Tag: Community

Microsoft is changing the world – at least part of my world – for the better

October 8, 2007 I’m a big fan of Hugh McLeod, and being that I am part of the Microsoft ecosystem, I have been following his Blue Monster Project. In a recent post, Hugh says: That if Microsoft wishes to change the world, then changing themselves is also, most definitely, a big part of the equation. I saw some of that change this weekend. I saw Scott Guthrie present his team’s new ASP.NET MVC framework. Listening to Scott present, it was clear that he and his team had been listening to the community. They’re listening to the bloggers, the MVPs, the ALT.NET crowd. They listened, and the result was a positive change that came through loud and clear. In the closing session of the ALT.NET conference, Scott Hanselman (who joined Microsoft just a mere 3 weeks ago) openly commented about his time at Microsoft,…

Friday night at the ALT.NET conference

This past weekend was the first ALT.NET conference, held here in Austin, TX. Right from the start, I knew this was going to be special. The list of attendees was amazing. It’s like my blog roll, but live! The format This was not your typical run of the mill conference, where we yearn for interesting hallway conversations to break up monotonous presentations filled with canned PowerPoint presentations. This conference follows the Open Spaces format. Our own Doc List facilitated the conference, and did a great job. He introduced us to the format, and laid out how it all works. It’s completely self-organizing. As attendees, we openly offer up session topics that we want to talk about. Anyone (and it seemed like almost everyone) offered up a topic – some people suggested multiple topics. Like minded topics were gathered together, and…

Dovetail employees speaking at Austin Code Camp 2007

The Austin.NET User Group is sponsoring Austin Code Camp 2007 on May 5th. Last year's camp was excellent, and it's not too late to register for what's sure to be another great code camp. There are multiple sessions being led by Dovetail Software staff:  Bret Pettichord from Dovetail Software Scripting Web Tests with Watir and Ruby - Learn how to write automated acceptance tests for web applications in this hands-on tutorial. We’ll show you how to use the Watir testing tool and the Ruby scripting language to create tests that drive Internet Explorer. By the end of the tutorial, you’ll have written several tests using an open-source tool popular with agile teams. Bring a Windows laptop with W2K, XP, or Vista. We'll provide the software. No knowledge of Watir or Ruby is assumed. (Level 200) Kevin Miller from Dovetail Software MonoRail Introduced…
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