There have been a lot of criticisms of ALT.NET by bloggers like Colin Ramsay who claim that the nascent movement is elitist, divisive, and exclusive. Several of the attendees have balked at this view, but I will offer conclusive proof that the truth is much more dire than outsiders like Colin could have ever imagined. Here are shocking photos from the ALT.NET conference that prove just how far these ALT.NET’ers are willing to go to keep the movement pure and free of Morts.
Scott Belware’s first order of business at the conference was to make all the participants take a 6,000 question standardized test over obscure open source trivia to prove their worthiness.
Scott Hanselman was so upset when he failed the test that he went on an all night drinking binge. He tried to cover it up by claiming that he didn’t drink and walking around the bar with a coke instead of a beer, but does this look like the face of a sober man to you?
James Newkirk, lead developer of NUnit 2.0 and author of “Test Driven Development in Microsoft.NET”, also managed to pass the test, but was kicked out after he expressed his disapproval of the Behavior Driven Development approach to testing. James takes his revenge here by dropping a water balloon on Scott Bellware from the top of this balcony.
Fearful that he would soon come under attack by a gang of angry morts, Scott Bellware suited up in his gladiator outfit to defend the ALT.NET secrets. He also gathered a gang of gangsters to do his bidding. Below, several tough looking goons surround Martin Fowler because he didn’t know what Ayende‘s favorite color was.
The incident that finally caused the conference to deteriorate into pillaging and burning was Scott Guthrie’s declaration that Scott Bellware was a mort.
The ensuing riot led to the majority of the attendees spending the night in jail. If you don’t believe me, just look at the police lineup photo that I uncovered. The witness successfully picked out the ALT.NET public enemy number one, David Laribee, who started it all with this post where he coined the phrase ALT.NET. His clearly anti-Microsoft body language probably gave him away.
The next time you hear something bad about the ALT.NET group, just remember that the reality is probably far worse than the mild claims floating around the blogosphere