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    Please bear with us as we get used to the new platform

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    The new blogging platform for MSDN & TechNet went live today, and we're still getting a handle on it. Back to our normal rhythm of daily posting soon!
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    Code for “Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” DRAFT ebooks

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    NEW: The complete and final ebook, including all of its sample code, is now available here . A few of you requested the related code for our Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 DRAFT ebooks. (You can learn more about the ebooks and download them via this post .) The code for Chapters 5 & 8 is here . The code for Chapters 6 & 9 is here . The code for Chapters 7 & 10 is here . Enjoy!
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    Author news: Ed Bott’s deep dive into Office 2010

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    Greetings. Ed Bott and Carl Siechert are busy writing Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out (ISBN: 9780735626898; 24 chapters; ~1000 pages). We expect the book to be available in August 2010. In the meantime, to help illustrate why Ed and Carl’s book might be exactly what you’re looking for to illuminate Office 2010’s new features for you, we recommend that you read this blog post by Ed over at ZDNet: “Office 2010: a deeper dive.” Here’s a bit of the post’s opening: I’ve got a unique perspective on Office. I’ve written at least one book about every version of Office since 1994 (that’s eight releases and 10 books in 16 years, for those who are keeping score). I’ve also written countless magazine articles and blog posts, all of them based on extensive, hands-on experience with the individual...
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    Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview II)

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    NEW: The complete and final ebook is now available here . Hello. On March 26 we released the first draft installmen t of Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 , which we’ll release as a free (and complete) ebook this summer. That installment contained the three chapters that make up Part II, “Moving from Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to Visual Studio 2010.” Today we’re happy to release a second draft installment: the three chapters that make up Part III, “Moving from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2010.” You can download one or both free draft ebooks (in XPS or PDF format) here . Here’s some of the Introduction, which explains the book’s approach: Introduction Every time we get close to a new release of Microsoft...
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    Automating Microsoft PowerPoint

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    Using Windows PowerShell to automate Microsoft PowerPoint may at first seem like a strange combination. For one thing, the people who are most skilled at using Windows PowerShell are not the ones you think of as being heavy PowerPoint users. But PowerPoint is often used by ITPros because we are frequently called upon to make presentations. These presentations may be for training purposes, or reports to management, or a presentation to a client. Because Microsoft PowerPoint is so easy to use, with all of its built-in wizards and templates, you may wonder what advantages automation brings to the table. Indeed, until this past week I had done little with the Microsoft PowerPoint automation model—for the exact reasons mentioned above. It seemed to take too much time, and there were not that...
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    Superquick poll: What do you use when preparing for a Microsoft certification?

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    When preparing for a Microsoft certification , do you take a class? Read a Training Kit ( such as this one )? Do both? Tell us via Twitter (@MicrosoftPress) or by commenting on this post. Thank you!
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    New book: Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step

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    George Shepherd’s Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step is now available! The book contains 26 chapters across 640 pages. This post will give you a taste of the book. The book’s chapter-level Table of Contents and Introduction can be found here . Here’s the taste—enjoy: Chapter 21 ASP.NET and WPF Content After completing this chapter, you will be able to Understand the benefits of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) over traditional Windows user interfaces. Create an XAML-based browser application (XBAP) site. Add WPF-based content to an ASP.NET site. The last 20 chapters demonstrate how ASP.NET makes Web development approachable by pushing most HTML rendering to the ASP.NET Control class and its descendents. In addition, the ASP.NET pipeline hides many of the details of a Web request so that...
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    Carl Chatfield: Which Bookend Are You?

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    I don't mention my day job at Microsoft much in this blog, but recently I found myself involved with some new project initiation work and simultaneously with the tail end of a new product launch.* I felt a bit like my favorite bookends: one pushing hard to get a project underway, the other pushing equally hard to get a project concluded more or less as planned. Here are the bookends in action, doing their job: If you are a project manager, do you spend more time and effort at the beginning or end of your projects? So Many Choices! The project initiation guy on the left, who I'll call LB, has a special focus: moving an idea from concept to the start of execution. Let's assume that LB is in an organization where the initiation of new projects is done by those with organizational authority to...
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    Honor your geeky mom on Mother's Day & save

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    Just a quick post to let you know that you can get 40% off Microsoft Press books & 50% off Microsoft Press ebooks by using code MUMMS in our O’Reilly store. Here’s the complete list of our titles: http://oreilly.com/store/publisher/microsoftcomplete.html Luv ya, Mom!
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    Sample chapters: CLR via C#, by Jeffrey Richter

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    Greetings, everybody. Two chapters from Jeffrey’s recent book, CLR via C# , Third Edition (ISBN: 9780735627048; Microsoft Press, 2010) are available here . You’ll find Chapter 4, “Type Fundamentals,” and Chapter 16, “Arrays,” as well as the book’s complete TOC. Here is Chapter 4’s coverage: In this chapter: All Types Are Derived from System.Object 91 Casting Between Types 93 Namespaces and Assemblies 97 How Things Relate at Runtime 102 And here is Chapter 16’s coverage: In this chapter: Initializing Array Elements 388 Casting Arrays 390 All Arrays Are Implicitly Derived from System.Array 392 All Arrays Implicitly Implement IEnumerable , ICollection , and IList 393 Passing and Returning Arrays 394 Creating Non-Zero–Lower...
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    Excerpt from upcoming title: Microsoft Access 2010 Plain & Simple

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    Today we’d like to share an excerpt from one of our upcoming books: Microsoft Access 2010 Plain & Simple , by Curtis Frye. We’ll publish this book in Summer 2010. You can learn more about the book here: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780735627307/ . In this excerpt, Curt describes an easy way to create reports in Access 2010. Enjoy: Reports give you the ability to present your table and query data in an accessible format. In some ways, reports and forms are very similar—both types of database objects let you display your table records and query results at one record per page, in a series of columns or rows, or in a custom layout you create in Design view. The difference between forms and reports is that in addition to presenting your table and query data, reports let you summarize your data...
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    Why read when you can just watch the movie?

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    I finished reading the Three Musketeers this weekend—actually I started it on Saturday morning, and I completed it Sunday evening. I read a modern unabridged translation, and it went by really quickly. There have been many movies based upon the Three Musketeers, and so I thought I would order one and compare it with the book. Of course, how can they possibly make a movie about at 650 page book and stay within any kind of realistic time line? I am afraid I will be disappointed when the movie arrives. A few months ago, I read the Fountainhead, and then watched the movie … I was really disappointed. The funny thing is that when I first saw the movie, many years ago, I thought it was a great movie. However, with the book fresh on my mind, I saw that they shifted the entire focus of the book as...
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    Author news: Interview with the author of Windows 7 Step by Step

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    Here’s a quick post pointing you to an interview with Joan Lambert (formerly Preppernau), one of the authors of Windows 7 Step by Step . The interview is here . It starts like this: When did you first decide you would make a career of writing and helping others with software? I’ve been contracting for Microsoft on and off since I was 17, and have always had a passion for technology. When I returned to the United States in 1997 after living for six years in New Zealand and working in non-technical fields, I joined my father’s company, which eventually became OTSI. I participated in the development of training materials for the original Microsoft Mastering Series, and was assigned to a product support position in which I ended up writing Help files, frequently teaching myself new technologies...
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    Ed Wilson: 2010 Scripting Games Kick-Off

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    Like a football team that sweats all summer preparing for opening day, so the Scripting Guys organize the 2010 Scripting Games . Just as a football team is more than just players on the field, so too the Scripting Guys involved nearly 100 people in bringing together the event. I wrote the events, but the commentaries on the games (solutions to the puzzles and the description of the solution) were written by people from the Microsoft Product Groups, Microsoft Premier Field Engineers and the scripting community such as Microsoft MVP’s, and others who are moderators for the Official Scripting Guys forum. Craig edited, and staged the events on the Hey Scripting Guy blog, but it is the judges who will actually grade the events. Our judges come from the Scripting Community (as well as a couple of...
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    Starting soon: Mark Russinovich virtual roundtable

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    Join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich , in 30 minutes as he leads a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization: Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows 7 Mark will be joined by a panel of IT professionals who are currently in the piloting and deployment process, along with Microsoft subject matter experts who can speak in depth about the technologies. The event will be broadcast live over the web at 9:00 am PDT, and will be available for on-demand viewing following the broadcast. The discussion will be open and candid, with the panel sharing insights, dispelling myths and getting down to the real story around technical adoption of Windows technologies. Specific...
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    Excerpt from upcoming title: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out

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    Today we’d like to share an excerpt from one of our upcoming books: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out , by Teresa Stover. We’ll publish this book in Summer 2010. You can learn more about the book here: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780735626874/ . In this excerpt, author Teresa Stover shares her insights about setting up resources in a project. Enjoy: Resources carry out the work of your project or model the expenditure of costs or consumption of materials. However, with your tasks defined and scheduled, why is it necessary to actually specify resources in your project plan? You could just print the schedule and tell people which tasks they’re responsible for: Here are your due dates; now go make them happen. This approach might seem like a simple way of managing a project, but if you do it this...
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    Over 325 DRM-free Microsoft Press ebooks now available

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    In February we were happy to say “Over 200 DRM-free Microsoft Press ebooks now available.” In the past couple of months, we have continued to convert more backlist titles and all frontlist titles. We’re routinely publishing new frontlist titles into the major digital channels ( oreilly.com , Safari, iTunes, and Android), as well as a number of other smaller e-outlets (including Bookshare.org), within about a week of the files being sent to the printer. There are currently about 325 Microsoft Press e-titles available, and that number is growing every week! Take a look. And here are more details: iPhone -- Grab the EPUB and read it in the Stanza App or the mobile version of Bookworm. Android -- Read the .apk or .EPUB on your favorite reader. Kindle -- Get the Mobipocket file and load it onto...
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