October, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    Free Jump Start course: Upgrading Skills to Windows Server 2012 (Prepare for Exam 70-417)

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    Leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach, Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and TrainSignal Microsoft Certified Trainer Ed Liberman will walk you through new features and functionality in Windows Server 2012. Topics and technologies covered will include Dynamic Access Control (DAC), Failover Clustering, Microsoft Online Backup and storage, Active Directory, Hyper-V and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), and high availability. This course is NOT a “product upgrade” course covering considerations for migrating and upgrading your specific environment; but, it is exam preparation material and maps directly to Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 . Date/Time: October 23-24, 2012 (2 days)  • Day 1: 9:00am – 4:00pm PST ...
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    RTM’d today: Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for R3. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re very happy to announce that Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 (ISBN: 9780735667105) has shipped to the printer. The book will be shipped to retailers in just a couple of weeks. This book is the result of a collaboration of 20+ authors and just as many reviewers from the Microsoft Dynamics AX Team. After many months of hard work and determined cooperation, Microsoft Press is glad to have a strong and in-depth offering from a group of writers and developers who are passionate about their product. After you review the Contents at a glance, be sure to read the informative excerpt from the book’s Introduction. Contents at a glance PART I A TOUR OF THE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT...
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    New book: Start Here! Learn JavaScript

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of the new book Start Here! Learn JavaScript , by Steve Suehring, the author of several other JavaScript-centric books for Microsoft Press. Learn the fundamentals of modern programming with JavaScript—and begin building your first apps for the web. This book introduces must-know concepts and techniques through easy-to-follow explanations, examples, and exercises. With the importance of web development skills growing every day, and the ever-increasing importance of JavaScript as a development language, for both the web and now for Windows Store app development as well, there’s a growing need for books that provide an entry-level path into JavaScript programming, and that beginner audience is the target for this book. Readers will...
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    New book: C++ AMP - Accelerated Massive Parallelism with Microsoft Visual C++

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    We are pleased to announce the new book C++ AMP: Accelerated Massive Parallelism with Microsoft Visual C++ by Kate Gregory and Ade Miller. C++ AMP lets you capitalize on the fast GPU processors in today’s computers through the C++ AMP code library, bringing massive parallelism to your project. Experienced C++ developers will learn parallel programming fundamentals with C++ AMP through detailed examples, code snippets, and case studies. The case studies include: · An “N-body” case study that uses several different implementations of the classic n-body problem, which models particle movement under gravity, intended to show you how to use C++ AMP to get the most out of your GPU hardware in a computational application · A “Cartoonizer” case study...
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    RTM’d today: Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

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    We are pleased to announce that Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 (ISBN 9780735657984) has been sent to the printer! This book will be shipped to retailers in just a few weeks. Here is a quick look at the contents: Contents at a Glance Foreword Introduction PART I FUNDAMENTALS CHAPTER 1 Scrumdamentals CHAPTER 2 Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 ALM CHAPTER 3 Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2.0 PART II USING SCRUM CHAPTER 4 The pre-game CHAPTER 5 The Product Backlog CHAPTER 6 The Sprint CHAPTER 7 Acceptance test-driven development CHAPTER 8 Effective collaboration PART III IMPROVING CHAPTER 9 Continuous improvement Appendix: The Scrum Guide Index Here is an excerpt from the Introduction: Introduction Scrum is a framework for...
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    Check out all the new books this past quarter

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    We’ve been working hard, hard enough to ship 17 books in the last quarter . And we know you’ve been working hard too! So, take a break, read about the 13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using , and tell us which ones you’d like to see in our books. “Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won’t do.”
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    Quick news: Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps available

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    Related information: “ Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps combines the power of Windows 8 and Bing™ Maps to provide an enhanced mapping experience for modern-style apps. Developers can use this Bing Maps control to incorporate the latest road maps and aerial views into a Windows Store app. This SDK includes controls for apps built using JavaScript, as well as apps built using C#, C++, and Visual Basic, and requires a Bing Maps Key for a Windows Store app.” And here’s the download page: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/bb764f67-6b2c-4e14-b2d3-17477ae1eaca
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    Author news: Charles Petzold speaking at Ada’s Technical Books

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    Join Charles Petzold for a fascinating glimpse into the early history of computers, a glimpse he calls “Computer of the Tides: Lord Kelvin’s Machine to Disprove Evolution.” Charles is speaking at the wonderful Ada’s Technical Books in Seattle on Tuesday, October 30, at 6:30pm . Here’s an overview of the talk from Charles: “In the late 1860s and early 1870s, British scientist William Thomson—later known as Lord Kelvin—developed a technique based on Fourier analysis to mathematically predict the pattern of tides for particular seaports. Never just a theoretical physicist, Thomson then designed a machine to carry out these calculations.  One of these tide-predicting machines is on view in the Science Museum in London. Today we categorize this machine as a special-purpose analog computer....
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    New book: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 2

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Windows Internals, Part 2, 6th Edition (ISBN 9780735665873) is available for purchase! Written by internationally renowned experts Mark Russinovich, David A. Solomon, and Alex Ionescu, this book takes an in-depth, comprehensive, and hands-on look at the inner workings of the Windows operating system. Many fans of the previous editions of this book consider it a must-have for anyone involved in developing or debugging Windows applications. Part 2 covers I/O, storage, memory management, the cache manager, file systems, startup and shutdown processes, and crash-dump analysis. To get your own copy of this book, go here , here , or here . If you haven’t already purchased Part 1, which was released last spring, go here , here , or here . Part...
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    Quick news: Congratulations to the new and renewed MVPs!

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    Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are recognized each quarter for this annual award. As described on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog , “Today, 906 exemplary community leaders around the world were notified that they have received the MVP Award! These individuals were chosen because they have demonstrated their deep commitment to helping others make the most of their technology, voluntarily sharing their passion and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with the community.” Congrats, everyone!
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    Copying a free Microsoft Press ebook in .mobi format to an iPad

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    Hi, Carl Diltz here. The easiest way to read a free ebook in the Kindle for iPad app is to use Safari (the Apple browser on the iPad) to go to the download link for the ebook. (Browse, for example, to the third link at this page: Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition) .) Tap the link, and then tap the Open In “Kindle” button. This adds the ebook to the Documents screen in the Kindle iPad app. Note that the ebook doesn’t appear in “Books” in the Kindle app; it appears in “Docs.” You can also go through iTunes for Windows if you have the ebook on a Windows computer. With the iPad connected to the computer, select the iPad. On the Apps tab there’s a list of any apps that can transfer files from the computer to the iPad...
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