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

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

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

Source Code Branching
Source code branching is easily one of the most complicated, misunderstood, and quite possibly abused concepts in source control. There are a multitude of different philosophies on how and when to branch code. Jeff Atwood provides an excellent and insightful look at the issues surrounding code branching by comparing branches to parallel universes. It's a different way of looking at the problem, but one that seems to work very well ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 9:10 PM

TFS Power Tools
With the release of TFS 2008, Team Build is getting closer to providing the same features as CruiseControl.NET. To help remove some of the shortcomings of Team Build, Microsoft has released the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools, which is a set of enhancements, tools and command-line utilities that improve the Team Foundation Server user experience. Team Foundation Server Power Tools includes the following tools: Team Foundation Power Tool command-line tool (TFPT.EXE) ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 8:54 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

Starting to Tag
As you might have noticed, my last post included Technorati tags. This blog has been listed with Technorati for quite a while now, but I've never actually tagged any of the posts. Even when Subtext added tag cloud support, I didn't bother with it. I'm not sure why I am now (perhaps the fact that the actual post categories aren't being displayed correctly has something to do with it), but I'm starting to add tags to my posts. I can't guarantee that every post will get them until tagging becomes second ......

Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:22 PM

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