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What is DMZ?

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A very brief introduction. DMZ is an element which most of architects miss out in their deployment architectures (except few who run their designs through IT pros). The word stands for “Demilitarized Zone”, an area often found on perimeter (outside) of a country’s border. These areas are typically not guarded (under treaties between two or [...]

Microsoft Press Ebook Deal of the Day - 19/May/2012 - Programming Windows®, 6th Edition

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At Microsoft Deal are offering an excellent deal on Programming Windows®, 6th Edition

"Reimagined for full-screen and touch-optimized apps, Windows 8 provides a platform for reaching new users in new ways. In response, programming legend Charles Petzold is rewriting his classic Programming Windows—one of the most popular programming books of all time—to show developers how to use existing skills and tools to build Windows 8 apps. (See the book's "Description" tab.)To celebrate, Microsoft Press will release three versions of the eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition, including two pre-release editions that provide crucial access to early
content. Based on when you purchase (see table below), you will receive the most recently published version of the eBook—plus any subsequent versions—at special promotional pricing. Act between May 17-31, 2012, and your cost is just $10!The first "Consumer Preview eBook", based on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, will be approximately 300 pages. The second "Release Preview eBook," based on Windows 8 Release Preview, will update those pages and provide an additional 200-300 pages. The final eBook will be fully updated for the final Windows 8 software."

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Windows Azure and Cloud Computing Posts for 5/17/2012+

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A compendium of Windows Azure, Service Bus, EAI & EDIm Access Control, Connect, SQL Azure Database, and other cloud-computing articles. Note: This post is updated daily or more frequently, depending on the availability of new articles in the following sections:

RTM’d today: Windows Phone 7 Development Internals - Microsoft Press - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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RTM’d today: Windows Phone 7 Development Internals - Microsoft Press - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:

Master the Windows Phone application model, including its lifecycle and events
Use Silverlight UI controls to create engaging applications
Manage databinding and decouple architectural layers with the Model View ViewModel pattern
Employ built-in sensors such as Assisted GPS, the accelerometer, and camera
Use media services APIs for video streaming, as well as audio input and playback
Consume web services and connect to the cloud through Windows Azure™
Apply Windows Phone 7.5 enhancements, such as multitasking and Fast Application

10 Ways to Use Evernote More Effectively

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This post will give you some Evernote tips and tricks for how to use Evernote as a Personal Information Manager or as a personal knowledge base. I think of Evernote as an "Agile Knowledge-Base."  It's like a simple Wiki, with folders and pages.  The big deal is "access anywhere" and "friction-free" notes.   The beauty is the simplicity and the focus.  As a user of blogs and Wikis, I'm a fan of simple notes.  Plain-text is my preferred note format. I've used Evernote for years (sidenote -- I drove a tool similar to Evernote, before Evernote, so I very
much appreciated when Evernote showed up on the scene, and I empathized with some of the same technical challenges and user experience issues the Evernote team faced.)  I should also mention that I’ve created tens of wikis (if not hundreds) with many thousands of pages, tens of SharePoint sites with many thousands of documents, and tens of blogs with hundreds of posts.  In my early days of Microsoft, I‘ve created hundreds of Knowledge Base articles and managed thousands of Knowledge Base articles.  I’ve managed many thousands of pages for Microsoft patterns & practices (aside from co-authoring eight technical books.)  I’ve...(Read whole news on source site)

A look ahead at the Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support

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Today, we want to share the final product lineup and specifications you can expect to see for the next release of Visual Studio. This also includes system requirements and platform you can develop for with Visual Studio 11. Product Lineup In addition to the product line up announced previously we will also be releasing Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone as part the Visual Studio family. Visual Studio 11 Express products are designed to be simple and easy for building modern applications on the latest Microsoft platforms, including Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure and for the Web. Express products support multiple
languages, specific to each platform. For example, the Express edition for Windows 8 allows developers to use C#, Visual Basic, C++ and JavaScript. It also provides best-in-class tools for creating Metro style apps for Windows 8, including tools such as Blend, app profiling, unit testing and more. To see the full product line up, please visit the Visual Studio product website. If you would like to use a language specific Express edition (C# Express, Visual Basic Express, or C++ Express) without specialized tooling for the latest platforms, you can use the Visual Studio 2010 Express editions, which will continue to...(Read whole news on source site)