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Do you participate in a local developers' group?

Justin James says that participating in his local developers' group has been rewarding; it's also a great way to learn about the local job market. Share whether you're participating in your local developers' group.

In decades past, local users' groups and developers' groups fulfilled the role that Web forums, mailing lists, and other Internet systems do today. With the Internet, many users' and developers' groups died out. However, some are still alive and kicking.

This year, I became active in my local developers' group, and I have found it to be quite rewarding. If you're really interested in programming, I suggest that you check out your local developers' group if you haven't already; it is a great way to learn new things, particularly about local job market trends.

J.Ja

Disclosure of Justin's industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

10 comments
martinglenn
martinglenn

No. Would not know where it was anyway.

dstadler66
dstadler66

Check Meetup.com and SkillsMatter.com. The latter is a top-notch training company which puts on several free events most weeks at 18:30.

C_Zakalwe
C_Zakalwe

I'm not a developer, so I suppose I should have sat this out ... but I AM a member of a Cisco Users Group, and it has had exactly those benefits in my line of work.

Justin James
Justin James

Users groups are really the same thing, I only asked about "developers groups" because this is the P & D blog... although, to be honest, configuring a Cisco device using IOS is a form of programming, if you ask me... J.Ja

Justin James
Justin James

Do you participate in a developers group? If not, why? If so, what do you think of it? J.Ja

dstadler66
dstadler66

Social life (sad geek style), but mostly to get my head out of the rut of my job. User groups and conferences let me see what others are getting excited about, what stuff I need to learn.

j-ebeling
j-ebeling

Yes, I do try to attend the monthly meetings of the .NET user group. Good place to network and to pick up info on upcoming technologies.

Justin James
Justin James

... the poll is actually recording your vote, you just need to hit "refresh" to see the results. Sorry about this! We have an open ticket on the issue. :( J.Ja

cmereau
cmereau

I would in a heart beat if there was one nearby. I live in a city of 80000 and there is not one of these group. The closest is 80 + miles away and at time not consistent with my schedule. I believe that one would gain a lot through these encounter as few of the developers work on identical projects and as such would bring a different experience. I do try to help people on Forums instead and use these boards all the time to gain new knowledge and sometimes ask for help.

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