January, 2010

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    Steve McConnell: Why Requirements Weren't More Prominent in Construx's Classic Mistakes Survey

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    Steve here. A reader of our 2008 Software Development’s Classic Mistakes White Paper made the following observation: I work in the Aerospace/Defense industry and have read your article called Software Development's Classic Mistakes 2008 dated July 2008. I am most interested in questioning the results of your most damaging classic mistakes overall that is tabulated in Table 8. I have read that up to 70% of project failures can be attributed to incomplete and poorly communicated requirements. Furthermore, the root cause of more than 50% of all errors identified in projects are introduced during the requirements analysis phase. Could you please shed some light as to why the results of your study don't cite mistakes that are attributed to requirements? Is this embedded in one or more of...
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    Ed Wilson: On understanding best practices

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    "I was recently talking with someone on Twitter about my Microsoft PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices book, and the person stated that best practices were for noobs (beginners). The reason given was that beginners need guidance but experienced people have already created their own best practices by virtue of their application and experimentation. Hmm, I said…"...
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    Jeffrey Richter: Excerpt #1 from CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Good morning everyone, Jeffrey Richter here. Today I thought I’d share a section of my new book, CLR via C#, Third Edition , with you. It’s from Chapter 26, “Compute-Bound Asynchronous Operations.” The section discusses how to flow contextual information from one thread to another thread by using the CLR’s Execution Context infrastructure. During the discussion, I go into the security and performance details of this feature as well. Execution Contexts Every thread has an execution context data structure associated with it. The execution context includes things such as security settings (compressed stack, Thread ’s Principal property, and Windows identity), host settings (see System.Threading. HostExecutionContextManager ), and logical call context data (see System.Runtime. Remoting.Messaging...
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    Happy Birthday to us!

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    Hey, I just realized that Friday (January 22) was the one-year mark for our blog. It looks like we wrote 397 posts in that time: phew! Some posts were extremely popular (those with free ebooks or excerpts from new books), and some hardly made a ripple (which is fine!). I think we’re just hitting our stride, so please keep reading. And thank you for reading. And thanks also to all the authors who share their thoughts here, to all the book reviewers and all the post commenters, and to everyone else who has contributed to the Microsoft Press blog. Thank you for writing. Let’s all keep in touch.
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    William Stanek: On Windows Server 2008 R2

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    William here. I wrote the November 2009 cover story for TechNet Magazine to provide an advanced primer for Windows Server 2008 R2. Now Windows Server 2008 R2 is here in a big way and you can learn all about its key features in my new book Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition (updated for R2). With this new book, I did things a bit differently than I’ve done in the past. For starters, I put my many months of experience working with R2 to work, with my many years of Windows Server experience behind it, to ensure I took as comprehensive a look as possible while still keeping the discussion clear and concise. What I found was that R2 had been tweaked in many more ways than most people realized, and I was one of the first to spell out exactly how so in my TechNet...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #8: Overestimate resource capacity

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    Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain” series. This week: #8: Overestimate Resource Capacity For many projects, the capacity of work resources is a critical factor in the success or failure of the project. Work capacity is something you should be able to accurately estimate, quantify, and manage throughout the planning and execution of any complex project. This is especially true for projects that are deadline-driven and requires highly specialized people to complete the work--many projects involving knowledge workers fall into this...
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    I. M. Wright: “Spontaneous combustion of rancid management”

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    Catching up on an I. M. Wright podcast from November we missed posting. Here’s the “Hard Code” blog post , and here’s the podcast of that post . I. M. starts like this: What's good for you isn't always good for your group. Obvious, right? You can call it local versus global optimization. You can get geek philosophical about it and say, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…or the one." Or you can simply notice the difference you feel between zany ideas from the intern (cool) versus zany ideas from your general manager (scary). For example, spontaneity in an individual is a good thing and unvarying predictability makes Jack a dull boy. But when Jack is running a large enterprise, unpredictability can wreak havoc. There are managers who grow up and learn this lesson...
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    RTM’d today: CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Jeffrey Richter has completed CLR via C#, Third Edition and the book is at the printer! We’ll post chapter excerpts when the book is available in a couple of weeks. Here is Jeffrey describing the book in his Introduction: Introduction It was October 1999 when some people at Microsoft first demonstrated the Microsoft .NET Framework, the common language runtime (CLR), and the C# programming language to me. The moment I saw all of this, I was impressed and I knew that it was going to change the way I wrote software in a very significant way. I was asked to do some consulting for the team and immediately agreed. At first, I thought that the .NET Framework was an abstraction layer over the Win32 API and COM. As I invested more and more of my time into it, however, I realized that it was much bigger...
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    2009 Best in Show winner: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit

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    Technorati Tags: Microsoft Press , Office Communications Server , books , award The Society for Technical Communications is an international organization of technical communicators whose purpose is to foster quality in print and online technical publications. Other competitors at the local level (Puget Sound region) included Microsoft UA teams and organizations like Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, and King County. This past Tuesday night Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit won Best in Show in this year’s STC competition. The STC president remarked that the decision ultimately came down to the fact that this book was just really well written. More winners from Microsoft Press and Next Level of Competition This year Microsoft Press entered five books in the Technical...
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    Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010

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    We promised a more permanent home for this free ebook by Katherine Murray: here it is (in XPS) and here it is (in PDF) . 14 chapters: dive in and enjoy! Part I, “Envision the Possibilities,” introduces you to the changes in Office 2010 and shows you how you can make the most of the new features to fit the way you work today. Chapter 1, “Welcome to Office 2010,” gives you a play-by-play introduction to new features; Chapter 2, “Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently,” details the great feature enhancements and visual effects throughout the applications; and Chapter 3, “Work Anywhere with Office 2010,” explores the flexibility factor by presenting a set of scenarios that enable users to complete their work no matter where their path takes...
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    Want a second shot? Take it!

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    As part of Microsoft Learning’s Career Initiative, which helps customers and students to get trained and certified on Microsoft technologies, Microsoft Learning re-launched Second Shot on January 13. Here’s Tjeerd Veninga describing the program: We believe Microsoft Certification can boost your career and we want you to be successful when you take an exam. By adding Second Shot to our Career Initiative, you can now register for a free retake (should you need it), and take the exam with less anxiety and fear of not passing the exam. Second Shot is available for IT Pros, Developers and students; you can use this special offer to pass exams that are directly related to the top IT jobs available in the industry today. Job roles, learning paths and clear guidance on getting skilled for these jobs...
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    The Microsoft News Center launches! Plus our own contact info

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    On January 4 , Sandra LeDuc, Sr. Managing Editor, on behalf of the Microsoft News Center Team, introduced the Microsoft News Center . Here’s the beginning of her note about the new site’s design and features: Those of you who have been visitors to the Microsoft PressPass site in the past will notice that we’ve made a few changes. First, and most obviously, we’ve changed the name from “Microsoft PressPass” to the “Microsoft News Center.” The site is all about news from Microsoft, and is the authoritative place to go if you are looking for the latest company news and views. Since it is in fact Microsoft’s news center we thought that’s just what we should call it. If you have been a regular visitor to PressPass in the past you’ll find all the same information here on the News Center. You can still...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #9: Enter fixed dates instead of linking tasks

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    Carl here. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain” series. This week: Top 10 Problems, #9: Enter fixed dates. The default view in Project is the Gantt Chart, and the part of that view to the left is a table—the Entry Table by default. The table exposes several columns, each of which is labeled with a field name. In the default view you might see six or so columns. Two of these columns are labeled "Start" and "Finish" and for any given task you are free to enter a date into either or both fields, or pick a date from the handy drop-down date-picker. But let me offer you some unsolicited advice about setting the Start or Finish date values: in most cases, don't do it! I know the date fields are right...
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    Andrew Levicki: New year, new certification challenges

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    Andrew here. Hi there. You may remember my tales of Microsoft exams in the second half of last year. As a quick recap let me tell you briefly that I have been working in IT for about 15 years but although I had seriously considered certification exams in the past, I never actually went down that route. Last year I was considering the prevalent economic climate and realised that I wanted to improve my chances on the job market in case the worst happened (it didn’t, luckily) and I wanted my CV to stand out from others. I had seen a lot of jobs that specified Microsoft certification as a pre-requisite for candidate applications, so I decided that this was the year that I would get the qualifications. I enrolled on an intensive course and gained the Microsoft Certified IT Professional Enterprise...
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    William Stanek: Happy new year and answers to reader queries

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    William here. Hope your holiday was a good one, and welcome to 2010! I’ll keep today’s post short and sweet. Normally, I blog for Microsoft about Windows and Server products, covering everything from Windows 7 to Windows Server to Exchange Server and SQL Server. I also blog for O’Reilly, and mostly about emerging technologies including e-readers, e-books and related topics. You’ll find my Microsoft posts right here on the Microsoft Press blog and my O’Reilly posts on my author page under the Blog link . By now you’ve heard about Ultimate Control Panel (AKA God Mode). I blogged about this feature and how it works at http://ow.ly/T1Fg with a more detailed follow up at http://ow.ly/TpSr . If you are interested in Ultimate Control Panel (AKA God Mode), I hope you’ll read these posts and if...
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    Ed Wilson: Developing Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices book

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    "While it is true that I have written 3 books on VBScript, I have also written 3 books on PowerShell. I have actually been using Windows PowerShell since before it was publically available, and therefore I do not consider myself to be primarily a VBScript guy. In fact, since PowerShell came out, I have written very few VBScripts. I have, however, written thousands PowerShell scripts...."...
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    Forefront TMG 2010 Administrator’s Companion sample chapters

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    "As announced this week Forefront TMG 2010 book went to the printer and it will be available for you next month. We are really excited with this great milestone, and to celebrate that with you we are making available two chapters for you. Chapter 5 covers some important points on the pre-deployment phase, and Chapter 33 dives into some TMG 2010 troubleshooting techniques using Network Monitor 3."...
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