Well yesterday was the the Edmonton .Net User Group aka Edmug’s 1st Birthday. While there was no birthday cake or singing but there was an interesting presentation and lots of cool prizes.
The event itself was held downtown at the Maverick Brewery. Personally I really enjoyed the location. The seating was comfortable and there was a good view of the screen from pretty much every spot in the place. It would definitely be cool to have other events at this location (especially if it’s a bigger name coming..?)
As for the presentation the topic was Domain Specific Languages. I’ve heard about these a bit in the last while, including the Microsoft DSL tools. In fact I’m pretty sure there is a project targeted at helping with NHibernate that uses it. I just can’t find it right now. Christians Izquierdo is a very good presenter and kept the audiences attention even though the subject itself can be a bit dry. The one problem I see with the presentation is that there wasn’t much discussion about how you could actually use a DSL. Or more specifically problems that have been solved using a DSL. Knowing about the existence of DSLs is definitely a good thing but it helps to see how people are actually making use of them. Well okay there was mention of 4 existing DSLs but not much discussion about them.
As a side note, Martin Fowler has a good presentation online called Introduction to Domain Specific Languages . I recommend giving it a watch if the subject interests you.
At the end of the presentation prizes were given out. There was a ton of licenses for software. There were 5 licenses of the JetBrain’s pack which included dotTrace and Resharper, 10 licenses of CodeSmith (of which I won one!) and 2 licenses (don’t quote me on that #) of the ComponentOne pack. There was also some hardware given away. A couple keyboards, a few mice and most importantly an XBox 360 Premium of which I am the new proud owner!! A special thanks goes out to the guy who won this puppy first but decided to pass up on it because he already had one.
So with that I congratulate Edmug on a very successful first year and expect many more to follow!