July, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    Free download: Managing SQL Servers and Policy-Based Management

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    Get an excerpt from Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant (ISBN 9780735663763; 592 pages) selected by author William Stanek. Click here for your PDF . Here’s what you’ll learn: Chapter 1: Managing SQL Servers Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio is the primary tool you use to manage databases and servers. Other tools available to manage local and remote servers include SQL Server PowerShell, SQL Server Configuration Manager, Database Engine Tuning Advisor, and SQL Server Profiler. You use SQL Server Configuration Manager to manage SQL Server services, networking, and client configurations. Database Engine Tuning Advisor is available to help optimize indexes, indexed views, and partitions, and SQL Server Profiler lets you examine events generated by SQL Server, which...
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    Author news: A small taste of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition

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    I’m working on Chapter 13, “Touch, Etc.,” for the Release Preview ebook of Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , which we’ll release in the next two weeks . (Consider buying now before the prices jumps $10.) I thought you might like a small taste from the chapter. Let me know if you’d like more samples like this. Pressure Sensitivity The lines drawn by the various FingerPaint programs are of a uniform stroke thickness—24 pixels to be precise—but I probably would have done it differently if the tablet I’m using was sensitive to touch pressure. But it is not. There are two properties that might influence line thickness in a finger-painting program, and both are defined by the PointerPointProperties object returned...
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Fundamentals

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of the newest book on SQL Server 2012 for Microsoft Press: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Fundamentals by SQL expert Itzik Ben-Gan, a mentor and co-founder of SolidQ, and a Microsoft MVP for SQL Server since 1999. The book is a complete introductory guide to the T-SQL language—but it’s not just a set of examples and exercises (although those are present); instead, it goes beyond the basic syntactical elements of T-SQL and explains the logic behind the language and its elements. T-SQL has many aspects that are quite different from other programming languages. This book helps readers approach T-SQL with the right mindset, so they can gain a true understanding of the language elements, learning how to think in terms of sets and...
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    Using a Requirements Mapping Matrix to organize and identify requirements

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    Written by Joy Beatty, co-author of Visual Models for Software Requirements (ISBN: 9780735667723). Joy Beatty here. As business analysts, if we hand developers nothing more than a list of thousands of “system shall” requirements statements, the project is doomed to fail before even a line of code is written. Figure 1 Unorganized list of “system shall” statements Because there are many models you can use to better describe the requirements visually (in fact you’ll find 22 Requirements Modeling Language (RML) models in Visual Models for Software Requirements ), it can be a daunting task to try to figure out where to start in adding new models to your requirements repertoire. However, one requirements model you can use on almost any project at...
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    A timing update for the Programming Windows, Sixth Edition eBook

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    Greetings. We’d like to give you a sense of timing about the next release—the Release Preview version—of Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition eBook. As we’ve announced and described previously (and it’s a good idea to review that page again for details about this offer), Microsoft Press is releasing three versions of the eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , including two pre-release editions that provide you crucial access to early content. Based on when you purchase (see the table below), you will receive the most recently published version of the eBook—plus any subsequent versions—at special promotional pricing. The “Consumer Preview” eBook, based on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, was released on May...
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    RTM’d today: Visual Models for Software Requirements

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    We are delighted to announce that Visual Models for Software Requirements , by Joy Beatty and Anthony Chen, has shipped to the printer! Hard copies should begin being shipped from our distributor to customers in the next couple weeks. If you’re a business analyst or product manager who is looking for an effective way to help executives, technical teams, and other stakeholders understand proposed solutions, you’re going to want this book. It describes a simple but comprehensive language of visual models for software requirements called Requirements Modeling Language, or RML, that helps organizations improve the way they elicit, model, and understand what their solutions can and cannot deliver. You can order the book here or here . In today’s post, please enjoy the...
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    From the MVPs: Canuck Kinect conundrum

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    Here’s the 13th post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of the millions of individuals who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Colin Smith , who is a System Center Configuration Manager MVP. Those of you who know me, or follow any of my blogs, know that I typically focus on datacenter, virtualization, systems management, and cloud computing topics. I am not a gamer and don’t have a current-generation game console...
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    New book: Understanding IPv6, Third Edition

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Understanding IPv6, Third Edition (ISBN 9780735659148) by Joseph Davies. The book provides in-depth technical information to put IPv6 technology to work—particularly on networks with computers running Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, as well as previous versions of Windows. Written by a networking expert, this reference explains IPv6 features and benefits, and provides detailed information to help you implement this protocol. You’ll learn best practices for using IPv6 services in your Windows network, whether you’re an IT professional, a network administrator, or an IT student. You’ll discover how to: · Use Windows features and tools to implement IPv6 on your network · Set up a test lab to...
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    New book: Visual Models for Software Requirements

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    We’re happy to announce that Visual Models for Software Requirements (ISBN 9780735667723; 480 pages) is now available for purchase! Written by Joy Beatty and Anthony Chen—experts in software requirements methodologies—this book provides IT business analysts a plethora of best-practice techniques on how to use visual models to gather clearer requirements from stakeholders and help development teams better understand what the business needs are. You can purchase the book here or here . In today’s post, please enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 16, “Decision Table.” If you want to read even more from this book, head over to this previous post , which includes an excerpt from the “Introduction” and the Contents at a Glance. And if you want to...
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    Quick news: Next release of Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

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    Greetings. We hope you’re enjoying the First Preview release of Kraig Brockschmidt’s Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript . It contains the four chapters boldfaced below. This is a note to say that we think we’ll release the Second Preview the first week of August, and we think it will contain Chapters 1-12 (with Chapters 1-4 updated in response to software evolution). Watch this blog and our Twitter account for the release announcement and download links. Chapter 1 The Life Story of a Metro Style App: Platform Characteristics of Windows 8 Chapter 2 Quickstart Chapter 3 App Anatomy and Page Navigation Chapter 4 Controls, Control Styling, and Basic Data Binding Chapter 5 Collections and Collection Controls Chapter 6 Layout Chapter 7 Metro Style Commanding UI Chapter 8 State...
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    New book: Start Here! Learn the Kinect API

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of the newest book in the Microsoft Press Start Here! series: Start Here! Learn the Kinect API , by Rob S. Miles. Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing device, originally intended as a game-playing peripheral for the Xbox, not only became the fastest-selling consumer electronic device in history, but also rapidly became the darling of hackers everywhere, who invented numerous new roles for the Kinect. Recognizing the Kinect’s potential, Microsoft released a free API for developers that let them program the Kinect through the .NET Framework, and followed that up with a “professional” release (not free) several months later. Now, Rob Miles has written a robust introductory book for beginning programmers that introduces readers...
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    Author news: Free webcast on thread synchronization with Jeffrey Richter

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    Jeffrey Richter, author of CLR via C#, Third Edition —which we’re currently in the process of updating for .NET 4.5 and which we’ll release this fall—is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, August 15: Lock-Free Thread Synchronization with Jeffrey Richter Jeff will go into the thread synchronization mind set and when it is required. He will then talk about the volatile and interlocked APIs for doing lock-free thread synchronization. With these APIs an application can improve its performance, lower its resource consumption, and avoid deadlock scenarios. You can register here .
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    Save 50% on SQL Server 2012 ebooks from Microsoft Press–Sale ends tomorrow, July 19, 2012

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    New and upcoming titles from Microsoft Press: July and August 2012

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    Training Kit Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Databases By Orin Thomas, Peter Ward, boB Taylor Ebook available now $55.99 Pre-Order Print: $69.99 Visual Models for Software Requirements By Joy Beatty, Anthony Chen July 2012 (est.) Be the first to write a review Pre-Order Print: $39.99 Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 T-SQL Fundamentals By Itzik Ben-Gan Ebook available now $39.99 Be the first to write a review Pre-Order Print: $49.99 Building Web Applications with SVG By David Dailey, Jon Frost, Domenico Strazzullo July 2012 (est.) (No reviews) Be the first to write Programming Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 (Rough Cuts Version) By Leonard...
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    Author news: David Catuhe releases Kinect Toolbox 1.2

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    David Catuhe, who is writing Programming with the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit for Microsoft Press (and which we’ll publish in September), has just released Kinect Toolbox 1.2 (1108K) via CodePlex . This is the sixth version of the toolkit David has released since July 2011. Here are more details from David’s blog . And here are David’s release notes: This new release introduces the following new features: New ContextTracker class to help detect unwanted gestures New EyeTracker class to detect if the user is currently looking at the sensor Tools to use Kinect as a mouse controller: MouseController to control the mouse Magnetic control to attract the mouse MouseImpostor control to replace the mouse cursor New combined gesture detectors: Parallel gestures Serial gestures New PresenceControl...
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    From the MVPs: Unleash the power of Kinect and your imagination

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    Here’s the 12th post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of the millions of individuals who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Miguel Carrasco , who is an Expression Blend MVP. His site is http://www.miguelcarrasco.com/. When Kinect was launched in November of 2010, it seemed like a device from the future had finally landed in the laps of consumers. Originally touted as a gaming device, the industry quickly started to...
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    Quick news: T-SQL challenge fun to watch

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    Microsoft Learning has started a campaign called Be The Next Microsoft Employee. They’ve narrowed it to four contestants who have to complete challenges to potentially become an employee using their SQL Server skills. I’m not even a programmer and I thought this video was great to watch. I liked hearing from the contestants about how they tried to figure out the T-SQL problem that was given to them. I also liked hearing what the judges thought after each presentation. If you have about 15 minutes, you might be pretty entertained. I’m hooked. I want to see the rest of these. Click here to watch http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/bethenext.aspx
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