A small list of Melbourne, Australia .NET and related User Groups.
I had a very busy week just past with various User Groups, I thought it would be handy for myself and possibly others to make a list, this by no means is an exclusive list, and I hope to expand it with others as I discover them.
It’s great to catch up with fellow developers, to share what you’re currently working on in your day job, what you’re working on at home, or even what those potential “when I get some time” ideas. With all of us sharing our development frustrations on twitter when we get stuck, it’s great to meet those who offer those helpful suggestions and even those who poke fun at the problem to lighten up your day it’s great to meet and catch up in person.
If you’re not already attending a user group, I strongly advise you to make some time at least every few months to attend and interact with like-minded developers.
My apologies upfront if I have missed any that should be on here, let me know (leave a comment, @twitter me) and I’ll update.
These groups have been around for a while and are well known.
SQL PASS – Microsoft SQL Server related topics. On average every 4 – 5 weeks, key contact email point: info at sqldownunder dot com.
The Up and Coming
These groups are relatively new, and may not yet be well known.
Doing .NET Days, this is also a new group having their second meeting in March ’10, the kick off focus revolves around the nServiceBus. This is a weekend event on Saturdays in Melbourne’s West. Key contact: @SimonSegal.
The Not So Obivous
These groups are not focussed on .NET, but sometimes cover .NET topics.
Melbourne X User Group; very wide ranging software and technology topics.
Side Note: “That’s Me!lbourne” is a (as of 2009-2010) promotional branding for The City of Melbourne.
Update: For an extensive list of a lot of Melbourne, software/tech related user group meetings check out Geoff Burns’ blog where he has a google calendar widget, this is very useful.