September, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

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    Mitch Tulloch has updated his very popular free ebook on Windows Server 2012 based on the RTM version of the software. A key feature of this book is the inclusion of sidebars written by members of the Windows Server team, Microsoft Support engineers, Microsoft Consulting Services staff, and others who work at Microsoft. These sidebars provide an insider’s perspective that includes both “under-the-hood” information concerning how features work, and strategies, tips, and best practices from experts who have been working with the platform during product development. Please see the links below to download one or all of the available formats. PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition –...
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    Free Jump Start course: Develop Windows 8 Apps and prep for the exams 70-480 and 70-481

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    Microsoft Learning and Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) are teaming up again to provide an exciting new learning experience. This Jump Start is tailored for Application Developers looking to take the fast track to building apps for the new Windows 8 platform! If you've been asking questions like “how different is Windows 8 -- really?” or “why are developer communities reacting differently to this version of Windows?” then this new Microsoft Jump Start is for you. We’re excited to introduce you to Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo , two seasoned Microsoft Technical Evangelists with real world experience developing applications using a wide array of platforms and languages. Jeremy and Michael will be leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach to engaging, expert-led...
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    From the MVPs: F# 3.0 Type Providers

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    Here’s the 15th post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). (Click the “MVPs” tag in the right column to see the rest.) Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their 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. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by Richard Minerich , an F# MVP. Richard here! In an era where the line between program and data is becoming ever more blurred one of the biggest...
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    Free ebooks: What’s new in our list of great resources

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    Updated We just released the RTM version of our Introducing Windows Server 2012 ebook. Check it out! PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format MOBI – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – MOBI format (for Kindle) And we’ve released the second preview of our Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript ebook, which contains 12 chapters. The final 17-chapter version will be completed this fall. Stay tuned. You can download the Second Preview (PDF only) here (13.5 MB). And you can download the Second Preview’s companion content here (64.9 MB). (We’ll release the final version of this free ebook in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI...
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    Tarik Soulami: Anatomy of a debugging investigation

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    This guest post is by Tarik Soulami, a Principal Development Lead at Microsoft and author of Inside Windows Debugging: A Practical Guide to Debugging and Tracing Strategies in Windows , which is getting very positive reviews on Amazon . Enjoy! Tarik here. When you think of scripts, you don’t usually think of threads, synchronization or deadlocks. However, that was precisely the curious bug I had to investigate a few weeks ago. The script I was trying to write had a simple goal: parse the standard and error outputs from another existing command-line tool (a console application), and write the processed (modified) text to the command prompt. The repro case My console application tool was fairly complex, but I was able to simulate the hang condition even with the following simple program: // ...
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    From the MVPs: Visual Studio 2012 meets PowerPoint

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    Here’s the 14th 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 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 David Wesst , who is an Internet Explorer MVP. David here. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” yet in software development we usually resort to text-based descriptions when defining features. The Visual Studio team has given us the ability to move from text-based to picture-based descriptions...
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    From the MVPs: Managing an agile backlog with Team Foundation Server 2012

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    Here’s the 16th post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). (Click the “MVPs” tag in the right column to see the rest.) Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their 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. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by Claude Remillard . We have been using Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS 2010) for a couple of years to manage the development of our...
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    RTM’d today: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 2

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    We’re thrilled to announce that the eagerly anticipated Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 2 (ISBN 9780735665873) has been sent to the printer! Some of you already have your hands on Part 1; soon you’ll be able to complete the edition with Part 2, which will be shipped to retailers in the next couple weeks. Preorder your copy of Part 2 here , here , or here . (Part 1 was released in March 2012. For info on Part 1, including its contents and where you can order it from, see this previous post .) Part 2 shares the same stellar authoring team as Part 1, the renowned internals experts Mark Russinovich, David A. Solomon, and Alex Ionescu. And just like Part 1, Part 2 shares insights into how Windows operates and provides hands-on experiments that let you experience Windows...
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    New book: Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (ISBN 978-0-7356-5822-6), by Leonard Lobel and Andrew Brust. This book is a quintessential guide to the programming features in Microsoft SQL Server 2012, packed with the information you need to design, test, and deploy SQL Server databases. It explores the plethora of ways you can program SQL Server (and its cloud cousin, SQL Azure) to build custom applications and services. Today, SQL Server is more than a database—it’s a collection of services that includes robust relational data storage and retrieval, backup, security, reliability, reporting, data monitoring, Business Intelligence (BI), data integration, manageability features, and more. Most of these services are accessible to programmers...
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    New book: Windows Phone 7 Development Internals

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows Phone 8. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re pleased to announce the availability of the new book Windows Phone 7 Development Internals , by Andrew Whitechapel, a senior member of the core Windows Phone Application Platform team. This book covers the breadth of application development for the Windows Phone 7 platform (both the major 7.0 and 7.1/7.5 versions, and the minor 7.1.1 version). The book shows how to build compelling and useful applications for Windows Phone, while providing detailed technical insights into the design of the application platform itself, which will help you build applications that are consistent with the strategic vision for Windows Phone. While you can build both XNA and Silverlight applications...
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    Quick news: Search across Microsoft Press books for the topics you want

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    Have you ever wanted to search across the Microsoft Press book titles to find if or where a topic is mentioned? Safari Books Online provides a great platform for searching across all of our titles. You don’t even have to have a subscription to search. Here area a couple of new links to search results on Windows 8 and SQL Server 2012. These links will give you an idea of what you can find. Windows 8 - http://mseref.safaribooksonline.com/search?q=TITLE%20%22Windows%208%22 SQL 2012 - http://mseref.safaribooksonline.com/search?q=TITLE%20%22SQL%202012%22
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    New book: Windows 8 Plain & Simple

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows 8.1. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re excited to announce that Nancy Muir’s Windows 8 Plain & Simple (ISBN 9780735664036) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy reading an excerpt from section 10, “File Management.” You use an app called File Explorer to find files you’ve saved on your computer or an external drive such as a USB stick, create new folders and move or copy files among them, and delete files you no longer need. You can also back up files in a file history or external drive so you have an extra copy for safekeeping, or create compressed versions of files that are smaller and...
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    New book: Windows 8 Step by Step

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows 8.1. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re excited to announce that Ciprian Adrian Rusen’s and Joli Ballew’s Windows 8 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735664029) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy reading an excerpt from Chapter 3, “Using Apps on the Start Screen” Using the Photos app The Photos app, available from the Start screen, lets you browse the Pictures library on your computer, as well as pictures you’ve stored on the Internet in places such as SkyDrive, Facebook, and Flickr. You can also access pictures stored on connected devices. When you open the Photos app, what you see depends...
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    New book: Programming with the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit

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    We’re happy to announce that Programming with the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (ISBN 9780735666818) is now available for purchase! In this book, David Catuhe, a developer evangelist for Microsoft, provides valuable guidance on how to create applications with Kinect for Windows. Learn about Kinect sensor technology, how the Kinect for Windows SDK works, how to integrate Kinect into your apps, how to develop a postures and gestures recognition system, how to use Kinect as a new input mechanism, and how to create an augmented reality app. You can purchase the book here , here , or here . In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 3, “Displaying Kinect data.” If you would like to read an excerpt from the book’s Introduction, please see...
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    Sneak peek: Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

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    Greetings. We’re working with our good friend Richard Hundhausen on a book called Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 , which we’ll be publishing in October. Here’s a little bit about Rich: Richard is the president of Accentient, a company that helps software development teams understand and leverage Application Lifecycle Management and Scrum tools and practices. He has over 30 years of software development experience and over 20 years of training experience. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, Visual Studio ALM MVP, and author of several books and courses, including Microsoft's Professional Scrum Developer program. Richard grew up in southern Idaho, lived in Germany for a couple of years, and moved back to Boise in 2001. He enjoys playing...
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    New book: Windows 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple

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    We’re excited to announce that Simon May’s Windows 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple (ISBN 9780735670839) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy reading an excerpt from section 10, “Connecting to Social Networks.” Today many of us are hyper-connected because we use social networks and email to keep in touch. With email we typically store the contact details of everyone we come across in our address books. Our social network connections typically link us to almost every individual we know from our schooldays through our working adult lives, from friends through family through co-workers. It can be a challenge keeping all that information together and this is where the People...
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model, by Marco Russo, Chris Webb, and Alberto Ferrari. As one Amazon reviewer put it, “Marco, Chris, and Alberto are familiar names synonymous with deep expertise and understanding of the product and how to best use it. This book adds another volume to their collective library of knowledge sharing on this topic they know perhaps better than anyone else.” In this book, you’ll explore how to load tabular data from a large variety of sources and how to analyze that tabular data using DAX (Data Analysis eXpressions—the native language of the Tabular model and also PowerPivot) and the BI Semantic Model (BISM) in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services—and...
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