I was reading Ian Cooper’s post ‘Alt.Next‘ and found it resonating very strongly with me. I particularly liked how he wrapped it up at the end with:
“Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “there are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.” If you’re ALT.NET, you’re in the movement. You’re shaking out the innovation. When the movement fails, stalls, or needs improving you’re there starting/finding/supporting that next leap forward.”
WARNING: What follows ended up being more of a brain dump than anything else
I gave a talk at CodeMash about integrating Ruby and .Net using messaging. For the most part I did it as a lark, kind of a, “I am pretty sure I can get this to work.” But between the time I submitted the talk and giving it I had made friends with a group of python programmers and at conference time I had a ruby and python port (i use the term port lightly as they are very simple implementations of the public API) and coding in these alternate universes forced me to see things differently.
At first I chaffed against the extreme flexibility, honestly it felt like wet noodles compared to the steal I was used to. But over time it felt more like this:
Bottom line, make sure you are looking outside your region of expertise for the next new thing.