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Welcome to Houston ALT.NET!



Open Spaces 2010

Official Conference Site: http://www.altnethouston.com

Registration ($20): http://altnethouston2010.eventbrite.com/

This is the general schedule for the conference.


Friday, April 30th

Workshops - Two half-day workshops will be hosted on Friday starting at 12pm.

We will have the opening session at 6pm. This is when we get to select the topics we will discuss on Saturday & Sunday


Saturday, May 1st

We will start the day at 8:00am (with coffee, breakfast) and start sessions around 9:30. It will be a full day with lunch provided and end around 5:30pm. Dinner will not be provided.


Saturday Topics

  MPR A MPR B Irrigation Room Nard-Dog Room
9:30-10:30 Git 
CSharp 2 To 4 Polyglot   Ping-Pong Pairing 
10:30-11:30 NoSQL, MongoDB   Silverlight Out Of Browser   Rails Unit Testing and Rspec   How to Architect a Smart Client App 
11:30-12:00 LUNCH
12:00-1:15 WPF and Caliburn   Why Does This Take So Long   Virtual Brown Bag One Year Later   WCF  
1:15-2:30 Agile IPhone Dev 
Build Scripts with Powershell or Rake   Creating a Fluent API   Apprenticeship  
2:30-3:45 Movie Making as a Metaphor 
 Promoting an Atmosphere of Refactoring Open Source Products You Should Look At   Mono  
3:45-5:00 MEF   Webforms to MVC   Heroku   Design Patterns  


Sunday, May 2nd

Starting around 8:00am (with coffee, breakfast) we will have a couple more sessions and then the closing ceremonies to conclude the event.


Sunday Topics

  MPR A MPR B Irrigation Room Nard-Dog Room
9:15-10:30 Functional Programming - FSharp   Alternative View Engines for MVC   When to use Distributed Systems  

Video On The Web, will HTML Save Us


10:30-11:45 Ruby for NET Developers   Strategies for Introducing Waterfall Barrelriders to Agile Methodologies   BDD, TDD, Tools and Processes to Use   Math for Programmers
11:45-12:15 CLOSE


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Devlicio.us & CodeBetter.com






May 7th, 2009 Coding Dojo

The first coding dojo was a big success. Some background can be found on the Coding dojo page, and a retrospective here.

Open Spaces 2009 sessions notes/videos

Here is a list of sessions, including collected notes and recorded video/audio.


This wiki will serve as the home for Houston ALT.NET gatherings.  Gatherings so far have been monthly geek dinners, and we recently hosted our first open spaces event! (Sessions)!  Look at Geek Dinners or our mailing list hosted on Google Groups for information on past & upcoming dinners!  You can also take a look at the Members list & add yourself if you like!


Subscribe to our mailing list!

We have a mailing list hosted on Google Groups. It's low-volume and is mostly used to post community announcements (like our geek dinners.)


What is ALT.NET?

(from the altdotnet.org site:)

We are a self-organizing, ad-hoc community of developers bound by a desire to improve ourselves, challenge assumptions, and help each other pursue excellence in the practice of software development.


For some history on ALT.NET see the original post that started it all, and the subsequent comments.  You can also subscribe the main altdotnet yahoo group to join in on the discussion at a global scale.


What is open spaces?

Open spaces is a self-organizing process that allows any group or organization to address complex, important issues and achieve meaningful results quickly.  For .NET developers, this means that we'll dive into topics that we find most pressing.  Others vote on those ideas, the important issues rise to the top and we get together.  No pre-canned sessions, no marketing material, just passionate developers looking to expand their craft.


The open spaces philosophy: 

  1. Whoever comes is the right people: this alerts the participants that attendees of a session class as "right" simply because they care to attend
  2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have: this tells the attendees to pay attention to events of the moment, instead of worrying about what could possibly happen
  3. Whenever it starts is the right time: clarifies the lack of any given schedule or structure and emphasizes creativity and innovation
  4. When it's over, it's over: encourages the participants not to waste time, but to move on to something else when the fruitful discussion ends


For more information, read the wikipedia article.



If you would like access to edit this wiki (or to add your profile) send an email to Ben Scheirman. 

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