July last year, I moved to the Netherlands to join Xebia Nederland after working at Xebia India for a year.
There were a few different reasons for the move, but one thing that I was looking forward to personally was a more vibrant developer community. In spite of the huge number of developers in India, there are not that many hard core developer events or communities. What events there are, are geared towards marketing or propagation of latest buzzwords be they Agile, Lean, or Cloud or something else. And Malaysia before that wasn’t any better either.
In contrast, in the Netherlands, I have been to a whole lot of programming groups and events in just six months – Devoxx 2010, and a fair few NL NoSQL group meetups. Not to mention such events hosted by Xebia itself – many excellent Xebia knowledge exchange sessions and tech rallies. A few months ago, we had James Coplien come in for two days to talk about lean architecture and organizational patterns. During one of the last tech rallies, Dan North dropped by for a while and talked about deliberate discovery and his other (post agile?) ideas. In short, the developer in me has been having a rocking time. Let us see what the year 2011 brings!