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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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    Quick news: 60% off 60 ebooks for Cyber Monday

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    In celebration of Cyber Monday, we're featuring 60 ebooks: 20 new releases, our current 20 top sellers, and 20 of our most popular picks of recent memory. Use discount code CYBERMONDAY . This deal expires 2011-11-29 and may not be combined with other offers. For example, you can get Richard Banks’s The future of looking back for $8.00. Start here.
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    Author news: Zain Naboulsi shares Visual Studio tools and tips

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    Greetings. Zain Naboulsi, coauthor of Coding Faster: Getting More Productive with Microsoft Visual Studio (which covers Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010), is presenting “The Ultimate Guide to Visual Studio 2010 - Coding, Debugging, Modeling, Testing, Building and Deployment” three times in the American Midwest in December. Here’s a description of the class: Visual Studio 2010 is packed with new and enhanced features to help you create the best code possible and simplify your entire development process from design to deployment. Microsoft experts will show off the powerful new tools that Visual Studio 2010 brings to your tool box. Essential Tips for the Professional Developer. Most of us use Visual Studio but do we really know how to USE it? We will show you the...
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    Author news: Microsoft Press authors to present workshop on PowerPivot December 19-20

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    Don't miss the chance to attend this intensive two-day course that will provide you first-hand experience directly from the most authoritative experts on PowerPivot! To learn more and to register, visit http://www.powerpivotworkshop.com/ About the Book Transform your skills, data, and business—with the power user’s guide to PowerPivot for Excel. Led by two business intelligence (BI) experts, you’ll learn how to create and share your own BI solutions using software you already know and love: Microsoft Excel. Discover how to extend your existing skills, using the PowerPivot add-in to quickly turn mass quantities of data into meaningful information and on-the-job results—no programming required. The book introduces you to PowerPivot functionality, then takes...
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    New book: Effective Time Management: Using Microsoft Outlook to Organize Your Work and Personal Life

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    We’re excited to announce that Lothar Seiwert’s and Holger Woeltje’s Effective Time Management: Using Microsoft Outlook to Organize Your Work and Personal Life (ISBN 9780735660045; 272 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy reading an excerpt from Chapter 4, “How to Make Your Daily Planning Work in Real Life.” Chapter 4 - How to Make Your Daily Planning Work in Real Life “Things Always Turn Out Differently Anyway” In this chapter, you will · Learn the basics of successful day planning. · Combine similar tasks into blocks. · Use appointment lists. · Fine-tune your day planner. · Use the...
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    Author news: Andrew Whitechapel article on “Mango” apps

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    Hello. Andrew Whitechapel, who is working on a book titled Windows Phone 7 Development Internals (Microsoft Press, 2012), has an article in the November 2011 issue of MSDN Magazine called “Building a ‘Mango’ App.” The article describes use of some of the new features in the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 release (released September 25, 2011). Andrew’s article begins like this: “Mango” is the internal code name for the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 release, and of course the name of a delicious tropical fruit. There are many ways you can use mangoes—for example, in pies, salads and a range of cocktails. The mango is also said to provide a number of health benefits, and it has an interesting cultural history. In this article, I’ll examine Mangolicious, a Windows Phone SDK 7.1 application about mangoes. The application...
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    New book: Using Microsoft InfoPath 2010 with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re excited to announce that Darvish Shadravan and Laura Rogers’ Using Microsoft InfoPath 2010 with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735662063; 512 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy reading excerpts from Chapter 5, “Adding Logic and Rules to Forms,” and Chapter 8, “Using the InfoPath Form Web Part.” In Chapter 5, you’ll learn that the ability to adapt and respond in real time to user input is a major part of the InfoPath logic engine. The most common method you will use to add this type of logic to your forms is by using rules in InfoPath, of which there are three types: validation, actions, and formatting. In Chapter 8...
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    RTM’d today: MCPD 70-519 Exam Ref: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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    We’re happy to announce that MCPD 70-519 Exam Ref: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (ISBN 9780735657267; 304 pages) shipped to the printer this week! This book is the first entry in the brand new Microsoft Press Exam Ref certification series. Designed for experienced, MCTS-certified professionals ready to advance their status—this Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCPD level. The book provides a comprehensive and concise way of preparing for the MCPD 70-519 exam. Each Exam Ref is organized by exam objectives for fast, efficient study, and includes the new Thought Experiment element. Thought Experiments help reinforce the design-level thinking required to master the exam and...
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    A good day: “Day of Caring” volunteering

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    Last Friday, Microsoft Press and Microsoft Learning employees had the great pleasure of volunteering at Transitional Resources , a licensed nonprofit mental health center and residential program founded in 1976 and located in West Seattle. Transitional Resources describes its mission like this: Transitional Resources helps adults living with the most serious and persistent forms of mental illness by providing respectful and optimistic recovery-oriented services, affordable housing, and advocacy against discrimination, which works to break the cycle of incarceration, hospitalization, and homelessness. We value the same things that those with mental illness do: to have decent housing; to feel needed and wanted; to be part of a community; to work and engage in meaningful, age-appropriate activities;...
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    New book: Deploying Cloud-Based Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Solutions

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    We’re excited to announce that Phillip Wicklund’s Deploying Cloud-Based Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (ISBN 9780735662100; 470 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s chapter-level table of contents and Introduction to customizing Microsoft SharePoint My Site in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy reading an excerpt from Chapter 4, “Administering SharePoint Online.” Chapter 4 - Administering SharePoint Online In this chapter, you will: · Learn how to manage site collections in SharePoint Online. · Configure InfoPath Forms Services settings. · Administer the term store and apply metadata. · Manage user profiles and properties. Now that you’ve had an introduction to...
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    Quick news: Register for the "Office 365 Doesn't Mean You're Fired" webcast

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    This just in: “Many times, the justification for cloud solutions is to reduce cost by removing IT overhead. The reality is, Office 365 can mean freeing IT from maintenance tasks and allow them to do things that impact the bottom line. Join Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Joey Snow as he provides a tour of the admin tools and tasks you'll still perform in an Office 365 environment. Register now ! The TechTrax Training Series, sponsored by Microsoft User Group Support Services (UGSS), delivers technical content and guidance to help speakers and leaders inform user groups about practical applications of Microsoft solutions. The series features monthly webcasts for IT professionals on Microsoft products/services, including Windows Server, Hyper-V, Windows Azure, and more. Learn more about...
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    Event: Meet Microsoft Press authors at Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011

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    Please join authors Todd Bleeker, Robert Bogue, John Campbell, Andrew Connell, Steve Fox, Scot Hillier, Dan Holme, David Mann, Ben Robb, Darvish Shadravan, Ted Pattison, Phil Wicklund, and others! Over 200 sessions will be presented, focusing on SharePoint 2010 and related technologies, both in the cloud and on-premises. Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011 – Anaheim, CA October 3-6, 2011 Session by Microsoft Press Authors: Todd Bleeker - Advanced Windows PowerShell for SharePoint 2010 IT Professionals Robert Bogue - Customizing Content Publishing Approval Workflows Andrew Connell - Deep Dive on SharePoint Ribbon Development & Extensibility Steve Fox - Developing Cloud-Based Applications for SharePoint Online using Windows Azure Scot Hillier - Developing LOB...
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    Save 50% on all ebooks from Microsoft Press

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    In case you haven’t seen the tweets about it, this is a quick note to let you know that all of our ebooks are currently on sale. Microsoft Press ebooks are available in a variety of formats for individual users, IT professionals, and developers. Ebooks purchased from oreilly.com are DRM-free. You get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, and free updates. Use discount code B2SDEAL in the shopping cart. Offer expires September 28th, and may not be combined with other offers. Here’s a small sample of new titles you can choose from (but, remember, the discount code works on all of our ebooks): Optimizing Windows® 7 Pocket Consultant Was: $19.99 Now: $9.99 (Save 50%) I. M. Wright's "Hard Code": A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft®, Second Edition Was...
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    Webcast: Troubleshooting Windows Update and Service Pack Problems

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    Presented by Mike Halsey Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 10 Pacific Time In this webcast Mike Halsey, MVP, the author of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out , will talk you through how to repair common problems and diagnose and repair more complex issues that can bring your computer to a standstill. Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free Among the most common problems with Windows are issues around the installation and maintenance of Windows Updates and Service Packs. This is the third webcast in a four-part series on Windows 7 by Mike Halsey taking place on the first Thursday of every month.
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