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    Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

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    We’re thrilled to offer another free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft , by Katherine Murray. The ebook contains eight chapters and an appendix describing how you can assess and build your technology-based job skills. To give you a sense of the ebook’s content, here is its Foreword, by Microsoft Learning’s Lutz Ziob: Foreword In the midst of a struggling economy, our fast-changing, knowledge-based economy has created unprecedented challenges for employers and workers alike. Employers increasingly need workers with a broad range of information technology (IT) skills. These skills will become even more important as we continue to retool major sectors of our economy, such as healthcare, transportation and energy. By 2014, more than three...
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    Calling all readers of developer Training Kits—UPDATE

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    A few weeks ago, Kimberly Kim sent out the call for feedback about our series of Training Kits covering the .NET Framework exams. We are very grateful that so many of you have responded, but we want to hear more. In the next couple weeks, we will begin the serious planning for the next round of Training Kits covering the .NET Framework exams. We want to make sure that your voice is included. The best way to put your ideas in front of planners and editors at Microsoft Press is through our online survey: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/booksurvey . We really, truly read every response. Specifically, we are hoping you can provide feedback on the following titles. (The survey will ask you to provide the ISBN of the title you are reviewing.)  MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-502): Microsoft...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #3: Put far too much detail in a schedule

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    Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain” series, which started like this: #10 , #9 , #8 , #7 , #6 , #5 , and #4 . Problem #3: Put far too much detail in a schedule Using Project effectively is sometimes an exercise in restraint. Just because you can plan out work to a fantastic level of detail does not mean you should. Knowing when enough detail is just right is a fine art of project management. The Devil is (in) the Details This is a problem many of us have experienced first-hand, and some of us have likely caused (I for one am guilty...
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    Just a few extracurricular shots from NYC

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    Some of the Microsoft Press team was in New York this week for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change publishing conference, where it was fantastic to meet many of our O’Reilly cohorts. Tuesday night we went out to hear Christian McBride’s big band. Nobody took a photo of that great band, who were having an obvious blast on the stand, but we did get these. The exterior of the place (at Columbus Circle) the next day: Our crew: And the band, also wonderful, that followed Christian’s for the late-night show, playing almost exclusively music by Donald Byrd (but for Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady”):
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    Upcoming training on Windows internals

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    Good morning, everyone, from NYC (after O’Reilly’s TOC conference). This just in from David Solomon, one of the authors of Windows Internals, Fifth Edition . UPCOMING CLASSES Our 2010 class schedule is posted. We have three deliveries of our 5-day Windows OS internals class planned: London: April 12-16 New York City: May 3-7 San Francisco: November 8-12 If you like Sysinternals, the book Windows Internals , or want to learn more about Windows OS internals, then you'll want to attend one of these classes. Aimed at developers and IT Professionals, you'll peer into the internals of the Windows operating system kernel (both 32-bit and 64-bit) and related core mechanisms such as memory management, thread scheduling, interrupt processing, time accounting, and crash dump analysis. Learn how to to...
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    Jeffrey Richter: Excerpt #3 from CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Good morning everyone, Jeffrey Richter here. Today I thought I’d share a section a section from Chapter 21, “Automatic Memory Management (Garbage Collection),”  of my new book with you. This section discusses a new .NET 4.0 class called ConditionalWeakTable and explains how to use it along with C#’s extension methods in order to associate an arbitrary piece of data with various objects. In effect, providing Object Local Storage. > > > > > Developers frequently want to associate a piece of data with another entity. For example, you can associate data with a thread or with an AppDomain. It is also possible to associate data with an individual object by using the System.Runtime.CompilerServices.ConditionalWeakTable<TKey,TValue> class, which looks like this: public sealed...
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    Ed Wilson: Preparing for the 2010 Scripting Games

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    I have been really busy trying to get ready for the 2010 Scripting Games at the TechNet Script Center . We will have 40 guest commentators who will each write their own solution to one of the 20 scripting events. There are 20 script events because the 2010 Scripting Games consists of 10 beginner and 10 advanced events. The reason for the 40 commentators is because we will have solutions in both VBScript and in Windows PowerShell. In all likelihood, this will be the last year that we will have VBScript in the Scripting Games. The reason is not because I do not like VBScript – after all I wrote three books for Microsoft Press on VBScript, but that IT Pros are rapidly migrating to Windows PowerShell because it is easier and more powerful than VBScript. The 40 guest commentators will include many...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #4: Track by percent complete

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    Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain” series, which started like this: #10 , #9 , #8 , #7 , #6 , and #5 . Problem #4: Track by percent complete Project managers who track progress by percent complete often mistake elapsed duration with progress, such that when they're 75% out of time they think they're 75% done. Sadly, this is often not the case. Planning is dandy but... This isn't an exclusive list, but in general I see two types of Project users, which I'll call "planners" and "trackers." Planners use Project...
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    Videos with Forefront TMG Book Authors

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    Yuri here. As it was announced here, Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Administrator’s Companion , by Jim Harrison, Yuri Diogenes, and Mohit Saxena from the Microsoft Forefront TMG team with Dr. Tom Shinder, is now available. The authors of the book have recorded a couple of videos for the Microsoft Technet Edge Web site talking about some features that you can learn more in depth by reading the book. Jim Harrison and Mohit Saxena talk about TMG Migration, a subject that is covered in detail in Chapter 6: http://edge.technet.com/Media/ISA-to-TMG-Migration-Guidance Yuri Diogenes and Tom Shinder talk about Web Protection solutions on TMG, subjects that are covered throughout many chapters of the book: http://edge.technet.com/Media/TMG-Web-access-protection...
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    Unofficial Support Site for the Windows 7 Resource Kit

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    The Windows 7 Resource Kit (ISBN: 9780735627000) is a great resource. Created by Mitch Tulloch , Tony Northup, Jerry Honeycutt, Ed Wilson , and the Windows 7 team at Microsoft, the book includes 32 chapters, nearly 1800 pages, and the Windows 7 Resource Kit PowerShell Pack and sample PowerShell scripts on its companion CD. And MVP Mitch Tulloch’s unofficial support site for the book is also a great resource. In “Site Table of Contents,” which is organized by the book’s parts (e.g., “Part 2, Deployment”), make sure to click through to see the resource kit’s chapters. Then, you can further click each chapter to see questions from readers about the chapter’s subject matter and answers from Mitch. Here’s an example: Q-1. How do I move the CSC folder to another location on a Windows 7 computer...
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    Gerry O’Brien on free certification exams

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    Everybody interested in developer certifications, just want to make sure that you know about Gerry’s post from last week. It starts like this: <warning> This is a long post </warning> Want to see if you’re ready to develop for the Azure platform? Do you have what it takes to create Web apps using ASP.NET, JavaScript, AJAX and Silverlight? What about desktop apps using WPF? Perhaps you're the service developer using WCF or maybe you're good at data access with ADO.NET. Ever tested your knowledge on these topics? Want to? I have just the opportunity for you. I know some of you are just waiting for the announcement while some of you may find this page through a search engine and have no idea what I’m talking about. Whatever brought you here is not important at the...
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    Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

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    Here it is! Mitch Tulloch has updated his free ebook of last year; it’s now updated for Windows Server 2008 R2. You can now download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, From the Desktop to the Datacenter in XPS format here and in PDF format here . Six chapters adding up to 466 pages. Here are Mitch’s acknowledgments: Acknowledgments This book would not have been possible without the support and assistance of numerous individuals. First, I would like to especially thank Michael Cooper, Senior Product Manager and Field Technical Community Lead for System Center and Virtualization Business Group; Aurora Santiago, Product Manager for System Center and Virtualization Technical Readiness; and Kenon Owens, Technical Product Marketing Manager for Integrated Virtualization, all of whom...
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    New book: CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Hey, everybody: Jeffrey Richter’s CLR via C#, Third Edition , is indeed now available! You can order it here or here (and lots of other places too, of course). Today we’d like to share an excerpt from the book. We'll continue excerpting this chapter over the coming weeks and months. Enjoy. Chapter 16 Arrays 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 Bound Arrays . 395 Array Access Performance . 396 Unsafe Array Access and Fixed-Size Array . 401 Arrays are mechanisms that allow you to treat several items as a single collection. The Microsoft .NET common language runtime...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #5: Expect that automatic resource leveling should be able to alter reality

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    Carl here. ProjHugger is for Microsoft Office Project newbies, enthusiasts, and zealots. I publish new posts every Monday morning, but you can add comments any time. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain” series, which started like this: #10 , #9 , #8 , #7 , and #6 . Problem #5: Expect that automatic resource leveling should be able to alter reality Resource leveling is the amazing Project feature that does some impressive math tricks to smooth out resource allocation problems, but produces a result that you often do not want—an extended finish date. Don’t blame Project though, it can’t alter reality. You know the expression, you can't have your cake and eat it too? Walk a mile in my...
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    MSL news: Train, Practice, Certify on Windows 7

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    Julie Lary here, of Microsoft Learning, with a quick note about our resources available for Windows 7. Anticipating the rapid adoption of Windows 7 , Microsoft Learning has introduced numerous training and certification resources and offers to help IT professionals and developers get up to speed quickly. Many of these resources, including certification upgrade paths, are now available on a single Web page . Even if your company doesn’t plan to standardize on Windows 7 this year, it’s not too early to start exploring your options. P.S. from Devon: You can find Microsoft Press’s offerings in the Practice section of each tab and also here .
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    RTM’d today: Windows 7: The Best of the Official Magazine

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    We’re happy to announce that Windows 7: The Best of the Official Magazine (Microsoft Press, 2010; ISBN 9780735626645; 224 pages), by the Editors of the Official Windows Magazine shipped to the printer this week! This is the ultimate visual guide to the fun, practical ways you can use Windows 7 in everyday life: Get Started Chapter 1: Introducing… · 12 reasons why you’ll love Windows 7 · Get ready: Action stations! · Interact with the Interface · Jump Start: The Taskbar and Start Menu · Hardware help: Device control at your fingertips · Take note, and get creative: WordPad, Paint and Sticky Notes Chapter 2 Your first hour · Introducing Windows 7 · Join the Library · Start: what’s really on the menu · Those handy little helpers: desktop gadget Explore...
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    Ed Wilson: My Kingdom for a horse

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    I read Richard III over the weekend. This play is like the Casablanca of Shakespearean writings as it is chock full of famous quotes: “Play it again Sam” … wait, that was Casablanca. But how about “Now is the season of our discontent.” Or my favorite, “A horse, A horse. My kingdom for a horse!” After reading the line, that effectively draws to a conclusion this really interesting English monarch, I sat back closed my eyes, and thought about this. “My kingdom for a horse…” Maybe dear old Richard III was not such a bad guy after all. He loves his horse. In my mind’s eye, I saw Smokey … the solid black Quarter horse of my youth. The endless summer days we spent together. Smokey was clever, playful, ornery, and always unpredictable. He was without a doubt the smartest horse I knew … and I...
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