November, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    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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    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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    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: 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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    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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    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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    Free Jump Start: Build Windows Phone 8 Apps on Nov 28-29, 2012

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    Microsoft Learning will be presenting another free Jump Start that you won’t want to miss if you’re interested in building apps for Windows 8 phones. This special live online course is scheduled for two full days of fast-paced, demo-rich sessions led by Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Andy Wigley , and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Strategist, Rob Tiffany . Andy and Rob are two of the most respected experts in mobile app development and are excited to help C#/XAML developers get the most out of the Windows 8 platform. What: Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start Date: November 28-29, 2012 Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm PST Cost: FREE! Target audience: Application Developers who want a fast-paced, real-world understanding of how to leverage C# and XAML to build apps for Windows Phone 8 ** REGISTER...
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    New book: 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. You can now purchase Windows 8 Inside Out , by Tony Northrup. We’re excited to offer a book that has loads of supplemental videos, accessible from both your print book and your ebook. You’re beyond the basics—so dive right into Windows 8 and really put your PC to work! This supremely organized reference is packed with hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Windows 8—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. For a view of the table of contents, please visit this previous blog post . Here is an excerpt from Chapter 17, "Creating a Home Theater PC": ...
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    New book: CLR via C#, Fourth Edition

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    We’re excited to announce the availability of CLR via C#, Fourth Edition (ISBN 9780735667457) by Jeffrey Richter! This is a must-have title for developers who want a deep understanding of the tools they’re using and the concepts they’re employing. Learn why C# is the way it is by reading Richter’s deft explanation of how the common language runtime (CLR) works and the facilities that it offers, and about the core parts of the Framework Class Library (FCL). In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 21, “The Managed Heap and Garbage Collection.” For an excerpt from the Introduction and a look at the book’s contents, take a look at this previous post . Chapter 21 The Managed Heap and Garbage Collection (excerpt) In this chapter...
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    New book: 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 the availability of Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (ISBN 9780735673106)! Written by Mitch Tulloch, this book helps enterprise administrators build their skills in the area of deploying and managing Windows Server 2012 core services. Readers develop their real-world skills and maximize their on-the-job performance via the book’s many lessons, exercises, and suggested practices. In addition, readers can use this Training Guide as a learning resource, along with on-the-job experience, to help them prepare for the 70-410 exam. In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 6, “Network administration.” Chapter...
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    Update on Programming Windows, Sixth Edition

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    Greetings, everyone. Charles Petzold is writing his final chapter, Chapter 19, “Pen (AKA Stylus)”; Marc Young, the book’s Technical Reviewer, is reviewing Chapter 17, “Share and Print”; and I’m wrapping up my edit of Chapter 14, “Bitmaps.” This means we’re looking very very good for publishing the book in January! If you’d like to get draft e-versions of 13 of the book’s chapters now—and save $10 on the final ebook, which you’ll also receive, by doing so— see this post . And remember:  
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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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    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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    The first ever PowerShell user group meeting in Copenhagen

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    SUMMARY: In this blog article I talk about my presentation to the first ever Windows PowerShell user group meeting in Copenhagen. One of the great things about PowerShell: community Well, one of the great things about the Windows PowerShell community is the way they all pitch together to help one another. This is expressed via Twitter, Facebook groups, Liinked in groups, blogs, forums, and even videos. The community is extremely rich. As a case in point take Windows PowerShell user groups. There are dozens all over the world. Last night, a new one formed in Copenhagen. Windows PowerShell MVP Claus Nielsen organized the event, and it sold out all 50 available tickets. I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the first event. A picture of me during the presentation appears here. Some of the...
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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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    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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    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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