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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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    Steve McConnell: Why Requirements Weren't More Prominent in Construx's Classic Mistakes Survey

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    Steve here. A reader of our 2008 Software Development’s Classic Mistakes White Paper made the following observation: I work in the Aerospace/Defense industry and have read your article called Software Development's Classic Mistakes 2008 dated July 2008. I am most interested in questioning the results of your most damaging classic mistakes overall that is tabulated in Table 8. I have read that up to 70% of project failures can be attributed to incomplete and poorly communicated requirements. Furthermore, the root cause of more than 50% of all errors identified in projects are introduced during the requirements analysis phase. Could you please shed some light as to why the results of your study don't cite mistakes that are attributed to requirements? Is this embedded in one or more of...
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    Ed Wilson: On understanding best practices

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    "I was recently talking with someone on Twitter about my Microsoft PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices book, and the person stated that best practices were for noobs (beginners). The reason given was that beginners need guidance but experienced people have already created their own best practices by virtue of their application and experimentation. Hmm, I said…"...
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    Jeffrey Richter: Excerpt #1 from CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Good morning everyone, Jeffrey Richter here. Today I thought I’d share a section of my new book, CLR via C#, Third Edition , with you. It’s from Chapter 26, “Compute-Bound Asynchronous Operations.” The section discusses how to flow contextual information from one thread to another thread by using the CLR’s Execution Context infrastructure. During the discussion, I go into the security and performance details of this feature as well. Execution Contexts Every thread has an execution context data structure associated with it. The execution context includes things such as security settings (compressed stack, Thread ’s Principal property, and Windows identity), host settings (see System.Threading. HostExecutionContextManager ), and logical call context data (see System.Runtime. Remoting.Messaging...
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    Happy Birthday to us!

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    Hey, I just realized that Friday (January 22) was the one-year mark for our blog. It looks like we wrote 397 posts in that time: phew! Some posts were extremely popular (those with free ebooks or excerpts from new books), and some hardly made a ripple (which is fine!). I think we’re just hitting our stride, so please keep reading. And thank you for reading. And thanks also to all the authors who share their thoughts here, to all the book reviewers and all the post commenters, and to everyone else who has contributed to the Microsoft Press blog. Thank you for writing. Let’s all keep in touch.
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    William Stanek: On Windows Server 2008 R2

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    William here. I wrote the November 2009 cover story for TechNet Magazine to provide an advanced primer for Windows Server 2008 R2. Now Windows Server 2008 R2 is here in a big way and you can learn all about its key features in my new book Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition (updated for R2). With this new book, I did things a bit differently than I’ve done in the past. For starters, I put my many months of experience working with R2 to work, with my many years of Windows Server experience behind it, to ensure I took as comprehensive a look as possible while still keeping the discussion clear and concise. What I found was that R2 had been tweaked in many more ways than most people realized, and I was one of the first to spell out exactly how so in my TechNet...
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