Philly ALT.NET

A community of motivated developers using the .NET platform

September 13th, 2012 Meeting – Couchbase

When: Thursday, Sept 13th

Where: Municipal Services Building

Presented By: John Zablocki

In continuing with the NoSQL topics, for this meeting John Zablocki will discuss Couchbase, a super-fast alternative to the relational database model.

Read more and register:


Resources from the RavenDB talk

Two weeks ago Brian Flangan (@brianflanagan) gave a great talk on getting started with RavenDB.  You can find his code on github at: git://

The slides are in a folder in the “example 1” branch.

June 5th, 2012 Meeting – RavenDB

When: Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Where: Empathy Lab

Presented by: Brian Flanagan

The food is also graciously sponsored by Empathy Lab.

For this talk, Brian Flanagan will discuss and demo RavenDB, one of the many flavors of “no SQL” document data stores.

Read more about it, and register now!

April 17, 2012 Meeting – Node on Azure

When: 4/17/2012, 6 – 9 PM

Where: Municipal Services Building

Presented by: Peter Laudati

This talk will be an overview of Azure and how Node.js can run on it.

Read more and register now!

February Meeting Resources

First a big thanks to all for coming out last night to the meeting.  I hope you found it useful.  Below are some links to the source code and how to get MSMQ running (since I didn’t show that last night).

You can get the code from GitHub at: git://

And a good article on installing MSMQ:

Feel free to contact the group if you have any questions, or myself @cerikpete (for Twitter and Gmail).

Cleaning up your MVC controllers

One thing that has always bothered me (and I’m sure many people) about MVC is how the controllers can quickly become bloated.  A co-worker of mine sent along these links which have great ideas on keeping your controllers small, by limiting them to one action, and I thought they’d be good to share:

February 9, 2012 Meeting – Asynchronous Programming

When: 2/9/2012, 6 – 9 PM

Where: VertMarkets, Inc (map)

Presented by: Erik Peterson

This talk will discuss the new C# 4.0 features that make things like threading much easier to accomplish in fewer lines of code.  Also discussed will be using queues, with a demo using MSMQ.

Read more and register now!

Hello world (again)!

Welcome to the new Philly ALT.NET site!  We’ve decided to move to the WordPress platform for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is to improve the look and feel of the site, and also to hopefully offer the community a better experience and more timely and relevant information.

We hope you enjoy the new site as we look to grow the ALT.NET community here in Philly.

Chef Loves Windows!

Microsoft Malvern Office
45 Liberty Blvd
Malvern, PA 19355-1419

Chef Loves Windows – Automated Configuration and Deployment for Windows Servers

Chef is a Ruby configuration management tool for servers. And it handles Windows and Unix servers alike. In the talk we’ll go over the basics of how chef works, options for working with Windows servers using Chef. And give a demonstration of setting up IIS and deploying a web application on windows.

Mat Schaffer – Cofounder, Mashion

Mat Schaffer is a full stack web developer with a passion for effective process and clean code. He spent the last decade working on high-traffic web applications and optimizing developer productivity in large enterprises. Now he’s bringing that experience to bear on companies across the country as co-founder of Mashion. He’s also an regular contributor to open source and organizes the Philadelphia Ruby Group, Philly.rb. When he’s not coding he can be found playing music, rock climbing or squeezing a giggle out of his son.