April, 2012

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    Quick news: Download stats for Programming Windows Phone 7

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    Greetings. This month the number of downloads of Charles Petzold’s free ebook Programming Windows Phone 7 (including the two earlier draft versions of the ebook we also released) surpassed 600,000. This is the number of actual downloads, folks, not the number of views of the blog posts sharing the ebooks. Congratulations to Charles for reaching so many developers!
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    Outline for the Consumer Preview ebook of Programming Windows, 6th Edition

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    Greetings. To learn more about the Consumer Preview ebook release of Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , click here . The outline for this release is below: Chapter 1: Markup and Code The First Project Graphical Greetings Variations in Text Media As Well The Code Alternatives Images in Code Not Even a Page Chapter 2: XAML Syntax The Gradient Brush in Code Property Element Syntax Content Properties The TextBlock Content Property Sharing Brushes (and Other Resources) Resources Are Shared A Bit of Vector Graphics Styles A Taste of Data Binding Chapter 3: Basic Event Handling The Tapped Event Routed Event Handling Overriding the Handled Setting Input, Alignment, and Backgrounds Size and Orientation Changes Bindings to Run? Timers and Animation Chapter 4: Presentation with Panels...
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    Free Jump Start: May 15-16, 2012–What can you do about the "consumerization" of IT?

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    The culture of work is changing. People want the freedom to work anywhere—at home, in the office, on the road—and they want instant access to everything they would typically have at their office desk. They want to bring their own PCs, slates, and smartphones to work. Not to mention, everyone's more connected than ever with use of social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) at work and for work as well as work-related collaboration using cloud applications like web mail, cloud storage, and web apps. It’s time to give people the freedom to get things done their way. In return, you’ll unleash passion and productivity like never before. REGISTER NOW: http://aka.ms/ConsumerIT Course: “ Embracing the Consumerization of IT Jump Start ” Date/Time: May 15-16, 2012 from 8:00am – 12:00pm...
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using Window Functions

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using Window Functions (ISBN: 9780735658363; 244 pages), by Itzik Ben-Gan! As Itzik explains, “Window functions are functions applied to sets of rows defined by a clause called OVER. They are used mainly for analytical purposes allowing you to calculate running totals, calculate moving averages, identify gaps and islands in your data, and perform many other computations. These functions are based on an amazingly profound concept in standard SQL (which is both an ISO and ANSI standard)—the concept of windowing . The idea behind this concept is to allow you to apply various calculations to a set, or window , of rows and return a single value. Window functions can help to...
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    From the MVPs: Giving back to the technical community

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    Here’s the 8th post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Eric Boyd , who became a Windows Azure MVP in April 2012. Thanks, Eric! Starting at an early age, I became very entrepreneurial and also quite intrigued by technology. I grew up in a hardworking, blue-collar family. My brother and I were loved very much, our mother worked very hard to provide opportunities...
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    Quick news: 100,000 thank-yous

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    Just a quick note to say that our post sharing the free Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 ebook has had, as of last night, 100,000 views. This is pretty rare for us. It’s the eighth post out of our 970-odd posts to reach that milestone. (Sort our posts by “Most Views” on our front page, and you’ll see the rest.) And to reach the milestone in less than six weeks is exciting; it means we provided something you very much appreciate. We’ll try to keep that up. Thanks for your interest, everybody.
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    An interview with the two editors of the Microsoft Manual of Style

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    The following interview related to the creation of the recently published Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition , appears in the April-May 2012 newsletter of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) . It is reprinted here with the kind permission of the article’s author, David Kowalsky, who is also a member of the chapter’s Editorial Board. Thanks, David. Interview with Two Members of the MMS Team by David Kowalsky The highly anticipated 4th edition of the Microsoft Manual of Style (MMS) was published in January 2012. This is a substantial update; it has been eight years since the third edition was published in 2004. The MMS provides guidance to not only technical writers and editors, but also content creators, journalists, and everyone...
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    Mark your calendars: Programming Windows, Sixth Edition is coming

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    Special Offer to Celebrate Programming Windows, Sixth Edition Reimagined for full-screen and touch-optimized apps, Windows 8 provides a platform for reaching new users in new ways. In response, programming legend Charles Petzold is rewriting his classic Programming Windows —one of the most popular programming books of all time—to show developers how to use existing skills and tools to build Windows 8 apps. (See the book’s “Description” tab.) To celebrate, Microsoft Press will release three versions of the eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , including two pre-release editions that provide crucial access to early content. Based on when you purchase (see table below), you will receive the most recently published version of the eBook—plus any...
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    From the MVPs: Meet the “Paulovich Brothers”!

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    Here’s the seventh post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by André Paulovich Gomes and Ivan Paulovich Gomes , who became Microsoft MVPs in April 2012. Thanks, guys! With similar careers, we both have started working together in companies of  Belo Horizonte, a city near the center of Brazil. Today, however, we work in different companies, one with SharePoint...
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    Amazon coupon: 15% off through May 15, 2012 on MCTS 70-662 Rapid Review–Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

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    Save 15% through May 15, 2012 at Amazon.com. Click here and look for the coupon in the book’s detail page. How to Redeem the Coupon: To apply a coupon offer to a qualifying item, add coupon in one of two ways: Click on the coupon offer on the item detail page which will take you to "Your Coupon Book" then click on the applicable coupon, or Click on the coupon provided in "Your Coupon Book". After applying the coupon to the qualifying item, add the item to your Cart via the "Add to Cart" or "1-Click" option button on the respective item detail page or from "Your Coupon Book". The coupon discount will be applied to the qualifying item added to your Cart and will be reflected on the final order checkout page.
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    Sample chapters: Software Change Management

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    Today we’d like to share a sampler from the recently published Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice , by Donald J. Reifer . The sampler (2.97 MB) contains two complete chapters—Chapter 6, “Industrial Case: Utility Moving to the Clouds,” and Chapter 9, “Government Case: Introducing New Technology”—and a Table of Contents for the complete 12-chapter book. You can download the sampler here . Donald is one of the leading figures in the field of systems/software engineering and management, with over 40 years of progressive experience. He has built businesses, steered troubled projects, and served in executive positions in industry and government. He specializes in the area of metrics and measurement. Enjoy!
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    From the MVPs: The path to my first Microsoft MVP award

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    Here’s the sixth post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Stephen Oiller, Windows Phone Consumer MVP, who became a Microsoft MVP in April 2012. Thank you, Stephen! My road through community and technology has been a long one. For as long as I can remember, technology has been a massive part of my life. Today I, like many, carry a phone around, have access to a computer...
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    Sample chapters: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1

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    Greetings! Today we’d like to share a sampler from Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1 , by Mark Russinovich (@markrussinovich), David Solomon, and Alex Ionescu (@aionescu). The 244-page sampler (9.4 MB) contains two complete chapters—Chapter 5, “Processes, Threads, and Jobs,” and Chapter 6, “Security”—and a complete Table of Contents for both Parts 1 (Chapters 1-7) & 2 (Chapters 8-14). You can download the sampler here . Enjoy. P.S. The authors are hard at work on Part 2. We’re expecting to publish it in summer or fall 2012. We’ll keep you informed of our progress via this blog.
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    By request: Topics covered in Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Parts 1 and 2

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    In the week since Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1 became available for purchase, customers have been asking what topics will be covered in Part 2, which is scheduled for release this fall. Here are the Contents at a Glance of both books: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1 Chapter 1   Concepts and Tools Chapter 2   System Architecture Chapter 3   System Mechanisms Chapter 4   Management Mechanisms Chapter 5   Processes, Threads, and Jobs Chapter 6   Security Chapter 7   Networking Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 2 Chapter 8   I/O System Chapter 9   Storage Management Chapter 10   Memory Management Chapter 11   Cache Manager Chapter 12   File Systems Chapter 13   Startup and Shutdown Chapter 14   Crash...
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    New and upcoming titles from Microsoft Press–through May 2012

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    Introducing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Available Now Working with Microsoft® FAST™ Search Server 2010 for SharePoint® Available Now Windows® Internals, Part 1, Sixth Edition Available Now MCTS 70-680 Rapid Review: Configuring Windows® 7 Available Now MCTS 70-662 Rapid Review: Configuring Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Available Now Security and Privacy for Microsoft® Office 2010 Users Available Now Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects Available Now Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Pocket Consultant Available Now Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using Window Functions April 2012 (est.) MOS Study Guide for Microsoft® Office 365 May 2012 (est.) Architecting Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise May 2012 (est.) Working with Microsoft® Office 365...
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    eReference Library: Subscription information

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    We don’t often feature our Microsoft Press eReference Library on the blog. I thought it might be time for a refresh. Access a wealth of Microsoft Press books by subscribing to our eReference Library hosted by Safari Books Online. You’ll get access to Microsoft Press titles and time-saving tools that make it easy for you to organize information and personalize your experience so that you can reach your training goals. Search and access more than 600 reference books from Microsoft Press, and read the full content online. Quickly find specific information within a book. Easily search multiple books to find information on the same topic. Cut and paste code. Read books on your computer or from any mobile device. Download up to five chapters...
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    Robert Reynolds of STC interviews Karen Szall, editor of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out

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    Reprinted with permission from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) ( http://www.stc-psc.org/ ). Originally published in the Feb/March 2012 issue of the newsletter Sound Views . Delivering More than Another How-To Interview with the editor of Best of Show, Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out by Robert Reynolds For this issue, I interviewed Karen Szall, who was the developmental editor for one of the Best of Show entries: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out. Karen Szall is a publishing professional at Microsoft. She has several years of experience writing, editing, and managing content projects for retail companies, big banks, and most recently, the tech giants IBM and Microsoft. Initial phase: How did you define your audience for this work...
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