April, 2010

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  • Microsoft Press

    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

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    We’re thrilled to publish another free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 , by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner! The book contains 10 chapters and 216 pages, like so: PART I   Database Administration CHAPTER 1   SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements 3 CHAPTER 2   Multi-Server Administration 21 CHAPTER 3   Data-Tier Applications 41 CHAPTER 4   High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements 63 CHAPTER 5   Consolidation and Monitoring 85 PART II   Business Intelligence Development CHAPTER 6   Scalable Data Warehousing 109 CHAPTER 7   Master Data Services 125 CHAPTER 8   Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight 145 CHAPTER 9   Reporting Services Enhancements 165 CHAPTER...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step , by George Shepherd, has shipped to the printer! The book includes 26 chapters, spans 640 pages, and Features easy-to-follow, logically planned lessons to help you learn at your own pace Steps you through the core capabilities and fundamental techniques for using Visual Studio 2010 with ASP.NET 4.0 to build Web applications and Web services Includes a companion CD with code samples, data sets, and a fully searchable eBook The book will be available via online retailers around May 12. Here’s the chapter-level TOC: Table of Contents Acknowledgments xvii Introduction xix Part I Fundamentals 1 Web Application Basics 3 2 ASP.NET Application Fundamentals 25 3 The Page Rendering Model 59 4 Custom...
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    RTM’d today: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Dino Esposito’s latest book, Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC , has shipped to the printer! Covering ASP.NET MVC 2 and Visual Studio 2010, Dino’s book will help you understand how and when to use this programming model as an alternative to Web Forms—to gain full control of HTML, simplify testing and extensibility, and design better Web sites and experiences. As always, Esposito provides the detailed, insightful guidance and illustrative code samples you need to get productive quickly. Dino’s book will be available via online retailers around May 15. In the meantime, here’s more information about the book, including Dino’s personal road of discovery regarding MVC:   Contents at a Glance Part I   The Programming Paradigm 1   Goals...
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    What’s the difference between Somewhat satisfying books and Very satisfying ones?

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    Hi everyone, Kimberly Kim here. I am emerging from yet another wallow in the data from our customer survey. One data point that stood out for me this time is that more of you are “Somewhat Satisfied” with your Microsoft Press titles than are “Somewhat Dissatisfied” and “Very Dissatisfied” combined. This has me wondering about you Somewhat Satisfied folks—what would have made you Very Satisfied instead? In Redmond, this is the time of year when the tulips bloom and managers like me start thinking about goals for the next fiscal year. (Honestly, between my kids’ school year, Microsoft’s fiscal year, and the calendar year, I usually have no idea what day it actually is.) Looking at these survey results, I am tempted to set a goal for the Press team to convert a percentage of you Somewhats into...
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition

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    William Stanek does it again! William’s latest book, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, is now available. This edition has been completely updated for SQL Server 2008 R2. You can place your orders now! Here are two excerpts from the book. Enjoy! Introduction (excerpt) M icrosoft SQL Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, is designed to be a concise and compulsively usable resource for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Release 2 (R2) administrators. It covers everything you need to know to perform the core administrative tasks for SQL Server and is the readable resource guide that you’ll want on your desk at all times. Because the focus is on giving you maximum value in a pocket-sized guide, you don’t have to wade through hundreds...
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    TechNet Creates Silverlight Application as Clearinghouse for Technology Resources

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    Ever wish that you could find information about a technology in just one place? TechNet is trying to grant that wish. A beta version of the Microsoft Desktop Player is available now at www.microsoft.com/click/desktopplayer . With this application, you can search for resources specific to your role and technology. It’s still in beta, so I noticed that some of the Webcasts were a little fuzzy. However, it’s a great start at compiling resources from all over Microsoft to help you find information and instruction. To test it, I queried using the following criteria: I’m an IT Pro Looking for resources on Exchange Server 2010 In my role as an enterprise administrator Focusing on development My query returned a slew of great resources: 12 Webcasts 7 Podcasts 6 Learning Plans Depending on what you...
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    Win a 15-minute phone conversation with Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover!

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    We’d like to remind you about the Scripting Guys’ 2010 Scripting Games, which begin today! Here are some helpful links: Advanced Event 1--Updating and Creating Registry Keys Beginner Event 1--Updating and Creating Registry Keys 2010 Scripting Games: All Links on One Page (including rules, forum, Twitter, FaceBook, etc.) The Amazing Sponsors of the 2010 Scripting Games Take a look at the prizes: WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES At the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select three Grand Prize Winners as well as Daily Prize Winners to receive prizes as described below. Two (2) full conference passes to Tech·Ed 2010 North America ($2,195 value per conference pass); all other associated expenses such as travel and lodging are not included. One (1) 15-minute phone conversation with Distinguished...
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    Carl Chatfield: Task types: What's the deal?

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    Carl Chatfield here, taking a break from working on Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step . One feature that even experienced Project users sometimes have trouble with is task types. There are only three task types, but their impact on task scheduling is not always easy to predict. This week I look at task types: fixed duration, fixed units, and fixed work, and how they affect the scheduling of tasks. Tell Me About Your Childhood To understand why the task types feature exists at all, you first need to know about the scheduling formula. The scheduling formula is, quite simply, the simple little math formula that makes Project an active scheduling engine and not just a spreadsheet plus Gantt Chart drawing tool. As you may recall from previous blog posts, the scheduling formula is: ...
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    Over 325 DRM-free Microsoft Press ebooks now available

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    In February we were happy to say “Over 200 DRM-free Microsoft Press ebooks now available.” In the past couple of months, we have continued to convert more backlist titles and all frontlist titles. We’re routinely publishing new frontlist titles into the major digital channels ( oreilly.com , Safari, iTunes, and Android), as well as a number of other smaller e-outlets (including Bookshare.org), within about a week of the files being sent to the printer. There are currently about 325 Microsoft Press e-titles available, and that number is growing every week! Take a look. And here are more details: iPhone -- Grab the EPUB and read it in the Stanza App or the mobile version of Bookworm. Android -- Read the .apk or .EPUB on your favorite reader. Kindle -- Get the Mobipocket file and load it onto...
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    Looking for Microsoft Press reviewers

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    Sara Peyton, pr manager at O'Reilly Media, here. As you may know, O'Reilly Media now promotes and distributes Microsoft Press books through their strategic alliance that went live on December 1, 2009. It's my job to promote new Microsoft Press books and provide review copies to qualified reviewers. So if you're interested in reviewing Microsoft Press titles, I want to hear from you! I'm happy to provide review copies whether you write for newspapers, magazines, blogs, or for retail outlets like Amazon, Borders, or Barnes & Noble. All you have to do is drop us a note at press@oreilly.com and let us know which Microsoft Press titles you're interested in, as well as where you plan to post your review. For those who prefer ebooks, we can provide many Microsoft Press titles in four...
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    Update on upcoming books: Visual Studio 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2, and ASP.NET MVC

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    A couple of weeks ago we gave you a snapshot of upcoming titles . Here’s a quick update on those titles: 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. [UDPATE: We indeed shipped this title on March 29. 2010. More info here .] Next is Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner’s Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 , which will be a free ebook and which updates for R2 this free ebook (no longer available for download). The ebook should be complete around April 14. We’ll tell you about it on the blog as soon as it’s available. [UPDATE: On schedule to RTM next week, on April 14.] Next is George Shepherd’s Microsoft ASP.NET 4.0 Step by Step ...
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    Excerpt from upcoming title: Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010

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    Today we’d like to share an excerpt from one of our upcoming books: Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010 , by Ted Pattison, Scott Hillier, an Andrew Connell. We’ll publish this book in July 2010. You can learn more about the book here: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780735627468/ . The excerpt is an introduction to the topic of “sandboxed solutions.” Enjoy: Sandboxed Solutions are SharePoint Foundation features that are deployed into a partially-trusted environment referred to as the “sandbox.” The sandbox is designed to bring greater stability to the SharePoint farm by restricting actions that may cause performance, security or other problems. It does this by limiting the functionality accessible to custom code solutions through the use of code access security (CAS) policies and restricting access...
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    Ed Wilson: Registration for the 2010 Scripting Games open

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    The registration for the 2010 Scripting Games, to be held via the TechNet Script Center opens today. Once again, we are partnering with the Windows PowerShell MVP’s and are using their PoshCode script site to upload and to showcase the Scripting Games entries. So how do the 2010 Scripting Games work? Well, I am not going to repeat the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that were published a few weeks ago on the Hey Scripting Guy! Blog. But I will say that you should review the FAQ, and you should definitely review the 2010 Scripting Games Study Guide . Even if you choose not to participate in the 2010 Scripting Games, you should bookmark the 2010 Scripting Games Study Guide—why you may ask? Well, for one thing, I spent nearly two days rounding up study resources for the 2010 Scripting Games ...
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    Survey: We’re diving into your feedback from the just-finished quarter

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    You’ve probably noticed that we mention our book survey more and more on our blog. It’s an anonymous survey via which you can give feedback about any of our titles. It’s short, direct, and designed to let you spell out in as much detail as you like what you like and don’t like about a title. (The survey is here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/booksurvey . All you need to get started is the book’s ISBN or title.) Well, this is a short post to tell you that we have gathered all the information you gave us in the survey between January 1, 2010, and March 31, 2010, and we’re scrubbing the data and diving into your feedback. (By scrubbing the data, I mean deleting entries not related to Microsoft Press books. Also, we can’t use survey responses that are incomplete. So, if someone gets through...
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    I. M. Wright: “The new guy”

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    We hope that you know about I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code,” by Eric Brechner (Microsoft Press, 2008). Eric Brechner is Director of Development Excellence in Microsoft’s Engineering Excellence group. I. M. also writes a monthly column, and the column for this month can be found here . The podcast for this month’s column is 8 mins 34 seconds and is here . Here’s the beginning: “Hey, you’re the new guy!” Marvelous. You’ve transformed from a useful, relevant, sought-after authority to a roadside attraction. Whoever you were before, whatever value you used to embody, whatever accomplishments you might have achieved, now amount to nothing more than marketing hype. Your new co-workers may be outwardly curious and pleasant, but inside they are skeptical and wary. Look, most people are nice. They want you...
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    Watch the Visual Studio 2010 launch keynote this morning!

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    Bob Muglia will be speaking at 8:30 AM Pacific Time this morning. Watch it here . And here’s lots of information about the developer tools Microsoft is releasing today. Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 are available today.
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    Carl Chatfield: Tracking progress checklist style

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    You can use incremental percent complete values for simple checklist tracking. Here are my recommendations on when and how you might do this without falling into the "precision is not accuracy" trap of project management. You Are Now 4.65% Done Reading This Post That statement is precise but not necessarily accurate. I've previously discussed some of the problems of tracking progress by percent complete. Recording percentage complete per task is easy enough in Project; the Tracking toolbar includes handy incremental completion buttons, and if 25% increments are too vague for your needs, you can record any percentage value you wish in the Update Tasks dialog box. No, the issue with tracking progress this way is that it may suggest to the project manager and project stakeholders a higher...
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