One of the cool things of MIX11 is the amount of people you get to talk to. It’s amazing how many developers from Microsoft and other well known IT companies walk around the hallways. The best way to get a hold of those people however is the open source fest.
So what is the open source fest? It’s a party for geeks to show off their open source projects to the audience with a chance to win an award. To give you an idea how popular this is, there were 50+ open source projects last night at the party. 500 people came to the Mandalay bay ballroom to see the projects and talk to the makers. It’s big, it’s fun and useful at the same time.
Catching up with the heroes in the open source scene
Roy and I have been talking to a bunch of people about some open source projects we’re using or just like. For example, we’ve been talking to some of the guys on the Orchard team from Microsoft. These guys build a open source content management system based on ASP.NET MVC 3. Really cool stuff.
We have also been talking to some guys that work for Novell on the mono-android/monotouch/mono team. I even had the chance to bug them about the problems with the performance of the debugger that I’m experiencing lately. Their answer? File a bugreport and trust us, we’re on top of it. They were friendly enough to provide me with a workaround to get me going again. We also talked to them about the fact that Novell is being aquired by Attachmate and what that means for the mono project. They couldn’t tell us much more, but we were assured that the mono project would continue no matter where they were going.
Aside from talking to guys on open source projects (And we talked to a lot of them) we were able to catch up with John Papa and ask him a few questions too. So all in all I think it was a good day.
A heads up
As you may have noticed I’m writing a series of blogposts on MIX11. They don’t follow a day to day pattern, but more a tour along the points of interest. The posts will be short and somewhat unstructured, because I have to be even faster than normal to get them out So please bear with me and enjoy!