January, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Information about our support of user groups

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    "Hello Microsoft Press readers! Marsee Henon, from O'Reilly Media, here. Do you run a user group, professional association, or other community group? I'd like to invite you to join the user group program sponsored by O'Reilly Media." ...
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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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    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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    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: 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: 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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    Calling all readers of developer Training Kits!

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    "Hello everyone. Kimberly Kim here, managing editor at Microsoft Press. As we plan the Training Kits that will cover the next round of .NET Framework exams, I'd like to hear from readers of the Training Kits that covered the last round. If you’ve read any of the books in the list below, let me know your thoughts by filling out the Microsoft Press Books Survey."...
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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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