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MVC AND ASP.NET FREE BOOKS

Web Development

 ASP.NET Multi-Tier Windows  Queues, and Blobs

Rick Anderson   Tom Dykstra
Step-by-Step This tutorial series shows how to create a multi-tier ASP.NET MVC 4 web application
Source: WindowsAzure.com E-book publication date: February 2013
207 pages
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 ASP.NET Web Deployment using Visual Studio
Tom Dykstra
Step-by-Step This tutorial series shows you how to deploy (publish) an ASP.NET web application to a Windows Azure Web Site or a third-party hosting provider, by using Visual Studio 2012 or Visual Studio 2010. You develop a web application in order to make it available to people over the Internet. But web programming tutorials typically stop right after they've shown you how to get something working on your development computer. This tutorial begins where the others leave off: you've built a web site, tested it, and it's ready to go. What's next? This tutorial shows you how to deploy first to IIS on your local development computer for testing, and then to Windows Azure or a thirdparty hosting provider for staging and production. The sample application that you'll deploy is a web application project that uses the Entity Framework, SQL Server, and the ASP.NET membership system. Entity Framework Code First Migrations is used to deploy the application database. The sample application uses ASP.NET Web Forms, but the procedures shown apply also to ASP.NET MVC and Web API. Applies to: ASP.NET, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Azure
Source: ASP .NET Site E-book publication date: April 2013
155 pages
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 ASP.NET Web Deployment with SQL Server Compact using Visual Studio 2010 Tom Dykstra
Step-by-Step This tutorial series shows how to make an ASP.NET web application that uses SQL Server Compact available over the internet by deploying it to a third-party hosting provider. Uses Visual Studio 2010 without the Web Publish Update. Does not use Entity Framework Code First Migrations for deployment. For more up-to-date information about deployment features, or for information about how to deploy SQL Server editions other than SQL Server Compact, see ASP.NET Web Deployment using Visual Studio. Applies to: ASP.NET 4.0 and earlier, Visual Studio 2010
Source: ASP.NET site
E-book publication date: May 2012
162 pages
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 Developing Modern Mobile Web Apps patterns & practices
Guide This project provides guidance on building mobile web experiences using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Developing web apps for mobile browsers can be less forgiving than developing for desktop browsers. There are issues of screen size, the availability of specific feature support, and other differences between mobile browsers that will impact how you develop your apps. In addition, there are various levels of support for the emerging standards of HTML5 and CSS3, and standards for some features, such as touch, are just beginning to take shape. All of these factors suggest that it is best to keep your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as simple as you can in order to ensure compatibility with as many devices as possible. This project illustrates how to do this, as well as how to add more advanced functionality where supported. Applies to: ASP.NET MVC 4, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
Source: MSDN Library (patterns & practices) E-book publication date: June 2012
111 pages
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 The Entity Framework 4.0 and ASP.NET Web Forms – Getting Started Tom Dykstra
Step-by-Step  In this book, you'll learn the basics of using Entity Framework Database First to display and edit data in an ASP.NET Web Forms application. Applies to: ASP.NET 4.0, ASP.NET Web Forms, Entity Framework 4.0, Visual Studio 2010
Source: ASP.NET site E-book publication date: June 2012
257 pages
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 Getting Started with ASP.NET 4.5 Web Forms (Beta) Erik Reitan
Step-by-Step This series of tutorials guides you through the steps required to create an ASP.NET Web Forms application using Visual Studio 11 Beta and ASP.NET 4.5 Beta. Applies to : ASP.NET 4.5 Beta, Visual Studio 11 Beta, ASP.NET 4.5 RC, Visual Studio 2012 RC
Source : ASP.NET site
  E-book publication date : May 2012
59 pages
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 Getting Started with the Entity Framework 4.1 using ASP.NET MVC Tom Dykstra
Step-by-Step In this book, you'll learn the basics of using Entity Framework Code First to
display and edit data in an ASP.NET MVC application. Applies to : ASP.NET 4.0, MVC 3, Entity Framework 4.1, Visual Studio 2010
Source : ASP.NET site
  E-book publication date : June 2012
59 pages
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 Intro to ASP.NET MVC 4 with Visual Studio (Beta) Rick Anderson and Scott Hanselman
Step-by-Step This tutorial will teach you the basics of building an ASP.NET MVC Web application using Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Web, which is a free version of Microsoft Visual Studio. Applies to: ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta, Visual Studio 11 Beta, ASP.NET MVC 4 RC, Visual Studio 2012 RC
Source: ASP.NET site
  E-book publication date: May 2012
115 pages
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 Introducing ASP.NET Web Pages 2 Mike Pope
Step-by-Step   This set of tutorials gives you an overview of ASP.NET Web Pages (version 2) and Razor syntax, a lightweight framework for creating dynamic websites. It also introduces WebMatrix, a tool for creating pages and sites. The tutorials take you from novice programmer through seeing your site live on the Internet. Topics include how to install Microsoft WebMatrix (a set of tools for creating sites); how to work with forms; how to display, add, update, and delete data; how to create a consistent site layout; and how to publish to the Web. Applies to: ASP.NET Web Pages 2 RC, Visual Studio 2012 RC
Source: ASP.NET site E-book publication date: June 2012
147  pages
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 Project Silk: Client-Side Web Development for Modern Browsers patterns & practices
Guide Project Silk provides guidance for building maintainable cross-browser web applications that are characterized by rich graphics, interactivity, and a responsive user interface, resulting in an immersive and engaging user experience. Project Silk also illustrates how you can take advantage of the fast JavaScript engines of the modern, standards-based web browsers to achieve a user experience and execution speeds that rivals desktop applications.
Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Books Online

E-book publication date: September 2011
319 pages
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Office
  Deployment guide for Office 2013 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide Learn how to install and configure the new Office in your organization. Topics include volume activation, Group Policy, and customization. Applies to: Office 2013 (with Office 365)
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2013
281
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 First Look: Microsoft Office 2010
Katherine Murray
Overview

Welcome to Office 2010. Whether you work primarily in the office or on the go, you’ll find smart tools in this release that enable you to get your work done easier, faster, and more professionally than ever. All the freedom to multitask built into Office 2010 has an upside you might not expect: being able to work anywhere, anytime means more flexibility, which translates to higher efficiency and effectiveness. And when your work is done quickly and well, you have more time left over for the people, places, and possibilities that intrigue you.

Applies to: Office 2010
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: January 2010
202 pages
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 Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime
Katherine Murray
Step-by-Step

This book shows you how you can use cloud computing—and specifically,
Office 365—to get more done, collaborate more easily, and work more
flexibly than you ever have before.

Applies to: Office 365
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: August 2011
337 pages
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 Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses: Help and How To Office 365 User Assistance Team
Step-by-Step   Your organization uses Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses to communicate and collaborate. Office 365 includes email, document sharing, Microsoft Office Web Apps and more. There are important tasks that you need to do to use all of the features of Office 365. This guide leads you through those steps. Applies to: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses
Source: Microsoft Online Help
E-book publication date: June 2012
197 pages
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 Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users
Mitch Tulloch
Guide

Take control—and put the built-in security and privacy features in Microsoft Office to work! Whether downloading documents, publishing a presentation, or collaborating online—this guide offers concise, how-to guidance and best practices to help protect your documents and your ideas.

Applies to: Office 2010
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: February 2012
98 pages
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SharePoint
  Explore SharePoint 2013 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide Learns what's new in SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation 2013 Applies to: SharePoint 2013
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2012
100
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  Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide Get a head start on installing and configuring SharePoint Server 2013 or SharePoint Foundation 2013 with this deployment guide. Applies to: SharePoint 2013
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2012
1031
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 Create a Balanced Scorecard SharePoint Business Intelligence Content Team 
Quick Step-by-Step   Learn how to create scorecards and strategy maps across various measurements and display them in one dashboard by using PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Source: TechNet Library E-book publication date: June 2012
32  pages
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Configure Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products Tom Wisnowski
Guide This document covers the concepts of identity in SharePoint 2010 products, how Kerberos authentication plays a critical role in authentication and delegation in business intelligence scenarios, and the situations where Kerberos authentication should be leveraged or may be required in solution designs. It also covers how to configure Kerberos authentication end-to-end within your environment, including scenarios which use various service applications in SharePoint Server. Additional tools and resources are described to help you test and validate Kerberos configuration. Applies to: SharePoint 2010
Source: White paper E-book publication date: May 2012
220 pages
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 SharePoint Server for Business Intelligence
SharePoint Business Intelligence Content Team
Step-by-Step     Step-by-step, learn how to install and configure SharePoint Server 2010 and SQL Server 2008 to create a robust infrastructure to support business intelligence. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2
Source: TechNet Library E-book publication date: June 2012
117 pages
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 Business continuity management for SharePoint Server 2010 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide Provides information about the business decisions, processes, and tools you put in place in advance to handle crises, such as backing up and restoring data. Information includes features of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 that are likely to be part of your business continuity management strategy. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2011
942
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 Deployment guide for SharePoint Server 2010 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide This book includes information deployment scenarios, step-by-step installation instructions, and post-installation configuration steps for deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2011
936
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  Get started with SharePoint Server 2010 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide This book provides basic information about the capabilities of and requirements for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, information architects, IT generalists, program managers, and infrastructure specialists who are just starting to learn about SharePoint Server 2010 and want a quick introduction plus installation steps. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2011
50
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 Governance guide for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide This book provides guidance to help you determine the aspects of a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 deployment to govern and the governance techniques to use. Governance is the set of policies, roles, responsibilities, and processes that you establish in your enterprise to guide, direct, and control how it uses technologies to accomplish business goals. To strike the right balance between the needs of the users of your SharePoint Server 2010 deployment and the IT professionals who deploy and operate SharePoint Server 2010, we recommend that you form a governance body that includes representatives of all stakeholders in the SharePoint Server 2010 deployment. This body can then create and enforce rules that govern the use of SharePoint Server 2010. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2011
128
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  Profile synchronization guide for SharePoint Server 2010 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide This book describes how to plan and configure profile synchronization in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Also included is technical reference information about profile properties, data types, and permissions. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2011
263
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  Remote BLOB storage for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Guide How to use Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 together with Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express to optimize database storage resources. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2011
63
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 Technical reference for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide This book includes technical information about the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provider for Windows PowerShell and other helpful reference information about general settings, security, and tools. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2011
1557
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 Upgrading to SharePoint Server 2010 Office and SharePoint content publishing team
Guide This book is designed to guide administrators and IT professionals through the process of upgrading to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
Source: TechNet library E-book publication date: October 2011
605
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SQL Server
 Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases SQL Server 2012 Books Online 
Reference   This book describes the benefits of backing up SQL Server databases, basic backup and restore terms, and introduces backup and restore strategies for SQL Server and security considerations for SQL Server backup and restore. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online
E-book publication date: June 2012
288 pages
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 Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) Reference SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Reference The Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) language is a library of functions and operators that can be combined to build formulas and expressions. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online E-book publication date: June 2012
316 pages
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 Data Mining Extensions (DMX) Reference SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Reference Data Mining Extensions (DMX) is a language that you can use to create and work with data mining models in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. You can use DMX to create the structure of new data mining models, to train these models, and to browse, manage, and predict against them. DMX is composed of data definition language (DDL) statements, data manipulation language (DML) statements, and functions and operators.
Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Books Online

E-book publication date: June 2012
167 pages
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 Data Quality Services
SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Reference  SQL Server Data Quality Services (DQS) is a knowledge-driven data quality product. DQS enables you to build a knowledge base and use it to perform a variety of critical data quality tasks, including correction, enrichment, standardization, and de-duplication of your data. DQS enables you to perform data cleansing by using cloud-based reference data services provided by reference data providers. DQS also provides you with profiling that is integrated into its data-quality tasks, enabling you to analyze the integrity of your data. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online E-book publication date: June 2012
193 pages
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 High Availability Solutions S QL Server 2012 Books Online
Reference This book introduces two SQL Server high-availability solutions that improve the availability of servers or databases: AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances and AlwaysOn Availability Groups. A high-availability solution masks the effects of a hardware or software failure and maintains the availability of applications so that the perceived downtime for users is minimized.
Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Books Online

E-book publication date: June 2012
468 pages
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 Master Data Services SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Reference   Master Data Services (MDS) is the SQL Server solution for master data management. Master data management (MDM) describes the efforts made by an organization to discover and define non-transactional lists of data, with the goal of compiling maintainable master lists. An MDM project generally includes an evaluation and restructuring of internal business processes along with the implementation of MDM technology. The result of a successful MDM solution is reliable, centralized data that can be analyzed, resulting in better business decisions. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source:  SQL Server 2012 Books Online E-book publication date: June 2012
270 pages
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 Monitor and Tune for Performance SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Quick Reference The goal of monitoring databases is to assess how a server is performing. Effective monitoring involves taking periodic snapshots of current performance to isolate processes that are causing problems, and gathering data continuously over time to track performance trends.   Ongoing evaluation of the database performance helps you minimize response times and maximize throughput, yielding optimal performance. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online E-book publication date: June 2012
30 pages
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 Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) Reference SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Reference Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) is the query language that you use to work with and retrieve multidimensional data in Microsoft Analysis Services. MDX is based on the XML for Analysis (XMLA) specification, with specific extensions for SQL Server Analysis Services. MDX utilizes expressions composed of identifiers, values, statements, functions, and operators that Analysis Services can evaluate to retrieve an object (for example a set or a member), or a scalar value (for example, a string or a number). Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online E-book publication date: June 2012
361  pages
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 SQL Server Distributed Replay SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Quick Reference   The Microsoft SQL Server Distributed Replay feature helps you assess the impact of future SQL Server upgrades. You can also use it to help assess the impact of hardware and operating system upgrades, and SQL Server tuning. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online E-book publication date: June 2012
42  pages
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 Transact-SQL Data Definition Language (DDL) Reference S QL Server 2012 Books Online
Reference Data Definition Language (DDL) is a vocabulary used to define data
structures in SQL Server 2012. Use these statements to create, alter, or drop data structures in an instance of SQL Server.
Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Books Online

E-book publication date: June 2012
772 pages
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Transact-SQL Data Manipulation Language (DML) Reference S QL Server 2012 Books Online
Reference Data Manipulation Language (DML) is a vocabulary used to retrieve and work with data in SQL Server 2012. Use these statements to add, modify, query, or remove data from a SQL Server database. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Books Online

E-book publication date: May 2012
263 pages
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 XQuery Language Reference S QL Server 2012 Books Online
Reference XQuery is a language that can query structured or semi-structured XML data. With the xml data type support provided in the Database Engine, documents can be stored in a database and then queried by using XQuery. XQuery is based on the existing XPath query language, with support added for better iteration, better sorting results, and the ability to construct the necessary XML.
Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Books Online

E-book publication date: June 2012
234 pages
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 Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner
Overview

Our purpose in this book is to point out both the new and the improved in SQL Server 2008 R2. There are a lot of exciting enhancements and new capabilities engineered into SQL Server 2008 R2 that will have a positive impact on your applications, ranging from improvements in operation to those in management.

Applies to: SQL Server 2008 R2
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: April 2010
216 pages
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 Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner
Overview

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is Microsoft’s first cloud-ready information platform. It gives organizations effective tools to protect, unlock, and scale the power of their data, and it works across a variety of devices and data sources, from desktops, phones, and tablets, to datacenters and both private and public clouds. Our purpose in this book is to point out both the new and the improved capabilities as they apply to achieving mission-critical confidence, breakthrough insight, and using a cloud on your terms.


Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: March 2012
288 pages
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 Master Data Services Capacity Guidelines Yair Helman
Quick Guide

This document provides capacity planning guidelines for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Master Data Services (MDS).
Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: TechNet Wik i
E-book publication date
: May 2012
6 pages
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 Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Solutions Guide for High Availability and Disaster Recovery LeRoy Tuttle, Jr.
Quick Guide This white paper discusses how to reduce planned and unplanned downtime, maximize application availability, and provide data protection using SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn high availability and disaster recovery solutions. A key goal of this paper is to establish a common context for related discussions between business stakeholders, technical decision makers, system architects, infrastructure engineers, and database administrators. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: White paper E - book publication date : May 2012
32 pages
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 Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional Performance and Operations Guide Thomas Kejser and Denny Lee
Guide Download this book to learn about Analysis Services Multidimensional performance tuning from an operational and development perspective. This book consolidates the previously published SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Operations Guide and SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Performance Guide into a single publication that you can view on portable devices. Applies to: SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012
Source: White paper

E-book publication date: May 2012
200 pages
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QuickStart: Learn DAX Basics in 30 Minutes O wen Duncan
Quick Step-by-Step This QuickStart is for users new to PowerPivot or tabular model projects authored in SQL Server Data Tools. It is meant to give you a quick and easy introduction on how you can use Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) to solve a number of basic data modeling and analytical problems. Applies to: PowerPivot for Excel (all versions), SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012
Source: TechNet Wiki

E-book publication date: May 2012
13 pages
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 SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Data Mining SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Step-by-Step

Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services makes it easy to create sophisticated data mining solutions. The step-by-step tutorials in the following list will help you learn how to get the most out of Analysis Services, so that you can perform advanced analysis to solve business problems that are beyond the reach of traditional business intelligence methods. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online
E-book publication date: June 2012
213 pages
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 SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Multidimensional Modeling SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Step-by-Step
              
This tutorial describes how to use SQL Server Data Tools to develop and deploy an Analysis Services project, using the fictitious company Adventure Works Cycles for all examples. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online
E-book publication date: June 2012
168 pages
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 SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Tabular Modeling SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Quick Step-by-Step   This tutorial provides lessons on how to create a SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services tabular model running in In-Memory mode by using SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT). Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online
E-book publication date: June 2012
57 pages
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 SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Reporting Services SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Quick Step-by-Step   This book contains tutorials for SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services: Create a Data-Driven Subscription, Create a Basic Table Report,  Create a Sample Report in Power View, and Optimize a Sample PowerPivot Model for Power View Reports. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online
E-book publication date: June 2012
61 pages
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 SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Writing Transact-SQL Statements SQL Server 2012 Books Online
Quick Step-by-Step   This tutorial is intended for users who are new to writing SQL statements. It will help new users get started by reviewing some basic statements for creating tables and inserting data. This tutorial uses Transact-SQL, the Microsoft implementation of the SQL standard. This tutorial is intended as a brief introduction to the Transact-SQL language and not as a replacement for a Transact-SQL class. The statements in this tutorial are intentionally simple, and are not meant to represent the complexity found in a typical production database. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: SQL Server 2012 Books Online
E-book publication date: June 2012
21 pages
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  SQL Server 2012 Upgrade Technical Guide Ron Talmage, Nigel Sammy, Allan Hirt, Herbert Albert, Antonio Soto, Danilo Dominici, Régis Baccaro, Milos Radivojevic, Jesús Gil, Dejan Sarka, Johan Åhlén, Simran Jindal, Paul Turley, Craig Utley, Larry Barnes, Pablo Ahumada
Guide  This technical guide takes you through the essentials for upgrading SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008 R2 instances to SQL Server 2012. Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: White paper
E-book publication date: June 2012
454  pages
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Visual Studio
 Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
Patrice Pelland, Pascal Paré, and Ken Haines
Guide

This book is for professional developers who are working with previous versions of Visual Studio and are looking to make the move to Visual Studio 2010 Professional.

Applies to: Visual Studio 2010
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: September 2010
36 pages
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Web Development
 Deploying an ASP.NET Web Application to a Hosting Provider using Visual Studio Tom Dykstra
Step-by-Step This series of tutorials shows you how to make an ASP.NET web application available over the internet by deploying it to a third-party hosting provider. The deployment method used is Visual Studio one-click publish. The tutorials illustrate deployment first to IIS on the development computer for testing. They then show you how to deploy to the hosting provider as the production environment. Applies to: ASP.NET 4.0 and earlier, Visual Studio 2010
Source: ASP.NET site
E-book publication date: May 2012
162 pages
EPUB  | MOBI  | PDF Source content    
 Developing Modern Mobile Web Apps patterns & practices
Guide This project provides guidance on building mobile web experiences using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Developing web apps for mobile browsers can be less forgiving than developing for desktop browsers. There are issues of screen size, the availability of specific feature support, and other differences between mobile browsers that will impact how you develop your apps. In addition, there are various levels of support for the emerging standards of HTML5 and CSS3, and standards for some features, such as touch, are just beginning to take shape. All of these factors suggest that it is best to keep your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as simple as you can in order to ensure compatibility with as many devices as possible. This project illustrates how to do this, as well as how to add more advanced functionality where supported. Applies to: ASP.NET MVC 4, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
Source: MSDN Library (patterns & practices) E-book publication date: June 2012
111 pages
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 The Entity Framework 4.0 and ASP.NET Web Forms – Getting Started Tom Dykstra
Step-by-Step  In this book, you'll learn the basics of using Entity Framework Database First to display and edit data in an ASP.NET Web Forms application. Applies to: ASP.NET 4.0, ASP.NET Web Forms, Entity Framework 4.0, Visual Studio 2010
Source: ASP.NET site E-book publication date: June 2012
257 pages
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 Getting Started with ASP.NET 4.5 Web Forms (Beta) Erik Reitan
Step-by-Step This series of tutorials guides you through the steps required to create an ASP.NET Web Forms application using Visual Studio 11 Beta and ASP.NET 4.5 Beta. Applies to : ASP.NET 4.5 Beta, Visual Studio 11 Beta, ASP.NET 4.5 RC, Visual Studio 2012 RC
Source : ASP.NET site
  E-book publication date : May 2012
59 pages
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 Getting Started with the Entity Framework 4.1 using ASP.NET MVC Tom Dykstra
Step-by-Step In this book, you'll learn the basics of using Entity Framework Code First to
display and edit data in an ASP.NET MVC application. Applies to : ASP.NET 4.0, MVC 3, Entity Framework 4.1, Visual Studio 2010
Source : ASP.NET site
  E-book publication date : June 2012
59 pages
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 Intro to ASP.NET MVC 4 with Visual Studio (Beta) Rick Anderson and Scott Hanselman
Step-by-Step This tutorial will teach you the basics of building an ASP.NET MVC Web application using Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Web, which is a free version of Microsoft Visual Studio. Applies to: ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta, Visual Studio 11 Beta, ASP.NET MVC 4 RC, Visual Studio 2012 RC
Source: ASP.NET site
  E-book publication date: May 2012
115 pages
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 Introducing ASP.NET Web Pages 2 Mike Pope
Step-by-Step   This set of tutorials gives you an overview of ASP.NET Web Pages (version 2) and Razor syntax, a lightweight framework for creating dynamic websites. It also introduces WebMatrix, a tool for creating pages and sites. The tutorials take you from novice programmer through seeing your site live on the Internet. Topics include how to install Microsoft WebMatrix (a set of tools for creating sites); how to work with forms; how to display, add, update, and delete data; how to create a consistent site layout; and how to publish to the Web. Applies to: ASP.NET Web Pages 2 RC, Visual Studio 2012 RC
Source: ASP.NET site E-book publication date: June 2012
147  pages
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 Project Silk: Client-Side Web Development for Modern Browsers patterns & practices
Guide Project Silk provides guidance for building maintainable cross-browser web applications that are characterized by rich graphics, interactivity, and a responsive user interface, resulting in an immersive and engaging user experience. Project Silk also illustrates how you can take advantage of the fast JavaScript engines of the modern, standards-based web browsers to achieve a user experience and execution speeds that rivals desktop applications.
Applies to: SQL Server 2012
Source: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Books Online

E-book publication date: September 2011
319 pages
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Windows
 Deploying Windows 7: Essential Guidance
Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine
Guide

Looking for guidance specific to Windows 7 deployment? Check out what the industry's leading experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine.

Applies to: Windows 7
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: October 2009
332 pages
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Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Second Preview)
Kraig Brockschmidt
Guide

This book is about writing Windows 8 apps using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Our primary focus will be on applying these web technologies within the Windows 8 platform, where there are unique considerations, and not on exploring the details of those web technologies themselves.

Applies to: Windows 8
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: August 2012
158 pages
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 Autoscaling Application Block and Transient Fault Handling Application Block Reference patterns & practices 
Reference The Autoscaling Application Block provides a mechanism for adding autoscaling behaviors to Windows Azure applications based on predictive usage patterns or reactive rules. The Transient Fault Handling Application Block provides a set of reusable and testable components for adding retry logic into your Windows Azure applications by using Windows Azure SQL Database, Windows Azure storage, Service Bus and Caching Service. This makes your Windows Azure application more reliable and resilient to transient faults (such as temporary network connectivity issues or temporary service unavailability). This also improves overall application stability. The blocks are part of the Microsoft Enterprise Library Integration Pack for Windows Azure. Applies to: Windows Azure SDK for .NET (includes the Visual Studio Tools for Windows Azure), Windows Azure SQL Database, Windows Azure Service Bus, Enterprise Library 5, Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
Source: MSDN Library (patterns & practices) E-book publication date: June 2012
159  pages
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 Building Elastic and Resilient Cloud Applications - Developer's Guide to the Enterprise Library 5.0 Integration Pack for Windows Azure patterns & practices
Guide The Microsoft Enterprise Library is a set of reusable application blocks that help developers meet common enterprise software development challenges. The Microsoft Enterprise Library Integration Pack for Windows Azure is an extension to the Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 that can be used with Windows Azure. It includes the Autoscaling Application Block, the Transient Fault Handling Application Block, a protected configuration provider and the Blob configuration source.
Applies to: Windows Azure
Source: MSDN Library (patterns & practices)

E-book publication date: June 2012
220 pages
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 Building Hybrid Applications in the Cloud on Windows Azure patterns & practices Guide
This guide focuses on the common challenges you will encounter when building applications that run partly in the cloud and partly on-premises, or when you decide to migrate some or all elements of an existing on-premises application to the cloud. It focuses on using Windows Azure as the host environment, and shows how you can take advantage of the many features of this platform, together with Windows Azure SQL Database, to simplify and speed the development of these kinds of applications.
Applies to: Windows Azure, Windows Azure SQL Database, SQL Server, Windows Identity Foundation, Windows Azure Service Bus, Enterprise Library, Windows Azure Diagnostics, Windows Azure Management Cmdlets Source: MSDN Library (patterns & practices)
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 Create Your First Application: Node.js and Windows Azure Windows Azure Developer Center
Quick Step-by-Step   Create your first application using Node.js and Windows Azure. 
  • Implement a simple Hello World application in Node.js and deploy the application to a Windows Azure Web Site. 
  • Learn how to use the Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets to create a Node.js application, test it in the Windows Azure Emulator, and then deploy it as a Windows Azure Cloud Service. 
  • Implement a Node.js application using WebMatrix, and then deploy it to a Windows Azure web site. 
  • Implement a task list application using Node.js and MongoDB.
Applies to: Windows Azure, Node.js
Source: Windows Azure Developer Center E-book publication date: June 2012
86 pages
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 Drupal on Windows Azure Rama Ramani, Jason Roth, Brian Swan
Quick Guide This e-book explains the migration, architecture patterns and management of your Drupal based website on Windows Azure. Applies to: Windows Azure
Source: MSDN blogs E-book publication date: June 2012
20  pages
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 Migrating Data-Centric Applications to Windows Azure Kun Cheng, Selcin Turkarslan, Norberto Garcia, Steve Howard, Shaun Tinline-Jones, Sreedhar Pelluru, Silvano Coriani, Jaime Alva Bravo
Guide This guide provides experienced developers and information technology (IT) professionals with detailed guidance on how to migrate their data-centric applications to Windows Azure Cloud Services, while also providing an introduction on how to migrate those same applications to Windows Azure Virtual Machines. By using this guide, you will have the planning process, migration considerations, and prescriptive how to’s needed for a positive migration experience.

Capturing the best practices from the real-world engagements of CAT and the technical expertise of the SQL Database Content team, Migrating Data-Centric Applications to Windows Azure can help you simplify the migration process, provide guidance on the most appropriate migration tools, and drive a successful implementation of your migration plan. Applies to: Windows Azure
Source: MSDN Library E-book publication date: June 2012
143  pages
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 Moving Applications to the Cloud, 2nd Edition patterns & practices
Guide This book demonstrates how you can adapt an existing, on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud. The book is intended for any architect, developer, or information technology (IT) professional who designs, builds, or operates applications and services that are appropriate for the cloud. Although applications do not need to be based on the Microsoft Windows operating system to work in Windows Azure, this book is written for people who work with Windows-based systems. You should be familiar with the Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Visual Studio, ASP.NET, and Microsoft Visual C#. Applies to: Windows Azure SDK for .NET (includes the Visual Studio Tools for Windows Azure), Windows Azure SQL Database, Microsoft SQL Server or SQL Server Express 2008, Windows Identity Foundation, Enterprise Library 5, WatiN 2.0, Microsoft Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library V4, Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
Source:  MSDN Library (patterns & practices)
E-book publication date: June 2012
128  pages
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 Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance Larry Franks, Sidney Higa, Suren Machiraju, Christian Martinez, Valery Mizonov, Walter Myers III, Rama Ramani, Jason Roth, Mark Simms, Paolo Salvatori, Adam Skewgar, Ralph Squillace, Patrick Wickline, Trace Young
Guide

Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance provides you with some of the best practices and recommendations for working with the Windows Azure platform. Categories cover planning, designing, developing, and managing a variety of different types of Windows Azure applications, including mobile, enterprise, and consumer-based applications. It also provides guidance for developers using non-.NET applications, libraries, and stacks with Windows Azure.

Applies to: Windows Azure, Windows Azure SQL Database, Windows Azure Cloud Services, and Enterprise Integration Applications
Source: MSDN Library

E-book publication date: May 2012
422 pages
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 Windows Azure Service Bus Reference Seth Manheim and Ralph Squillace
Reference The Windows Azure Service Bus provides a hosted, secure, and widely available infrastructure for widespread communication, large-scale event distribution, naming, and service publishing. The Service Bus provides connectivity options for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and other service endpoints – including REST endpoints -- that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reach. Endpoints can be located behind network address translation (NAT) boundaries, or bound to frequently-changing, dynamically-assigned IP addresses, or both. Applies to: Windows Azure Service Bus
Source: MSDN Library

E-book publication date: May 2012
260 pages
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Windows Phone
  Developing an Advanced Windows Phone 7.5 App that Connects to the Cloud
patterns & practices
Guide

This guide provides an end-to-end walkthrough of how to create an advanced Windows Phone 7.5 app that integrates with remote Windows Azure-based services. The guide can help you understand how to implement individual features for Windows Phone 7.5 and how to use them together to build an app. After reading this book, you will be familiar with how to design and implement advanced applications for Windows Phone that take advantage of remote services to obtain and up-load data while providing a great user experience on the device.

Applies to : Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Azure
Source: MSDN Library (patterns & practices)

E-book publication date: January 2012
208 pages
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 Programming Windows Phone 7 Charles Petzold
Guide

Get started building applications for Windows Phone 7—expertly guided by award-winning author Charles Petzold. You’ll focus on the core concepts and techniques for creating apps with Microsoft® XNA and Microsoft Silverlight®, with coverage of Microsoft Visual Studio®, .NET Framework managed code sandbox, the phone emulator, sensors, and location. As always, Charles brings a unique combination of pragmatism and authority to his instruction—along with an eminently readable style and a wealth of hands-on examples.

Note: This book is not applicable to Windows Phone 7.5 or Windows Phone 8 development.

Applies to : Windows Phone 7
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: October 2010
960 pages
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Windows Server
 A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control, Second Edition patterns & practices Guide Imagine a world where you don't have to worry about authentication. Imagine instead that all requests to your application already include the information you need to make access control decisions and to personalize the application for the user. In this world, your applications can trust another system component to securely provide user information, such as the user's name or email address, a manager's email address, or even a purchasing authorization limit. The user's information always arrives in the same simple format, regardless of the authentication mechanism, whether it's Microsoft® Windows® integrated authentication, forms-based authentication in a web browser, an X.509 client certificate, or something more exotic. Even if someone in charge of your company's security policy changes how users authenticate, you still get the information, and it's always in the same format. This is the utopia of claims-based identity that A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control describes. 
Applies to: Windows Identity Foundation (WIF), Microsoft Active Directory® Federation Services (ADFS) v2, and Windows Azure Access Control Service (ACS)
Source: MSDN Library (patterns & practices)

E-book publication date: December 2011
411 pages
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 Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2
Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker with the Windows Server Team at Microsoft
Overview

In this book, we focus on the new features and refinements in Windows Server 2008 R2. This book is targeted primarily at Windows server administrators who are responsible for hands-on deployment and day-to-day management of Windows-based servers for large organizations.

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: October 2009
200 pages
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 Introducing Windows Server 2012
Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team
Overview

This book represents a “first look” based on the RTM release of Windows Server 2012 and is intended to help IT professionals familiarize themselves with the capabilities of the new platform.

Applies to: Windows Server 2012
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: June 2012
256 pages
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 Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions: From the Desktop to the Datacenter, Second Edition
Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Teams
Guide

This book is for IT professionals who want to learn more about the latest Microsoft virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft’s private and public cloud computing platforms including Windows Azure.

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2, System Center
Publisher: Microsoft Press

E-book publication date: February 2010
466 pages
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Learning & Career  
 Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft Katherine Murray

In this book, students will find a wealth of Microsoft resources they can 
use to identify the technology skills they need, and gather knowledge and 
experience to help them take charge of their careers. Here at Microsoft, we care about students’ career success and hope these resources will open doors to learning that will lead them to better opportunities and a deeper understanding  of the way technology continues to change and improve the ways people work—both here in the U.S. and around the world.
           
Applies to
Publisher : Microsoft Press 

E-book publication date : February 2010
126 pages
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