Advanced Pragmatism and ALT.NETFiled Under Announcements, Human Factors
The ALT.NET conference was a fun and invigorating weekend of ongoing debate. All the discussions can be summarized with – It depends!
There is a shared perception that .NET and Agile communities will look for answers from this Open Space. Perhaps the greatest point of this conference – it wasn’t about coming to a consensus on a single ideal for the community. More importantly, we wanted to echo the question – Does this process, practice, or pattern work in this context? The answer – it depends.
A lot interesting topics raised a lot of interesting questions:
- Would I achieve better client communication or noise by practicing BDD?
- Why is the .NET community slower to adopt alternative development practices?
- Are anemic domain models a better implementation of DDD or is placing domain specific logic in entities more important?
- Why does Laribee think his pants hold magical Agile powers?
With such a high concentration of brilliant people and diversified experience there wasn’t a topic that didn’t have a opposing voice. In the end, the only answer we would agree on was – it depends. This is a refreshing message to contradict some of the voices in my head.
In short, this weekend was about passionate people learning from each other on how to become even more pragmatic. By debating different philosophies and tactics, we all walked away with a richer understanding of shared pains and possible solutions.
If you didn’t get a chance to attend, IglooCoder has a slew of great posts on a few of the different sessions:
- ALT.NET Day 1
- ALT.NET Day 2, Session 1 — Bringing the passion
- ALT.NET Day 2, Session 2 — BDD
- ALT.NET Day 2, Session 3 — MS MVC Preview
- ALT.NET Day 2, Session 4 — DDD
- ALT.NET Day 3, Session 1 — Getting the message out
- ALT.NET Day 3, Session 2 — Language Oriented Programming
Update: David Woods has a slew of good posts as well.
If you classify yourself as ALT.NET you will never find a better use of a weekend. Be sure to look out for the next and try to attend…and don’t forget your Agile pants.