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Notes from New York .Net July Meetup

From: Daniel C.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:40 PM

Thanks to all the group members for a fantastic first meetup for the group.

Here's a quick recap:

We started off with group intros, went around the room and everyone gave a quick hello & told a bit about themselves. It was interesting to see the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, even in our small little group.

I reiterated what I felt was the mission statement of this group, which is to connect resourceful, creative, and forward-thinking .NET developers both online and in-person. My hope is that this will become a useful resource for people in their professional .NET lives, as well as an interesting community for our members to meet and collaborate with others like themselves.

In that vein, Chris had some very practical and well thought-through advice regarding how to build online community (extended profile information, focus on the group's core mission, enhance communication and discussion). I look forward to the group's evolution along these lines and welcome everyone's participation in making that a reality (I can't do it alone!).

Next, David Barnhill gave a demonstration of an app he put together in WPF showcasing LINQ and Acropolis. This led to some interesting digressions around LINQ, the future of CAB, etc.

Finally we asked each other the question, "What are you interested in about .NET?". Here for the record are the things people brought up:

All in all it was a very energizing discussion. The answers were fascinating; it really hammered home (to me) the point that .NET is actually quite a wide-ranging and expansive set of technologies. Like the proverbial blind men and the elephant, we often tend to think of .NET in terms of what we focus on day-to-day and hearing the sheer variety of people's interests (design & architecture, WPF, F#, source control, open source, Analysis Services, etc etc) was, to me, a true sign that this group is brimming with thoughts, ideas, and creativity.

Thanks to the group and I can't wait for August!


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