February, 2011

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  • Microsoft Press

    Book update/Page corrections: “MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7”

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    Greetings. Although we strive for perfect books (yes, elusive perfection!), we know we make mistakes. And if you follow this blog, you know we take customer feedback very seriously, always requesting it, regularly reviewing it, and acting on it almost weekly in terms of discussions we have and decisions we make about titles we’re creating. We’ve heard from many of you about errata for MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7 . (Click the View/Submit Errata link on the book’s catalog page and you’ll find the errata.) Today we’d like to offer you an 85-page PDF (4.38 MB) containing updated book pages for all the errata we gathered as of February 11, 2011. In other words, any book page requiring a change has been changed and those pages have...
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    New book: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-515): Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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    We’re excited to announce that MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-515): Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4, by Tony Northrup and Mike Snell (ISBN 9780735627406; 1008 pages) is now available for purchase! Please enjoy an excerpt from the Introduction: Introduction (excerpt) This training kit is designed for developers who plan to take Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) exam 70-515, as well as for developers who need to know how to develop applications by using the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 and Microsoft ASP.NET. We assume that before you begin using this kit, you have a working knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Visual Basic or Microsoft Visual C#. The topics in this training kit cover what you need to know for the exam as described...
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    New book: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-511): Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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    We’re happy to report that MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-511): Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (ISBN: 9780735627420; 672 pages) is available to purchase. This self-paced training kit is designed to help maximize your performance on 70-511, the required exam for the MCTS certification: Windows Application Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4. This 2-in-1 kit includes the official Microsoft study guide, plus practice tests on CD to help you assess your skills. It comes packed with the tools and features exam candidates want most—including in-depth, self-paced training based on final exam content; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors; and customizable testing options. It also provides...
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    RTM’d today: Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Ted Pattison, Andrew Connell, Scot Hillier, and David Mann’s book, Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (ISBN 9780735627468) has shipped to the printer! Guided by an author team with in-depth knowledge of SharePoint architecture, you’ll gain task-oriented guidance and extensive code samples to help you build robust business solutions that leverage the features of SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server 2010. Learn to build complete SharePoint 2010 solutions using deep architectural insights from the experts. Get a detailed look at SharePoint 2010—and master the intricacies of developing intranets, extranets, and Web-based applications. Master the fundamentals of developing in terms of features and solutions. Learn the architectural...
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    Four Microsoft Press Titles to Compete at International Level!

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    7 of 7 titles entered honored, 4 earned top awards at the Chapter competition   Excellence Excellence Excellence Distinguished Every year, Microsoft Press enters our highest quality titles into the Technical Publications competition hosted by our local chapter of the Society for Technical Communications (STC). Entries are evaluated on rigorous standards for production, design and typography, content and organization, copy editing, graphics, and how well the publication meets the needs of the intended audience. Microsoft Press submitted seven entries this year. All seven were honored with awards! Four titles received high enough honors to qualify for the STC International Competition. 2010 Competition Results Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices , Siegfried Jagott and Joel Stidley: Distinguished...
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    New book: Programming Microsoft LINQ in Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Paolo Pialorsi and Marco Russo’s new book Programming Microsoft LINQ in Microsoft .NET Framework 4 is available now! This book documents a significant step forward in programming, showing you how to use Language Integrated Query (LINQ) query syntax to query…almost anything for which a LINQ provider is available, including collections, databases, Entity Framework and NHibernate, XML, SharePoint lists, even Office documents. Moreover, this book doesn’t just cover the basics, it delves deep into LINQ internals, showing you exactly how queries and providers work, and even showing you how to build your own LINQ provider. Clearly, LINQ is the future of query languages. Developers can use it not only in place of SQL, but also in place...
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    Career Factor update: A job, a birthday, and audience participation

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    What's happening on Career Factor? Read on to find out... Caroline – The Office Competition Contender, Canada Goal: Compete at the 2011 Certiport Worldwide Competition on Office This week: Caroline received encouragement and congratulations from Certiport . She also celebrated her 21 st birthday on February 21. Happy birthday, Caroline!   Steve – The Job Seeker, Australia Goal: Update skills and certifications to find a new job This week: Steve explains in a video blog post that he’s finding it difficult to make time to study , but he’s learning a lot as he updates his server knowledge from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2. Audience question: How do you find time to learn?   Eddie – The Do-It-Yourself IT Pro, California Goal: Transition back into the IT industry, obtain...
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    New book: Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0: Learn Programming Now!

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    We’re excited to announce that Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0: Learn Programming Now! , by Rob Miles (ISBN 9780735651579; 464 pages) is now available for purchase! In today’s post, please read an excerpt from Chapter 6, “Creating a Multi-Player Game,” which describes how to detect and use individual button-press events in a game and learn how to create and debug a complex program. Chapter 6 - Creating a Multi-Player Game In this chapter, you will Discover how to detect and use individual button-press events in a game. Learn how to create and debug a complex program. Write one of the only 16-player games for the Xbox in the world. Introduction Now that you can write programs that process data, read input from the gamepad, and display text...
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    New book: Microsoft Silverlight Edition: Programming Windows Phone 7

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    Greetings! If you follow our blog, you’ve probably already seen our free ebook titled Programming Windows Phone 7 , by Charles Petzold. If not, you can find the 24-chapter ebook here . You can see the ebook’s full Table of Contents on that page, but here is its high-level organization: Part I The Basics (6 chapters) Part II Silverlight (12 chapters) Part III XNA (6 chapters) In case you prefer reading an old-fashioned (classic?) book, we’re happy to announce that we’ve made Charles’s content available in hard copy. We’ve created two print books out of the one ebook. Each is for sale. The first is Microsoft Silverlight Edition: Programming Windows Phone 7 , which contains Parts I & II from the ebook. In other words, this book is the printed...
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    New book: Microsoft XNA Framework Edition: Programming Windows Phone 7

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    Greetings! If you follow our blog, you’ve probably already seen our free ebook titled Programming Windows Phone 7 , by Charles Petzold. If not, you can find the 24-chapter ebook here . You can see the ebook’s full Table of Contents on that page, but here is its high-level organization: Part I   The Basics (6 chapters) Part II    Silverlight (12 chapters) Part III   XNA (6 chapters) In case you prefer reading an old-fashioned (classic?) book, we’re happy to announce that we’ve made Charles’s content available in hard copy.  We’ve created two print books out of the one ebook.  Each is for sale. The second is Microsoft XNA Framework Edition: Programming Windows Phone 7 , which contains Parts I & III from the ebook. In other words, this book is the printed...
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    Event: Save $200 on TechEd North America ends February 28

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    Save $200 on your Tech·Ed conference fee. Register by February 28.
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    Event: MIX11 Open Call Speakers & Sessions Announced

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    You voted for your favorites, and now the MIX11 Open Call winners have been announced!  View the winning speakers and sessions on live.visitmix.com. Register now – MIX11 attendees will receive one free hotel night while quantities last. Learn More.
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    New book: Microsoft Windows Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out

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    We’re excited to announce that Microsoft Windows Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out , written by Tony Redmond (ISBN 9780735640610; 1248 pages) is now available for purchase! In today’s post, please read an excerpt from Chapter 6, “Managing Mail-Enabled Recipients,” which describes how to create mailboxes, groups, and contacts and discusses how to name mailboxes so that administrators and users alike can find the people with whom they want to communicate. Chapter 6 - Managing Mail-Enabled Recipients Now that we have mastered the tools that are available to manage Exchange, we can proceed to create some mailboxes, groups, and contacts and discuss how we might successfully manage these objects. A reasonable amount of change takes place in Microsoft Exchange Server...
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    New book: Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Service Resource Kit

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    We’re excited to announce that Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Service Resource Kit , by Christa Anderson and Kristin L. Griffin (ISBN 9780735627376; 720 pages) is now available for purchase! In today’s post, please read an excerpt from Chapter 5, “Managing User Data in a Remote Desktop Services Deployment,” which describes how profiles work. A profile is a collection of settings and documents that define a user’s work environment, sometimes referred to as a user’s “personality”. A user’s profile includes both configuration data and personal data such as documents and pictures. Chapter 5 - Managing User Data in a Remote Desktop Services Deployment · How Profiles Work · How Virtualization Complicates Profiles...
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    New book: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Step by Step

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    We’re excited to announce that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Step by Step , by Mike Snyder, Jim Steger, and Brendan Landers, (ISBN 9780735648906; 448 pages) is now available for purchase! In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 14, “Working with Contracts and Queues,” which describes how to create a contract template, create a service contract, and activate and renew a contract. Chapter 14 - Working with Contracts and Queues In this chapter, you will learn how to: · Create a contract template. · Create a service contract with a contract line. · Activate and renew a contract. · Create a queue and assign a case to it. · Accept a case from a queue. In the previous chapters, you learned about cases...
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    Ebook Deal of the Day: SharePoint 2010 Titles

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    For one day only, you can Save 50% on these SharePoint ebooks. Use discount code DDSDX in the shopping cart. O'Reilly ebooks are DRM-free. You get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, free updates. Managing and Implementing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Projects Was: $15.99 Now: $7.99 (Save 50%) Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Was: $27.99 Now: $13.99 (Save 50%) Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion Was: $47.99 Now: $23.99 (Save 50%) Designing Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Was: $27.99 Now: $13.99 (Save 50%) Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 Step by Step Was: $31.99 Now: $15.99 (Save 50%) Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple Was: $19.99 Now: $9.99 (Save 50%)
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    Last Chance to Save on MIX11 – Register by Feb 11

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    The future of the web is at MIX11, Apr 12-14 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Register by Feb 11 and save $500 + free hotel night. Learn More.
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