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RE: [dotnet-120] Notes from New York .Net August Meetup

From: Daniel C.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:36 AM

Cool idea. Frankly I think there was some wisdom in the group decision to NOT take on additional work.  But, I like your take on it; having it be a non-worky type of thing.  As a first step, I’ll send around a poll to the group seeing if anyone wants to participate.  After that I can ping Scott Heiferman (founder of Meetup) and see what he would think about the project.

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Scott Weinstein
Sent: Wednesday, August 22,[masked]:58 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [dotnet-120] Notes from New York .Net August Meetup

 

Indeed. It was a lot of fun, I’m sorry I had to leave early, but I’m looking forward to the next.

 

I was thinking about projects for the group – it might be best if we chose a project that had no work-value. I can see how a research project on visualization of large data sets could be interesting, it also has more work-value for different members within the group.  But something that was just for fun, wouldn’t be work, it would just be fun.

 

One idea I had would be to partner with Meetup, to gain partial access to their member directory, for the purpose of creating a WPF or Silverlight visualization tool for Meetups groups.

It doesn’t have much practical value, but still uses WPF, and could be lots of fun to write.  And I believe Meetup is based in New York, so they might be open to an informal partnership.

 

Thoughts?

 

 

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Daniel Chait
Sent: Tuesday, August 21,[masked]:18 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [dotnet-120] Notes from New York .Net August Meetup

 

All,

Really enjoyed today's Meetup. Changes from the July Meetup included:

 

  1. A few new faces
  2. No demo, just conversation
  3. Pizza was delivered on time



I raised the idea of the group chipping in together to create a cool project we could demo but people said for the most part it just sounds like more work. Well, fine, I agree smile

Went around the room and everyone gave introductions and mentioned briefly what they are doing with .NET. That actually touched off several interesting follow-on discussions, ranging from SharePoint and Windows Worfklow Foundation to open source and individual projects. One of the questions that I recall was around the difference between BizTalk, Workflow Foundation, and SharePoint's workflow tools; I mentioned that there are a few decent comparisons on the web. Here they are -
Brian Loesgen; Lamont Harrington; MSDN Article; Darren Jefford;

Ultimately we ended up spending the majority of our time talking about a few different and quite interesting tools within the Agile development context; Travis mentioned that his group is using Microsoft Team Foundation Server (which is not something I've personally seen in actual use before) and Scott Weinstein gave quite an interesting case for using mbUnit over NUnit. Both of these would be interesting topics for a full presentation at a future meetup IMO (hint hint!).

Thanks again for a lively discussion and I, for one, certainly learned quite a bit and look forward to our next meetup in September.

- Daniel




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