August, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Second Preview)

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    We’re happy to release the Second Preview of our free ebook Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript , by Kraig Brockschmidt , today. Here’s a description of the ebook from Kraig: Kraig here. Hello again! Now that the RTM build of Windows 8 is out and available to developers, along with upgraded tools, I’m delighted to offer the next preview release of my book, Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript . Since the first release in June, we’ve added eight more chapters, bringing the total to 12 out of a planned 17. The new chapters cover collection controls (everything you wanted to know about ListView!), layout (especially view states), commanding UI (app bars, message dialogs, and their friends), the all-important topic of managing...
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    New book: Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

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    We’re pleased to announce that Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (ISBN 9780735666078) is now available for purchase! Written by Orin Thomas, Peter Ward and boB Taylor, this training guide will help you gain the skills you need in these areas: •Install and configure SQL Server •Maintain instances and databases •Optimize and troubleshoot SQL Server •Manage data •Implement security •Implement high availability PURCHASE THIS BOOK You can purchase the book from O’Reilly Media, our official distributor, here . SEARCH THIS BOOK To see a detailed table of contents for this book and to search for topics within it, click on this link to the book in the Microsoft Press library at Safari...
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    Release Preview edition of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition available tomorrow

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    We’re ready to release the Release Preview eBook of Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition . This book focuses exclusively on writing new Windows 8 apps with C# and XAML. (The companion content for this book also includes all the program samples converted to C++.) See this earlier post for details on this release’s 13 chapters . In addition to updated versions of the seven chapters that appeared in the Consumer Preview edition, this release contains six new chapters : Chapter 8, “Animation”; Chapter 9, “Transforms”; Chapter 13, “Touch, Etc.”; Chapter 14, “Bitmaps”; Chapter 15, “Printing”; and Chapter 16, “Going Native.” Total page count for the Release Preview edition is 579 pages. ...
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    The Release Preview edition of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition is final

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    Greetings! This morning we finalized the 13 chapters in the Release Preview edition of Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition . This book focuses exclusively on writing new Windows 8 applications with C# and XAML. The companion content for this book also includes all the program samples converted to C++. See this earlier post for details on its 13 chapters . (This release contains six new chapters: Chapter 8, “Animation,” Chapter 9, “Transforms,” Chapter 13, “Touch, Etc.,” Chapter 14, “Bitmaps,” Chapter 15, “Printing,” and Chapter 16, “Going Native.”) Total page count for the Release Preview edition is 579 pages. All we have to do now is create and do quality-check passes on the PDF, EPUB, and MOBI files. This means we’ll be releasing the Release Preview edition perhaps as early...
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    Quick news: Blend for Visual Studio 2012

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    If you enjoy using Blend or you’re interested in giving it a try, check out the big news today over on blendinsider.com: http://blendinsider.com/technical/available-now-blend-for-visual-studio-2012-2012-08-15/#more-1166 . The post begins like this: Today, I have the great pleasure to announce the latest release of Blend. In this release cycle, our big focus has been Windows 8: Blend now supports UX authoring not just for store apps written in XAML, but also for those written in HTML. We want to make it really easy for you to create great apps for Windows 8. Therefore, we are now including Blend with Visual Studio 2012, including the free Express for Windows 8 version for authoring Win 8 store apps. With one fast download and install you get VS for your coding-centric tasks and Blend for visual...
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    Second Preview of Kraig Brockschmidt’s free ebook is coming on Monday

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    The Second Preview of Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is going well. We’re up to 12 chapters in this release ( from four chapters in the First Preview ), all chapters are final, and we’re just putting together the PDF and the ebook’s companion content. Come back to our blog on Monday to find the announcement post with the Second Preview’s download links. In the meantime, here’s an excerpt from the ebook’s Introduction: Introduction Welcome, my friends, to Windows 8! On behalf of the thousands of designers, program managers, developers, test engineers, and writers who have brought the product to life, I'm delighted to welcome you into a world of Windows Reimagined . This theme is no mere sentimental marketing ploy, intended...
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    Looking for an experienced SQL Server author

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    Greetings. Microsoft Press is seeking a published author on SQL Server (with SQL Server DBA expertise) to help out as a co-author on one of our SQL Server 2012 titles over the next 3–4 months. Please send a description of your experience to Ken Jones at b-kejone@microsoft.com .
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    Quick news: Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Store

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    So much good news today! Steven Sinofsky: Releasing Windows 8 - August 1, 2012 Erwin Visser: What Windows 8 RTM Means for Businesses Brandon LeBlanc: Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone Jason Zander: Final Build for VS 2012 - Availability and Launch Dates Ahead Antoine Leblond: RTM Windows Store is now open for paid apps, company accounts
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    Podcast: Better requirements to make better products

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    Check out this new podcast featuring Microsoft Press author, Joy Beatty. In her words, “I think business analysts, product managers, and those who manage them will find the requirements approaches discussed – and how to cut scope while ensuring the business objectives are met and the users adopt the product – immediately useful. Please give the podcast a listen (it’s 38 minutes, perfect for a listen during lunch or on your way home from work).” If you want to learn about requirements for software projects, read Joy and Anthony Chen’s book, Visual Models for Software Requirements , published in July, 2012.
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    Author news: Vittorio Bertocci on Windows Azure Authentication Library

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    Developers, take a look at Vittorio Bertocci’s recent post Windows Azure Authentication Library: a Deep Dive , which begins like this: We are very excited today to announce our first developer preview of the Windows Azure Authentication Library (AAL). For an overview, please head to Alex’s announcement post on the Windows Azure blog: but in a nutshell, the Windows Azure Authentication Library (AAL) makes it very easy for developers to add to their client applications the logic for authenticating users to Windows Azure Active Directory or their providers of choice, and obtain access tokens for securing API calls. Furthermore, AAL helps service authors to secure their API by providing validation logic for incoming tokens. That’s the short version: below I will give you (much) more details. Vittorio...
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    Quick news: Cloud computing hiring event, August 23–24

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    Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business (the group within which Microsoft Press sits) is “seeking extraordinary software engineering professionals for an invitation only hiring event at our Redmond campus on August 23 – 24th. The Azure Application Platform and Tools (AAPT) team will be on hand to interview for full-time Software Engineer and SDET roles.” You can find more details here: http://stbjobs.com/ .
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    Author news: Charles Petzold interviewed by Sara Faatz

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    Greetings. Sara Faatz just published an interview with Charles , and it begins like this: SF: As the author of the new book, Programming Windows, 6 th Edition , you probably have more insight into Windows 8 and WinRT than anyone out there. What has surprised you, disturbed you, and pleased you the most about Windows 8 in general and WinRT specifically? CP: I like the mix of continuity and innovation. For programmers who have worked with C# and XAML (or with HTML 5 and JavaScript), a lot of WinRT is familiar territory. But in particular I've been impressed by two aspects of WinRT: The first is that touch, mouse, and pen input have been consolidated into a uniform collection of events, so it's no longer necessary to add touch to an existing mouse application, or add mouse support to a program...
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    Reminder: BUILD 2012 registration begins Wednesday at 8:00 AM PDT

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    Register here tomorrow!: http://www.buildwindows.com/ BUILD 2012 will be on the Microsoft Redmond Campus, October 30–November 2. Learn how to design and build beautiful Windows 8 apps and how to sell those beautiful apps in the Windows 8 Store. And, in addition to Windows 8, BUILD 2012 will cover the latest on Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, Xbox, and much more.
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    Update on companion content for Release Preview edition of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition

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    Greetings. On the book’s catalog page you’ll find a “Companion Content” link in the right margin: That link takes you to the companion content’s download page, which looks like this: The “Download the companion content” link there initiates your download of the ebook’s sample code, in this case the code that goes along with the Release Preview edition of the ebook. PLEASE NOTE: It takes about 24 hours for the system to update the download, so at the moment the sample code for the Consumer Preview edition is still showing up here; that ZIP file is about 9 MB. The new ZIP file, which contains the code for the Release Preview edition and is about 19 MB, will begin showing up later today, I’m told, and definitely by Wednesday...
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    Quick news: Great sale on SQL Server ebooks by Microsoft Press

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    Sale ends Aug 21, 2012  
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