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

Upcoming Code Camps for the South East (April 2009 Update)
I’m trying to put together the list of upcoming code camps in the South East region. The plan is for this to be periodically (probably quarterly) updated so, if you are hosting a code camp (or know someone who is) in the South East, please let me know the date and website so I can include it in the list. (I’m also using this list to plan my speaking schedule, so if I don’t know about your code camp I can’t determine if it will fit my schedule.) I only know of a few, so if you know of others please ......

Posted On Saturday, April 4, 2009 12:12 PM

Florida Technical Communities (April 2009 Update)
Florida has a very active developer community. The biggest problem we seem to have is that all of these different groups usually don't know about each and there hasn't been a "centralized clearinghouse" listing all of the technical communities. Joe Healy, one of our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelists, maintains a list and one-page flyers for each of the main areas in Florida. I think the eventual plan is that Joe will be updating his site to take advantage of the newer version of Live Maps and ......

Posted On Saturday, April 4, 2009 11:51 AM

Windows 7 Product Lines Announced
Microsoft today announced the new product line for Windows 7. In some ways the new Windows 7 product line follows the same ideas of Windows Vista, but the big differences are that each Windows 7 edition is a superset of the previous edition (which means that each higher edition will have every feature of all lower editions) and they will be focusing primarily on two editions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional. The breakdown on the different editions is: Windows 7 Starter ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 3, 2009 3:01 PM

CodeCampServer Open Source Project
Many of you know that I've participated in many Code Camps over the last year, both as a speaker and as an attendee. The one thing that I've noticed is that there seems to not be a lot of resources for planning and organizing a code camp, which leads to very different experiences for speaker signup, schedule planning, etc. Jeffrey Palermo just announced a new open source project hosted on GoogleCode that promises to do just that. CodeCampServer is a free, open source Code Camp management web application ......

Posted On Sunday, January 6, 2008 2:14 PM

Some Clarifications on my Los Techies blog
It seems there has been some confusion and concern over my decision to also blog on the Los Techies website that I wanted to clarify. The most important point I want to make is: For those of you who subscribe to my blog hosted on Geeks With Blogs ( there is no need to also subscribe to my Los Techies blog. My primary blog will continue to be here on GWB and all new posts will show up here first. What that means is that anything I blog here will eventually make its ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 13, 2009 3:02 PM

Now blogging on Los Techies
A few days ago I was invited by the Los Techies website to start blogging with them. Have no fear, I am not abandoning my home here on Geeks With Blogs, but I will be cross-posting between GWB and Los Techies. I haven’t finished setting everything up yet, but I’ve already put a few posts out there. Be sure to check out the site. It looks to be a young but thriving online community and I’m looking forward to seeing where they take things. Technorati Tags: LosTechies ......

Posted On Saturday, January 10, 2009 5:19 PM

Windows Mobile 6.5
A few months ago, Motorola mentioned Windows Mobile 6.5 in an earnings call: "Windows Mobile 6 has not delivered the experience that I think Apple has been able to deliver, but as you look at the plan that Windows Mobile 7 and even 6.5, I think there are significant new added features which will help the platform." This sparked the fuel under the rumor mill, but apparently the rumors have now been confirmed by Steve Ballmer: With releases we'll make this year - releases we'll make with 6.5 next year, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2008 11:48 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

Test Driven Development Firestarter
Event Date: Saturday, January 19, 2009 Event Time: 08:30 (registration), 09:00 – 17:00 Event Location: Microsoft Tampa Office If you want to learn what TDD is all about, this is the event to attend. It’s a day-long event where you will go from start to finish with a sample domain problem and learn how to write tests to drive functionality of the system. This promises to be an excellent event and will be good for both beginners and those experienced with TDD. There will be two tracks running simultaneously, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2008 11:39 AM

Brown Bag Lunches
A while ago, Andy Warren of SQL Server Central asked if brown bag lunches/training worked. His answer was: …now to the question - do they work? I've tried it when I was managing, and sadly, it didn't work. I disagree with Andy on this one, but to be fair I understand his points and they are all valid. To make sure everyone has the same understanding of what we’re talking about, here is Andy’s definition of a brown bag lunch: I'll define a brown bag lunch as a training event held at lunch time where ......

Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2008 10:37 AM

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