out if you’re interested! Sept. 15th is a meet and greet with beer. Join the meetup group to get the updates.

  2. Well, one of the interesting things is that I don’t have a very good working vocabulary for discussing .NET in contexts outside of the more technical arenas, where we kind of gloss over most everything except the machine language. It might be interesting to understand a bit more about the end-user level culture surrounding .NET.

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