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    Quick news: Review of “The future of looking back”

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    Greetings. This is just a quick post to point you to a new review of Richard Banks’s The future of looking back (Microsoft Press, 2011; ISBN: 9780735658066), the first book in our Microsoft Research series. The review , by David Ozab, begins like this: As I sit at my laptop writing these words, I am surrounded by objects: a bookcase full to overflowing, pictures on the walls, photo albums tucked into a file cabinet, and a closet full of clothes. A room filled with stuff—some practical, some sentimental—and at least some of it will last long enough for my daughter to have to sort through someday. Yet will these objects be the most important things I leave behind decades from now? What about the thousands of photos my wife has taken? Or the hours of video we’ve...
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    Reader review: SQL Server 2008 Internals

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    A really in-depth, interesting reader review came by my desk today. It was such a helpful review, that I wanted to share it with all of you. Click Here: Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals A big Microsoft Press thank you to Jes Schultz Borland (Twitter alias @grrl_geek) for writing the review. We’re also happy to report that lead author Kalen Delaney and her team are currently working on the next edition for SQL Server 2012.
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    Author news: Karl Wiegers on peer review for authors

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    Back in October we shared that Karl Wiegers—author of Software Requirements, Second Edition (Microsoft Press, 2003), Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools (Microsoft Press, 2007), and More About Software Requirements: Thorny Issues and Practical Advice (Microsoft Press, 2009)—had started blogging. Karl’s most recent post, “Four Eyes Are Better Than Two: Reviewing What You Write,” is especially important for authors. Here’s an excerpt: Tough peer reviews are the most useful kind. They aren't much fun to read, but they sure help improve whatever you write. I've been fortunate in this regard. For each of my books, I have had one or two—never more than two—reviewers who just didn't let me get away with anything. Once I figure out...
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    Webcasts: Upcoming sessions in January and February

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    Jan 12, 2012 Diagnosing and Repairing Difficult Problems in Windows 7 Mike Halsey Cost: Free It can be difficult enough finding out what's gone wrong with windows 7 or a program, but some problems can be a nightmare to diagnose. In this webcast, Mike Halsey, the author of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out talks you through how to diagnose really stubborn and hidden problems in Windows 7, and explains how you can go about fixing them. Time: 10:00 AM PT Register here: http://oreillynet.com/pub/e/2120 Jan 20, 2012 Introduction to Windows Media Architecture Anton Polinger Time: 1:00 PM PT Cost: Free This webcast will provide an introduction to media pipeline on Windows, comparing and contrasting DirectShow and Media Foundation architectures. Register...
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    RTM’d today: MCPD 70-518 Exam Ref: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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    After launching the new Microsoft Press Exam Ref series in October, we’re happy to announce that the second Exam Ref -- MCPD 70-518 Exam Ref: Designing and Developing Windows® Applications Using Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 (ISBN 9780735657236; 336 pages) -- shipped to the printer this week. Congratulations to authors Tony Northrup and Matthew A. Stoecker! The Exam Ref series is designed for experienced, MCTS-certified professionals ready to advance their status. Each book focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCPD level. This title provides a comprehensive and concise way of preparing for the MCPD 70-518 exam, the Pro-level exam required for the MCPD: Windows Developer 4 certification. Each Exam Ref is organized by exam objectives...
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    Webcasts: Coming up this week

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      Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 Office 365 and Exchange Online Learn how the new Exchange Online service of Office 365 allows you to have access to email, calendar, and contacts from virtually anywhere from your desktop, browser, and mobile devices. 1 PM Pacific Time (9pm - London | 4pm - New York | Fri, Nov 18th at 8am - Sydney | Fri, Nov 18th at 6am - Tokyo | Fri, Nov 18th at 5am - Beijing | Fri, Nov 18th at 2:30am – Mumbai) Register Here Friday, Nov 18, 2011 Create Better Excel 2010 Workbooks More Easily If you're a CIA code breaker or a research scientist working alone in a lab, you might not care what your Excel charts or workbooks look like as long as the numbers are accurate. But for most of us, workbooks we create and share in Excel need to be as visually compelling as the numbers behind...
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    Jump Start class: New date added for Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization course

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    Posted by the Microsoft Learning Jump Start Team Microsoft Learning hosted a brand new class in the popular “Jump Start” series back on October 6, 2011. Because we received such rave reviews and demand for more options to take the class, we've added a few new dates and times. For those of you who have been asking for class times more appropriate for APAC and EMEA time zones, please note that the December 1, 2011 class runs from 10:00 PM to 06:00 AM PST! We're excited to see all of you online on December 1! Here are the details: Course: Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization Jump Start Target Audience: IT Pros with some Microsoft Virtualization experience who want to be sure they're ready to pass exam 70-659 Instructors: Microsoft Technical Evangelist...
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    New book: Developer's Guide to Collections in Microsoft .NET

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    We’re pleased to announce that the new Microsoft Press book Developer's Guide to Collections in Microsoft® .NET (ISBN 978-0-7356-5927-8, 646 pages), is now available for purchase! Written by Calvin (Lee) Janes, a data collection expert, this book is unique because a deep look inside .NET collections: what types of collections are available in the .NET Framework, which ones are most suitable for which types of tasks, working with collection events and interfaces, and managing issues with GUI data binding, threading, data querying, and storage. This book not only provides the most thorough explanation of collection classes in .NET, but also provides task-oriented guidance, exercises, and extensive code samples so you can solve common problems and improve application performance....
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    Webcast: Friday, Dec 9, 2011 by Stephanie Krieger on VBA and XML for Word, PowerPoint and Excel 2010

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    Take it to the next level: introducing VBA and Office Open XML for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2010 Friday, December 9, 2011            10 PT, San Francisco 6pm - London | 1pm - New York | Sat, Dec 10th at 5am - Sydney | Sat, Dec 10th at 3am - Tokyo | Sat, Dec 10th at 2am - Beijing | 11:30pm – Mumbai Presented by: Stephanie Krieger                                                                                                                                              ...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Excel 2010 Formulas & Functions Inside Out

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Egbert Jeschke, Helmut Reinke, Sara Unverhau, Eckehard Pfeifer, Bodo Fienitz, and Jens Bock’s new book, Microsoft Excel 2010 Formulas & Functions Inside Out , has shipped to the printer! Conquer Microsoft Excel formulas and functions—from the inside out! You’re beyond the basics, so dive right in and really put Excel formulas and functions to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts increase their data analysis capabilities using Excel 2003, 2007, or 2010—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Customize Excel formulas using 350+ built-in functions; create reusable formulas...
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    Quick news: New survey on certification released

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    Some of you might find a recent article in Network World interesting: “Will IT certs get you jobs and raises? Survey says yes” The lead: “In this survey of 700 IT professionals, most say certifications have led to raises and better jobs, busting the myth that certs are nothing but a scam.” Key stats: “Some 60% said a certification led to a new job; 50% said they earned more pay, with 40% saying their pay increased by more than 10% directly because of a certification; and 29% said a cert led to a promotion .” Here’s a quote from early in the article: "I have certifications, and yes they've been a big help to me," says Jeff Schoonmaker, a junior network administrator in Portland, Ore., who has a Cisco CCNA, a Microsoft MCITP (Enterprise Desktop Administrator) and the CompTIA A+. Schoonmaker...
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    Quick news: New Microsoft Surface ready for pre-order

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    Here’s the announcement (from November 17): A second, more retail-friendly version of Microsoft Surface is now available for pre-order in 23 countries. Earlier this week, Popular Science named the Samsung SUR40 a 2011 “Best of What’s New” award recipient. Retail outlets looking for new, innovative ways to get hands-on with their customers will soon have a new tool – the Samsung SUR40. Here’s the pre-order page . And here is a specs page .
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    Quick news: Apply for the Kinect Accelerator program

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    Check this out: If you are a developer or existing team/startup focused on building a business that takes advantage of the Kinect and Natural User Interface technologies, then the Kinect Accelerator is where you need to be. Through this program, Microsoft is supporting entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators like you to bring to life a wide range of business ideas that leverage the limitless possibilities Kinect enables. Following a competitive screening process, ten finalists will be chosen for this unique three month incubation program running from March to May, 2012 in Seattle, WA. The Kinect Accelerator is “powered by TechStars” using the same mentor-driven methodology pioneered and proven in New York, Boulder, Seattle and Boston. Mentors for the Kinect Accelerator include a broad base...
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    Quick news: Microsoft Partner Info V 2.3 app includes Microsoft Press

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    Greetings. Since May 2011, Eric Ligman (the Microsoft Director of Partner Experience in the Worldwide Partner Group) has been fine-tuning his “Microsoft Partner Info” Windows Phone app. Here’s a description of it: Microsoft Partner Information, right on your phone. A new social app. Recently, during the Interactive Leadership Forum session we held, we were sharing several social media and online resources we have and are bringing out for partners and one partner asked the question, “I didn’t even know about that resource. How can we keep track of these informational resources?” Not only is that a great question, but how do we take it a step further to go beyond just helping make partners aware of the resources available, but also make it even easier to consume those resources? To that end,...
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    Jump Start class: Not too late to register for class on December 1, 2011

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    Still time to register! Course: Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization Jump Start Target Audience: IT Pros with some Microsoft Virtualization experience who want to be sure they're ready to pass exam 70-659 Instructors: Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Symon Perriman & Microsoft Technical Instructor, Philip Helsel Cost: $99 (includes an exam voucher valued at $150 and valid at any Prometric testing center worldwide) Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011 Time: Starts at 22:00 PST (10:00 PM - 06:00 AM PST). Targeting APAC and EMEA time zones . Register Now Why get certified in Microsoft Virtualization? In just three short years, Hyper-V marketshare has grown over 16% (IDC WW Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker, March 2011). This shift to Microsoft...
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    New book: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC, Second Edition

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    Updated for ASP.NET MVC 3, Dino Esposito’s Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC, Second Edition , is now available. You can see the book’s “Contents at a Glance” and read its Introduction in this earlier post . In this post we share an excerpt from one of the book’s chapters, Chapter 7, “Design Considerations for ASP.NET MVC Controllers.” Here’s the book part the chapter comes from: PART II ASP.NET MVC Software Design CHAPTER 5 Aspects of ASP.NET MVC Applications. . . . . . . . . .189 CHAPTER 6 Securing Your Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227 CHAPTER 7 Design Considerations for ASP.NET MVC Controllers . . . .253 CHAPTER 8 Customizing ASP.NET MVC Controllers . . . . . . . . .281 CHAPTER 9 Testing and Testability in ASP.NET...
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    Author news: Interview with Microsoft researcher Richard Banks

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    In the spirit of Cyber Monday, today we’d like to share an interview with Richard Banks, author of the first book in Microsoft Press’s new Microsoft Research series, The future of looking back (ISBN: 978-0-7356-5806-6) . The interview, by Anna Farmery, is here . Here’s some of Anna’s description of the interview: The nature and differences of keeping 'physical things' and saving 'digital things.' How the ability to save everything digitally is removing the need for filtering of memories, of items you want to keep in your life. How do you save the sentiment attached to the items - do we need to find a way of digitally saving sentiment? The idea of the backup box - to capture your life as an ongoing project. Don't underestimate the value of a tweet...
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