Yesterday the Swedish chapter of ALT.NET held its second unconference. It all started with six lightning talks (of which I held one) followed by an opens space session. It was a great experience to meet so many dedicated developers at once. And even though an unconference tries to be a single long coffee break (since most interesting conversations at a regular conference typically happens during the breaks) it was during the breaks I had the most stimulating conversations.
My lightning talk was on “should we not be mocking” where I talked about the good and bad things that might happen if you’re using mock objects and/or mock frameworks. Other talks covered MSpec, OpenTK, db4o and continuous integration (CI). A funny quote from the CI-session is “you can argument against the SOLID principles and TDD but you can’t argue against CI“.
The open sessions I attended covered TDD of WPF applications, Conventions vs configurations and working with legacy code where CloneDetective was mentioned. I also facilitated an open session on BDD without BDD frameworks. The day ended with a session where we discussed what ALT.NET should be doing. I’m looking forward to see what is going to happen with the “mentor list” that was mentioned.