Turning NorthDallas.NET up a notch
October 2, 2009
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I was recently accepted as an officer of the North Dallas .NET User group. I’ve been a member of the group for a few years now and have formed many great professional relationships through it so I’m very pleased to join the ranks of the officers!
North Dallas .NET is going through a few organizational changes that will likely be announced in one of our upcoming meetings. My role will be to assist in lining up speakers for the user group. One of my goals is to offer something different in the speakers that we line up for North Dallas as compared to our counterparts in the DFW area. Rather than focus solely on demonstrations of the latest technology offerings from Microsoft, I want to help Dallas-area developers hone their craft and become better at what they do.
Here’s a list of the kind of speakers that I would like to see more of at North Dallas.NET:
- Those that are interested in or experienced with the SOLID principles, Test Driven Development, Domain Driven Design, or Lean Software Development.
- Those that can demonstrate tools and methodologies that go beyond RAD to construct long term solutions that provide business value without compromising on quality.
- Those that understand how to utilize Design Patterns to build more robust, testable applications.
Those that want to speak on specific .NET-based technologies are always welcome to submit a talk as well. Use my contact form if you’re interested in coming to speak in North Dallas.
If you aren’t attending a local developer user group in your area, I highly recommend it. I can’t say enough about the importance in getting involved in a developer community as it will help your career by increasing your skill set and exposing you to other talented individuals. Attending a user group meeting might lead you to that dream job opportunity and having your company sponsor a user group meeting can help you hire highly skilled developers.