Luke Melia

software dev

October 9, 2007

alt.net conference

I spent the weekend in Austin, Texas with my colleague Ken and 100+ fellow developers at the first alt.net conference.

It was my first experience with the OpenSpace conference format. and I thought it was great. The hallways and bar is usually my favorite part of conferences, and this format takes the most relevant aspects of those conversations and makes them the core of the conference.

My biggest takeaway on the uber-theme was that this community is learning how to be in a functional relationship with Microsoft. It’s easy to be in a dependent, one-way relationship with a company of Microsoft’s size and habits. It’s difficult to be in a two-way, respectful (but not enabling) relationship with such a company. To our credit, this community is figuring it out.

One Response to “alt.net conference”

  1. Mike Moore chimed in:

    It was great meeting you this weekend. I look forward to the next time we meet, perhaps at GoRuCo 2008?

    I was also happy with the conference. And I’m optimistic about .NET for the first time in a while.

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