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.net alternatives by Michel Grootjans

Since I mentioned this in my previous post, I might as well elaborate.

I discovered there was an open source community for Microsoft technology back in 2004. Curious as I am, I tried several things that looked interesting. I introduced CruiseControl.net, NAnt and NUnit to my customer. What surprised me is that not everyone shares my curiosity. A lot of people have this predefined fear of using non-Microsoft products for Microsoft technology. Most of the developers I talked about it even moaned 'Now you want me to write tests too!'.

Moving on a bit further, I realized there was so much more. I discovered Subversion. Again, I was amazed by the lack of confidence customers showed in such a great product, while using Visual SourceSafe (no link included) for mission critical projects. In short, I felt a bit alone and .. well ... alternative. Hence the name of my blog I choose back in 2006.

Since David Laribee coined the name alt.net, I was on the lookout of such a local initiative. Davy Brion offered this, and I happily jumped on board of the Dutch alt.net group.

I think I'm a match for the original definition coined by the 'bee:

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 (e.g. ReSharper.)

I'd like to emphasize that I am NOT an anti Microsoft person. I just want to use the best practices and tools to get my job done with a minimal amount of friction.

Posted on Sunday, August 10, 2008 12:00 PM .net , Personal | Back to top


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Ah, a clear description of what alt.net means, love it :)

Subversion rocks :p
Left by David Cumps on Aug 12, 2008 8:54 AM

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