Monday, April 24, 2006

The Coolest .Net User Group Around

I was very impressed with the WI .Net User Group and the event they hosted on Saturday. Besides being my first trip to Milwaukee, this was also my first time hearing each of the speakers present. I have been to many events, but this event is by far the best I have attended.

The biggest highlight for me on the speaker side was Scott Hanselman. Scott presented about the general coolness of open source software, and how we should all aspire to have great solutions rather than “accidental” code. In this context, Scott visited the subject of dasBlog. I have to admit that at the beginning of his presentation, I couldn’t care less about dasBlog, and by the end of his presentation I was formulating my data migration plan. He had me laughing and enjoying the command prompt – who would have thought?

Besides the slew of entertaining and informative out-of-town speakers, the guys running the whole show were friendly, welcoming, and a fun group of people. I was surprisingly invited to a pre-event party and an after-event dinner. I was showered with cool new software – including Office 2003 Professional and Resharper. The WI .Net User Group networks like crazy, and I got to meet a new set of technical peers who now feel like friends. I even considered throwing caution to the wind and staying an extra night in the city by the water, just so I wouldn’t have to miss out on a second of fun.

So now the challenge – how can the Minneapolis .Net user group top Milwaukee? ;)

3 comments:

Scott Isaacs said...

Val -

Thanks for all the kind words. Come back anytime.

For what it's worth, I'd be happy to talk to anyone from Minneapolis .NET UG if they had any questions about what we did and why. Of course, their event will never be as good as ours, but we are happy to try to help them get close. ;)

Scott Isaacs said...

Val -

Thanks for all the kind words. Come back anytime.

For what it's worth, I'd be happy to talk to anyone from Minneapolis .NET UG if they had any questions about what we did and why. Of course, their event will never be as good as ours, but we are happy to try to help them get close. ;)

Brennan Stehling said...

Val,

I enjoyed having you down here for the weekend. Meeting other developers was just as worthwhile as seeing the speakers. I hope to see you next year. And this time, bring a whole bunch of your friends in Minnesota.