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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author General Miscellaneous topics that don't fit anywhere else.

Windows 8 Hackathon
Windows reimagined. Extraordinary apps.Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a re-imagined user experience, and a built-in store, Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity — ever.Are you ready? Then join us for this free, full-day event filled with coding, sharing, plenty of food, and perhaps the occasional Lightning Talk on topics determined by your apps and questions. FAQs What is a hackathon?These hackathons are a really fun way to get “down and dirty” with ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2013 11:49 AM

Windows Metro Requests
Windows 8 and Windows Metro style apps have a lot of potential, but only if application vendors realize there is a demand to see their app as a Metro style app and not just as a desktop app (or worse, only as an Android or iOS app). As consumers, the only thing we can do is be vocal about our desire to see these apps on Windows 8 as a Metro style app. In an effort to raise awareness, I just launched WinMetro Requests. This is our opportunity to request Windows Metro style apps and show those companies ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2012 11:53 PM

TechEd for Novices, 2012 Edition
In 2007, Microsoft created a "Tips for the Newbie" page for TechEd (which is apparently no longer available) and I created a follow-on post called Tech·Ed for Novices. I created a similar post in 2008 as well. With TechEd 2012 around the corner, I thought it would be good to bring it back. TechEd is a huge event, topping out at over 14000 people (usually), with an equally huge amount of content. This post is designed to give first time TechEd attendees a fighting chance of finding their way around. ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2012 10:06 AM

Racing Balloon
My friend and fellow MVP Richard has a unique project that he started to help raise money for one of his local primary school's swimming pool repair fund, which needs to raise £40K. He's running a balloon race, which is being combined with Microsoft Virtual Earth to allow people to record and track where the balloons are found. Prizes are being offered (courtesy of Microsoft) for the finder of the balloon that has traveled the farthest and the person who launched that balloon. If you are interested ......

Posted On Sunday, May 25, 2008 7:00 PM

Refactor or Rewrite?
There was a recent discussion on The Code Project about the virtues of refactoring. This rather quickly turned in to a question about what the difference is between refactoring and rewriting code. I have worked for a manager who loved to say "I'm confident in my ability to refactor" whenever we would talk about making sure the initial design was solid. So, what is the difference? I think John Simmons provided the best definition. Rewriting implies that you are throwing away all (or most) of the existing ......

Posted On Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:08 AM

The future for Microsoft (predications)
Nearly two years ago, I wrote a post called The future for Microsoft. This was a “predications” post based on what I was seeing in the industry and in Microsoft, with a some judicious “reading between the lines” and speculation on my part. To quickly recap those predications, I said: Microsoft will change how it reports financially. Microsoft will become a “consumer-focused enterprise company.” Windows will converge into a single code base capable of running on any platform. Application development ......

Posted On Thursday, November 5, 2015 11:20 PM

HTML input types
As web developers and consumers, we’re all familiar with the HTML <input> tag. This is the tag that renders on the screen as an input text box. However, as developers you may not be familiar with all of the “new” HTML 5 values for the type attribute. If you’re not, you should be sure to check them out…and start using them in your websites today! By the way, there is a reason for the word “new” to be in quotations and for the bolded part of that last sentence. The great thing about the way all ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:05 PM

New blog title
Ever since I started this blog it hasn't really had a title (or at least a subtitle) other than “blog”. Thanks to Stan Schultes, I now have a new subtitle. This was born out of watching the CLR 4 Futures talk with Joshua Goodman at MVP Summit 2009 (the majority of which is also available from the PDC 2008 site on Channel 9). Since I present a lot on .NET memory management, including a deep dive on how the GC works and how to properly implement IDisposable and the dispose pattern, he suggested the ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 3, 2009 7:47 PM

An Open Letter to Mint.com
Windows Phone has now been out for just over a year and Mint.com has had four active threads on their support forums for almost the same amount of time (here, here, here, and here). Out of the four requests, only two have an actual status and they contradict each other, with one saying it is “not planned” and the other saying it is “under consideration”. In addition, the last response from any Mint.com employee was over 4 months ago. These requests, assuming no duplicate votes, have gained a total ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:55 PM

Microsoft Learning Exam Delivery Provider Changes
Earlier this month, Microsoft officially announced their decision to move all Microsoft professional certification and Microsoft Dynamics exams to Prometric. Pearson VUE will no longer be selling exams after August 31, 2007. For anyone who purchases an exam from Pearson VUE through August 31, Pearson will be able to administer that exam through December 31, 2007. More details are promised in the upcoming months, but for now there is a Frequently Asked Questions page ......

Posted On Sunday, July 15, 2007 3:39 PM

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