August, 2011

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    Quick news: Windows Azure Toolkits for devices

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    Microsoft has released updates to the Windows Azure toolkits for Windows Phone and iOS (i.e., iPhone & iPad) this week, as well as offered a new toolkit: the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android . You can find much more information in the following posts: The Official Microsoft Blog: Microsoft Releases the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android Windows Phone Developer Blog: Building Windows Phone Applications Using Windows Azure Windows Azure Team Blog: NOW AVAILABLE - Windows Azure Toolkit for Android Wade Wegner’s Blog: Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices: Now With Android!
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    Best Practices: Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises

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    Greetings! This post describes another of our recent Best Practices books for developers: Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises , by Roger Sessions. (The book’s ISBN is 9780735625784, and its length is a simple 208 pages.) Roger’s website is here , and his blog is here . Roger is the CTO of ObjectWatch. He has written seven books in addition to Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises and many articles. He is a past founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Software Architects, Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives of the International Association of Software Architects, and a Microsoft-recognized MVP in Enterprise Architecture. He has given talks in more than 30 countries, 70 cities, and 100 conferences on the topic of Enterprise Architecture...
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    Webcast: Register Now for Securing Windows 7 and Internet Explorer–Sept 1, 2011

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    Securing Windows 7 and Internet Explorer Presented by Mike Halsey Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 10 PT, San Francisco In this webcast, Mike Halsey MVP, the author of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out will describe what to look for to keep yourself safe, and how you can configure Windows and Internet Explorer to keep yourself, your family, small business and your personal data safe from prying eyes and online thieves.
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    Ready for Pre-Order: Windows Server 2008 R2 Training Kit Packs

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    MCITP Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator: Training Kit 3-Pack: Exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-646 Prep in-depth for the MCITP: Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator certification exams 70-640, 70-642, and 70-646 -- and build real-world skills. Get three study guides, 900+ practice questions, review, case scenarios, and exam discount - all in one box. Your all-in-one kit includes: Official self-paced study guides for the three required exams 850+ practice and review questions Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results Case scenarios, exercises, and best practices 15% exam discount from Microsoft; good for three exams. Offer expires 12/31/15. Fully searchable eBooks for all three study guides ...
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    Sample chapters: Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference

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    Greetings. Here’s a little treat for the weekend: two complete sample chapters, plus the complete Table of Contents, from Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference , just published by Mark Russinovich and Aaron Margosis . Chapter 7, “Process and Diagnostic Utilities,” and Chapter 8, “Security Utilities,” are included. Nitty gritty: the file is a 1.08 MB PDF containing 89 pages. Enjoy!
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    New book: Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

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    We’re happy to announce the arrival of Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (ISBN 9780735656703; 408 pages) by Charlie Russel, Sharon Crawford, and Andrew Edney. The book is designed to get you up and running quickly with the new Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and learn how to use this network solution to organize and help protect your business data. Whether you’re a business owner or manager with minimal IT knowledge, or a seasoned system administrator, this hands-on guide’s extensive walkthroughs and tips help you successfully deploy, manage, and support your company's network and applications. Here’s the book’s first chapter, in its entirety, to give you a better idea of the contents and the product itself. Chapter 1 Introducing Windows Small Business...
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    Author news: Ken Schwaber writing another Agile book

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    Microsoft Press is thrilled to be working with Ken Schwaber again! Ken will be writing a third book, titled Agile Product Management, in our Best Practices series. This book will describe how to rapidly take advantage of software development opportunities while controlling risk. In 2004, Ken published Agile Project Management with Scrum (ISBN: 978-0-7356-1993-7): The rules and practices for Scrum—a simple process for managing complex projects—are few, straightforward, and easy to learn. But Scrum’s simplicity itself—its lack of prescription—can be disarming, and new practitioners often find themselves reverting to old project management habits and tools and yielding lesser results. In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist...
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    Quick news: App Hub ready for Mango apps

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    In case you missed it, check out Todd Brix’s “ Marketplace & Tools Open for Mango App Submission ” post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog. Here’s the opening of the post: We promised in late July that August would bring another round of developer news. That day has come! Today we will begin accepting and certifying Mango apps through the App Hub. This means that new and existing titles optimized for Mango features like fast app switching, background audio, multiple and double sided Live Tiles, better Search integration and more will begin publishing in a matter of days. Now that’s not to say that Mango will arrive on existing devices in the coming days (sorry, not quite yet). It does, however, mean that people running early builds of Mango will see these new apps and games. And of course...
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    Please don’t hurt yourself with PsExec

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    Take a look at Scott Hanselman’s recent post, How to REALLY hurt yourself with PSEXEC - Deleting the Undeletable Registry Key and More . And now take a look at our recently published Sysinternals book , by Mark Russinovich and Aaron Margosis. Indeed, as Scott says, be careful out there!
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    New book: Solid Code (Optimizing the Software Development Life Cycle)

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    Everybody, in our long stream of “New book” posts since we launched our blog in January 2009, in which we describe over 130 books we’ve published in the last couple of years, we apparently missed a book: Solid Code   (ISBN: 9780735625921; 352 pages), by Donis Marshall and John Bruno. Well, better late than never, I suppose! About Donis Marshall and John Bruno Donis Marshall has 20 years of experience as a developer and instructor, with an in-depth background on Microsoft .NET technologies. His firm promotes an entirely Web-based debugger for Windows applications. In addition to training and consulting, Donis has written several books, including Programming Microsoft Visual C# 2008: The Language and .NET Security Programming . John Bruno is a Microsoft senior program manager with 10 years...
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    Webcast: Office 365 Small Business Revolution

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    The Office 365 Small Business Revolution! Presented by Jaime Velez Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 at 1:00PM PT In this presentation Jaime Velez will introduce Small and Midsize Businesses to Office 365, its main capabilities, and will discuss the real business value behind this revolutionary service provided by Microsoft.
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    Free eBook: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

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    We are very excited to announce that we are able to offer Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, as a free eBook . For details on this book, including the Table of Contents, see our previous blog post here . To download your free PDF eBook, click here . Updates to this eBook, as well as additional eBook formats, will become available in the future, so check this blog for updates. To download an EPUB or a MOBI version of this eBook, click here . Introduction (excerpt) Let’s hear it for freedom. Freedom from your desk. Freedom from those ­boring managers’ meetings. Freedom to work anywhere, with anyone, anytime, on almost any device. Sounds good, right? Office 365 is Microsoft’s...
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    Author news: Sign up for Mango Jump Start August 23-24

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    Register Now https://www.eventbuilder.com/microsoft/event_desc.asp?p_event=m58m12c5 Dates: August 23-24, 2011 Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm PST Duration: 8 hours/day, including hour lunch break Join the Mango Momentum in the App Hub | Mango is an important leap forward in Microsoft’s overall mobile strategy and the developer community has taken notice. Now is the time to embrace the “tile-and-app” UI and reap the rewards Mango provides your development team and user community. This fast-paced, demo-rich online course features Rob Miles and Andy Wigley , two of the most sought-after Microsoft mobile development MVPs on the planet. Rob Miles | Microsoft MVP & Lecturer | University of Hull, UK Rob teaches and lectures globally on Programming, Software...
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    New book: I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”: A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft, Second Edition

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    We’re very happen to announce that the second, newly expanded edition of I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”: A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft , by Eric Brechner is available for purchase. (Print ISBN 9780735661707; Page Count 448). Here is an excerpt from Chapter 5, “Software Quality—More Than a Dream”. Chapter 5 Software Quality—More Than a Dream Some people mock software development, saying if buildings were built like software, the first woodpecker would destroy civilization. That’s quite funny, or disturbing, but regardless it’s misguided. Early buildings lacked foundations. Early cars broke down incessantly. Early TVs required constant fiddling to work properly. Software is no different. At first, Microsoft...
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    Webcast: “Mango” Jump Start! Aug. 23-24! Pass it on…

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    That's right, Microsoft MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! Microsoft Learning hosted a Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (plus an update course) last year and it was an absolute smash. Mobile application developers raved about the fast-paced, demo-rich approach, the timeliness of real-world content on new technology, as well as the engaging and often-times humorous delivery. Now that "Mango" has made such a huge splash, they have put together another great course. This two-day live virtual class, Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start , is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone Mango Platform. Dates: August 23-24, 2011 Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm PST Duration: 8 hours/day, including hour lunch break Registration...
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    Ebook updates: Five titles updated in the past week

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    As you probably know, when you purchase a Microsoft Press ebook via http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com/ , you receive updated versions of the ebook as errata fixes are made. In the past week, we’ve updated a number of titles. Take a look: An updated copy of the following products is now available for you to download for free from your O'Reilly account. Go to members.oreilly.com , log in, and choose the titles and formats you want to download. CLR via C#, Third Edition Updated Formats: PDF, ePub, Mobi All formats were updated to reflect the changes in the July 2011 reprint, as described on the book's catalog page. MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook Updated Formats: PDF, ePub, Mobi All formats were updated to reflect the changes in the...
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    Author news: A call for Kinect authors

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    Greetings! We're looking for authors who are interested in putting together a book to educate developers on both the range of current Kinect development projects and to provide them with instructions and code on how to build such projects. If you have experience with the Microsoft Kinect API and are interested in authoring or co-authoring such a book, or if you know people involved in Kinect projects that you think would be good for inclusion in such a book and you can provide introductions, please respond to b-rujone@microsoft.com . Thank you.
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