September, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    RTM'd today: Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for R2. It was also split into two volumes: Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant Storage, Security, & Networking and Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant Essentials & Configuration We're pleased to announce that William R. Stanek's new book, Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant (ISBN 9780735666139), has shipped to the printer! Learn about Windows 8 and keep this concise reference nearby to expertly guide you through your administration tasks. This book will be shipped to retailers in just a couple of weeks. Here's a sneak peek at the contents and the introduction. Contents at a Glance Chapter 1 Introduction to Windows 8 Administration Chapter 2 Configuring Windows 8 Computers Chapter 3 Customizing the Desktop...
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    Sneak peek: Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

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    Greetings. We’re working with our good friend Richard Hundhausen on a book called Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 , which we’ll be publishing in October. Here’s a little bit about Rich: Richard is the president of Accentient, a company that helps software development teams understand and leverage Application Lifecycle Management and Scrum tools and practices. He has over 30 years of software development experience and over 20 years of training experience. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, Visual Studio ALM MVP, and author of several books and courses, including Microsoft's Professional Scrum Developer program. Richard grew up in southern Idaho, lived in Germany for a couple of years, and moved back to Boise in 2001. He enjoys playing...
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    Tarik Soulami: Anatomy of a debugging investigation

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    This guest post is by Tarik Soulami, a Principal Development Lead at Microsoft and author of Inside Windows Debugging: A Practical Guide to Debugging and Tracing Strategies in Windows , which is getting very positive reviews on Amazon . Enjoy! Tarik here. When you think of scripts, you don’t usually think of threads, synchronization or deadlocks. However, that was precisely the curious bug I had to investigate a few weeks ago. The script I was trying to write had a simple goal: parse the standard and error outputs from another existing command-line tool (a console application), and write the processed (modified) text to the command prompt. The repro case My console application tool was fairly complex, but I was able to simulate the hang condition even with the following simple program: // ...
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    New book: Building Web Applications with SVG

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    We’re pleased to announce that Building Web Applications with SVG (ISBN 9780735660120) is now available for purchase! Written by David Dailey, Jon Frost, and Domenico Strazzullo, this guide will help you discover how to: •Build client-side graphics with little impact on your web server •Create simple user interfaces for mobile and desktop web browsers •Work with complex shapes and design reusable patterns •Position, scale, and rotate text elements using SVG transforms •Create animations using the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) •Build more powerful animations by manipulating SVG with JavaScript •Apply filters to sharpen, blur, warp, reconfigure colors, and more •Make use of programming libraries such...
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    Quick news: Search across Microsoft Press books for the topics you want

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    Have you ever wanted to search across the Microsoft Press book titles to find if or where a topic is mentioned? Safari Books Online provides a great platform for searching across all of our titles. You don’t even have to have a subscription to search. Here area a couple of new links to search results on Windows 8 and SQL Server 2012. These links will give you an idea of what you can find. Windows 8 - http://mseref.safaribooksonline.com/search?q=TITLE%20%22Windows%208%22 SQL 2012 - http://mseref.safaribooksonline.com/search?q=TITLE%20%22SQL%202012%22
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    RTM’d today: Programming with the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit

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    We’re happy to announce that Programming with the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (ISBN 9780735666818) has shipped to the printer! If you are a developer who wants to learn how to add gesture and posture recognition to your applications, check out David Catuhe’s book. This guide to the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit is full of insights and code samples that teach you how to integrate Kinect in your apps and help you begin writing UIs and controls that can handle Kinect interaction. The book will be shipped to retailers in just a couple weeks. In the meantime, preorder your copy here , here , or here . Catuhe is a developer evangelist at Microsoft who says that “fell in love” with Kinect for Windows the first time he used it. Read on to...
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    New book: Windows Phone 7 Development Internals

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows Phone 8. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re pleased to announce the availability of the new book Windows Phone 7 Development Internals , by Andrew Whitechapel, a senior member of the core Windows Phone Application Platform team. This book covers the breadth of application development for the Windows Phone 7 platform (both the major 7.0 and 7.1/7.5 versions, and the minor 7.1.1 version). The book shows how to build compelling and useful applications for Windows Phone, while providing detailed technical insights into the design of the application platform itself, which will help you build applications that are consistent with the strategic vision for Windows Phone. While you can build both XNA and Silverlight applications...
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    RTM’d today: Windows 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Simon May’s book, Windows 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple , has shipped to the printer and we have redesigned our cover! This full-color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to get things done with Windows 8 for tablets—with easy-to-follow steps, screenshots, and concise, straightforward language. Simon shows you how to use Windows 8 with easy tablet touch gestures; browse, try, buy, or extend apps to do almost anything; link email and social networks for real-time updates; help protect your PC, files, and family from threats; play with photos and share your files in the cloud; and connect to TVs, printers, and other devices. The concise, language, easy-to-follow steps, and screenshots show you exactly what to do. Handy tips...
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    RTM’d today: Windows 8 Plain & Simple

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows 8.1. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re very pleased to announce that Nancy Muir’s book, Windows 8 Plain & Simple , has shipped to the printer and we have redesigned the cover! This full-color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to get things done with Windows 8—with easy-to-follow steps, screenshots, and concise, straightforward language. Nancy shows you how to use a PC or touch device and connect anytime, anywhere; find and download apps to personalize how you work and play; set up a printer and home network, and sync devices; send email, browse the web, organize and share content; make movies, take photos, play music, burn DVDs; and protect privacy and perform easy system tune-ups. The...
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    Save on books from Microsoft Press to celebrate back-to-school

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    Back-to-School Special - Jumpstart Your Education with Books from Microsoft Press Whether you're learning a Microsoft app, studying for a Microsoft certification exam, or mastering a Microsoft programming language, you'll find the Microsoft Press book a Back-to-School Special to fit your needs. Save 50% on ebooks and 40% on print books published by Microsoft Press when you purchase from our official distributor, O’Reilly Media. Click here to see the selection of books. Microsoft Press ebooks from oreilly.com are DRM-free. Use discount code B2S2 - Deal expires September 11, 2012 at 11:59pm PT , and cannot be combined with other offers.
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    Quick news: Don't miss the launch of Visual Studio 2012

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    Just a reminder that the Visual Studio 2012 launch is less than a week away! Watch the live debut of Visual Studio 2012 on September 12, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. PDT. Here are some of the topics you can expect to learn more about: Experience powerful possibilities. Discover how Visual Studio 2012 allows you to collaborate better and be more agile. Experience how it integrates best practices that accelerate development and deployment. Add value to ALM at every point. From strategy and planning all the way to deployment, see how Visual Studio brings continuous value to every point in the application lifecycle.  
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    Quick news: Windows Store open to developers in 120 markets

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    Check out the great news here . Here’s a taste: We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in our supported markets, and we’ve added 82 more app submission markets! Now, developers from 120 markets can publish Windows Store apps.
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