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A Developer's Expedition

Up until two weeks ago I never heard of ALT.NET. Have you? Are you like me; constantly thinking outside the box? 

I've always said that I build systems that work around problems and brick walls. I've always developed using whatever worked best and gave the users the best experience.

I was thinking about what Brian Donahue said at the last Philly.Net meeting. I started searching around and found lots of information. And then I found this stupendous summary by David Laribee;

What does it mean to be to be ALT.NET? In short it 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 principals (e.g. Resharper.)

After finding this thought provoking blog, I came to the realization. Yes I now develop mainly using .Net technologies, but I still use whatever works best. Therefore I must be ALT.Net - Heck I used to listen to Rock now I listen to Alternative...

Check out ALT.NET - you might find you too are pro Alternative!




Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2007 1:36 AM | Back to top

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