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  • Hello. Today we’d like to share the links to the practice files for our various Office 2010 Step by Step books in one handy place: Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192153 Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=191751 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192152 Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192155 Click the “Practice Files” link. Microsoft Outlook 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192151 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192149 Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=191765 Microsoft Word 2010 Step by ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Adaptive Code via C#: Agile coding with design patterns and SOLID principles (ISBN 9780735683204), by Gary McLean Hall. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Buy local As every developer knows, requirements are subject to change. But when you build adaptability into your code, you can respond to change more easily and avoid disruptive rework. Focusing on Agile programming, this book describes the best practices, principles, and patterns that enable you to create flexible, adaptive code—and deliver better business value. Expert guidance to bridge the gap between theory and practice • Get grounded in Scrum: artifacts, roles, metrics, phases ...read more
  • Greetings! We’re thrilled to share another new free ebook with you: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight , by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody. Here are the download links (and below the links you’ll find an ebook excerpt that describes this offering): Download the PDF (6.37 MB; 130 pages) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/PDF Download the EPUB (8.46 MB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/EPUB Download the MOBI (12.8 MB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/MOBI Download the code samples (6.83 KB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/CompContent Introduction (excerpt) Microsoft Azure HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100 percent compliant distribution of Apache Hadoop on Microsoft Azure. This means that standard Hadoop concepts ...read more
  • Gang, we’ve heard from some of you (via our customer questionnaire, in blog comments, and elsewhere) that you’re having trouble getting to the companion content for some of our books. And indeed, since we switched distributors in April, some URLs in our books are no longer valid or, if they’re short URLs, haven’t yet been updated to point to the new location of the companion content. But here’s how you can find the companion content in the meantime, and you can always use this method going forward too: 1. Visit our online store: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/ 2. Type the title of the book you’re looking for in the search box (in this case I’ve typed “excel 2013 step by step”): 3. In the list of results, choose the title ...read more
  • In this chapter from Windows 8.1 Step by Step , you’ll learn how the UAC works, how to tweak it, and why you should never turn it off. In addition, you’ll learn the basics of working with Windows Firewall to secure your network and Internet traffic and about the new and improved Windows Defender and how to use it to keep your system safe from viruses and spyware. Finally, you’ll learn how to improve your passwords to make it more difficult for unwanted people to use the Internet to access your Microsoft account, your email, and other important accounts. Click here to read this chapter: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2222442 . Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com ...read more
  • List price: $35.99   Sale price: $17.99 You save 50% Buy Make the right architectural decisions up front - and improve the quality and reliability of your .NET applications. Led by two enterprise programming experts, you'll learn how to apply the patterns and techniques that help control project complexity - and make systems easier to build, support, and upgrade - right from the start. This Second Edition features new deep dives on domain modeling, Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS), and event sourcing models. Learn more Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud (ISBN 9780735686182), by Orin Thomas. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-247—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of configuring and deploying a private cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: • Design and deploy System Center • Configure System Center infrastructure • Configure ...read more
  • The Liskov substitution principle (LSP) is a collection of guidelines for creating inheritance hierarchies in which a client can reliably use any class or subclass without compromising the expected behavior. This chapter from Adaptive Code via C#: Agile coding with design patterns and SOLID principles explains what the LSP is and how to avoid breaking its rules. After completing this chapter, you will be able to Understand the importance of the Liskov substitution principle. Avoid breaking the rules of the Liskov substitution principle. Further solidify your single responsibility principle and open/closed principle habits. Create derived classes that honor the contracts of their base classes. Use code contracts to implement preconditions, postconditions, and data invariants. Write correct exception ...read more
  • In this chapter from Microsoft® Visual C#® 2013 Step by Step , you will learn to declare, create, populate and use an array, access and individual array element, iterate through an array. After completing this chapter, you will be able to: Declaring and creating an array Populating and using an array Accessing an individual array element Iterating through an array You have already seen how to create and use variables of many different types. However, all the examples of variables you have seen so far have one thing in common—they hold information about a single item (an int , a float , a Circle , a Date , and so on). What happens if you need to manipulate a set of items? One solution is to create a variable for each item in the set ...read more
  • Microsoft Press author, Eric Boyd, taught a session on Performance Tuning Azure SQL Database recently for the AzureConf on Channel 9 on MSDN. This session can be viewed on-demand here:  http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Microsoft-Azure/AzureConf-2014/Performance-Tuning-Microsoft-Azure-SQL-Database . He’ll also be doing a series of Azure DevCamps with Microsoft and, in one of the modules, he will be presenting hands on labs with data and SQL Database. Check them out here: http://www.technetevents.com/clouddevcamps/ Buy his book here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/microsoft-azure-sql-database-step-by-step-9780735679429 ...read more
  • In this chapter from Exam Ref 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud (MCSE) you'll learn how to integrate several different System Center products, allowing them to build off each other’s functionality. You’ll also learn about Service Provider Foundation, and Microsoft Azure Pack for Windows Server, which allow you to customize the way that users of your private cloud interact with the infrastructure. The System Center products integrate with one another. You can leverage the functionality of one product, such as Operations Manager’s performance and availability monitoring, with the automation capabilities of Orchestrator, and the incident and problem management functionality of Service Manager. In this chapter you’ll learn how to integrate several different System Center products ...read more
  • SharePoint 2013 gives you more options, but it also requires you to make more choices, and it is important to make deliberate and well-informed choices to make sure that you end up with the best solution that you could possibly build for your specific situation and scenario. This chapter from Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2013 talks you through a lot of the choices and can help you make the right decisions. Before you can start building a custom Microsoft SharePoint solution you will have to make sure you set up your development environment correctly. Because the hardware requirements for SharePoint 2013 are again a lot more demanding than they were for SharePoint 2010, setting up a new development environment might well mean that you have to acquire new hardware. There might be quite a bit of ...read more
  • Hello, Dino Esposito here. A lot has changed since our previous post on Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise, Second Edition (NAA4E)—here’s an update. (Please note that #NAA4E is the official hashtag and name of the Facebook page for this book.) By the way, as we write this post the current edition of the book is still popular in the Microsoft development section of Amazon—this is an amazing result for a book that was publishing in the fall of 2008. At that time the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and the subsequent worldwide economic crisis (whose effects are still with us) hadn’t happened yet, Facebook was still second to MySpace in the list of largest social networks, Entity Framework v1.0 was still in beta, Silverlight was the dazzling future ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft Visual Basic 2013 Step by Step investigates how XAML styles are used to format controls with a consistent and attractive appearance across the user interface. After completing this chapter, you will be able to Understand how XAML styles are used to build attractive-looking user interfaces. Define reusable styles in the App.xaml project file. Reference new styles by using the Style property for controls on the page Build new styles from existing styles using inheritance and the BasedOn property Find the complete chapter here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2224055 . Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/ . ...read more
  • Last couple of days to take advantage of this great offer. List price: $19.99   Sale price: $10.00 You save 50% Buy Get the guide that makes learning Microsoft Excel plain and simple! This full color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to solve a problem or learn a skill, using easy-to-follow steps and concise, straightforward language. You'll analyze, manage, and share information in more ways than ever before.  Learn more Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts. The Deal of the Week promotional price cannot be combined with other offers. ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Internals looks at how SQL Server stores data that doesn’t use the typical FixedVar record format and data that doesn’t fit into the usual 8 KB data page. Click here to read this chapter: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2225060 . Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/ . ...read more
  • In this chapter from Exam Ref 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript , you learn how to create background tasks, implement the appropriate interfaces, and consume tasks using timing and system triggers. You also find out how to request lock screen access and create download and upload operations using background transferring for Windows Store applications written in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)/JavaScript (formerly called Windows Store apps using JavaScript). The last part of the chapter is dedicated to creating and consuming Windows Metadata (WinMD) components. Objectives in this chapter: Objective 1.1: Create background tasks Objective 1.2: Consume background tasks Objective 1.3: Integrate WinMD components into a solution Read the rest of the chapter ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out discusses mailbox migration options and administering the different messaging workloads. Mailbox migration options Moving mailboxes back to on-premises Exchange Decommissioning on-premises Exchange Administering Exchange Online Compliance, Legal Hold, and eDiscovery concepts Read the chapter here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2222436 . ...read more
  • This chapter from CompTIA Security+ Training Kit (Exam SY0-301) shows how to find exposed services and vulnerabilities on systems and devices by using port and vulnerability scanning tools, covers vulnerability assessment methods, as well as ways to identify vulnerabilities by using both technical and nontechnical means, and explains penetration testing, including common techniques, types of penetration tests, and best practices for performing them. The CompTIA Security+ exam covers common techniques used to identify risks and vulnerabilities. Organizations frequently assess their risks and vulnerabilities by using both formal and informal techniques, as well as technical tools. In this chapter, we will explore how you can find exposed services and vulnerabilities on systems and devices by ...read more
  • Now is the time to load your library with new and top-selling titles from Microsoft Press! Buy 1, Save 35% | Buy 2 or more, Save 55% off the list price of all books and eBooks. Enter discount code SAVEONPRESS during checkout to apply savings. Shop the entire store . Offer ends November 29, 2014. The Microsoft Press Store offers free U.S. shipping every day. When you purchase an eBook you receive three formats -- PDF, EPUB, and MOBI -- to use on your computer, tablet, and mobile devices. ...read more
  • This chapter from Windows 8.1 Plain & Simple shows you how to use the Photos app, Video app, and Camera app that come with Windows 8.1. In this section: Displaying pictures Searching for pictures Creating folders for your pictures Moving pictures to new folders Setting a picture on the Photos tile or lock screen Cropping a picture Editing a picture Playing a slide show Exploring the Video app Playing a personal video Buying or renting a video Using the camera Windows 8.1 comes with three apps for working with visual media. These are the Photos app, Video app, and Camera app, all available from the Start screen. The Photos app lets you access your pictures, create folders ...read more
  • Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the next free ebook in our System Center series: Microsoft System Center Introduction to Microsoft Automation Solutions (ISBN 9780735695818), by Rob Costello and Richard Maunsell, with series editor Mitch Tulloch. Introduction This book provides you with an introduction to the Microsoft automation solutions: Azure Automation and Service Management Automation. Throughout the chapters, the text explores these tools and how they can be used to meet the automation needs of your Microsoft Azure cloud solutions or your enterprise datacenter environments. We provide considerations on the features of each solution, and how they can be architected to fit your needs. Next ...read more
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  • Check out the new course, Becoming a Visio 2013 Power User , from Microsoft Press author, Scott Helmers, and Microsoft Product Marketing Manager, Alex Matyushenko. Sure, you know how to use Visio, but can you really make it sing and dance? Find out how! In this course, learn multiple ways to build diagrams more effectively and to create more powerful drawings. ​Examine how to create hyperlinks to external locations, which is one of the most significant ways to enhance the value of a Visio diagram. If you have experience with Visio, but you feel that you're just scratching the surface, check out this course and get what you need to transform from a casual Visio user to a Visio power user. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Scott Helmers is a Visio MVP and a Partner with the Harvard Computing Group ...read more
  • In this chapter from Microsoft Visual C++/CLI Step by Step , you will see how to use these statements to control the flow of execution through a C++/CLI application. After completing this chapter, you will be able to: Make decisions by using the if statement. Make multiway decisions by using the switch statement. Perform loops by using the while, for , and do-while statements. Perform unconditional jumps in a loop by using the break and continue statements. All high-level languages provide keywords with which you can make decisions and perform loops. C++ is no exception. C++ provides the if statement and the switch statement for making decisions, and it provides the while, for , and do-while statements for performing loops. In addition, C++ provides the break statement to exit a loop immediately ...read more