As a team empowered by .NET open source, we’ve always been sensitive to the people, projects, and conferences that make the .NET community a joy to be part of. With .NET Fringe being a conference the RIMdev team was looking forward to, we had to go this year. With a mix of backend .NET developers, frontend developers, and quality assurance engineers we made our way to Portland.
The best part of being a developer in 2017 is access to your community. You can reach out to friends, library authors, and community leaders in ways you couldn’t even 5 years ago. What’s better than Twitter Friends? How about meeting them in real life?!.
The team I work with is amazing. While we work long eight hour days with each other, it was nice to get a different perspective on individuals. Portland and .NET Fringe brought us closer together.
Jon Galloway does a lot for the .NET Community, and it was an honor to meet him in person. I thanked him for the work he is doing with the .NET Foundation and we also got a chance to take some pictures. Maybe I’ll even get a 2018 calendar out of it. His talk about what the .NET Foundation does is illuminating and I recommend it.
A great moment is when you get a chance to sit and share drinks with individuals you feel you’ve known for a long time but meeting for the first time. Tasha, Greg, and Dave are awesome people and strong advocates in the .NET community to stay positive and do your best. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Not to mention, we somehow got talked into wearing bowls on our heads.
The organizers of the conference are passionate individuals and they exude it. It was great talking to them about the growth of the .NET Fringe community and a possible East Coast iteration. If it happens, RIMdev team members will be there to help.
The point of conferences is to absorb as much knowledge from smart individuals. The display of intelligence at .NET Fringe was humbling.
My favorite talk was given by Caitie McCaffrey about distributed sagas and their role in microservices architectures (Video). A sign of any good talk is leaving me with more questions to answer myself through exploration, and this one had our team talking through out the night.
Ted Neward is a shoe-in for “the dude”, but even cooler was his talk on breaking the mold and pushing the boundaries of comfort imposed by existing structures. It was both hilarious and thought provoking.
.NET Fringe was an intimate conference with some .NET Community heavy weights. It provided us a great oppurtunity to bond as a team and as a community. We will cherish our memories and look forward to making more at .NET Fringe 2018. I hope to see you there.
If you want to experience .NET Fringe checkout out the hashtag #dotnetfringe.