What do you like MOST about the
• Themes – networking, good people, tech content, learning
• An opportunity for me to learn how other people/sites carry out .NET development, learn about new methodologies, also find out about people's
experience with the new MS software releases, Visual Studio, .NET f/w for example
• chance to hook up with fellow developers in the flesh and bounce ideas around
• Chance to Network and bounce ideas around
• Chatting with other techies.
• contact with developers
• Exposure to new ideas and technologies.
• Friendly group
• Good mix of people
• Hot Pizza, Networking
• I have no opinion on that.
• Learn heaps
• Learning new things.
• Learning things that you didn't know you didn't know. (ie, things it might not have occurred to you to learn). Also, the sense of community and
meeting other like-minded people.
• local & easy to get to, good content, good group of people
• Local Meeting Place, International Content, Relevant to my learning
• "Networking with other local developers.Getting exposure of new tools & development practices."
• Non invasive.
• Technical insights, catching up with colleagues
• That it exists, Haven't been to any meetings yet though!
• "The discussions that sometimes arise either during or after presentations, eg: Friday Mornings PDC presentation. Being part of discussions
(Networking) with other developers.Learning about new Microsoft Development technologies & how they fit together."
• The presenters and technical content. There are lots of things picked up on during question and answer time.
• Variety of presentations, great content. (I'd like to contribute but not sure content would be up to scratch as I'm only a part time developer and not
great in any one area)
What do you like LEAST about the
• Themes – frequency, low/non-tech content, intimidating
• Frequency of meetings
• I have no opinion on that. Guess I'm neutral :-)
• I would like it to be more interactive with everyone that attends, not just the presenters. E.g. get some
introductions going to introduce everyone.
• Irrevelevant topics! Cold Pizza!
• It can be a bit intimidating if you do not know anyone.....
• It's a bit over my head sometimes.
• marketing presentations disguised as technica presentations
• MS grandstanding.
• no user group meetings this year
• Not having frequent meetings
• "Occasional low technical content, high propaganda presentations by Microsofte.g. Last presentation"
• Several small Clique's have formed which are hard for those seen as "lesser developers" to break into.
• Sometimes too much for me on non-.net. Too much sharepoint and enterpirse stuff that I will never use.
• They stopped happening
• They tend to drag on a bit sometimes.
• Travel Time (minor complaint)
• What is not to like... Not having a meeting. Or when I can't come :(
• When it runs late. Cold Pizza, Warm Beer
Ideas from the floor!
• How to make it less scary?
• Format – 1/2hr intro, 1hr advanced,1/2hr
• Topic Ideas?
(how many people twitter, by the way?)
BDD – my perspective
• Have twice created automated test suites for complex
– Useful to validate that an app “still works” after changes
– Definite benefit, but ends up fragile & difficult to maintain.
• Started to hear about BDD. Attracted by
– Additional benefits (collaboration, documentation)
– Test scripting in a mainstream tool, Visual Studio
• I’m no expert!
– Couple of proof-of-concepts and presentations
What does it look like?
• You write specifications like this:
Wait – where’s the magic?
• You have to write “step definition” files, to
define what happens at each step. Think
• Human-readable syntax
– allows for collaboration with business
• Integration testing
– tests interaction between system components
• “Free” system documentation
– How does the system actually work?