22+ months of silence

Yep quite a long silence, I hope to do much better in the new year starting with getting this one post in for 2007.

I have been using my fair share of open source projects throughout the years from Cruise Control & Nant to Spring.Net & Rhino Mocks so I was very happy to see earlier this year the emergence of ALT.NET

It really shows that the .NET community has evolved and maturated over the years just as the Java community had done previously. I really like the core tenets of this group (lifted directly from the site),

  1. You’re the type of developer who uses what works while keeping an eye out for a better way.
  2. You reach outside the mainstream to adopt the best of any community: Open Source, Agile, Java, Ruby, etc.
  3. You’re not content with the status quo. Things can always be better expressed, more elegant and simple, more mutable, higher quality, etc.
  4. 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 (e.g. Resharper.)

There has been some us versus them threads on other blogs\publications but no matter which bias you have I always liked the quote,

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us

Happy New Year 🙂

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~ by gracey on December 31, 2007.

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