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    Understanding values and references in Microsoft Visual C#

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    In this chapter from Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step, 8th Edition , you will learn how the characteristics of the primitive types, such as int , double , and char , differ from the characteristics of class types. After completing this chapter, you will be able to: Explain the differences between a value type and a reference type. Modify the way in which arguments are passed as method parameters by using the ref and out keywords. Convert a value into a reference by using boxing. Convert a reference back to a value by using unboxing and casting. Chapter 7, “Creating and managing classes and objects,” demonstrates how to declare your own classes and how to create objects by using the new keyword. That chapter also shows you how to initialize an...
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    Free ebook: Enterprise Cloud Strategy

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    We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Enterprise Cloud Strategy (ISBN 9781509301966), by Barry Briggs and Eduardo Kassner. Download all formats at the Microsoft Virtual Academy or here: PDF for desktop & tablet (8.75 MB) PDF for mobile (4.80 MB) EPUB (6.41 MB) Mobi for Kindle (15.7 MB) A note regarding the two PDF formats: the desktop and tablet version is sized at 8.5 x 11 inches (convenient for printing at home); the mobile PDF is smaller and optimized for mobile reading. Lead the journey to the cloud and drive innovation Implemented through collaborative IT and business leadership, the infrastructure, applications, and services delivered through the hybrid cloud model can lead to a transformational process of innovation, efficiencies...
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    Mark Russinovich on Modern Authentication with Azure Active Directory for Web Applications

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    As you might have seen, last week Microsoft Press published Vittorio Bertocci’s Modern Authentication with Azure Active Directory for Web Applications , an authoritative, deep-dive guide to building Active Directory authentication solutions. Today we’re happy to share the book’s Foreword, by Mark Russinovich (Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Azure), in which Mark describes the importance of Azure AD: “Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is arguably the heart of Microsoft’s cloud platform. All Microsoft cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Xbox Live, and Microsoft Office 365, use Azure AD as their identity provider. And because Azure AD is a public cloud service, application developers can also take advantage of its capabilities.” Here’s the Foreword: Foreword The...
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    Working with variables, operators, and expressions in Microsoft Visual C#

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    This chapter from Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step, 8th Edition introduces you to the elements of Microsoft Visual C# syntax and semantics, including statements, keywords, and identifiers. After completing this chapter, you will be able to: Understand statements, identifiers, and keywords. Use variables to store information. Work with primitive data types. Use arithmetic operators such as the plus sign (+) and the minus sign (–). Increment and decrement variables. Chapter 1, “Welcome to C#,” presents how to use the Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 programming environment to build and run a console program and a graphical application. This chapter introduces you to the elements of Microsoft Visual C# syntax and semantics, including statements...
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    New book: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735697799), by Joan Lambert. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local The quick way to learn Microsoft PowerPoint 2016! This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with PowerPoint 2016. Jump in wherever you need answers—brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. Get easy-to-follow guidance from a certified Microsoft Office Specialist Master Learn and practice new skills while working with sample content, or look up specific procedures Create attractive electronic presentations and printed publications Incorporate professional design elements Use built-in tools to capture...
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    Sample chapter: Manage User Accounts and Settings in Windows 10

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    This chapter from Windows 10 Step by Step guides you through procedures related to creating and managing user accounts, managing account pictures and passwords, and customizing your sign-in options. In this chapter Understand user accounts and permissions Create and manage user accounts Manage account pictures and passwords Customize your sign-in options Practice files For this chapter, use the practice files from the Win10SBS\Ch08 folder. For practice file download instructions, see the introduction. Computers have become an integral part of our lives. We store personal and business information on them, and use them to access financial and social information online. That information might be protected by a password, but the password could easily be accessible to any other person who is using...
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    New book: Microsoft Word 2016 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Word 2016 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735697775), by Joan Lambert. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local The quick way to learn Microsoft Word 2016! This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Word 2016. Jump in wherever you need answers—brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. Get easy-to-follow guidance from a certified Microsoft Office Specialist Master Learn and practice new skills while working with sample content, or look up specific procedures Create visually appealing documents for school, business, community, or personal purposes Use built-in tools to...
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    New book: Modern Authentication with Azure Active Directory for Web Applications

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Modern Authentication with Azure Active Directory for Web Applications (ISBN 9780735696945), by Vittorio Bertocci. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Build advanced authentication solutions for any cloud or web environment Active Directory has been transformed to reflect the cloud revolution, modern protocols, and today’s newest SaaS paradigms. This is an authoritative, deep-dive guide to building Active Directory authentication solutions for these new environments. Author Vittorio Bertocci drove these technologies from initial concept to general availability, playing key roles in everything from technical design to documentation...
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    ebook deal of the week: Windows 10 Plain & Simple

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    Save 50%! Buy here. This offer expires Sunday, January 10 at 7:00 AM GMT. Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning 10 plain and simple! Follow the book's easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the most expedient way to perform tasks and solve problems in Windows 10. Learn more Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts. The Deal of the Week promotional price cannot be combined with other offers.
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    Sample chapter: Making Windows 10 Accessible

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    Windows 10 offers several features to address accessibility needs, such as Magnifier to enlarge content on the screen, Narrator to read content to a user, the ability to adjust screen brightness or contrast, and the option of speaking text rather than typing it. This chapter from Windows 10 Plain & Simple covers these accessibility features. In this section: Using Magnifier Setting up high contrast Adjusting screen brightness Making elements on your screen easier to see Changing mouse settings Changing keyboard settings Using Touch Feedback Working with Narrator Using Speech Recognition Turning on Closed Captioning Using visual alternatives for sounds Windows is used by millions of people around the globe. Some of those...
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    New book: Microsoft Visio 2016 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Visio 2016 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735697805), by Scott A. Helmers. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local The quick way to learn Microsoft Visio 2016! This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Visio 2016. Jump in wherever you need answers—brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. Get results faster with starter diagrams Diagram processes, organizations, networks, and datacenters Add styles, colors, and themes Enhance diagrams with data-driven visualizations Link to external data sources, websites, and documents Add structure to diagrams with containers...
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    New book: Microsoft Office 2016 Step by Step - Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of a Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of Microsoft Office 2016 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735699236), by Joan Lambert and Curtis Frye. This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes four bonus chapters! • Create professional diagrams in documents • Solve business intelligence problems with Power Pivot and Power Query • Present tabular data on slides • Create attractive and efficient messages Purchase from Barnes & Noble ! The quick way to get started with Microsoft Office 2016! This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Jump in wherever you need answers—brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. • Covers Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook • Format...
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    ebook deal of the week: Deploying and Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell

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    Save 50%! Buy here. This offer expires Sunday, January 3 at 7:00 AM GMT. Through Active Directory and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) virtually all domain controller management can be performed with Windows PowerShell, whether in the cloud, on-premises, or a hybrid environment. This book will focus exclusively on Windows Server 2012 and later versions of Windows Server and Active Directory. The Windows PowerShell and Windows Management Framework (WMF) version used will be version 5.0, which is compatible with WMF version 4.0. Learn more . Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2016: Mission-Critical Applications, Deeper Insights, Hyperscale Cloud, Preview Edition

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    Update: Find a second preview version of this ebook here - we've added more content! The final version is still scheduled to be available Spring of 2016. Greetings! With Microsoft SQL Server 2016, a variety of new features and enhancements to the data platform deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. In this preview ebook, by Stacia Varga, Joseph D’Antoni, and Denny Cherry, we introduce you to several of these changes that you can experience for yourself in Community Technology Preview 3.2 (available for download at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-sql-server-2016 ). We start by introducing three new security features that you can use to protect your data: Always Encrypted, Row-Level Security...
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    Sample chapter: Using decision statements

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    After completing this chapter from Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step, 8th Edition , you will be able to: Declare Boolean variables. Use Boolean operators to create expressions whose outcome is either true or false. Write if statements to make decisions based on the result of a Boolean expression. Write switch statements to make more complex decisions. Chapter 3, “Writing methods and applying scope,” shows how to group related statements into methods. It also demonstrates how to use parameters to pass information to a method and how to use return statements to pass information out of a method. Dividing a program into a set of discrete methods, each designed to perform a specific task or calculation, is a necessary design strategy. Many programs need to solve large and complex problems. Breaking...
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    Save 40% on certification prep books & eBooks It’s a new year—time for a new you! For a limited time, save 40% on certification books and eBooks when you apply code NEWYEARCERT during checkout. Don’t wait to tell your study buddies—offer ends January 31, 2016! Shop by series: Exam Ref | MOS Study Guide | Training Guide | Training Kit Special offer: Buy 3, Save 55% Save 55% on featured exam prep products when you buy all 3 books or eBooks displayed. Use discount code BUY3CERT during checkout to apply savings. MCSA Total Book Price: $ 119.97 $53.98 Total eBook Price: $ 95.97 $43.18 MCSD Total Book Price: $ 119.97 $53.98 Total eBook Price: $ 95.97 $43.18 Microsoft Specialist: Azure Total Book Price: $ 119.97 $53.98 Total...
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    ebook deal of the week: Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step

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    Save 50%! Buy here. This offer expires Sunday, December 27 at 7:00 AM GMT. If you have previous programming experience but are new to the brand-new version of Visual C# in Visual Studio 2015, this tutorial delivers all the step-by-step guidance and hands-on coding exercises you'll need to start building responsive, scalable Windows 10 and Universal Windows applications. Learn more. Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts. The Deal of the Week promotional price cannot be combined with other offers.
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