The success of an initial online evening course on ASP.Net, coordinated by Dunedin consultancy Kognition, has laid good ground for the formation of regional .Net user-groups around New Zealand broadcasting their meetings in real-time to developers in the other regions.
The course (Computerworld, June 7) was delivered in one-hour sessions, followed by question-and-answer time, and was held from 8-9pm NZ time to catch both late-evening New Zealand students and early-evening Australians. About 40 students from both countries attended 16 lectures.
The new idea is to bring together groups of .Net developers in the smaller centres to discuss issues of interest, where there are unlikely to be sufficient numbers to warrant the live attendance of a Microsoft representative or other lecturer or coordinator, says Kognition managing director Chris Auld.
The longer-term goal is to “build a community” of .Net developers, extending over both countries’ smaller centres, Auld says. Firm details for the user groups are still to be settled.
The initial course also enabled participants to test the technology, based on Microsoft’s LiveMeeting, he says.
The only glitch in the technology was that internet-borne sound proved subject to a 4-5-second lag, which meant the voice got out of synchronisation with the slides. Kognition had to revert to a conventional telephone connection — a built-in feature of LiveMeeting.