June, 2010

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    Dino Esposito: “ASP.NET MVC: Your Option and Your Peril”

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    Dino here. Imagine you spent the last three years in a dark cave hidden in the intricate labyrinth of some rainforest. And imagine you had no connectivity for all that time. Now you’re back and you can’t wait to put your hands on the freshly released version of Visual Studio. You used to be a Web developer and you knew quite a bit of Web Forms programming—let’s say you were a loyal reader of my past books. (Thank you!) You open up Visual Studio 2010 and choose to create your first new Web project after three years—big surprise! You have now two options: ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC. It’s like getting a double (and largely unexpected) visit from the stork. You were waiting for one, and you get two. And, worse yet, you don’t know why two. Nor...
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    New book: Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re happy to announce that Michael Halvorson’s Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Step by Step (ISBN: 9780735626690; 576 pages; ebook included) is now available. You can find the book’s chapter-level “Contents at a Glance” and Introduction here . In this post we share a stretch of sample text from Chapter 20, “Creating Web Sites and Web Pages by Using Visual Web Developer and ASP.NET.” Enjoy!   Chapter 20 Creating Web Sites and Web Pages by Using Visual Web Developer and ASP.NET After completing this chapter, you will be able to: ■ Start Visual Web Developer and create a new Web site. ■ Use Visual Web Developer tools and windows, including the Web Page Designer. ■ Use the Visual Web Developer Toolbox to add server controls to Web pages. ■ Add text, formatting effects, and Visual Basic code...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step has been shipped to the printer! This book will be available for purchase in late June, but if you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Contents at a Glance Part 1 Simple Scheduling 1: A Guided Tour of Project 2: Creating a Task List 3: Setting Up Resources 4: Assigning Resources to Tasks 5: Formatting and Sharing Your Plan 6: Tracking Progress on Tasks Part 2 Advanced Scheduling 7: Fine-Tuning Task Details 8: Fine-Tuning Resource Details 9: Fine-Tuning Assignment Details 10: Fine-Tuning the Project Plan 11: Organizing Project Details 12: Tracking Progress on Tasks and Assignments 13: Viewing and Reporting Project Status 14: Getting Your Project...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant has shipped to the printer! This book will be available for purchase in late June, but if you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Contents Part I Deploying SharePoint Server 2010 Chapter 1 Deploying SharePoint Server 2010 Chapter 2 Scaling to a MultiServer Farm Chapter 3 Configuring Core Operations Chapter 4 Building and Managing Web Applications Chapter 5 Creating and Managing Site Collections Chapter 6 Configuring Service Applications Part II Configuring SharePoint Server 2010 Chapter 7 Web Parts, Features, and Solutions Chapter 8 Configuring the Search Service Application Chapter 9 Managing the Search Experience Chapter...
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    You Gotta Errata?

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    Kimberly Kim, book-survey-data-obsessed managing editor, here. I’m reading through the comments from the past quarter’s book surveys. Several folks mentioned they want a place they can go to view or submit any errors that might sneak their way into our books. Guess what! That place exists. Each Microsoft Press book has an errata page on http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com/ . On the errata page for an individual title, you’ll find a list of errors and their corrections that were found after the book was released. If you’ve stumbled on an error that is not already listed, you can submit your own errata from this page. The quickest way to find the errata page for your book is to go to http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com/ and type the ISBN code (located above the barcode on the back cover of your book...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step has been shipped to the printer! This book will be available for purchase in July, but if you have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Contents Part 1 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 1 Explore Office 2010 2 Work with Files Part 2 Microsoft Word 2010 3 Edit and Proofread Text 4 Change the Look of Text 5 Organize Information in Columns and Tables 6 Add Simple Graphic Elements 7 Preview, Print, and Distribute Documents Part 3 Microsoft Excel 2010 8 Set Up a Workbook 9 Work with Data and Excel Tables 10 Perform Calculations on Data 11 Change Workbook Appearance 12 Focus on Specific Data by Using Filters Part 4 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 13 Work with...
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    One of the great things about TechEd …

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    One of the great things about Microsoft’s TechEd conference is the ability to meet different people. Before I began working for Microsoft, I was a consultant and the people I met at TechEd became invaluable sources of expert information. Now that I work for Microsoft, the people I meet at TechEd become invaluable sources of information about what our customers want and need. A case in point is this weeks Hey Scripting Guy! articles . I heard from several people that they wanted to be able to use Windows PowerShell to write scripts, but that they did not want to learn an entirely new way of doing things. They had VBScripts that worked, but they would like to convert them to Windows PowerShell so they would only have a single scripting environment. Well, you can certainly do that … it is possible...
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    Carl Chatfield: This week on Projhugger

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    In this post, I continue to annotate the Project 2010 Step by Step outline with information about new or substantially revised chapters, continuing where I left off previously. The 2010 edition is available to order now. Continue reading at www.projhugger.com .
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    New book: Microsoft Access 2010 Plain & Simple

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    Microsoft Access 2010 Plain & Simple , by Curtis Frye, is now available! The book is for those of you who consider yourselves more-or-less beginners with Access. Here are some product details: Publisher: Microsoft Press Formats: Print, Ebook, Safari Books Online Print Release: June 2010 Ebook Release: June 2010 Pages: 288 Print ISBN: 978-0-7356-2730-7 | ISBN 10: 0-7356-2730-4 Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7356-4746-6 | ISBN 10: 0-7356-4746-1 And here’s a little bit of the book, describing what’s new in Access 2010: Enjoy!
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    Recent ebook giveaways from Microsoft Press

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    A quick summary post of some of our recent giveaways: Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview) Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview II) Code for “Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” DRAFT ebooks Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview) (by Charles Petzold) Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010 Free ebook: Windows 7 troubleshooting tips Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 Free ebook: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance There’s gotta be something in that list for you to...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple

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    We’re happy to announce Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple has been shipped to the printer! This book can be in your own hands, either in print or as an eBook, by the end of this month. In the meantime, here’s a quick overview of this practical how-to guide to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and OneNote. Contents 1: About This Book 2: Working in Office 2010 3: Common Tasks in Office 4: Viewing and Editing Text in Word 5: Formatting in Word 6: Working with Special Content in Word 7: Working in Excel 8: Analyzing and Presenting Data in Excel 9: Creating a PowerPoint Presentation 10: Presenting a PowerPoint Slide Show 11: Working with Messages in Outlook 12: Organizing with Outlook 13: Creating a Publication in Publisher 14: Organize and Share Information in...
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    Discovering a lost classic

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    I have been reading The Man in the Iron Mask this past week. It is the final volume in the Three Musketeers series of books. The book has been extremely exciting to read. Whereas I had seen the Three Musketeers Movie, and therefore was familiar with the basic plot outlines, I knew nothing about the Iron Mask book. Every page has been a new revelation, a new adventure, and something I was dying to find out how it would end. I actually prefer to read a book in a single sitting—if at all possible, because it makes the book more enjoyable, and it allows me to get into the world that is created by the author in a more complete fashion. Of course, there are practical things such as work, and life in general that can interfere with the goal of single sitting book consumption. With The Man in the Iron...
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    New book: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC

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    Dino Esposito’s first book on MVC, Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC , is now available for purchase! You can review the book’s TOC and Dino’s fascinating Introduction here . The book’s ISBN is 9780735627147, and its page count is 592 pages. And as you can see from the cover, the book covers ASP.NET MVC 2 and Visual Studio 2010. ( Here’s the book at O’Reilly’s site .) In this post we offer an excerpt from the book. We’ll get you two complete sample chapters in the near future. Chapter 11 Customizing ASP.NET MVC We need men who can dream of things that never were. —John F. Kennedy ASP.NET MVC was built with extensibility in mind and in full respect of many good design principles, such as Dependency Inversion, Open/Closed, and Single Responsibility. As obvious as it might sound, the net effect...
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    New book: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Plain & Simple

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Plain & Simple , by Nancy Muir, is now available! (You can see the book’s full TOC via the link.) Here’s some more information about the book: Publisher: Microsoft Press Formats: Print, Ebook, Safari Books Online Print Release: May 2010 Ebook Release: May 2010 Pages: 272 Print ISBN: 978-0-7356-2728-4 | ISBN 10: 0-7356-2728-2 Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7356-4535-6 | ISBN 10: 0-7356-4535-3 It’s difficult to do the book justice without showing its design, so here are some large snapshots of one of its chapters:
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of one of our newest Office 2010 books – Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step ! This book will be available for purchase in late June/early July. If you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Contents at a Glance Part 1 Basic Word Documents 1 Explore Word 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2 Edit and Proofread Text. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 3 Change the Look of Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 4 Organize Information in Columns and Tables . . . . 115 5 Add Simple Graphic Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 6 Preview, Print, and Distribute Documents. . . . . . . . 181 Part 2 Document Enhancements 7 Insert...
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    Send in the clowns

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    One of the cool things about reading Renaissance Plays is the presence of the clowns. At first I did not understand what the clowns were doing. It is like, I am reading along in Marlow’s Dr. Faustus, and the play completely shifts gears, and there are these clowns … I mean “What’s up with that?” Or I am reading Shakespeare's Hamlet, and suddenly there is this moron in the middle of the action, “William what were you thinking?” I will admit that at first I had a tendency to skip the clown action, and get back to the story. Later, I came to realize that the clowns served a couple of useful purposes. In the first place, you cannot spend three hours reading or watching a play that is a complete downer … the phrase “comic relief” springs to mind. As I learned to empathetically read the plays, I...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of one of our newest Office 2010 books – Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step ! This book will be available for purchase in late June/early July. If you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Part 1 Basic Presentations 1 Explore PowerPoint 2010 2 Work with Slides 3 Work with Slide Text 4 Format Slides 5 Add Simple Visual Enhancements 6 Review and Deliver Presentations Part 2 Presentation Enhancements 7 Add Tables 8 Fine-Tune Visual Elements 9 Add Other Enhancements 10 Add Animation 11 Add Sound and Movies Part 3 Additional Techniques 12 Share and Review Presentations 13 Create Custom Presentation Elements 14 Prepare for Delivery 15 Customize PowerPoint Introducing Microsoft...
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