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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author .NET (C#) .NET topics covering C# only.

Cloud hosted CI for .NET projects
Continuous integration (CI) is important. If you don’t have it set up…you should. There are a lot of different options available for hosting your own CI server, but they all require you to maintain your own infrastructure. If you’re a business, that generally isn’t a problem. However, if you have some open source projects hosted, for example on GitHub, there haven’t really been any options. That has changed with the latest release of AppVeyor, which bills itself as “Continuous integration for busy ......

Posted On Monday, June 2, 2014 9:26 AM

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

Visual Studio Extensions
As a product, Visual Studio has been around for a long time. In fact, it’s been 18 years since the first Visual Studio product was launched. In that time, there have been some major changes but perhaps the most important (or at least influential) changes for the course of the product have been in the last few years. While we can argue over what was and wasn’t an important change or what has and hasn’t changed, I want to talk about what I think is the single most important change Microsoft has made ......

Posted On Friday, October 18, 2013 2:22 PM

MVP Spotlight
Each week, the different MVP Leads send out an email communication to their MVPs letting us know about upcoming events and other things relevant to us. As part of that newsletter, an individual MVP is often highlighted. This week, I’m the featured MVP! Thanks, Heather, for spotlighting me and the Windows Phone Marketplace Requests site ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2012 7:42 PM

Strings in .NET are Enumerable
It seems like there is always some confusion concerning strings in .NET. This is both from developers who are new to the Framework and those that have been working with it for quite some time. Strings in the .NET Framework are represented by the System.String class, which encapsulates the data manipulation, sorting, and searching methods you most commonly perform on string data. In the .NET Framework, you can use System.String (which is the actual type name or the language alias (for C#, string). ......

Posted On Sunday, September 30, 2012 2:09 PM

Providing Feedback for Speakers
As most of you know, I do a lot of presentations each year, mostly at local code camps. As a speaker, it is always great to see new people in my talks and answer questions since in almost every talk, someone asks a question I haven’t heard before. One of the things that most speakers, including myself, like getting is feedback. We want to know what you thought of the presentation, both the material and the delivery. It used to be that most code camps passed out evaluation forms to provide this feedback. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 7, 2010 11:02 AM

Determining if a type is defined in the .NET Framework
There have been several questions on StackOverflow about how to determine if a type is defined in the .NET Framework or is a third-party or custom type. Based on the answers provided to these questions, this can be accomplished using some reflection to retrieve the public key token of the assembly in which the type is defined and compare it to a public key token known to be used by Microsoft to sign the .NET Framework assemblies. Update: Based on some additional research and a Twitter conversation ......

Posted On Saturday, September 4, 2010 10:24 PM

Microsoft MVPs on Twitter
Following last years post of people at MVP Summit 2009 on Twitter, I’m getting a bit of a head start and using the new Twitter Lists feature to create a list of all Microsoft MVPs that I know (or know of). I’ve started this list with the same people from last years blog post. The plan is for this list to be a complete list (or at least as complete as I can make it) of Microsoft MVPs. If you are an MVP and want to be included or if you know of any MVPs that should be included, please let me know. ......

Posted On Sunday, January 3, 2010 3:59 PM

MVP Award Renewed
Woke up this morning to an email letting me know that I’ve been renewed as an MVP in C# again this year! Almost didn’t see it as my junk mail filters kicked in and delivered it to my junk folder. Need to fix those rules. :) This makes the third year in a row that I’ve been an MVP. It seems like it was just yesterday when I received that first email. The last year (especially the last half) has been very busy working on the book and my blogging and discussion board activity have slowed down a lot. ......

Posted On Friday, January 1, 2010 10:11 AM

The Dispose Pattern (and FxCop warnings)
[This is actually a response to Bill’s blog post, but since it isn’t possible to leave this as a comment on his blog it’s a post here.] There are many different ways to implement the Dispose pattern correctly. Some are (in my opinion) better than others. In Bill’s blog post he presents a particular pattern, which is an excerpt from his book (Effective C#). The issue centers around the fact that a reader took the code sample presented in the book and ran FxCop (Code Analysis) on it, which generated ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:40 AM

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