Posts Tagged ‘alt.net’

Prepping for the big move

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

So, I’m working on heading to San Antonio-permanently! I’m still locking down details about exactly when and how, but I’ve started my research on tech groups in the area. Unfortunately, I don’t see an Alt.Net specific group down in San Antonio like the fantastic DC Alt.Net group, but I’ve found Alamo Coders, which sounds like a pretty good and relevant group. I’m hoping I’m still in DC for Matt Podwysocki‘s F# talk… I should be, but we’ll see how it goes. Either way, one good thing about this move is it looks like the next big Alt.Net meeting is going to be in Austin in October. Clearly, a no-brainer to go, these conferences are free or inexpensive, said to be a great experience, and it’ll be happening right around the corner from me. I’m looking forward to it!

DC Alt.Net meeting

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

OK, this is a bit late, but last week we had the monthly DC Alt.Net meeting. On a bit of a different spin, the topic of the week was Lisp, led by Craig Andera. I hadn’t done any Lisp save for some very, very simplistic stuff back in the college Programming Languages course, so it was really very interesting to get a look at it now, both in that Craig covered much more sophisticated topics that the simple list adds we’d done back then, and that I now have a lot more programming experience. From the strongly-typed, heavily structured background I’m coming from these days, Lisp struck me as fascinatingly different; in regards to my recent experiences, I have to say the mindset was significantly more like Python than anything else I’ve worked with in a long time. Actually, the similarities are convincing me that I should make a serious effort to achieve a pretty sophisticated understanding of at least one of the dynamic languages (Python, Lisp, Ruby, etc) so I have that mental model in my toolbox. Sometimes a different way of thinking about a problem results in finding an answer, but there’s a bonus of a more directly applicable usage in that C# is beginning to borrow some dynamic language features such as lambdas; and the better I “get” dynamic languages, the more I’ll see how and when to appropriately use those new features.