Showing posts with label Training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Training. Show all posts

Monday, June 23, 2014

Microsoft Press [Older] eBook Shelf

Earlier this year, I blogged about how the Microsoft Press eBook shelf got a new home on the Microsoft Virtual Academy, Microsoft Press Free eBooks now have a home in the Microsoft Virtual Academy (-> http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ebooks)

Well it seems that currently only some of the books are listed there, the newer ones. Where do you go for the older titles?

Microsoft Press - Free ebooks: A recap of our older titles

I was looking through our download numbers the other day and saw how many older titles are still popular. However, I noticed that there has been a drop in downloads of our older books that started when we began placing our new free ebooks on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site. We don’t list the older titles on the free ebooks page. Maybe we should.

Until then, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the older ebooks and their links.

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Grr... Don't you hate when you think of a great post title AFTER you publish a post? I should have titled this, "A tale of two eBook Libraries...". Oh well. :)

(via Kurt Shintaku's Blog - INFO: Microsoft’s two free eBook libraries)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pluralsight's way of saying thank you... Active Military and Vets can get one free month

Pluralsight - This Memorial Day, we thank our vets with free training!

Memorial Day is around the corner and Pluralsight would like to show our appreciation to anyone who has served our country or who is currently serving.

We are offering all U.S. veterans and active military personnel a month of free training. Please fill out the form below, and we’ll hook you up with access to 4,000+ hours of developer, IT and creative training for 30 days! Here’s to you!

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And thank YOU Pluralsight...

Monday, May 19, 2014

What is 14 sessions, 21 hours and free? The Exam Prep Sessions from TechEd North America 2014...

Speaking of content to catch on the Channel 9 Windows Phone App...

Born to Learn - Now Available On Demand: Exam Prep Sessions from TechEd NA 2014

Whether you attended TechEd North America 2014 or not, all the Exam Prep sessions are available for you to watch anytime, thanks to our friends at Channel 9. Catch them all here.

For ease of reference, here's the list of Exam Prep sessions in the order they were presented during TechEd NA. Enjoy!

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14 sessions, 21 hours'ish, all free...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Web Camps Training Kit, March 2014 Edition

Microsoft Downloads - Web Camps Training Kit - March 2014

Version: March 2014

Date Published: 4/29/2014

WebCampsTK-Package-WebCampsTrainingKit.exe, 114 KB

The kit includes all the content presented around the world at the recent Web Camps events; presentations, demos, labs and more. Inside the new kit you’ll find content that covers the following technologies:

  • ASP.NET 4.5
  • ASP.NET MVC 4
  • ASP.NET Web API
  • jQuery
  • SignalR
  • Entity Framework
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • Internet Explorer 11 and HTML5
  • Building apps for Office with HTML5
  • Cloud application services

 

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Internal or external, if you're doing any kind of Microsoft Web Stack Training, presenting or attending, this is a great resource...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Web Camps Training Kit Updated
“Web Camps Training Kit” Don’t re-invent, re-use…

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mixing up your PowerPoint training with Office Mix, your PowerPoint - > Interactive Training Tool

Kurt Shintaku's Blog - BETA: “Office Mix” – Turn PowerPoints into Interactive Training\

What does MIX do?
The short answer? It makes your life a lot easier. ...

NOTE: Registration requires an invitation.  If you do not have one, you can request an invitation at http://aka.ms/mixconnect.

What does Office Mix do?

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The “I-need-a-little-more-detail” answer? Office Mix allows you to turn your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations. We install an add-in that gives you the ability to record audio, video, and handwriting, and insert interactive elements like quizzes and CK12 exercises. There’s even a screen capture tool so you can record anything on your PC.

Once your presentation is ready just click “Create Mix.” We work our magic to mix it into an interactive document complete with analytics, and place it in the cloud. From there, just share the link, and your students can watch it on just about any device with a web browser. You can then check student progress online and see who watched the presentation, and how they did on your quizzes. 

How much does Office Mix cost?

Are you ready for this? It’s free! The website, data analytics, and add-in are all free. Office Mix does, however, require Office 2013. You can try Office for free if you don’t have the latest version.

mix.office.com

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This is a new Microsoft.. A "Sign-in with Google?" This is first time I think I've seen that on a Microsoft product/service like this (I think ;)

Anyway... With all the interactive features in PowerPoint, and the fact that how many more can you really add, this looks like a smart way to extend it and give it more life.

Friday, April 18, 2014

//build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/ -> //your free new training sessions/

Building Apps for Windows - //build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/: new resources to help you publish your universal Windows apps

You’ve heard announcements at //build/ around the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 and the converged development platform; now get the details and support from community experts to bring your universal Windows apps to life. We’d like to invite you to join us over the next month for a series of educational and hands-on events.

First up is //learn/, a unique opportunity for you to get an introduction to building your own universal Windows apps for phone, tablet and pc. Ask questions and learn what’s new from Microsoft MVPs and get insights from your peers.

Jumpstart, a 3-day training course from Microsoft’s Virtual Academy follows, giving you an in-depth overview of the most important new features and platform capabilities.

Once you’ve started your app, be sure and register for one of our in-person //publish/ regional events, where Microsoft MVPs and local experts will be on hand to help you bring your apps over the finish line and into the Windows Store.

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//learn/ - coming soon, April 24

Microsoft MVPs will present live webinars introducing the latest features and technologies for phones, tablets and PCs. ...

Date: April 24, 2014

Click here to register

Jumpstart

In this live training webinar by Microsoft Technical Evangelists Andy Wigley and Matthias Shapiro, you will learn how to design and build Windows Phone 8.1 apps using XAML and C# to share a high percentage of code. You will also learn...

Dates: April 29 – May 1, 2014

Click here to register. If you are unable to attend live, you can watch this course on-demand on Channel 9 after May 9, 2014.

//publish/

//publish/ is a global event series where you will bring your project to polish and complete, and receive support, incentives, prizes and just have a lot of fun along the way.

//publish/ events occur in more than 60 different locations worldwide - simultaneously, all connected by a big online digital dashboard (“The Board”) You will receive expert guidance and support for app design, performance, testing, publishing, and Unity porting in a cool and inspiring environment.

Attend in-person at one of the 35 Microsoft-led events or 30 MVP-led satellite events at locations worldwide. No matter which event you attend, you’ll find it an extraordinary opportunity to learn, share and code; connected to the others via a unique online experience. Register early as space is limited.

Dates: May 16 - May 17, 2014

Click here to register

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//learn/

Whether you are a New Windows App Developer or an Experienced one- we have something for you!

Join us and take a deep dive into the latest features and technologies for Windows Phones, PCs and Tablets.//learn/ from our community in this “to the community, for the community and by the community” event where our MVPs and Expert Developers will help you better understand all that’s new with Windows.

Want to learn how to easily share code between store apps of different form factors? or Want to build your own universal App? You are at the right place. These sessions will cover all the basic concepts to develop Universal Windows apps –One App for all form factors (PC, Table and Phone), Windows Phone 8.1 apps: the new application lifecycle, the new XAML etc.-with live chat and Q&A with our speakers

No need to dress up or step out you can watch and learn from the comforts of your home/office in this online webcast of informative sessions delivered by our community experts. That’s not all, our local experts will deliver these sessions in not 1 but 8 languages from across the globe(each accommodating the local time zone) to help you learn and leverage the new features and technologies.

So get started and Register Now!

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Building Apps for Windows Phone 8.1 Jump Start

If you're an app developer who wants to design and build Windows Phone 8.1 apps using XAML and C#, don't miss this exciting event. The two-and-a-half day, demo-rich course, taught by experts who have years of experience developing (and writing about the process), focuses on how to create apps for Windows Phone 8.1 in Visual Studio and how to create universal app projects that share a high percentage of code and that target both Windows and Windows Phone.

Course Outline:

  • Day 1: Introduction to Windows Phone 8.1 & Building Windows Store Apps
  • Day 2: Programming Windows Phone 8.1 Platform Features
  • Day 3: Store, Universal Apps, and Silverlight

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Now, get your learn on!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Heartbleed in eight minutes, what it is, it's impact and more, Khan Academy style

TechCrunch - What Is Heartbleed? The Video

You’ve probably heard about Heartbleed. You’ve probably been told that, as far as security vulnerabilities go on the Internet, it’s pretty damned scary.

But what is Heartbleed? How does it work? Why is it something that you should care about? This Khan Academy-style* video tries to break it all down.

Made by Zulfikar Ramzan, MIT Ph.D. and CTO of cloud security firm Elastica, this video does a great job of explaining the bug at a pretty high level. Its still got a whole lot of acronyms and jargon thrown into the mix (so don’t expect an Explain-Like-I’m-Five explanation here), but it does a good job of explaining the bug’s ins and outs in a way that more people should be able to grasp. [GD: Post leached in full]

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Don't know if you've been following this, that the OpenSSL/Heartbeat/Heartbleed apocalypse is upon us, or not, but if you're like me and want a short brief about what the heck is going on, what it is and why it actually is pretty darn scary, this video is a must watch.

Windows 8.1 Update for your business users, four videos and a hand-out

Microsoft Downloads - Windows 8.1 Update how-to videos for business users

A series of short videos designed for business users to learn about basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption.

Date Published: 4/2/2014

Windows 8.1 Update_How-to Videos for Business Users.zip, 256.9 MB

Windows 8.1 brings together devices, apps and services so that they work intelligently and are a beautiful fit for the way your live and work. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your favorite apps, sites, and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing. Whether you’re collaborating on a large project, preparing for an upcoming conference, or traveling for work, you can use touch, mouse, and keyboard together–seamlessly–to do what you want, the way you want. This quick guide will show you how to get around, navigate, manage apps, work on desktop, and personalize your Windows 8.1.

Rob notes that the zip contains these four videos;

  1. Welcome To Windows
  2. The Charms
  3. The Familiar Desktop
  4. Customizing your Windows

(via The blog of Rob Margel - Windows Help - Download 4 Windows 8.1 Update how-to videos for business users)

Microsoft Downloads - Windows 8.1 Update Power User Guide for Business

This 20 pages brochure-type guide is designed for end-users who want to learn more about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as Taskbar customization, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast, OneDrive for Business, and File Explorer. Power users will enjoy learning about how they can get the most out of their Windows 8.1 devices

Date Published: 4/2/2014

Windows_8_1_Power User Guide.pdf, 876 KB

With the new Windows, you have everything you need to work efficiently. Your familiar desktop is better than ever with advanced functionalities, like the new Task Manager and streamlined file management. Internet Explorer 11 gives you instant and fluid access to the world. And best of all, you can do it all feeling confident that your important data is secure. With the advanced features of Windows 8.1, you can get the most out of your device.

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Now that Windows 8.1 Update is rolling out everywhere and people see how it makes Windows 8.1 that much more mouse/keyboard friendly, there's going to be somewhat less friction in getting it into the enterprise. These videos and guide will help you easy your training burden.

These are also pretty great for friends and family too... :)

(via The blog of Rob Margel - Windows Help - Download the Windows 8.1 Update Power User Guide)

Friday, March 28, 2014

"What is Open Source..." the LEGO movie

What is Open Source explained in LEGO

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Have you ever wondered - What is open source?

We made this stop motion video in an attempt to explain it for anyone. This, simply to help scale the positive principles within the open source paradigm.
The video itself is open for everyone to use, modify and share. So feel free to do that!

We made this video to explain the idea of Open Source. We wanted it to be easy to understand - even for people with no prior knowledge of Open Source or Free Software. However, history is never simple. We can only urge people to do further research into the history and as such the development of open source.

Kr├Žn Hansen wrote this blogpost to explain our thoughts behind the video: http://blog.bitblueprint.com/now-anyone-can-help-everyone-understand-open-source/

Please visit http://bitblueprint.com/ for more information on how to apply the open source paradigm to your organization. Visit http://movingmonday.com/ if you want to learn more about this awesome video production!...

If you're having a problem getting the idea of open source across, there's nothing like a fun video to help... and hey, it's LEGO's!

(via 404 Tech Support - Explaining Open Source with LEGO)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Six videos toward helping you upgrade your inner DBA to SQL Server 2014'ness

Channel 9 - Updating your Database Management Skills to SQL Server 2014

Do you manage online transaction processing (OLTP) database workloads? Want to learn about the new and enhanced capabilities in SQL Server 2014 to help you do so? Watch this course to learn about enhancements and capabilities new to SQL Server and the Microsoft data platform since the release of SQL Server 2008.

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Since the RTM bits are not yet available you can get a jump on your friends and co-workers and start upgrading your DBA brain cells to support (or sell to your bosses) SQL Server 2014. As I've said, this is a pretty awesome release and there's a great deal to grok. The sooner you start...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
SQL Server 2014 RTM's, available for download on the worse possible day (no fooling)?
"SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit"
"Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Product Guide" - One new SQL Server, 12 PDF's...
"How the heck is Hekaton part of SQL Server 2014..." More on SQL Server 2014's In-Memory Tech
Can you Hekaton? Intro to the SQL Server 2014 Analysis, Migration and Reporting tool...
Playing with SQL Server 2014 (and VS2013) the Azure VM way
Dev:"But it's new and shinny! Let's upgrade!" DBA:"Over my..." - Preparing to upgrade your SQL Server
TechEd NA 2013 Day 1 Announcement Round-up - VS 2013, TFS 2013, InRelease, SQL 2014, Server 2012 R2, BizTalk Services, Azure-in-a-box and even more Azure...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

iXplain helps you explain, recording your voice, screen and pen (think "Killer Surface Pro app for anyone teaching or explaining about anything")

Australian Teachers Blog - Creating Tutorials using the Record Voice and Pen App

This post follows on with our focus on sharing tools which can help you make engaging tutorials for your classroom.

If you’re currently using a Windows 8 device and need to create a tutorial that records your voice, writing or annotations, it’s time to master the Record Voice and Pen App.

Since first exploring Record Voice and Pen, I have put it in my must-have apps for Windows 8 in Education. It is such a simple and effective app that suits a variety of skill levels. I also like that you are given the ability to save your video onto your device, then share it through whichever platform you currently use in your classroom. It is a great tool for the Flipped Classroom.

Some handy uses for tutorials made with this app include:

  • Flipped Classroom style tutorials
  • Mathematic tutorials showing working out
  • Explanations of diagrams in Science or Geography
  • Discussions of Sport positions and movement
  • Script writing for Foreign Languages studies
  • Students creating their own tutorials for each other
  • Students creating presentations which describe images, diagrams or concepts

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Step 1

Install the Record Voice and Pen app onto your Windows 8 device. You can access Record Voice and Pen via the Windows Store.

Step 2

Watch video...

Step 3

Plan the tutorial that you would like to create. Here are some questions to help you plan your tutorial

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Step 4

Use record Voice and Pen to create your tutorial. Save and upload to your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or your own online space for students to access it.

Optional Activity

Share with your peers for feedback to help you improve your tutorial style.

Record Voice and Pen is a great way to make classroom tutorials more engaging and memorable whilst also having a resource for future use. So why not have a go and share your experiences in the comments section below.

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iXplain

Description

Explaining something in a presentation or a classroom is easy when you can use your voice, use images, and can annotate on them, all at one go. In iXplain you can record all this at once. It creates a video file which can be shared through email, Facebook or YouTube, or used in a presentation or a classroom.

Features

  • Recording of your voice and pen drawings at the same time

  • Import images

  • Export recordings to video files (mp4)

Supported processors

x86, x64, ARM

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This and the Surface Pro and you've got a cool, fairly inexpensive, teaching tool... (and the app's price of Free doesn't hurt).

Monday, March 17, 2014

Eric Ligman's List of "Free Microsoft Office 365 Resources, Training, Virtual Courses..."

Microsoft Sales Excellence Manager - Eric Ligman - How To Get Free Microsoft Office 365 Resources, Training, Virtual Courses, and More

Microsoft Office 365 provides a cloud-based service that enables individuals and businesses to accomplish the tasks they want to, where they want to, when they want to, all with the familiar Microsoft Office platform they’ve been using for years. By enabling this experience across devices, both in the cloud and offline, it lets people accomplish more, easier, in a much more efficient way. Whether you are new to Microsoft Office 365 or have been using it for awhile, I thought I would let you know about many free resources we have available to you from Microsoft to help you get the most out of your Microsoft Office 365 subscription.

What’s New – Find out what’s New for each of the Microsoft Office 2013 applications you get with Microsoft Office 365:

Quick Start Guides

Microsoft Virtual Academy Sessions

Free eBooks

Video Sessions

Are you a U.S. Microsoft Partner?

Support -

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You've been hearing allot about Office 365 recently. If you're new to it, here's a bunch of great resources to help get you up to speed quickly... and cheaply... :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Visit the MIT OpenCourseWare eBook Shelf (Computer, Nanoelectronics, Languages and much more)

Beyond Search - Free MIT Textbooks

More free books! On its blog, Open Matters, MIT OpenCourseWare shares a long list of materials on its OCW Bookshelf. This would be one to both explore now and note for future reference. The page’s introduction tells us:

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The resources touch on a wide range of subjects taught at MIT. ...

Open Matters - OCW Bookshelf

MIT OpenCourseWare shares the course materials from classes taught on the MIT campus. In most cases, this takes the form of course documents such as syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams.

Occasionally, however, we come across textbooks we can share openly. This page provides an index of textbooks (and textbook-like course notes) that can be found throughout the OCW site.  (Note that in most cases, resources are listed below by the course they are associated with.)

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This site alone should keep your brain busy for months, if not years...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Five Online Education Resources (from colleges you may recognize)

Academic Earth - Free and easy access to full video courses and lectures (from Yale, UCLA, Harvard, Berkley, MIT, Stanford and more)
Stanford Web Application class available online free (and more in their OpenClassroom too)
Free online class, "Introduction to Databases," coming this fall from Stanford University
Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University

Saturday, February 08, 2014

New (and free) Digital Literacy course from Microsoft uses TouchDevelop to teach development basics

Microsoft UK Faculty Connection - New Digital Literacy course teaches coding basics with TouchDevelop

Build Your First App” – a free two-hour eCourse – launched today at www.microsoft.com/digitalliteracy this is  the newest addition to the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum.

The course is a collaboration among Microsoft Learning experiences, Microsoft Research, and Microsoft YouthSpark. Students start on a path to learning computer science and are inspired to use Microsoft tools and platforms as they build their first apps

If your interested in the Touchdevelop course see at http://aka.ms/buildyourfirstapp

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Microsoft UK Faculty Connection - Get Started with Microsoft Digital Literacy

Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, Digital Literacy will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work.and click “go”, and you will be taken to the appropriate page.

Choose your language English (UK) & Welsh both available

The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum has three levels.

The Basic curriculum features a course called A First Course Toward Digital Literacy. This course teaches the value of computers in society and introduces you to using a mouse and the keyboard.

The Standard curriculum features five courses that cover computer basics; using the internet and productivity programs; security and privacy; and digital lifestyles. These five courses are available in four versions that use examples and screenshots from different versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. Please read the details below.

The Advanced curriculum features five courses that cover building your first app, creating an e-mail account, creating a great resume, searching for content on the World Wide Web and social networking.

Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum Version 4

Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum Version 4 teaches generic ICT skills and concepts. The curriculum features screen shots and simulations from Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 to illustrate and provide hands-on examples.

  • Computer Basics
  • The Internet, Cloud Services, and World Wide Web
  • Productivity Programs
  • Computer Security and Privacy
  • Digital Lifestyles

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Microsoft Digital Literacy: Advanced Curriculum

Building on the essential computing skills mastered in the Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum, the Advanced Curriculum provides courses that explore core concepts in more depth. Learners may take any or all of the advanced courses in any order.

The Digital Literacy Advanced Curriculum consists of the following course:

  • Build Your First App
  • Creating an Internet Email Account
  • Writing a Great Resume by Using Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Finding and Evaluating Resources on the Web
  • Using Social Networking to Connect with the World

Each course has an e-learning module that can be played online or downloaded to a local computer. There is also a Word version that can be downloaded and printed.

Build Your First App

Estimated Time: 2 hours
Prerequisites: Students should have taken the course “The Internet and the World Wide Web” or have equivalent computing skills.
Description: This online course helps you learn basic programming concepts and skills by creating scripts on the TouchDevelop web site. You will learn about code execution, creating loops and defining and modifying variables. You will learn how to include physics, sprites and touch in your apps and games, and learn how to publish your apps online.
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Free resources to help those who need a Digital Literacy leg up, be them young or old...

"SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit"

Microsoft Downloads - SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit (and related SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit Sample Databases)

The SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit includes technical content designed to help you learn how to develop SQL Server 2014 databases, BI Solutions, and gain insights into the new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption for your SQL databases and help you unlock new hybrid scenarios.

Version: 1.0.0

Date Published: 2/7/2014

SQL 2014 Dev Training Guide.exe, 251.8 MB

The purpose of this training kit is to help DBAs and Developers become familiar with some of the new and improved features and functionality in SQL Server 2014. This training kit is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand the new features and key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2014 from a developer perspective. It contains a rich set of presentations and demos that are perfect for self-paced learning or for conducting your own training event. The easiest way to get started with the training kit is to download it, install it, and browse the kit for the content that you are most interested in. Many of the presentations and demos in the training kit reference a video that you can watch to familiarize yourself with the content. When you are ready for some hands-on experience, try working through one of the demos. Microsoft SQL Server 2014 builds on the mission-critical capabilities delivered in SQL Server 2012 by providing breakthrough performance, availability, and manageability for mission-critical applications. SQL Server 2014 delivers new capabilities built into the core database for OLTP and data warehousing, which complement our existing OLTP, data warehousing, and BI capabilities for the most comprehensive database solution in the market.

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The SQL Server 2014 Developers Training Kit is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand the key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2014 from a developer perspective. It contains a rich set of presentations and demos that are perfect for self-paced learning or for conducting your own training event.

The easiest way to get started with the training kit is to download it, install it, and browse the kit for the content that you are most interested in.  Many of the presentations and demos in the training kit reference a video that you can watch to familiarize yourself with the content.  When you are ready for some hands-on experience, try working through one of the demos.

Thank you for downloading the training kit, we hope you find it to be a valuable resource for driving SQL Server adoption.

Once installed, here's what you get;

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SQL Server 2014 builds on the foundation of SQL Server 2012, so it's nice seeing that this kit provides information on both,

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If you're looking at, or thinking about looking at, SQL Server 2014, you've got to get this...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
RTM SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit available as a full download or web installer

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Microsoft Press Free eBooks now have a home in the Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Press - Free ebooks: Now on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site

No doubt, our blog is a great site for announcing new books and other quick bits of news; however, we really needed a great landing page to host our free ebooks in an elegant, easy-to-browse way. Our coworkers at the Microsoft Virtual Academy provided the solution. It’s a perfect place to land, since many of you already consume the Jump Start sessions, live events and archived courses from MVA.

So, check it out here. As each new book is released, we’ll add it to the page.

Microsoft Virtual Academy - eBooks Landing Page

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While I like community driven lists, it's nice to now have an official site for these great eBooks.

Now if there was only a RSS feed for the page so I could easily see new additions... (sigh)

.toolbox is .going, .going, soon to be .gone... (.toolbox was a site to help you learn how to build Silverlight apps... so yeah)

.toolbox

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As of February 28, 2014, we'll be shutting off the lights here at .toolbox...

 

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Welcome to .toolbox, a fun online learning environment, where you will learn basic design concepts and how to apply them, as well as the fundamentals of creating Silverlight applications using the Expression Studio tools. .toolbox features two learning options: Courses and Tutorials.

Makes sense, in that I don't think I've heard much about this since I first blogged about it in 2010... Given it was to help you learn how build Silverlight app's I'm surprised it has lasted this long. OMG, does this Silverlight is dead?!  :/

 

Related Past Post XRef:
.toolbox Free online Silverlight/Blend and/or Design training (or the “I’m a developer, can you teach me how to design?” site )

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Enterprise DevCamps Training Kit" - 85MB, Five modules, code and decks for the LOB Dev

Microsoft Downloads - Enterprise DevCamps Training Kit

The Enterprise DevCamps Training Kit shows enterprise developers how to modernize existing .NET client line of business apps to target back-end services running on Windows Azure.

Version: 1.0.0

Date Published: 1/16/2014

EnterpriseDevCampTK.exe, 114 KB [Kind of, more like 85MB]

This training kit shows how to modernize your existing .NET client line of business (LOB) applications for multiple devices. You will learn how to move .NET client LOB applications forward without having to start from scratch with new technologies. You will learn about Microsoft’s devices and services strategy, what it means for you and how your existing applications fit in. You will review best practices for using a services architecture. You will see how and why to move your LOB applications to Windows Azure, how to use 3rd party controls to add a modern look and feel and how to provide your users the ability to use LOB apps on a variety of devices, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. And you will do all of this using Visual Studio 2013 and your existing XAML skills!

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The Content is installed into the C:\EnterpriseDevCamp\ folder, where C: is the home drive for your Windows Installation.  ..."

The file size is a little misleading as it's just a WPI (Web Platform Installer] shortcut.

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And note the install folder in bold above, C:\EnterpriseDevCamp\. This is buried in the download "Supported Systems" note.

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So what's in it?

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By size, PowerPoint... Yet, in some of the modules there are some nice labs and code...

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If you're a LOB Dev, it's a pretty quick download...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

[Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Only ] WintellectNOW celebrates 200th Video with 20 free videos, no strings attached!

WintellectNOW Complimentary Training to Celebrate 200th Video Release

...We are celebrating the release of our 200th WintellectNOW video and we are offering complimentary training tomorrow [Wednesday, January 15, 2014] only. We will be making 20 of our most popular videos available for free. No strings attached. Just great content. 

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To access the free courses, you can visit www.WintellectNOW.com and click the "Library" tab.  Free courses will appear at the top of the list and will be labeled "Free" in the "Plan" column.

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Again, tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, only... so block out some time and get your WintellectNOW on...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
WintellectNOW FTW - Wintellect now providing on-demand learning for everyone (and there's even a few free sessions too)

Thursday, January 09, 2014

24! [Hands-on-Labs and Demo Scripts now available in the big BK Visual Studio 2013 ALM VM] + [Bonus: Azure'ing it too...]

Brian Keller - Visual Studio 2010/2012 Hands-On-Labs / Demo Scripts Upgraded to 2013

The Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine was upgraded today to include the sample content and hands-on-labs / demo scripts which were previously introduced for Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 capabilities. This brings the total number of hands-on-labs and demo scripts which work with this VM to 24.

We also used this opportunity to address some fit-and-finish feedback we received on the initial release of the 2013 ALM VM, so it should be a nice improvement all around. As a reminder you can find the full list of ALM virtual machines here.

Brian Keller - Visual Studio 2013 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts

Updated January 9, 2014: The VM was upgraded to include all applicable Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 hands-on-labs / demo scripts. This brings the total number of hands-on-labs / demo scripts you can run with this virtual machine to 24.

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The Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine is available for download along with 24 hands-on-labs / demo scripts which introduce you to many of the ALM capabilities which have been included in this release.

You can download and install Visual Studio 2013 (including Team Foundation Server 2013, .NET Framework 4.5.1, etc.). But if you would like a faster way to understand what is new for application lifecycle management in this release, this virtual machine is pre-configured with all of the necessary software and sample data for you.

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Labs upgraded from Visual Studio 2010/2012: NEW

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Hosting the VS 2013 ALM VM in a Windows Azure Virtual Machine

I am recommending the use of a Windows Azure Virtual Network for this exercise so the virtual machine does not have any ports open to the internet (public facing).  If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the steps in the article feel free to leave a comment.

Steps we’ll be performing in this article:

  • Download the VS 2013 ALM Virtual Machine (.rar)
  • Extract the files for the VS 2013 ALM Virtual Machine
  • Download and install the Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets
  • Create a Windows Azure Storage Container
  • Create a Windows Azure Virtual Network with Point-to-Site Connectivity
  • Upload the .VHD to Azure Storage
  • Configure a disk  so the .VHD can be used by a Virtual Machine
  • Create and configure the Virtual Machine
  • Complete the configuration of the Virtual Network and connect to the VPN

First you should head over to Brian Keller’s great blog post and follow the instructions to get the files.  If you don’t have a fast and reliable internet connection you may want to wait and build a 2nd virtual machine on the virtual network that I am configuring as part of this post to download the files and upload the .vhd to your Azure storage.  I tried it this past weekend on my internet service (provided by cable) and the upload took just over 17 hours, if you do this from within a Virtual Machine in Azure the entire process (calculate MD5 Hash and Upload) takes about 2.5 hours.

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The only way this might be better is if this VM were in the Azure Gallery, but until then, this is one of the coolest ways to check out all that is VS 2013, with sample data, demos, labs, etc. If you're a trainer, presenter or just want to see just about everything that is TFS ALM, this VM is a must download...

 

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