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Are you passionate about your job? Do you enjoy programming? Do you think you're any good at it?

One of the things that make me productive as a developer are the tools and products I use. However, these tools seem to try and grab all my attention. When I go to a conference, or read a blog entry, I'm bombarded with them: Windows 8, Visual Studio 11, TFS, WCF, Silverlight, MEF, OData, Lightswitch, LabManagement, NuGet, ... it just doesn't stop, and I know I will never be able to keep up with all of them. And I really don't need to. Most of them will be obsolete in a few years. Some of them will pass the test of time, and those will get my full attention ... in a few years.

On the other hand, if you care about your craft, you know that the things that make you good are the principles, the practices and the patterns you've learned over the years. You're also painfully aware of the gaps in your own knowledge, and that's why you're continuously on the lookout for like-minded colleagues to exchange war stories, experiences and practices.

An upcoming event in Ghent is going to focus on that side of our developers life: agile minds is trying to bring .net professionals together to share their stories. And you know what: there are still tickets available. I'd like to advise all professional .net developers who are passionate about their craft, to seriously consider joining in this new initiative. If you contact me personally, I can get you a EUR 50.00 discount.

The Agile .Net Europe is a community platform for people who care about writing the right thing in the right way.

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 9:59 PM .net | Back to top

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