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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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    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate

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    It’s here.
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    Save 40% on Microsoft Press’s Developer E-Reference Library

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    That’s $60 off. And you can try out the library for free for ten days.  Here’s information about the library: The Microsoft Press E-Reference Library for developers is a powerful search tool that provides instant access to more than 100 Microsoft Press books on developer topics, including latest releases—whenever you are online. Download select chapters to read offline or make notes online to review at a later time. Use promotional code EREFDEVB to purchase a 12-month subscription to the E-Reference Library for Developers at a 40% discount off the regular price of $149.99. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/books/ereference/dev/ to take advantage of this offer. To learn more about what the E-Reference Library can do for you, check out the demo. About the e-reference library The Developer...
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    New book: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Administrator’s Companion

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    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! Use the “Forefront” or “TMG” tag in our tag cloud in the right column to read much more about this book. In today’s post, we share the book’s Foreword, by David Cross, Product Unit Manager for Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010. Foreword As the Product Unit Manager for the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 release, I was able to take advantage of a unique opportunity to change the industry regarding how we protect small business users and enterprise customers when connecting to the Internet in a world of ever-evolving threats, malicious software, and dynamic criminal activities. It...
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    Visual Studio 2010 RC available via MSDN

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    Here’s another quick post today, just to let you know that the Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate is now available to MSDN subscribers . For more information on this RC, see Jason Zander’s blog (and check Somasegar’s blog later). The Release Candidate will be available to the public on February 10. Here's a link to a survey via which you can give feedback about the RC: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=183244 .
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    Ebook for Richter’s CLR via C#, Third Edition, now available

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    Many of you have written to ask whether an ebook for Jeffrey Richter’s CLR via C#, Third Edition (Print ISBN: 978-0-7356-2704-8; 896 pages), would be available for sale and, if yes, when. Here’s a quick post to say that the ebook (in multiple formats) is now available here . You can purchase the ebook at a discount if you buy the book, or you can purchase the ebook separately. Enjoy!
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #6: Don't reign in effort-driven scheduling when it shouldn't apply

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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 , and #7 . Problem #6: Don't reign in effort-driven scheduling when it shouldn't apply Some things make perfect sense in one context but perfect nonsense in a different context. Effort-driven scheduling is one such thing. It's a powerful feature in Project that you should know well. The basic idea of effort-driven scheduling (or EDS to its friends) is simple enough: if one person working full-time on one task should take, say, 20 days to complete...
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    Nine-year-old boy going for his fifth Microsoft certification

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    Something lighthearted for the weekend: Check out this Gizmodo article on Markos Calasan . “He's nine years old and lives in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He's also Microsoft Certified four times over and working on his fifth certificate.” (Thanks to Kyle VanHemert, the author of the post, who can be reached at kvanhemert@gizmodo.com .)
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    Over 200 DRM-free Microsoft Press ebooks now available

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    When you buy an ebook, you get lifetime access to the book, and whenever possible we provide it to you in four, DRM-free file formats—PDF, .epub, Kindle-compatible .mobi, and Android .apk ebook—that you can use on the devices of your choice. Our ebook files are fully searchable, and you can cut-and-paste and print them....
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    I. M. Wright: “Are we functional?”

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    “When Steven Sinofsky and Jon DeVaan took on joint management of Windows 7, they made several significant changes to the entire organization. Two profound changes were creating a single centralized plan and switching to a functional organizational structure. Given the success of Windows 7, some Microsoft engineers are asking, ‘If my PUM is a bum—is it time to throw the bums out?’"...
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    Jeffrey Richter: Excerpt #2 from CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    "Today I thought I’d share a section a section from Chapter 23, 'Assembly Loading and Reflection,' with you. This section discusses how to embed your application’s dependent DLLs inside your EXE file, simplifying deployment by allowing you to distribute just one physical file."...
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    Ed Wilson: What is an Author?

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    What is an author? What a seemingly silly question. Obviously an author is someone who writes something! Various scholars used to envision an author as someone who sat in an enclosed room, isolated from society who produced a document that sprang forth from the imagination. With this view of authorship, it was important to learn as much as possible about the person who did the writing, to learn about the authors experiences, imagination, and scholastic achievements. In short the author was a person, and the more we know about the author, the more we are able to understand the writing. A more recent school of thought dismisses the notion of the writer in an enclosed room, isolated from society who works on a document in isolation, and instead moves to the other end of the spectrum. The author...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #7: Don’t distinguish work from duration

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    Carl here again. 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 , and #8 . And here’s #7: Problem #7: Don't distinguish work from duration Project measures both duration and work values in increments of time, but duration gets a lot more visibility in the Project UI. In fact work only steps into the picture when you assign a resource to a task, and even then you need to dig a little to see work values. When you assign resources in your project plans, you may need to clearly distinguish the amount of work the...
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