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    New book: MCPD 70-519 Exam Ref: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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    With all the Microsoft Press books published before the new year, we forgot to post a “New book” announcement for MCPD 70-519 Exam Ref: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 (ISBN 9780735657267; 304 pages) by Tony Northrup. We apologize for the oversight, but better late than never. Tony’s book is the first in the new Microsoft Press Exam Ref series , and one of three Exam Refs currently available, with more on the way in 2012. The book is a great way to prepare for the MCPD 70-519 exam, the Pro-level exam required for the MCPD: Web Developer 4 certification To give you a look inside, here’s the book’s Table of Contents, and an excerpt from the section on 70-519 exam objective 4.2 (Design an authentication and authorization...
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    Quick news: Private Cloud Jump Start Fully Booked! New April Date Added! Register Now!

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    Course: “ Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start ” Date/Time: April 3-4, 2012 from 9:00am – 5:00pm PST | NEWLY ADDED IMPORTANT: The Feb. 21-22, 2012 class is fully booked and closed to new registrations Where: Live virtual classroom (online from wherever you are) Cost: FREE! Target audience: IT Professionals (IT Implementers, managers, decision makers) REGISTER NOW
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    Quick news: This week we’re three years old

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    Hello. We launched the Microsoft Press blog three years ago, so we’re no longer a baby blog. And we’re far beyond pulling ourselves up by the couch—we jump up and down on it—which means we’re not exactly toddlers. Plus, our vocabulary includes well over 350 words. But the best indication of our advanced development is the fact that we don’t see other children as “objects.” Frankly, we knew not to do that on Day 1. Thank you, everyone, for your interest and your responses over this time. We’ll keep sharing free ebooks, information about our publications, author news, Microsoft technology-related news, and more. Let us know if there’s anything else you’d like us to do.
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    Quick news: Press release for Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition

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    For information about the book, where to send press queries, and how to request a review copy, see our press release page for Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition . Here’s an excerpt: "However, change occurs rapidly in the world of technology, and so do the ways we talk about technology," continues Whitmire. "Even expert editors need a set of vetted guidelines that keep them up to date and protect them from making the same decisions repeatedly or in isolation. This edition of the Microsoft Manual of Style is about standardizing, clarifying, and simplifying the creation of content by providing the latest usage guidelines that apply across the genres of technical communication—1,000 decisions you don't have to make again."
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    New book: Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice

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    Good news! Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice , by Donald J. Reifer, is now available for purchase. Donald J. Reifer 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. Besides being a trusted advisor to major corporations and the government, he has founded software businesses and served as an expert witness. Check out Donald’s recent post to the Microsoft Press blog. The list of contents and some additional information from the Introduction can be found in this previous post . If this sounds interesting...
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    Microsoft Press and the Trustworthy Computing initiative

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    Greetings. Perhaps you’ve heard that as of this week Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing (TwC) initiative is ten years young: “At 10-Year Milestone, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Initiative More Important than Ever.” In this post, we’d like to point you to a couple of posts written by Microsoft Press authors who played key roles in the initiative: Steve Lipner (Senior Director of Security Engineering Strategy at Microsoft), along with Michael Howard, authored The Security Development Lifecycle (Microsoft Press, 2006), which described Microsoft’s implementation of the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). (You’ll find much more about Microsoft’s use of the SDL and the software development community’s use of similar models...
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    Author news: Scott Helmers & others provide free videos on Visio 2010

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    Post from Kenyon Brown, editor, Microsoft Press Three Microsoft Visio MVPs and authors, including Microsoft Press author, Scott Helmers , who wrote Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step , have recorded two dozen 5-8 minute videos on key topics in Visio 2010. Microsoft will release one video per week, and make them available at The Visio 2010 MVP Sessions page . Most videos include one or more sample diagrams that you can download. Topics include: Containers and lists Layers Network and rack diagrams Shape data Backstage and the ribbon Working with CAD drawings BPMN and SharePoint Workflow diagrams and many, many more... Session 1, “ Get started with the right template , ” features Scott. Here’s a description: See how to get started...
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    Jump Start class: Creating and managing a private cloud with System Center 2012

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    Greetings. We’d like to make sure you know about some upcoming free training. Here are the details: Course: “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start” Date/Time: February 21-22, 2012 from 9:00am – 5:00pm PST Where: Live virtual classroom (online from wherever you are) Cost: FREE! Target audience: IT Professionals (IT Implementers, managers, decision makers) You can register via MicrosoftCareerConferenceRegistration.aspx-pid=298 . And here’s much more information about the course: Why is this Jump Start a good time investment? Who should attend? This accelerated Jump Start is tailored for IT professionals familiar with Windows Server technologies, Hyper-V virtualization, and the System Center management...
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    Quick news: A history of threat modeling

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    Today we’d like to quickly point you to an article written by Dana Epp called “ The Evolution of Elevation: Threat Modeling in a Microsoft World ,” which begins like this: “I’ve been asked to give a history of threat modeling from the perspective of an outsider looking at Microsoft. While I’m flattered by the idea, I’m also petrified. I have my own views of what has happened over the past 15 or so years, and I suspect I’ll contradict the views of some people I respect at Microsoft. That said, I welcome the opportunity for those people to email me at dana@scorpionsoft.com and let me know what I might have missed. Or, let the world know and open the conversation on Twitter by sending a tweet to @danaepp. What follows is my view on the evolution of threat modeling, and where we have ended up in...
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    Author news: Russinovich and Margosis signing books at TechReady

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    For those attending TechReady: Mark Russinovich and Aaron Margosis , authors of Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference (Microsoft Press, 2012; ISBN: 9780735656727), will be signing the book in the bookstore on Friday, February 3, from 12:00 to 1:00. Mark will also be signing his cyber-thriller Zero Day : http://www.zerodaythebook.com/ . By the way, everyone, you can download the Table of Contents and two complete sample chapters from Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference via this blog post .
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    Book review: I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code,” Second Edition

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    You can read a pretty in-depth review of Eric Brechner’s I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”: A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft (Second Edition) at the ZDNet UK Book Reviews site. The review is by Mary Branscombe, and it begins like this: What's it like to work at Microsoft? Better still, what do the people who write software at Microsoft actually do? This annotated collection of software development columns, originally written for internal consumption, is a fascinating view of what's infuriating, what's inspiring and what's plain bizarre (Frisbee golf morale events, for example). Hard Code calls itself "the brutal truth about coding, testing and project management", and there's lots of nitty-gritty detail at that level (written in a feisty, 'I dare you to...
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    New book: MCPD 70-518 Exam Ref: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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    Just in time for the holidays, we’re happy to announce MCPD 70-518 Exam Ref: Designing and Developing Windows® Applications Using Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 (ISBN 9780735657236; 336 pages) by Tony Northrup and Matthew A. Stoecker. This book is the latest addition to the new Microsoft Press Exam Ref series , and a great way to prepare for the MCPD 70-518 exam, the Pro-level exam required for the MCPD: Windows Developer 4 certification. To give you a look inside, here’s the book’s Table of Contents, and an excerpt from the section on 70-518 exam objective 3.3 (Design Data Caching): Contents Chapter 1: Designing the Layers of a Solution · Objective 1.1: Design a Loosely Coupled Layered Architecture · Objective 1.2: Design Service Interaction...
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    A great holiday gift: XAML Developer Reference

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    We’ll be posting our “New book” announcement for this book in early January but wanted to make you all aware that XAML Developer Reference , by Mamta D. and Ashish Ghoda, is available now. If you have some free time over the holidays and want to study XAML, this is the book for you! Also makes a great gift for the developer on your list.
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    Author news: Upcoming seminars by David Solomon

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    David Solomon, co-author of the Windows Internals book series, is holding a 2-day webinar January 9 & 11, 2012, exploring the internals of key Windows kernel components and mechanisms featuring the Sysinternals tools. Topics include kernel architecture, memory management, thread scheduling, interrupt processing, time accounting, and crash dump analysis. This knowledge will help you help you troubleshoot difficult system problems as well as understand the true meaning behind key system performance counters. For more details, see www.solsem.com/register.html .
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    New book: MCITP 70-663 Exam Ref: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

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    One more new Exam Ref to go before 2011 ends. It’s a joy to announce availability of MCITP 70-663 Exam Ref: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 (ISBN 9780735658080; 448 pages), by Orin Thomas. Our latest addition to the Microsoft Press Exam Ref series is the study guide of choice for 70-663, the Pro-level exam required for the MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010 certification. Getting certified is a great way to start the new year. For a gaze inside, here’s the book’s Table of Contents and the review questions for exam 70-663 objective 3.1: Design and Deploy Messaging Security. You can get a sampler of the book, which includes the entire first chapter, here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article...
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    Dino Esposito: The O/RM and the chicken/egg dilemma

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    Hi, this is Dino Esposito. It’s been a couple of years since Microsoft Press published Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise (ISBN: 9780735626096; 460 pages), which I wrote with Andrea Saltarello. We also created a successful class out of the book and taught it countless times. As you can imagine, we’ve received a lot of feedback about some of the statements we made in the book and some of the positions we took on sensitive design points. A frequent point of discussion is the software architecture version of the old chicken/egg dilemma. What comes first in the design of a successful application: the database or domain model? As usual in software architecture, the most appropriate answer is, “It depends.” However, the fact is that nearly everybody...
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    Donald Reifer: “Software Change Management: Doing More With Less”

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    Donald Reifer here. Many firms are currently searching for ways to save money and cut cycle time in these times of economic contraction. To achieve these ends, many are trying to find ways to cut their costs and spur productivity growth. For example, some are simplifying their software development processes while others are out-sourcing work to try to realize such benefits. But, any change, no matter how trivial, can have adverse effects especially when the staff is not properly prepared and trained to accept it. Take something as petty as introducing a new trouble report. While the goal may be to simplify and reduce the effort associated with collecting defect data, the effort associated with training and bringing people up to speed so that they can effectively use it may diminish the anticipated...
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