January, 2010

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  • Microsoft Press

    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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    William Stanek: Internet Explorer 8, 64-bit Windows 7, and the mobile code bug

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    "William Stanek here, talking about a scripting/programming bug that is driving me absolutely bonkers."...
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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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    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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    Our new anonymous survey is live!

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    Friends, tell us what you like, dislike, want, don’t want, are grateful for, abhor. We’ve done away with the old clunky survey some of you might remember. Our crisper, cleaner, and shorter survey is here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/booksurvey....
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    William Stanek: 64-bit platform testing is every bit as important as 32-bit platform testing

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    William Stanek updates us about a mobile code bug that was driving him absolutely bonkers....
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Administrator's Companion

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    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Administrator's Companion was released to the printer today. The authors are Yuri Diogenes, Jim Harrison, Mohit Saxena from the Microsoft TMG Server Team, with Dr. Tom Shinder. ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #10: Try to use Project as a free-form brainstorming tool

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    "Carl Chatfield here. This blog post is one in a series of 10 based on a presentation I developed, 'Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain.'” Number 10!...
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    I. M. Wright: “One to one and many to many”

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    "Does the prospect of a one-on-one with your manager make you energized or anxious? Are your morale events packed with peers or attended only by slackers and scandal spreaders? Chances are one-on-ones are at best bearable for you and morale events are rare, wasteful, or both."...
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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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    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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