May, 2011

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  • Microsoft Press

    RTM’d today: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-516): Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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    We’re very happy to announce that MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-516): Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 , by Glenn Johnson (ISBN: 9780735627390, 672 pages) has released to the printer. This book can help you prepare for Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 . Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce and apply what you’ve learned through real-world case scenarios and practice exercises. While there is no substitution for on-the-job experience, preparation through study and hands-on practice can help you prepare for the exam. We recommend that you round out your exam preparation plan by using a combination of available study materials and courses. The book...
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    New book: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out

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    We’re excited to announce that Teresa Stover’s Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out (ISBN 9780735626874; 1320 pages) is now available for purchase! In today’s post, please enjoy the complete Chapter 5, “Scheduling Tasks Manually or Automatically.” New in Microsoft Project 2010 is the ability to choose whether a task is scheduled manually or automatically. By default, all new tasks are set for manual scheduling, although this default setting can easily be changed. Manually scheduled tasks can be switched to automatic scheduling, and vice versa. You can have a mixture of manually and automatically scheduled tasks within a project plan. Whether you schedule manually or automatically or use a mixture of both can depend largely on your project planning style, the development...
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    Resources for Windows Phone 7 Development

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    If you’ve already downloaded the free ebook Programming Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft Press and you still want more, visit the Windows Phone developer resources pages on App Hub. The team has created topic pages so you can learn everything you need to know to create great apps and games for Windows Phone.   LINKS: Silverlight for Windows Phone XNA Game Studio and XNA Framework Windows Phone Developer Tools and Device Unlock User Experience and User Interface Application and Execution Model Input, Touch and Gestures Launchers and Choosers Security Frame and Page Navigation Isolated Storage Performance Advertising Services Camera and Photos Media – Audio and Video Push Notifications and Live Tiles App Bar and Controls Location and Mapping Networking and Web Services Sensors Globalization...
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    New book: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-642): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition)

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    We’re pleased to announce that MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (70-642): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition) (ISBN 9780735651609; 752 pages) is available for purchase. This training kit is designed for IT professionals who work in the complex computing environment of medium-sized to large companies and who plan on taking exam 70-642, the required exam for the MCTS certification “Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring.” This 2-in-1 kit includes the official Microsoft study guide, plus practice tests on CD to help you assess your skills. It comes packed with the tools and features exam candidates want most—including in-depth, self-paced training based on final exam content; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam...
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    Request for feedback: The Soft Side of Software Engineering

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    Greetings, software developers. We have a request today: would you be willing to give us feedback on a chapter John Fox is working on (for a book titled The Soft Side of Software Engineering )? We’ll include the chapter here, as well as a link to a Word version of the chapter (in case you’d like to comment within the chapter itself). We’d like your thoughts about the usefulness of the chapter to you, about how to increase its usefulness, and/or about what you’d expect to see in a book about the soft skills required in the field of software development. You can access the Word doc here . Give us your feedback by commenting on this blog post or by sending your thoughts (or the marked-up Word doc) via email to jfox [at] swatsolutions.com and devonm [at] microsoft.com. We thank you! Chapter 4:...
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    Best Practices: Dynamics of Software Development, 2006 Edition

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    Greetings. Here’s a reminder about a book in our Best Practices series for developers. Updating the classic Dynamics of Software Development (Microsoft Press, 1995), Jim McCarthy and Michele McCarthy’s new edition of Dynamics of Software Development was released in 2006, with “Don’t Flip the Bozo Bit” and 56 other rules for delivering great software on time. Here’s more info about the book: In 1995, Jim McCarthy captured the attention of the software development industry with DYNAMICS OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT—offering thought-provoking ideas, techniques, and strategies for delivering great software on time in the real world. Now, this classic book is back—complete with new insights and additional material. You get the 54 original Rules—including...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Teresa Stover’s new book, Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out , has shipped to the printer! You're beyond the basics, so dive right in and really put your project management skills to work! Learn how to conquer Microsoft Project 2010 -- from the inside out! This in-depth reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds in a supremely organized format. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Microsoft® Project® 2010 -- and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Enable collaboration among team members, sponsors, and other project stakeholders; track team performance and help everyone understand the big picture; locate commands quickly in the new ribbon interface; Tailor...
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    New book: Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed

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    We’re excited to announce that Stephanie Krieger’s Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Content That Gets Notic ed (ISBN 9780735651999; 868 pages) is now available for purchase!   You can find the book’s introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 2, “Collaborating and Sharing When and Where You Choose.” There’s a big, new world up in the cloud that helps you get things done when and where it’s convenient for you. Today’s technology means that you don’t have to be tied to your office to be productive. You don’t have to route content from one person to the next to work together on a project. You don’t even need your own computer to make changes to your documents. When you store your Microsoft Office...
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    Is Charles Petzold a guilty pleasure for you?

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    Charles Petzold was mentioned yesterday in a New York Times Magazine article, “ Stuff We Like That Maybe You Won’t .” Someone on the staff and contributing to the article said, My friends are (mostly) not interested in the history of electrical engineering, which is the subject of Charles Petzold’s “Code.” I find it gripping! We’re pretty sure many of you find the book gripping, too. Tell us about it. Is it a guilty pleasure? A thriller, as Charles builds his explanations, switch by switch, diagram by diagram? A book you give to friends and never get back?  If you’re unfamiliar with Charles’s classic, here’s a description: What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software, they show...
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    Jeffrey Richter: Excerpt #6 from CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Hi, this is Jeffrey Richter, offering one more excerpt from my latest book, CLR via C#, Third Edition . If you use the “CLR” tag on this blog , you can find all the other excerpts, as well as a post called “Sample chapters: CLR via C#, by Jeffrey Richter,” which offers you two complete chapters. Today’s excerpt is from Chapter 24, “Runtime Serialization.” It’s a section called “Controlling Serialization and Deserialization.” Enjoy, and post a comment with any feedback or questions you might have. Controlling Serialization and Deserialization When you apply the SerializableAttribute custom attribute to a type, all instance fields ( public , private , protected , and so on) are serialized (Footnote 1). However, a type may define some instance fields that should not be serialized. In general,...
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    Beta release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools that support Mango

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    Greetings. Just a quick note today to share this news: the beta release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools that support Mango will be available for download sometime today. Here’s some information from Matt Bencke’s announcement on the Windows Phone Developer Blog: First the tools. Developers can use this beta release to get ready for the upcoming Windows Phone OS release. The new application platform capabilities coming in Mango deliver the top features you have asked for: - Background processing - New profiler and emulator for testing - Use of Silverlight + XNA together - Silverlight 4 - IE9 web browser control - Live Tile enhancements: use of back of tiles and ability to update Live Tiles locally - Deep linking into apps from notifications and...
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    Three new videos: Inside the Mango Developer Tools

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    This is just a quick note to point you to three new videos released today, featuring Brandon Watson interviewing the people behind the next release of Windows Phone, Mango: Inside the Mango Developer Tools: Communications (with Ian Todd) Inside the Mango Developer Tools: Search (with Jared Brown) Inside the Mango Developer Tools: App Platform (with Andrew Clinick) Enjoy.
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    Author news: Azure deep dives with Jeffrey Richter

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    Wintellect is teaming up with Microsoft to present four free, in-person Azure training events with Jeffrey Richter . You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a full day of in-depth, live learning as Jeffrey teaches you—architects and developers—how to leverage Azure’s data storage and compute services. This is a great opportunity to receive complimentary training to better understand the Windows Azure Service Platform. The in-person events will be held in New York : May 13th - 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Sixth Floor New York, NY 10104 Boston : May 16th - 201 Jones Road, Suite 601 Waltham, MA 02451 Atlanta : May 18th - 1125 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 300 Alpharetta, GA 30009 Reston : May 20th - 12012 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190 Register...
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    Event Special Offer: Attend Pre-Conference Workshops Free with Purchase of 2-Day Pass

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    Would you like to hear top Microsoft Press authors like Steve Fox, Kim Tripp, Paul Randall and Dino Esposito speak at the inaugural IT&DevConnections powered by Microsoft UK conference? H ow does an exclusive offer sound? Just enter code ORE001 when you purchase a full, 2-day conference pass and you’ll be able to attend the pre-conference workshops free of charge. Check out www.devconnections.com/uk for more info & to register. This exciting conference held at the ExCel Arena, London on 13-15 June 2011 brings together experts from Microsoft and leading independent industry presenters to deliver in-depth presentations and cutting edge sessions to help you succeed with the Microsoft technology stack – SharePoint, Windows, SQL Server, Silverlight, ASP.Net, Exchange and Visual Studio. Learn...
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    Author Andrew Couch Speaks at Microsoft Tech Days 2011 in UK

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    Andrew Couch, author of "Microsoft Access 2010 VBA Programming Inside Out," is speaking about "Microsoft Office and SQL Azure." This session will provide an introduction to placing an on-premise SQL Server database into SQL Azure, and focus on how existing Office Applications that are used for BI and Application Development can continue to function when directly connected to SQL Azure. He will share his own experiences of assisting companies in moving the data, developing multi-tenanted solutions, managing security, and refining the application design. http://uktechdays.cloudapp.net/online-events.aspx If you can’t make it to the event, check out their online events: http://uktechdays.cloudapp.net/online-events.aspx
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    Bytes by MSDN Interview: Jason Jacobs talks about developing for Windows Phone 7

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    Jason Jacobs, CEO of RunKeeper (a mobile fitness platform for runners and other fitness enthusiasts) shares his experiences with developing on the Windows Phone 7 platform with Brian Gorbett, Senior Architect Evangelist. Jason describes Windows Phone 7 as a powerful channel to gain new users and a way to improve the functionality of the RunKeeper system overall. If you’re a mobile developer and fitness enthusiast, this is one interview you won’t want to miss.  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/hh128829.aspx
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