What a lovely time we had at DotNetFringe last week here in my hometown of Portland. Wonderful speakers, great topics, good friends, and an energized open source community. Videos will be coming soon, I'm told, for you to enjoy!
What is/was .NET Fringe?
.NET Fringe is a new conference focused on .NET developers who are breaking the rules and pushing the boundaries. The .NET platform is more interesting today than it ever has been! The old Microsoft that was at odds with Open Source has been replaced with one that is actively contributing to OSS and hosts a huge number of important projects on GitHub! The .NET OSS community has been collaborating and creating new, really exciting, interesting, and innovative projects which are changing the landscape. They are defining the future!
We had a great keynote from .NET OG Jimmy Bogard and lots of amazing talks. Here's just a sample:
- Akka.NET for Beginners
- OWIN, an update from SerialSeb
- Space, time and state by Amy Palamountain
- Building C# Powered Robots Controlled by C# Mobile Apps with James Montemagno
- Functional GUI Apps with Frank Krueger
- Investigating the production-readiness of Mono via Event Store with James Nugent
- Nancy, the super duper happy OSS .NET project with Adam Ralph
And really, so very much more. This is just a taste of the fun, fast, and often 300-level .NET content that the community brought to .NET Fringe.
We also reached out to the Portland 3D Printing Lab and setup a number of inexpensive 3D Printers and had them running the whole time! I've been into 3D Printing of late and promoting the Maker Movement and we wanted to bring the joy of making to .NET Fringe as well! Many thanks to Ben and Bob for helping with this project!
Fringe was a great kick off to conference season for me.
Next up is BUILD in San Francisco. We've got some surprising announcements that are gonna blow your mind. You were impressed with what we've been doing with .NET and open source? We're just getting started. Big stuff coming soon.
If you couldn't get into BUILD or missed .NET Fringe, join me down in Arizona in May for AngleBrackets and DevIntersections.
This time I'm also joined with my friend from CodeNewbie and Ruby Rogue, Saron Yitbarek to talk about all the great stuff we can do as developers on the open web.
I'm looking forward to meeting you, Dear Reader, at a conference one day, perhaps this year, perhaps next! Be well.
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