February, 2013

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  • Microsoft Press

    Have you used this ebook to help you create a Windows Store app?

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    Hello everyone. Kraig Brockschmidt here. It’s been four months since the public release of Windows 8 and my free ebook, Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (which has been in the top 10 free programming books on Amazon for some time, and in the top 20 in Computers & Internet overall). Four months has been plenty of time in which to write apps, and from the growing numbers of apps in the Windows Store, it looks like many of you have been busy with your own submissions. As always, we’re certainly interested in hearing how you’ve used the book, what you’ve found most valuable, and what can be improved. My editor, Devon Musgrave, would love your feedback via devonm@microsoft.com . More to the point, though, we’re interested in this question: have you used the ebook to...
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    Quick news: Two upcoming Jump Starts in March, 2013

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    Programming in C# Jump Start- March 13 th , 2013 8:00am-5:00pm PST Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jerry Nixon and co-founder of Crank211 Daren May will deliver an engaging, demo-rich MVA Jump Start course on Mar.13. The live accelerated course for intermediate to seasoned developers will cover core concepts and features of C#. The course will loosely follow the criteria for exam 70-483 Register free online at http://aka.ms/C-Jump Tuning SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint 2013- March 19 th , 2013 8:00am-12:00pm PST Register today for the latest course in the popular Jump Start series of live online training events from MVA. This free half-day course scheduled for Mar. 19 is aimed at IT Pros interested in improving SharePoint performance with SQL server settings and configuration...
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    From the MVPs: Changes to the Team Site template in SharePoint 2013

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    This is the 24th in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). You can click the “MVPs” tag in the right column to see all the articles. 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 Tom Resing , a SharePoint Server MVP and Microsoft Press author . Than ks, Tom! The Team Site template may be the most used template in SharePoint, so even...
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    Author news: Kraig Brockschmidt’s “Windows 8 App Building Boot Camp”

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    Kraig Brockschmidt, author of our free ebook Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (17 chapters), will present a 3.5-hour workshop called “Windows 8 App Building Boot Camp” in May at Fluent Conference 2013 . Here’s more information about the workshop: Windows 8 offers the ability to write true native Windows Store apps using web technologies: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This workshop will ramp up developers on the core knowledge needed to write apps for the platform, starting with the user experience and platform characteristics, then going into app anatomy and architecture, the WinJS library and how it works alongside third party libraries, how platform controls work alongside standard HTML controls, app layout, the many capabilities offered by the Windows Runtime API (WinRT...
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    New book: Microsoft Access 2013 Step by Step

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    We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Access 2013 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735669086) by Joyce Cox and Joan Lambert is now available for purchase! Purchase From Amazon click here From the Microsoft Press Store click here From Ada’s Technical Books, an independent bookseller click here Download free sample chapters From the Microsoft.com download center click here Excerpt Below is an excerpt from Chapter 7: Create queries. Creating queries manually The query wizards guide you through the creation of common queries, but you create less common queries manually in the Query Designer. This query was created manually in the Query Designer. Let’s review the features of the Query...
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    Quick news: Rescheduling of Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start

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    An urgent note from our friends at Microsoft Virtual Academy : RESCHEDULE NOTIFICATION NEW DATE! Unfortunately, Scott lost his voice over the weekend and is fighting a nasty cold! Please send him your well-wishes if you get a chance. As a result, we’re forced to postpone the event to Friday, February 22, 2013 . This event promises to be one of the most engaging Jump Starts yet, so we hope this change doesn’t cause too many conflicts. Of course, the recording will be posted to MVA within a week if you can’t make this new time. Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start presented by Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway February 22, 2013 TIME: 8:00AM - 5:00PM Pacific Standard Time Time Zone Converter     JOIN LINK: Click this link to join the session. The online meeting room will be opened...
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    MVPs, thanks for visiting us at the MVP Summit Showcase

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    It was great chatting with dozens of you yesterday about books and authoring with Microsoft Press. We enjoyed numerous interesting conversations (that we hope you’ll follow up on!). If you didn’t pick up our one-pager about publishing with Microsoft Press, the alias for sending us your book ideas is, simply, 4bkideas@microsoft.com . Emails to the alias are routed to the various Microsoft Press acquisition editors (including me for developer-focused topics). Also, a huge thanks to Jeffrey Richter—of Wintellect.com and whose CLR via C#, Fourth Edition was recently published—for joining us to sign books and for also answering questions about authoring. The photos here show Jeffrey signing a translation of one his books he hadn’t seen before. Everybody, watch...
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    Quick news: O’Reilly now accepting PayPal

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    Our distributor, O’Reilly Media, shared this today: Customers have been asking us to enable PayPal for a couple years now, and we're very, very pleased to shunt this important project over the to Done list. You can purchase all books and videos with this convenient and secure service starting now! You can find our books here!
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    Quick news: Registration for TechEd North America 2013 now open

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    TechEd is Microsoft’s premiere event for IT professionals & enterprise developers: http://northamerica.msteched.com/ You can examine the conference’s general agenda and ten tracks here . And you can register here . The conference is taking place in the wonderful wonderful city of New Orleans (one “wonderful” isn’t enough). Quick tip: give Yo Mama’s Bar and Grill a try for burgers in place of Port of Call (which is also great). Registration for TechEd Europe 2013 is also open: http://europe.msteched.com/
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    Microsoft Press and the 2013 MVP Global Summit

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      We’re happy to share that Microsoft Press will be participating in one of the pre-summit activities for the 2013 MVP Global Summit : the MVP Showcase @ Summit hosted by The MVP Award Program. C’mon by to learn about authoring opportunities with Microsoft Press. Also, Jeffrey Richter , author of CLR via C# and other masterful developer books, will be at our booth from 5:00-6:00 to sign books! Bring your Richter books, or just stop by to chat with Jeff. (Psst: we’ll also be giving away some signed books by Mark Russinovich and Aaron Margosis.) One more thing: If you’re an MVP who has published a book with Microsoft Press and you’re interested in being interviewed and filmed about your book, please write Kim Spilker (kispilke). We’d love to arrange something with those of you visiting from...
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    Quick news: Surface Getting Started Guide now available

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    Greetings, gang. Just wanted to let you know about this guide to the Microsoft Surface, which was published yesterday. You can download the 68-page PDF (1.35 MB) here: Surface_Getting_Started_guide.pdf
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    Request: Help us improve Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

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    Greetings. You might already be familiar with Kraig Brockschmidt’s free ebook Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript , which we published in October. We’ve tracked over 300,000 downloads of it from the Microsoft Download Center alone, and it has also topped the Top 100 Free list in the Computers & Technology category of the Kindle Store . (Today it’s #9.) Well, we’re happy to say that we’re planning to update the ebook this year as the Windows ecosystem evolves. To that end, a request: please tell us in the comments below or by writing me at devonm at microsoft.com what we can do to improve the ebook. Here’s what we’d love to hear: Coverage that’s missing in the current ebook that you would find helpful in our update...
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    Author news: Charles Petzold speaking at VNext Orange County

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    Greetings! A quick note to share that Charles Petzold, author of the recently published Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , is speaking next week (February 12) in California. The title of his talk is “Analog vs. Digital: Rhythms of the Natural World, Our Struggle to Compute Them, and Windows 8.” You can learn more at Charles’s blog .
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    New book: Programming Windows, Sixth Edition

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    We’re thrilled to announce the availability of Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition (ISBN: 9780735671768)! You can order the book here, here , here , or here . This earlier post contains the book's Table of Contents and Charles’s Introduction, which shares a lot of information about the book’s focus and coverage, audience, history, and so on. You can get a PDF with two complete sample chapters here . Here’s a short excerpt from Chapter 2, which is included in the sample chapters PDF: CHAPTER 2 XAML Syntax A Windows 8 application is divided into code and markup because each has its own strength. Despite the limitations of markup in performing complex logic or computational tasks, it’s good to get as much of a program into...
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    Special offer: Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step this week

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      Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step is part of a special promotion available from our distributor, O’Reilly Media. Save 50% on the ebook version of Ed Wilson’s new version of his popular Step by Step book. This book is currently in prePress stage, meaning that you can order this title's ebook version and receive advance chapters now in just-written, not fully polished form. You'll be notified as new installments become available, and you'll get the complete and final ebook when released. It's a great way to get a headstart on a new topic or technology. Use discount code: WKPWRSH This deal expires February 12, 2013 at 11:59pm PT and cannot be combined with other offers. Offer does not apply to Print, or "Print & Ebook" bundle pricing.     Your hands–on, step–by...
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    RTM’d today: Office Professional 2013 Plain & Simple

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Katherine Murray’s book, Microsoft Office Professional 2013 Plain & Simple , has shipped to the printer! Pre-Order From Amazon click here From The Microsoft Press Store click here From an independent bookseller click here This full-color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to get things done with Office 2013. Follow the book’s easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the simplest ways to do your work with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and OneNote .Kathy shows you how to navigate with mouse, keyboard, or touch; create documents, reports, databases, and presentations; share your desktop, worksheets, and files; manage...
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    From the MVPs: Installing Office Web Apps

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    This is the 23rd in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). (Click the “MVPs” tag in the right column to see all the articles.) 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 Alan Richards , a SharePoint Server MVP . Than ks, Alan! New for SharePoint 2013 is the introduction of Office Web Apps as a separate server system that can’t...
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