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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author August 2006 Entries
The Programmer's Bill of Rights
I came across a reference to this on Code Project tonight while I was responding to some of the comments on my articles. I don't know about the rest of you, but I like this idea. Maybe if we all go on strike until our companies adopt it? Hmm...then again maybe we should just send it to our IT departments and dev managers and let them fight it out. There are a lot of comments posted, but if you read through them you will find some real shockers. Those definitely couldn't have been posted by developers...or ......

Posted On Monday, August 28, 2006 10:04 PM

Implementing IDisposable and the Dispose pattern
I just posted a new article on Code Project that explains the proper way to implement the IDisposable interface and the Dispose pattern. Implementing IDisposable is something that often times gets skipped over and when it does get implemented, it is usually implemented simply by following the interface template. Unfortunately, this doesn't cover all of the situations where the class's resources should be released. This article hopes to dispel some of the myths around implementing the Dispose pattern ......

Posted On Sunday, August 27, 2006 8:34 PM

Microsoft gets Symantec Exec
I just saw in the latest issue of eWeek that Microsoft has hired veteran virus researcher Vincent Gullotto to head the Security Research and Response Team (SRRT). Gullotto is a crack anti-virus researcher who has worked with McAfee and Symantec. He will become the general manager for the SRRT team, which handle all aspects of malware research and response. It will be interesting to see how the other anti-malware players in the market respond to the news and even more interesting to see what Gullotto ......

Posted On Sunday, August 27, 2006 4:43 AM

Keeping the people stupid
My wife was watching Real Time with Bill Maher tonight on HBO, when she heard the following statement: I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but I swear to God, I think it's in the interest of corporations to keep the people stupid, and the best way to keep the people stupid is by having the people who inform them be even stupider. That is perhaps one of the best quotes I've heard in a long time. For me, it ties with something I heard Dennis Miller say when I saw him live for one of my college homecoming ......

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 9:11 PM

The reorg shuffle
Today finished my first day after the reorganization shuffle last night at work. We lost two people, one developer and one manager and two other managers (including myself) were moved around and are no longer managers. All of the political reasons and posturing aside, it has made me realize one thing: I don't have the right outlook to be a manager here. To me, a development manager is the first and last line of defense and sanity for his development team. It is his job to shield the development team ......

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 8:58 PM

URL File Downloader for .NET

I recently needed the ability to download a file from an arbitrary URL using .NET that was compatible in both .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0. What I found didn't meet all of my needs, so I decided to write my own.

As a result, I also posted my first Code Project article that contains the full details plus the source code. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 1:47 PM

Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1
IE7 RC1 is here! I've been running IE7 since the first public beta and have really liked it. If you haven't already installed it, I highly recommend it. The RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security and comparability. There have also been changes to the fit and finish of the user interface and an auto-uninstall feature in Setup, which will automatically uninstall earlier betas of IE7. The automatic uninstall feature is very nice since it helps to streamline the install process. ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 1:23 PM

Windows Live Writer
Courtesy of the latest issue of WXPNews, I came across a very cool new blogging tool, named Windows Live Writer. This is a desktop application that makes it very easy to write new blog posts by providing a WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") editor that reminds me of a slimmed down version of Microsoft Word. Windows Live Writer has some pretty cool features, like the ability to automatically spell check your blog posts before posting them and automatically saving a draft every x minutes. While ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:44 AM

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