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The first-ever meeting of the St. Louis ALT.NET group will be held Wednesday night at 7PM at the offices of Professional Employment Group at  999 Executive Parkway (Suite 100) in Creve Coeur (South of Olive off of Mason Road - Here's a map).

The topic will be "Introduction to NHibernate", presented by Nicholas Cloud:

  • setting up NHibernate for data access
  • configuring NHibernate
  • building and mapping domain objects to a SQL Server datastore
  • querying the domain model for data

The ALT.NET community is a loosely coupled, highly cohesive group of like-minded individuals who believe that the best developers do not align themselves with platforms and languages, but with principles and ideas. In 2007, David Laribee created the term "ALT.NET" to explain this "alternative" view of the Microsoft development universe--a view that challenged the "Microsoft-only" approach to software development. He distilled his thoughts into four key developer characteristics which form the basis of the ALT.NET philosophy:

  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.)

The St. Louis ALT.NET meetup group is a place where .NET developers can learn, share, and critique approaches to software development on the .NET stack. We cater to the highest common denominator, not the lowest, and want to help all St. Louis .NET developers achieve a superior level of software craftsmanship.

Thanks to Nicholas for organizing, and to Professional Employment Group for lending their offices.

Please visit the meetup site to RSVP, or for more information.

Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:28 PM community , St. Louis | Back to top


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Thanks for the coverage Brian. We will also be reviewing some of the high points of the Strange Loop 2010 conference as well, which should be a challenge for me since I decided to hand-write my notes instead of typing them. Yes, pen and paper. My tablet only cost $5! Who needs an iPad?
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