I am searching for answers….what is ALT.NET anyway? I thought I knew what this movement was all about but the more I read the posts to their mailing list I confirm I don’t. I don’t think they do either.
Here is a quote directly 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.
My confusing comes from being a member of the ALT.NET Yahoo group, which has a clear statement as to who they are:
Spawned from the AltNetConf in Austin, TX in October, 2007. We are .Net developers looking striving to create quality software on the .Net platform.
ALT.NET – 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
I have been quietly following the group for a few weeks trying to digest what is being said, trying to understand the direction. It seems tempers and in-fighting visit the list too often. These are the representatives of the ALT.NET, movement, if you will and they represent it poorly.
I really like the idea of the group as they state on their web site, but do they mean it. The ALT.NET Conference held in October seemed to be a giant success with the community coming together. What has happened since then? I am aware of a summit, even asked if one of the web sites I write for (InfoQ.com) would like to be involved but it was never followed up upon by those at ALT.NET. I was also asked about interviewing David Laribee, but he never followed up. This tells tall tales to me how the organization is evolving, but not for the good.
I like what they say to be about, I really do. I don’t attempt to provide an answer to my own question or pass judgement. I want people who are involved to either reply with a comment or send me a private email.