Wednesday, May 24, 2006


DotNetPalm -- Gulf DotNet Developers

It has been a while since I blogged – but there have been many interesting online and offline activities in the past few days that I would like to talk about today.

Firstly, we setup and launched our new online community targeted towards .NET Developers in the middleeast region aka DotNetPalm – Dubai DotNet Developers.

We initially had a meeting with few members – where we discussed our strategy to move forward and set our goals – below is a photo of those who attended the meeting. Here is the link to the document that describes our mission and vision.

Other interesting event was the First developer’s conference in Dubai titled Gulf Developers Conference – the two day event highlighted some of the advanced features of Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0. Besides technical sessions the event also provided us a good platform to launch our developer community -- DotNetPalm. Click here for the conference material and photo gallery.

We recently sent out our welcome newsletter to over 100 members of our community. Below is a copy of the newsletter.

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.—AnonymousI read this quote some where and it became one of my all time favorite quotes. I don’t know who said it but I believe had Shakespeare belonged to Windows Vista Generation, he would have said a something similar.

Talking about playwrights and actors, how can we forget the awesome Dubai Developers Conference! Where geeks rocked! It was absolutely fabulous to see so many geeks gathering and sharing their passion about Microsoft .net technologies and upcoming and most exciting Windows Vista technologies.

Apart from technical sessions we got to launch our developer community, DotNetPalm (http://www.dotnetpalm).

I would like to thank you all for joining “DotNetPalm”. During my presentation at developers conference I mentioned main focus areas of the community and the core concept behind it. One of the main areas that we are going to focus is in community development based around off-line events, including seminars, workshops and code-camps. Such developer and technical communities have been a great success all over the world. Now is the time to Rock here in Dubai!

In coming days we will contact you and seek your opinion regarding the content and venue of our up coming offline events, or simply say, geek gatherings.

We are looking for volunteers who have the passion for sharing with contribute community. We will post more specific requirements on the mailing list as well as forums section of the portal.

Until then,

Happy .Netting!

Hammad Rajjoub
“Learning, sharing, participation, fellowship and growth”

If you are a geek and would like to be a part of the community, you can register on the website or be part of our mailing list
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