Sergey Shishkin

on agile software development

.NET Open Space Süd in Karlsruhe

Envy me, I spent last weekend in Karlsruhe with some of Germany’s smartest and most passionate .NET developers. Big thanks for that to organizers of the .NET Open Space Süd and all the participants. I feel inspired and am full of ideas again.

The anti-conference started for me with a great functional programming session with @sforkmann introducing Monads. The topic was so great that immediately after the session many attendees started implementing the Maybe monad in C#. And monads accompanied us all the weekend in all sort of jokes 🙂

Functional programming continued with a session on Reactive Extensions, where I introduced the framework as a new way of doing .NET events and async programming. After that @sforkmann supported the topic with JavaScript samples and an introduction of IQbservable followed by a great discussion.

Two sessions were focused on software specifications, BDD, and ATDD. I was representing ATDD and FitNesse camp, however to be more effective I should bring more hands-on examples to break through code-centric developer heads 🙂 Anyways, the “BDD Shootout” session was really inspiring and code-intense. Not a big surprise with people like @agross (MSpec), @sforkmann (NaturalSpec), and @BjoernRochel (XUnit.BDDExtensions).Although the guys were skeptical about a comparison session at first, the session was a real success: win-win-win for all three frameworks 😉

NOS Süd finished with a Coding Dojo facilitated by @ilkerde. After that dojo (my 3rd only) I still have some mixed feelings. I was looking for learning any new design/coding practices but the only major thing I learned was the importance and complexity of selecting members for a development team. After a while it’s not fun anymore to argue about whether we do TDD or BDUF… Still it was very good experience for me, and I think for others who took part. Thank you Ilker!

If Open Space is so great because of the “coffee break”-like experience, imagine the coffee breaks at Open Space! Of course the biggest part of NOS Süd (at least for me) were it’s parties and breaks when I chatted with many bright and passionate folks and it was the most inspiring and enjoyable experience of the weekend!

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Written by Sergey Shishkin

23.06.2010 at 22:59

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