Friday, March 14, 2008

What is ALT.Net

One of the bloggers I follow regularly in the .Net community is Jeremy D. Miller. I have used his post on the model view presenter as a reference many times when explaining the pattern to developers who have not yet been exposed to it.

Jeremy has an article on the back page of March's MSDN magazine explaining what ALT.Net is. It's a very concise and informative explanation. The tenets of being an ALT.Net developer that he digs into more detail are:

  1. You're the type of developer who uses whatever works while keeping an eye out for a better way.
  2. You reach outside the mainstream to adopt the best of any community.
  3. You're not content with the status quo.
  4. You realize that tools are great, but they only take you so far.

After just getting back from Mix '08 it is really encouraging to see Microsoft begin to embrace the ALT.Net community by doing things like hiring Scott Hanselman and creating the ASP.Net MVC framework.

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