March, 2011

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    Event: New Sessions Released, Learn from the Best at MIX11

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    MIX11 – April 12-14, 2011 – Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Browse the latest set of sessions and speakers , topics include: HTML5, CSS3, Windows Phone, Silverlight, Web Standards, Web Platform , Windows Azure, ASP.NET, and more.
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    Forefront quiz from Microsoft Press author, Yuri Diogenes

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    Follow Yuri on Twitter to receive five questions each week related to Microsoft Forefront technologies. For more details, visit Yuri’s blog - http://blogs.technet.com/b/yuridiogenes/archive/2011/03/25/forefront-contest-quiz-will-begin.aspx
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    New book: Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project

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    We’re excited to announce that Bonnie Biafore’s Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project (ISBN 9780735649804; 468 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s Table on Contents and Introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 1, “Meet Project Management.” A project has a set of objectives, a start and end, and a budget. The purpose of project management is to achieve the project objectives on time and within budget. In reality, project management is an ongoing task of balancing the scope against time, cost, quality, and any other constraints placed on the project. Read more to learn what a project is, the basics of managing one...
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    Jeffrey Richter: Excerpt #4 from CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Good morning, everyone, Jeffrey Richter here. Today I’d like to share another section from my new book with you. It’s from Chapter 25, “Thread Basics.” Enjoy, and search this blog for more excerpts from the book. Stop the Madness If all we cared about was raw performance, then the optimum number of threads to have on any machine is identical to the number of CPUs on that machine. So a machine with one CPU would have only one thread, a machine with two CPUs would have two threads, and so on. The reason is obvious: If you have more threads than CPUs, then context switching is introduced and performance deteriorates. If each CPU has just one thread, then no context switching exists and the threads run at full speed. However, Microsoft designed Windows to favor reliability and responsiveness as...
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    RTM’d today: Working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

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    We’re super happy to announce that Working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 , by Mike Snyder, Jim Steger, and Kristie Reid, has shipped to the printer. Configure, adapt, and extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011—guided by three of the leading implementation specialists in the field. Whether you’re an IT professional, a developer, or a power user, you’ll get pragmatic, hands-on insights for customizing CRM in your organization—with or without programming. You can pre-order the book from here . We’ll let you know when it’s available, and we’ll publish a longer excerpt from the book then. Here is a list of the contents and a sample from the book’s Introduction. Contents at a Glance Part I Overview and Configuration 1 Microsoft...
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    Games: Think you’re good at scripting…prove it at the Scripting Games

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    The 2011 Scripting Games begin on April 4, 2011 and run through April 15, 2011. What is the Scripting Games, you may ask? Well simply put, the Scripting Games are the premier learning event of the year for IT Pro’s and others who wish to master Windows PowerShell. Comprising 10 events, a registered contestant has seven days to create a solution to a scenario driven problem and post their code to a MVP maintained script repository for evaluation by a panel of internationally recognized judges. Daily leaderboards and prize drawings help to maintain the suspense throughout the two-week international event. During the 2011 Scripting Games hundreds of contestants will submit thousands of scripts that will be reviewed by dozens of judges. Hundreds of thousands of spectators from all around the world...
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    Certification: Why Exam Development Is Separate from Training Development

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    Greetings! Here’s a word from Liberty Munson (AKA our crazy Psychometrician). Liberty here. Why can’t authors who write books or courseware have access to exam content or act as subject matter experts (SMEs) during exam development? Why can’t SMEs who create exam content also author courseware/books or act as technical reviewers on courses/books that are considered preparation for that exam? I’m asked some version of this question a lot—even by some inside Microsoft Learning and Microsoft Press. So, I’m here to clarify what the requirement is and why we have implemented it. Well, I’m going to try to clarify it. What Is the Requirement? SMEs involved in the development of a Microsoft Certified Professional exam cannot be involved in any aspect of the development of training that is considered...
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    Event: Microsoft Press Author Rob Miles to Speak at MIX11

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    XNA Game Studio for Fun, Profit, Danger, Excitement and Windows Phone 7 Games with Microsoft Press author Rob Miles Ever wonder what it takes to create a top game for Windows Phone 7? Rob will show you how easy it is to get XNA programs running, whether you are a C# and Visual Studio newbie or a grizzled veteran of .NET. You will find out how to use the touch and accelerometer sensors and how to add a smattering of physics to your games. All the demos will be provided with full source so you can take them away and use them to begin creating your own games based on the abilities of this wonderful device. If you want to know how to take game ideas and give them life then this session is for you. And you might be in danger of winning the odd prize. Which should be exciting. Check out more MIX11...
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    New book: Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the new Microsoft Press book Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Step by Step , by Elena Kosinska and Chris Leeds (ISBN 9780735639010; 432 pages). Expression Blend is an incredibly powerful tool that, due to the ever-increasing popularity of XAML, in Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) programming, is becoming a must-know product for designers and developers. The authors walk you through the Expression Blend interface, and the concepts and goals involved in application design using Expression Blend, Sketchflow, and Expression Design. You’ll find the procedures you need to know to create graphics, animations, and customized interfaces in Expression Blend using the tried and tested Step by Step format, where you start accomplishing real work as...
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    Sale: Save 40 Percent on Books from Microsoft Press Now through April 6, 2011

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    Visit any Barnes & Noble Booksellers store or online at http://www.bn.com/microsoft-press now through April 6, 2011, to save 40 percent on Microsoft Press books. Here’s a list of some of our consumer titles you might want to purchase at this great discount: Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Step by Step Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple Microsoft Excel 2010 Inside Out Windows 7 Plain & Simple Microsoft Excel 2010   Data Analysis and Business Modeling The Best of Windows(R) 7 2007 Microsoft Office System Inside Out Beyond Bullet Points
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    New book: MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

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    MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (ISBN 9780735648753; 736 pages) is now available in stores and online . Demonstrate your expertise with Microsoft Office 2010! This all-in-one guide is designed to help you practice and prepare for the four core Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams covering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Here is an excerpt from the Excel section of the study guide: 5 Applying Formulas and Functions The skills tested in this section of the Microsoft Office Specialist exam for Microsoft Excel 2010 relate to calculating data by using formulas. Specifically, the following objectives are associated with this set of skills: 5.1 Create Formulas 5.2 Enforce Precedence 5.3 Apply Cell References in Formulas 5.4 Apply Conditional...
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    RTM’d today: Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Bonnie Biafore’s book, Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project has shipped to the printer! With this practical guide, project management expert Bonnie Biafore shows you proven project management techniques, shares the real-world experiences of professionals in several industries, and shows you how to put best practices to work using powerful Project 2010 tools. Learn best practices and proven methods from project management pros -- and apply these newfound skills with Microsoft Project 2010. Put hard-won lessons of experts to work using powerful Project 2010 tools; work effectively with project stakeholders, management, and team members; define scope, objectives, and deliverables;...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Scott Helmer’s book, Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step has shipped to the printer! With Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step, experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to create professional business and technical diagrams with the new version of Visio . You set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Learn how to navigate the new user interface—the Ribbon and Backstage view—in Visio 2010; build network diagrams, organization charts, office spaces, floor plans, and other diagrams; connect and align shapes in process diagrams, and create effective flowcharts and workflow diagrams; link Visio diagrams to a data source to visualize the diagram’s data, and analyze...
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    RTM’d today: MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

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    We’re happy to announce that the much-anticipated MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (ISBN 9780735648753) has shipped to the printer! This book will be orderable on March 15, 2011, so watch for the announcement post around that time. Demonstrate your expertise with Microsoft Office 2010! This all-in-one guide is designed to help you practice and prepare for the four core Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams covering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Here is the Table of Contents: Contents Taking a Microsoft Office Specialist Exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix Microsoft Office Specialist Certification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xix...
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    Sale: Save 40 Percent on Books from Microsoft Press

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    Visit any Barnes & Noble Booksellers store or online at http://www.bn.com/microsoft-press from March 3 through April 6, 2011, to save 40 percent on Microsoft Press books. Here’s a list of some of our IT pro titles you might want to purchase at this great discount:   MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680) Windows 7 Inside Out Windows 7 Resource Kit MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-685) MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-662) Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices
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    New book: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 4

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    Hi, everyone. Dino Esposito’s newest book, Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 4 (ISBN 9780735643383; 992 pages), is now available. Take a look at this earlier post to read the book’s Introduction , which describes the book’s contents and intended audience. Today we’d like to share a chapter excerpt from the book. Enjoy. Chapter 4 HTTP Handlers, Modules, and Routing Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t. —Erica Jong HTTP handlers and modules are truly the building blocks of the ASP.NET platform. Any requests for a resource managed by ASP.NET are always resolved by an HTTP handler and pass through a pipeline of HTTP modules. After the handler has processed the request, the request flows back through the pipeline...
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    Accessibility and Microsoft Press ebooks

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    Microsoft Press has received inquiries about the accessibility of our book content. The good news is that many Microsoft Press ebooks are available in the Daisy format (Digital Accessible Information System) that includes features that offer accessibility (see www.daisy.org ). You can purchase these as part of the ebook bundles available through http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com where our ebooks are distributed and sold. Of course, this site also offers our ebooks DRM-free in other ebook formats like epub, mobi (for Kindle), and pdf. Many of our books are also available through www.bookshare.org , an organization dedicated to providing content to people with the most severe challenges to accessing printed books. More good news is on the horizon. I recall seeing George Kerscher, currently...
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