The Indianapolis ALT.NET Meetup Group

Since May 2008, our fundamental goal is to help software developers obtain the education, tools, and correct mentality they need to become better developers.

The concept of ALT.NET means that we try to use all tools and techniques available in an appropriate way to do our jobs in the best and most efficient way possible. The Indy ALT.NET group is part of a national community devoted to finding the best ways to enhance software development.

To distinguish ourselves from a typical .NET User Group, we would like to cover some platform-agnostic techniques and technologies. We have talked or are planning to talk about Agile software practices, Clojure, F#, and Domain Driven Design. While much of our current expertise is with .NET, presentation and discussion topics are only limited to what people are willing to present and are interested in.

You'll get a chance to interact with like-minded group members by communicating your thoughts and opinions and presenting things that are important or interesting to you. Plus, free pizza and door prizes!

For more information, see http://indyalt.net. We have about 15 regular members, and are looking for more.

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Events coming up

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Past events

  • Join the MakerBot revolution!

    Thu, 15 Sep 2011, 21:30 - 23:30 in Carmel, United States

    Location Details: us as we host William Steele, maker of his own MakerBot Cupcake CNC.  In this session, Bill will discuss the history, construction and usage of his MakerBot Cupcake CNC.  You'll see how you can use one of these fantastic homebrew CNC 3D Printers to construct anything you can imagine.  You'll also learn how you can utilize the Thing-A-Verse to find, create and share your own ideas with others.  3D Rapid Prototyping is a fast growing segment of the homebrew space.

  • Color Modeling

    Thu, 21 Apr 2011, 21:30 - 23:30 in Carmel, United States

    Location Details: Michael Brown as he demonstrates a forgotten approach to software design. In this session, we will discuss a fusion of techniques to help developers discover a richer model of a problem domain and apply that model both for development as well as requirements gathering.Learning this technique will help you become more confident in speaking with stakeholders and help you identify unspoken requirements that the experts might not realize are there.

  • Color Modeling

    Thu, 17 Mar 2011, 21:30 - 23:30 in Carmel, United States

    Location Details: Michael Brown as he demonstrates a forgotten approach to software design. In this session, we will discuss a fusion of techniques to help developers discover a richer model of a problem domain and apply that model both for development as well as requirements gathering.Learning this technique will help you become more confident in speaking with stakeholders and help you identify unspoken requirements that the experts might not realize are there.

  • Design Patterns (or anti-patterns) Lightning Talks

    17-18 Feb 2011 in Carmel, United States

    Location Details: all use different patterns all the time, let's talk about them together.  The idea is we'll have several different speakers, each talking about a different design pattern along with some code (mostly code).If you'd like to contribute, and speak about your favorite pattern, just let us know!Current lineup: *Factory *Strategy *Bridge *ActiveRecord vs TransactionScript *Singleton and Multiton *more? you!

  • WTF Lightning Talks - Show and Tell about your blunders!

    Thu, 15 Apr 2010, 21:30 - 23:30 in Indianapolis, United States

    Speaker(s):You!WTF is a WTF lightning talk?This is an opportunity for you to brag/sob about your latest and greatest/worst snafus (and hopefully a lesson or two you learned from it).Groundrules:1. Have Fun.2. Before you rag on your co-workers/boss/significant other, rag on yourself first.3. You get 8 minutes. (We'll give you a 'warning' at 7 minutes)4.

  • Dealing with Dependencies

    Thu, 18 Mar 2010, 21:15 - 23:15 in Indianapolis, United States

    Speaker: Jon FullerOur software has become more and more complex. Managing all the details and how to wire all your objects together in a flexible manner that enables testing and rapid development becomes increasingly difficult, almost prohibitively so.Practicing Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control with a container will help you get back to writing your application by dealing with all that mess for you. It sounds like magic, but it's not really.

  • Change

    18-19 Feb 2010 in Indianapolis, United States

    Speaker(s):Leon GersingThe only constant in life is change. How do we prepare for change? Should we? In this session, I will go over changes relating to the smallest unit in our code base up into our careers. What does DRY really mean? When is too much YAGNI too much? When is it not enough? Should I change where I work or change where I work?

  • Managing Technical Debt Fishbowl

    21-22 Jan 2010 in Indianapolis, United States

    Speakers: You!!NEW LOCATION! See the details below!!We all want to create the perfectly-designed systems, who doesn't? But unfortunately, this is not always a reality. We want to spend an extra week to make sure a certain module is nice and tidy, but you simply cannot afford a week delay to the deadline to do this. What do you do? You know that leaving it a mess is the quick approach and that when you release, the system will still work just fine.

  • Mobile Development (iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Android)

    17-18 Dec 2009 in Indianapolis, United States

    Speaker(s): Auri Rahimzadeh - iPhone Sasha Kotlyar - Windows Mobile Michael Brown - Android The mobile development craze comes to Indy ALT.NET! We've got the three hottest platforms that are competing for consumers' money - iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile - and we'll compare and contrast application development for each of them, as well as their respective centralized application marketplaces and what it takes to submit your apps to them.

  • Security Fishbowl

    19-20 Nov 2009 in Indianapolis, United States

    Speakers: You! (and Me) Time for another fishbowl. W00t! This time we're going to talk about security. And yes, you're right, that is COMPLETELY vague, that's kind of the point. Ryan will moderate us, keep us on track, and provide us with other gentle prodding as necessary. If you have any topics you'd like to talk about in particular, please, come with them in mind, or post them in the comments here. Pizza will arrive around 5:30, and the fishbowl will start around 6:00. See you there!

  • Source Control Extravaganza

    Thu, 15 Oct 2009, 21:30 - 23:30 in Indianapolis, United States

    Speaker: Matt Burke Matt will give an overview of a few source control systems and what differentiates them. Be prepared for discussion once the presentation is over too! Food (pizza) begins at about 5:30, so get here early! Note that the room is changed for this month to NMC408 (4th floor

  • Turning Guestimation into Estimation

    Thu, 17 Sep 2009, 09:30 - 11:30 in Indianapolis, United States

    Speaker: Michael Eaton How are your software estimation skills? If your answer was "dude, I'm terrible at estimation", you're not alone. Being able to accurately estimate software is a skill every developer should have but research and statistics show it's a skill few actually possess. In this session, we'll talk about why we have so much trouble with this key skill and then discuss some strategies for improving our software estimation chops. Food (pizza) begins at about 5:30, so get here early!

  • Agile Processes Fishbowl

    Thu, 20 Aug 2009, 21:30 - 23:30 in Indianapolis, United States

    We're having another fishbowl conversation.We're talking all about agile practices (or not so agile, if you want to also)... post your ideas/topics in reply to this meeting and we'll try to get to them during the fishbowl. See you there!

  • Continuous Integration: What, Why, and How?

    16-17 Jul 2009 in Indianapolis, United States

    - Time: Thursday, July 16, 2009 - Formal discussion begins at 6pm, foodbegins at 5:30pm, networking begins at 5:15pm.- Topic: Continuous Integration: What, Why, and How?- Speaker: Jon Fuller and friendsJon Fuller leads a discussion on Continuous Integration (CI). He'll givea quick intro to what it is and why it's important to you, as adeveloper and as an organization. Soon he and possibly some others willget into some demonstrations of various tools that many use to implementCI.

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