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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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    Carl Chatfield: Task types: What's the deal?

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    Carl Chatfield here, taking a break from working on Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step . One feature that even experienced Project users sometimes have trouble with is task types. There are only three task types, but their impact on task scheduling is not always easy to predict. This week I look at task types: fixed duration, fixed units, and fixed work, and how they affect the scheduling of tasks. Tell Me About Your Childhood To understand why the task types feature exists at all, you first need to know about the scheduling formula. The scheduling formula is, quite simply, the simple little math formula that makes Project an active scheduling engine and not just a spreadsheet plus Gantt Chart drawing tool. As you may recall from previous blog posts, the scheduling formula is: ...
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    Win a 15-minute phone conversation with Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover!

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    We’d like to remind you about the Scripting Guys’ 2010 Scripting Games, which begin today! Here are some helpful links: Advanced Event 1--Updating and Creating Registry Keys Beginner Event 1--Updating and Creating Registry Keys 2010 Scripting Games: All Links on One Page (including rules, forum, Twitter, FaceBook, etc.) The Amazing Sponsors of the 2010 Scripting Games Take a look at the prizes: WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES At the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select three Grand Prize Winners as well as Daily Prize Winners to receive prizes as described below. Two (2) full conference passes to Tech·Ed 2010 North America ($2,195 value per conference pass); all other associated expenses such as travel and lodging are not included. One (1) 15-minute phone conversation with Distinguished...
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    RTM’d today: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Dino Esposito’s latest book, Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC , has shipped to the printer! Covering ASP.NET MVC 2 and Visual Studio 2010, Dino’s book will help you understand how and when to use this programming model as an alternative to Web Forms—to gain full control of HTML, simplify testing and extensibility, and design better Web sites and experiences. As always, Esposito provides the detailed, insightful guidance and illustrative code samples you need to get productive quickly. Dino’s book will be available via online retailers around May 15. In the meantime, here’s more information about the book, including Dino’s personal road of discovery regarding MVC:   Contents at a Glance Part I   The Programming Paradigm 1   Goals...
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    One week from today: Mark Russinovich virtual roundtable

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    Here’s another reminder about an upcoming event featuring Mark Russinovich, one of the authors of Windows Internals, Fifth Edition (Microsoft Press, 2009). Here’s its description: Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows 7 Join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, on April 29 as he leads a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization. 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...
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    Carl Chatfield: Favorite Project 2010 features: Inactivate tasks

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    Carl Chatfield here. Now that Project 2010 has been released to manufacturing (or RTMed, as we say), I'm eager to start talking about some of the features in the new edition. I've been running the beta for some time as Tim and I work on the Project 2010 Step by Step . You may have been using the beta as well. This week I'll show you one of my favorite features in Project 2010. Speaking as a Project user, I have to say one of my favorite features is inactivate tasks. This feature is available in Project Professional 2010 only, and not in Project Standard 2010. The basic idea of inactivate tasks is this: I may have some tasks (including resource assignments) in a project plan that I'm not sure I need. In the past I might have just deleted the tasks, or if I really wasn't sure I might want...
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition

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    William Stanek does it again! William’s latest book, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, is now available. This edition has been completely updated for SQL Server 2008 R2. You can place your orders now! Here are two excerpts from the book. Enjoy! Introduction (excerpt) M icrosoft SQL Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, is designed to be a concise and compulsively usable resource for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Release 2 (R2) administrators. It covers everything you need to know to perform the core administrative tasks for SQL Server and is the readable resource guide that you’ll want on your desk at all times. Because the focus is on giving you maximum value in a pocket-sized guide, you don’t have to wade through hundreds...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Step by Step

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    Another book updated for Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Step by Step , by Michael Halvorson, has shipped to the printer! The title will be available via online retailers later this month.  When it is, we’ll post longer excerpts.  In the meantime, here’s a bit of information about the book: Contents at a Glance Part I   Getting Started with Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 1   Exploring the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2   Writing Your First Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 3   Working with Toolbox Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 4   Working...
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    Ed Wilson: On Creating the Scripting Wife

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    Every once in a while, I get lucky. I was lucky when Teresa agreed to marry me, I was lucky when I decided to study for my MCSE way back in 1995, and I was lucky when I decided to add the Scripting Wife character for my Hey Scripting Guy! blog . How did the Scripting Wife arrive on my blog? Well, I will tell you. Teresa and I were sitting around in the kitchen (it seems we do that quite a bit) and were talking about the 2010 Scripting Games . She, in a moment of weakness, happened to mention that it might be fun to participate in the Scripting Games this year. She did this as more of an aside, than a declaration of intent. But this did not stop me. I said, “wow that is cool,” and jumped over to her computer, went to my FaceBook account, and made a posting about the Scripting Wife participating...
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    What’s the difference between Somewhat satisfying books and Very satisfying ones?

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    Hi everyone, Kimberly Kim here. I am emerging from yet another wallow in the data from our customer survey. One data point that stood out for me this time is that more of you are “Somewhat Satisfied” with your Microsoft Press titles than are “Somewhat Dissatisfied” and “Very Dissatisfied” combined. This has me wondering about you Somewhat Satisfied folks—what would have made you Very Satisfied instead? In Redmond, this is the time of year when the tulips bloom and managers like me start thinking about goals for the next fiscal year. (Honestly, between my kids’ school year, Microsoft’s fiscal year, and the calendar year, I usually have no idea what day it actually is.) Looking at these survey results, I am tempted to set a goal for the Press team to convert a percentage of you Somewhats into...
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    Upcoming Mark Russinovich virtual roundtable

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    Greetings. Just want to let you know about an upcoming event (two weeks from today) featuring Mark Russinovich, one of the authors of Windows Internals, Fifth Edition   (Microsoft Press, 2009). Here’s its description: Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows 7 Join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, on April 29 as he leads a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization. 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...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

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    We’re thrilled to publish another free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 , by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner! The book contains 10 chapters and 216 pages, like so: PART I   Database Administration CHAPTER 1   SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements 3 CHAPTER 2   Multi-Server Administration 21 CHAPTER 3   Data-Tier Applications 41 CHAPTER 4   High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements 63 CHAPTER 5   Consolidation and Monitoring 85 PART II   Business Intelligence Development CHAPTER 6   Scalable Data Warehousing 109 CHAPTER 7   Master Data Services 125 CHAPTER 8   Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight 145 CHAPTER 9   Reporting Services Enhancements 165 CHAPTER...
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    Rob Miles on Windows Phone 7 Application and Game Development

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    Microsoft Press is very pleased to be working with Rob Miles (of Hull University, a Microsoft MVP, with a blog that is wonderfully varied) on updating Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.0: Learn Programming Now! for Microsoft XNA 4.0 Game Studio Express. Rob will be adding some coverage of Windows Phone 7 to the book, and we’re also planning another book on the Windows Phone with Rob. Rob recently spoke at Microsoft DevDays 2010 in The Hague in The Netherlands. His presentation was on app and game development for Windows Phone 7. The presentation is just under an hour and can be found here . Here’s Channel 9’s description: If you are new to Windows Phone, or Game Development then this session is for you. Find out what hardware and software you will need to get started, and what the game development...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step , by George Shepherd, has shipped to the printer! The book includes 26 chapters, spans 640 pages, and Features easy-to-follow, logically planned lessons to help you learn at your own pace Steps you through the core capabilities and fundamental techniques for using Visual Studio 2010 with ASP.NET 4.0 to build Web applications and Web services Includes a companion CD with code samples, data sets, and a fully searchable eBook The book will be available via online retailers around May 12. Here’s the chapter-level TOC: Table of Contents Acknowledgments xvii Introduction xix Part I Fundamentals 1 Web Application Basics 3 2 ASP.NET Application Fundamentals 25 3 The Page Rendering Model 59 4 Custom...
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    Carl Chatfield: Tracking progress checklist style

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    You can use incremental percent complete values for simple checklist tracking. Here are my recommendations on when and how you might do this without falling into the "precision is not accuracy" trap of project management. You Are Now 4.65% Done Reading This Post That statement is precise but not necessarily accurate. I've previously discussed some of the problems of tracking progress by percent complete. Recording percentage complete per task is easy enough in Project; the Tracking toolbar includes handy incremental completion buttons, and if 25% increments are too vague for your needs, you can record any percentage value you wish in the Update Tasks dialog box. No, the issue with tracking progress this way is that it may suggest to the project manager and project stakeholders a higher...
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    Watch the Visual Studio 2010 launch keynote this morning!

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    Bob Muglia will be speaking at 8:30 AM Pacific Time this morning. Watch it here . And here’s lots of information about the developer tools Microsoft is releasing today. Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 are available today.
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