Experiencing ALT.NET Seattle 2009 Open Spaces
I'm up in Seattle at the ALT.NET Open Space (group DL) and the MVPSummit. "Open Space" is a technique to hold self-organizing conferences. ALT.NET conferences have always been Open Spaces, and if you haven't gone an Open Space conf (of any kind) I recommend you check it out. This is my third (?) ALT.NET conference, and sixth Open Space conference and I always enjoy it more than larger shows.
Martin Fowler says this about Open Space:
The unusual (and powerful) thing about Open Space is that you don't pre-plan a list of activities and speakers. Instead you provide a basic skeleton of time and space, and the attendees figure out what actually happens. The result is a more participative and energetic event.
What is ALT.NET?
In April of 2007, David Laribee coined the phrase ALT.NET after reading a post by Scott Bellware about the NHibernate Mafia. The core message David was keying off of was the maintainability of a software solution and not the tools involved in creating it.
ALT.NET means many things to many people and the debate will continue about what it means to you.
David proposed ALT.NET signifies:
- You’re the type of developer who uses what works while keeping an eye out for a better way.
- You reach outside the mainstream to adopt the best of any community: Open Source, Agile, Java, Ruby, etc.
- You’re not content with the status quo. Things can always be better expressed, more elegant and simple, more mutable, higher quality, etc.
- 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.)
Robert Scoble introduced me to Kyte.TV last week after he moved a Twitter conversation we were having out of the constrained space of Twitter and into a live video stream with a chat window. As an experiment I recorded a "Hanselminutes Live" using Kyte and it was pretty fun. Fast forward to ALT.NET a week later and I'd forgotten about this. Then I noticed a number of folks on Twitter saying "wish we were there!" I had my webcam with me so I started streaming the sessions I was attending live using Kyte.
Nate Kohari and Ben Scheirman also started recording. Here's the extremely raw video we ended up with. We're still learning, so there's audio and video problems, so set your expectations LOW.
Scott - ALT.NET Recorded .NET Sessions
- Mono on iPhone
- ALT.NET - Why So Mean?
- TDD and Microsoft - Part 1
- TDD and Microsoft - Part 2
- LINQ is Friggin' Awesome
- Offline Web Apps
- How to Present
- Abstracted Fluent Testing
Ben - Recorded ALT.NET Sessions
Nate - Recorded ALT.NET Sessions
You can also click the "Shows tab in the embedded interface below:
Blog posts about ALT.NET Seattle 2009:
- Phil Haack:
- Glenn Block
- Steve Bohlen - The Next Best Thing to Being There
- Simone Chiaretta
- Tweets on Twitter about the Kyte.TV ALT.NET conf live streaming