March, 2010

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  • Microsoft Press

    Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview)

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    Do you recognize this man? That’s Charles Petzold ! Looking stylish with the cover of his free ebook on his tee shirt. It’s a draft preview of his upcoming book (to be published in the fall): Programming Windows Phone 7 Series . This preview ebook contains six chapters in three parts (153 pages total): Part I Getting Started Chapter 1 Phone Hardware + Your Software Chapter 2 Hello, Windows Phone Part II Silverlight Chapter 3 Code and XAML Chapter 4 Presentation and Layout Part III XNA Chapter 5 Principles of Movement Chapter 6 Textures and Sprites Here’s a quick excerpt from the ebook: Chapter 1 Phone Hardware + Your Software Sometimes it becomes apparent that previous approaches to a problem haven’t quite worked the way you anticipated. Perhaps...
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    Watch the Day 1 MIX10 keynote, featuring Guthrie and Belfiore

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    You can hear the MIX10 Day 1 Keynote, featuring Scott Guthrie and Joe Belfiore, here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/mix/videoGallery.aspx . And from the MIX site: Once the keynotes end just keep watching as Channel 9 Live will begin streaming automatically until 5:30 PM, with interviews with Scott Guthrie, Joe Belfiore, Bill Buxton, Dean Hachamovich, Charlie Kindel, Albert Shum, Doug Purdy, Erik Meijer and many more . Follow or send questions to @ch9live on Twitter . You can view the full schedule here . The MIX10 breakout sessions will be recorded and available online within 24 hours of the session. http://live.visitmix.com .
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    TOC and excerpts for Richter’s CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    We know that full TOCs help you determine whether an author has covered subjects to the depth you need. The full TOC for Jeffrey Richter’s just published CLR via C#, Third Edition   (ISBN: 9780735627048)   can be downloaded here . Here’s a collection of our posts sharing excerpts from and other information about Jeffrey’s book .
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    Some of the ways to keep up with MIX10

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    Quickly sharing this good summary I received today: Watch LIVE from MIX10 Follow the news fromMIX10 online on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 at 9 AM P.D.T. ( G.M.T. -9 hours) with keynote sessions first. Once the keynotes end just keep watching as Channel 9 Live will begin streaming automatically until 5:30 PM, with interviews with Scott Guthrie, Joe Belfiore, Bill Buxton, Dean Hachamovich, Charlie Kindel, Albert Shum, Doug Purdy, Erik Meijer and many more . Follow or send questions to @ch9live on Twitter . You can view the full schedule here . Session Recordings available online The MIX10 breakout sessions will be recorded and available online within 24 hours of the session. http://live.visitmix.com . Follow Student Insiders as they blog live from MIX10 Watch as 3 Student...
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    Upcoming: Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2

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    You might have seen our post yesterday, saying that we shipped John Sharp’s Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Step by Step . That post immediately received a comment saying “Great! I was looking for this new version of this book.” In case any of you are looking for other new versions of our books, today we’d like to quickly tell you about new editions (and one new book) we’ll be publishing in the next couple of months. First up is William Stanek’s Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition , which we’ll be shipping at the end of March. It updates this book for R2. William rocks on, obviously. Next is Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner’s Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 , which will be a free ebook and which updates this free ebook (no longer available for...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce that John Sharp has revised his Visual C# Step by Step book: Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Step by Step went to the printer today! (You can read reviews of the previous edition of John’s book at Amazon .) Take a look at what the book offers: Contents at a Glance Part I Introducing Microsoft Visual C# and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 1 Welcome to C# . 3 2 Working with Variables, Operators, and Expressions . 27 3 Writing Methods and Applying Scope . 47 4 Using Decision Statements . 73 5 Using Compound Assignment and Iteration Statements 91 6 Managing Errors and Exceptions . 109 Part II Understanding the C# Language 7 Creating and Managing Classes and Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 8 Understanding Values and References . 151 9 Creating Value Types with Enumerations...
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    Ed Wilson: Scripting Wife to Compete in 2010 Scripting Games

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    On the face of it, one may thing this is unfair competition – after all the Scripting Wife IS married to the Microsoft Scripting Guy. However, as Teresa used to constantly tell people at her former company (before she retired a couple years ago) “just because my husband works for Microsoft, that does not mean I know anything about computers.” The means for learning about computers include: training classes, books, videos, simulator labs, and Zune casts but not osmosis. The Scripting Wife has read all six of my scripting books that were published by Microsoft Press, but according to her, “that does not mean I understand all the concepts. Sometimes I read the words, I recognize that it is English, but that is about it – at times it just does not make sense.” To make a long story short, Teresa...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #2: Believe that good scheduling software makes one a good project manager

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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, which started like this: #10 , #9 , #8 , #7 , #6 , #5 , #4 , and #3 . As projects go, I think we'd all agree that the development of the first atomic bomb qualifies as a big, complex project. But consider this: the atomic bomb was invented without benefit of scheduling software (in fact, without any software as we think of it today). But not without project management knowledge. Software Isn't Always the Solution When I presented this subject at a Project User Group meeting, I...
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    Ed Wilson: Hey Scripting Guy! Blog moves to 7 days a week

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    Are you a hardcore scripting person who is addicted to Windows PowerShell? Do you find yourself waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and rushing to your computer to read the latest antics of the Microsoft Scripting Guys? Do you live on the other side of the world from Redmond, Washington, or Charlotte, North Carolina, and therefore feel deprived because there is not a fresh Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog post waiting for you on Monday morning? Do you find yourself bored on the weekend with nothing to do? If you answered yes to any of the above questions or even to questions we did not ask, you need to check out what thousands of other scripters and wannabe scripters have already discovered: The TechNet Script Center’s Weekend Scripter series . That’s right, TechNet’s #1 blog is now available...
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    RTM’d today: MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-685): Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

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    Tony Northrup and J.C. Mackin’s new Traininig Kit has gone to the printer! MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-685): Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician contains nine chapters and six appendices: Chapter 1 Troubleshooting Hardware Failures   1 Chapter 2 Networking   49 Chapter 3 Printers   105 Chapter 4 Security   129 Chapter 5 Protecting Client Systems   193 Chapter 6 Understanding and Troubleshooting Remote Access Connections   221 Chapter 7 Updates   269 Chapter 8 Performance   295 Chapter 9 Troubleshooting Software Issues   339 Appendix A: Configuring Windows Firewall   371 Appendix B: Managing User Files and Settings   395 Appendix C: Configuring Startup and Troubleshooting...
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    Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

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    We’re thrilled to offer another free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft , by Katherine Murray. The ebook contains eight chapters and an appendix describing how you can assess and build your technology-based job skills. To give you a sense of the ebook’s content, here is its Foreword, by Microsoft Learning’s Lutz Ziob: Foreword In the midst of a struggling economy, our fast-changing, knowledge-based economy has created unprecedented challenges for employers and workers alike. Employers increasingly need workers with a broad range of information technology (IT) skills. These skills will become even more important as we continue to retool major sectors of our economy, such as healthcare, transportation and energy. By 2014, more than three...
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    Calling all readers of developer Training Kits—UPDATE

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    A few weeks ago, Kimberly Kim sent out the call for feedback about our series of Training Kits covering the .NET Framework exams. We are very grateful that so many of you have responded, but we want to hear more. In the next couple weeks, we will begin the serious planning for the next round of Training Kits covering the .NET Framework exams. We want to make sure that your voice is included. The best way to put your ideas in front of planners and editors at Microsoft Press is through our online survey: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/booksurvey . We really, truly read every response. Specifically, we are hoping you can provide feedback on the following titles. (The survey will ask you to provide the ISBN of the title you are reviewing.)  MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-502): Microsoft...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #3: Put far too much detail in a schedule

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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, which started like this: #10 , #9 , #8 , #7 , #6 , #5 , and #4 . Problem #3: Put far too much detail in a schedule Using Project effectively is sometimes an exercise in restraint. Just because you can plan out work to a fantastic level of detail does not mean you should. Knowing when enough detail is just right is a fine art of project management. The Devil is (in) the Details This is a problem many of us have experienced first-hand, and some of us have likely caused (I for one am guilty...
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