June, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Jeffrey Richter: On exception handling and state management

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    Jeffrey here. In the third edition of my CLR via C# book (Microsoft Press, 2010; 896 pages), I rewrote the “Exception Handling” chapter. In fact, I even changed the title of this chapter to “Exceptions and State Management” to reflect that a large part of having an exception-handling strategy is really all about handling errors while still ensuring that none of your application’s state is corrupt after the error occurs. This is very important, of course, because an application accessing corrupted state causes the amount of corrupted state to increase, resulting in bugs and security holes. So, a good approach to take in your application is to allow any unexpected exceptions to terminate your application. Windows automatically destroys all state used by a terminating application, and this is...
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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:...
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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 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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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of one of our newest Office 2010 books – Microsoft Excel 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 1 Setting Up a Workbook Creating Workbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Modifying Workbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 7 Modifying Worksheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . 11 Customizing the Excel 2010 Program Window . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 15 Zooming In on a Worksheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 16...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Outlook 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of Microsoft Outlook 2010 Step by Step ! This book will be available for purchase in July. Contents Part 1 Basic Skills 1 Get Started with Outlook 2010 2 Explore the Outlook Windows 3 Send and Receive E-Mail Messages 4 Store and Access Contact Information 5 Manage Scheduling 6 Track Tasks Part 2 Content Management 7 Organize Your Inbox 8 Manage Your Calendar 9 Work with Your Contact List 10 Enhance Message Content Part 3 Program Management 11 Manage E-Mail Settings 12 Work Remotely 13 Customize Outlook Introduction Introducing Microsoft Outlook 2010 Bill Gates’s dream of “a computer on every desktop” is becoming more and more of a reality—many people today work (and play) on computers both in the office...
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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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    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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    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 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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    William Stanek: Group Policy Preferences consolidated info

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    William here. Earlier this year and last year, I wrote quite a few posts for the Microsoft Press blog. Readers have been writing in to ask me if I could make those posts available in a more portable form. I thought about this for a while as I had wanted to use the materials in a book. In the meantime, however, I also thought: hey, why not give the materials away to readers too. So here is the first recap , consolidating my posts about Group Policy Preferences as a PDF. Read it, print it, share it as you will! Thanks for reading, and IU hope you’ll read my new books: SQL Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition and Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant . William R. Stanek williamstanek at aol dot com Follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/WilliamStanek
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