Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 104 - Dave Laribee on ALT.NET

March 21, '08 Comments [6] Posted in ASP.NET MVC | Learning .NET | Nant | NCover | NUnit | Podcast
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RWS2-Big My one-hundred-and-fourth podcast is up. In this episode I talk to the always thought-provoking David Laribee (blog) who coined the term ALT.NET just last year. It's turned into a Open Spaces Conference and continues to challenge the status quo, reminding .NET developers of the importance of being agile and enabling processes for continuous improvement.

What does it mean to be to be ALT.NET? In short it signifies:

  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 

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, March 21, 2008 11:20:40 AM UTC
I Just have a silly question :) what's ALT.NET...!?
Friday, March 21, 2008 12:11:03 PM UTC
Nice speaking with you, Scott. I had a good time hanging out at MIX.

See you in Redmond!
Sunday, March 23, 2008 4:51:17 PM UTC
Scott, let's definitely get some more coverage of the ALT.NET movement -- I get the feeling there is a lot more here to explore. Seems that the last part of the show turned into a tutorial on IOC -- while interesting, it took time away from the broader ALT.NET discussion.

Also, the voice of Carl suddenly appearing in the middle of the show was a little jarring. How about some sort of ". . . and now, a word from our sponsor" introduction to ease the transition.

Keep up the good work.
Brian DeHamer
Monday, March 24, 2008 7:33:28 AM UTC
Scott, your podcast is my really my favorite tech-podcast and this episode is not sub-standard, but...
I was really disappointed by the DotNetRocks-style unannounced commercial in the middle. It's the single most annoying part of the DNR show and now it's here too...
Commercials might be hard to avoid, and I don't know/have no right to know anything about the financial aspects of a free podcast.

However, the unannounced thing here tricks my brain into believing that what I hear about Telerik is just as important as what you are discussing with a guest. And when I realise that it's not, I also feel tricked and that feeling doesn't go well with the scott's-my-buddy-feeling that has been building up over the last few years.

Me, I'll do what I always do anyway: I dive for my iPod and spins the dial 60seconds into the future, hoping I don't miss anything important. Cursing. And next time I might look at the show summary beforehand to see it's worth an annoying interruption of flow, instead of taking on every show in the row.

Still, you do good things :)

(phew, that was one long techless wonder comment...)
Monday, March 24, 2008 8:36:59 AM UTC
Christian - I know and I hear you. I will be announcing them from now on. Gotta pay the bandwidth bills, but it's no one's intention to trick anyone.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 2:59:57 PM UTC
Too low content/hype aka signal/noise ratio for this one. To fit my taste, anyhow.
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