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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author May 2008 Entries
Microsoft Community Summit 2008 ]inbetween[
If you're going to Tech·Ed Developer or IT Pro this year, be sure to come out to the Microsoft Community Summit 2008 (also known as ]inbetween[ or the Tech·Ed Tweener Weekend, since it's in between the two events). This is a 2-day free event hosted by the Florida user group communities for everyone who is attending one (or both) of the Tech·Ed events or anyone who wanted to go but wasn't able to. It's hosted at the Orlando Convention Center on June 7-8. Since it's a free event, lunch will not be ......

Posted On Monday, May 26, 2008 12:04 PM

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

Null Object pattern
I've been trying to catch up on my reading and came across this post by Fredrik Normén where he raises the question about returning null or using the Null Object pattern. Interestingly enough, last month while I was in Seattle for the 2008 MVP Summit I had a very similar discussion. The end result of that discussion was that null objects, and nullability in general, ideally should be treated as a "first-class" citizen in the CLR. This means that if you try to execute a method on a null object you ......

Posted On Sunday, May 25, 2008 6:28 PM

Tampa Bay IASA - May 2008 Meeting
The Tampa Bay chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) is dedicated to building a community of professionals interested in topics related to software architecture. This organization welcomes all interested professionals. Whether you are a senior enterprise architect at a fortune 100 company or an aspiring architect with only a few years of experience. Please be sure to register so we have an idea of how many pizzas to order, and remember that the outside doors lock and ......

Posted On Sunday, May 25, 2008 12:16 PM

Source Analysis
As many of you know, I'm a big proponent of code styles and standards. As part of that, I'm always on the lookout for new tools that help enforce (or at least report) those standards. Some of you may have heard about a tool called StyleCop. In fact, there are references to StyleCop in some of the MSDN articles and other blogs. Since it was an internal tool, we could only imagine what features it provided and hope to find a copy of it somewhere. Well, imagine no longer. Earlier this week, Microsoft ......

Posted On Sunday, May 25, 2008 10:13 AM

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