November, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    Announcing Microsoft prePress!

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    I’ve been chatting with several avid readers about our new certification portfolio that includes Training Guides and Exam Refs (see Where’s my Training Kit for Windows? ). Today we can share news about an additional offering we hope will benefit you. With our new “Microsoft prePress” program, you can order and receive the ebook version of upcoming Microsoft Press titles—as they are being written! When you order the ebook form of a Microsoft prePress title, you get immediate access to all available chapters. We'll post batches of chapters fresh from the oven so that you can get an early look. You’ll have to forgive a few errors and typos along the way—but they can help you get a headstart working with new technologies, topics, and skills. Next, you...
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    RTM’d today: CLR via C#, Fourth Edition

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    We’re happy to announce that CLR via C#, Fourth Edition (ISBN 9780735667457) has shipped to the printer! Written by programming expert Jeffrey Richter, a longtime consultant to the Microsoft .NET Framework team, this popular title has been fully updated for the .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012. Like the previous editions, this is an engaging read that provides deep insights into developing robust, reliable, and responsive apps and components. Anyone looking to sharpen and deepen their knowledge of C#—and take their career to the next level—should read this book. It’s also for those wanting a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the .NET Framework architecture, runtime environment, and other key topics like asynchronous programming and the new Windows...
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    More action from SharePoint Conference 2012

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    All these photos (and the ones in our previous post) are courtesy of Lori Keam! Ted Pattison. His printed excerpt seems to be a huge hit: Steve Fox and Dan Holme, signing: Dan Holme and Rob Bogue: Say hi to Michael Doyle: Hi, Johnathan! Paolo! Lightfoot, Resing, Penny, Troy, Doyle (Mark Miller), and to the left Kenyon, our SharePoint acquisitions editor extraordinaire: Another of Penny: There’s Tom Resing: This is actually Troy:
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    Some of the action at SharePoint Conference 2012

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    As you might have seen , many many many Microsoft Press authors are appearing at the Microsoft Press booth at the SharePoint Conference ( http://www.mssharepointconference.com ) this week. Take a look: Here is Jennifer Mason, who’s signing her book at our booth at 6:15 tonight: Here’s Phil Wicklund: And here are Phil Duffy, Penelope Coventry, and Brett Lonsdale:
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition)

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    We’re happy to announce that we have released the final version of this free ebook. FREE DOWNLOAD FORMATS: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals - PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – ePub format Is this book for you? Get a headstart evaluating Window 8—guided by a Windows expert who’s worked extensively with the software since the preview releases. Based on final, release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this book introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how to plan for, implement, and maintain Windows 8 in an enterprise...
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    Sample chapters: Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

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    We are happy to let you know that we have posted sample chapters of Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 (ISBN 9780735657984), by Richard Hundhausen, to the Microsoft download center here . To purchase a full copy you can order here or here . To support an independent bookstore, order here .
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    Ed Wilson: The problem with Frankenstein

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    It is a real shame that most people have never read Mary Shelly’s book, Frankenstein. Indeed, for most people, the sum of their exposure to Frankenstein is as a cheesy, grainy, black and white movie with a monster that moans like a harpooned seal, and looks like some sort of Halloween factory reject. Shame indeed. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is an allegory, beautifully and terrifyingly written, in which a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, bored with academia, gets caught up in the brilliance of his creation. The subtitle: A Modern Prometheus, provides a hint along this line. The tale stands as a stark, and terrific warning against uncontrolled scientific enquiry. But, Victor Frankenstein’s problem, is not so much the scientific inquiry, as it is bad science. Here is a short listing of his failings...
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    RTM’d today: CISSP Rapid Review

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Darril Gibson’s book, CISSP Rapid Review has shipped to the printer! Assess your readiness for the CISSP Exam—and quickly identify where you need to focus and practice. This practical, streamlined guide provides objective overviews, exam tips, "need-to-know" checklists, review questions, and a list of valuable resources—all designed to help evaluate and reinforce your preparation. Bolster your exam prep with a Rapid Review of these objectives: · Information Security Governance and Risk Management · Access Control · Cryptography · Physical (Environmental) Security · Security Architecture and Design · Legal, Regulations, Investigations and Compliance · Telecommunications...
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    RTM’d today: Team Collaboration: Using Microsoft Office for More Effective Teamwork

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    We’re glad to announce that Team Collaboration: Using Microsoft Office for More Effective Teamwork (ISBN 9780735669628), by John Pierce has shipped to the printer. Set the stage for more effective collaboration in your organization using Microsoft Office. Whether coordinating a cross-team project or leading your workgroup, you’ll discover how to combine your skills with Office programs with best practices for enabling your team’s best work. Contents at a glance Part 1: Concepts and basic tools Chapter 1: Collaboration basics Chapter 2: Building a SharePoint team site Chapter 3: Managing access and preserving history Chapter 4: Building team templates Part 2: Working day to day as a team Chapter 5: An integrated Outlook Chapter 6: Working together in Lync...
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    Updated companion content: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

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    Greetings, everybody. This is a quick note to tell you that we’ve updated the companion content for Kraig Brockschmidt’s free ebook Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript . So download the companion content again if you’ve already got it: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=270057 (59.9 MB) Here are the details of the update from Kraig: This update fixes one bug in the HereMyAm examples for Chapters 8, 9, 13, and 17 in the file pages/home/home.js. The one line within the updateImage function: app.sessionState.fileToken = list.addOrReplace(app.sessionState.fileToken, newFile); is replaced with list.addOrReplace(app.sessionState.fileToken, newFile); This corrects a bug where transient session state was preserved across the suspend...
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    How to keep up with free ebook announcements

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    I hear from a lot of you each week asking how to keep up with our free ebook announcements and updates to new versions. I thought I might write this post to give some handy tips. Hope you find it valuable. 1) RSS - Subscribe to our RSS feed (located on the right-hand side of the blog home page) and we’ll always write new posts whether the ebook is new or updated. 2) Tag Cloud - We also have a tag cloud on the right side of our blog page where you can find “ebooks” as a tag. All of our free ebooks are tagged this way. I use the tag cloud all the time to check on our posts for free ebooks. 3) Summary Post - I keep this post from May 2012 updated with all new ebooks. You’ll see if you click through that it was last updated on Nov 5, 2012. This is a handy catalog...
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    RTM’d today: Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

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    We’re pleased to announce that Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 , by JC Mackin, has shipped to the printer. Prepare for Exam 70-417—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Windows Server 2012 core infrastructure services. Microsoft Exam 70-417 is an upgrade exam that is a composite of three standalone exams: 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412. Exam 70-417 validates skills related to the core technology features and functionality of Windows Server 2012, from the existing knowledge base of a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) on Windows Server 2008. The Exam Ref is organized by exam objectives and features challenging, what-if scenarios that focus on the critical skills and knowledge measured by the certification exam. Take...
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    Meet Microsoft Press authors at SharePoint Conference – Nov 11-15, 2012 in Las Vegas

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    Meet your favorite SharePoint authors at the Microsoft Press booth at SharePoint Conference next week. http://www.mssharepointconference.com   Sunday, Nov 11 TIME AUTHORS BOOK 7:00 PM Penelope Coventry, Brett Lonsdale, and Phill Duffy Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Business Connectivity Services   8:00 PM Penelope Coventry   Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Step by Step Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 Step by Step         Monday, Nov 12 TIME AUTHORS BOOK 10:30 AM Bill English and Brian Alderman Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion Ben Curry Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 3:15 PM Norm Warren Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Andrew Connell   Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010   Ted Pattison a nd Scot...
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    RTM’d today: Windows 8 Inside Out

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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 are very happy to announce that Windows 8 Inside Out (ISBN 9780735663817), by Tony Northrup, has gone to the printer. Not only will this book give you some crazy-good information on using Windows 8, it includes access to 50 videos in which Tony provides 2.5 hours worth of supplemental lessons and training. Here are the Contents at a glance and an excerpt from the Introduction. Contents Part 1: Getting started Chapter 1 What’s new in Windows 8 Chapter 2 Using Windows 8 apps Chapter 3 Buying and installing Windows 8 Chapter 4 Upgrading and migrating to Windows 8 Chapter 5 Personalizing Windows 8 Chapter 6 Adding, removing, and managing apps Chapter 7 Using Windows 8...
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    Quick news: Free training and exam voucher for HTML5 and JavaScript

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    In case you missed this on the Born to Learn blog, this is a great offer:   Ready to prove or acquire Windows Apps skills? Here are 4 ways to prepare for the demand: Free Exam - Get a free voucher to take exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 w/ JavaScript + CSS3. Find the voucher code. http://aka.ms/HTML5OfferMVA Free Training - Want to learn HTML5 or brush up before taking the exam? Sign up to access the free online HTML5 course. http://aka.ms/HTML5OfferMVA Free eBook - Courtesy of Microsoft Press, "Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript"  http://aka.ms/win8apps-ebook Free Events - Microsoft Learning Partners are holding #TechShowcase events around the world. Find and attend one near you: http://aka.ms/TechShowcase
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    RTM’d today: Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for R2, You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re happy to announce that Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (ISBN 9780735673106) has shipped to the printer! This book—Microsoft Press’s first offering in the newly-created Training Guide series—will be available at retail stores by the end of the month. If you’re an IT professional with a few years’ experience administering previous versions of Windows Server and you need to upgrade your skills to support Windows Server 2012 in your workplace, this is the book for you. It provides detailed technical information as well as practice exercises to help you prepare for deploying, managing, and maintaining servers running Windows Server...
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    Quick news: Building an app for both Windows Phone and iOS

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    Check out the MSDN Magazine article by Microsoft Press author, Andrew Whitechapel, on building an app for Windows Phone and iOS. MSDN Magazine article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/jj658972.aspx There’s also an interesting follow up to his article here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/msdnmagazine/archive/2012/10/19/10361207.aspx Right now, you can order the ebook version of the upcoming book, Windows Phone 8 Development Internals, on The Microsoft Press Store: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/windows-phone-8-development-internals-9780735676237 .
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