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APress deal of the day 30/Apr/2012 - Windows 7 Made Simple
Today's $10 APress Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Windows 7 Made Simple."Windows 7 makes your computer more fun, easy, and powerful to use than ever. With Windows 7 Made Simple, you can unlock the potential and power of Microsoft's latest operating system." ......

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2012 12:43 PM

New Horizons now 1 AU further out
Yesterday, the New Horizons space craft crossed another AU further out from the the sun. If you go to http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/mis... you can see that it is now 23.01 AU from the Sun. (An AU is the average distance of the Earth from the Sun.) New Horizons is still 9.36 AU from the current position of Pluto ......

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2012 12:39 PM

A possible sucessor to the space shuttle
With the retirement of the remaining space shuttles to the museums of America, a sucessor is needed. One possible candidate is the Dream Chaser. Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Saturday, April 28, 2012 8:58 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 28/Apr/2012 - Windows Phone 7 Recipes
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Windows Phone 7 Recipes"Are you interested in Windows Phone 7 configuration and development? Learn to build, configure, and distribute your applications using a wide variety of step-by-step recipes. This book contains extensive code samples and detailed walkthroughs." ......

Posted On Saturday, April 28, 2012 7:22 AM

O Reilly Deal of the Week - Master Drupal - From Design to Development
Until May 3, 2012 at 11:59pm PT O'Reilly are offering books on Drupal at 50% off at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... From Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... "Drupal ( /ˈdruːpəl/) is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) and content management framework (CMF) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License.[2][3][4] It is used as a back-end system for at least 1.5% of all websites worldwide[5][6] ranging from personal blogs to corporate, ......

Posted On Friday, April 27, 2012 11:07 AM

O'Reilly deal on Learn Database Design & Theory from C.J. Date
Until May 1, 2012 at 11:59pm PT, O'Reilly are offering a 50% (or more) discount on a number database design books and videos at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... it's SQL, Relational Theory, or Database Design, there are few who can explain it as authoritatively or as clearly as C.J. Date. Written for the database practitioner, Date's titles will give you the solid grounding and exceptional understanding you need to succeed." ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:32 PM

All-In-One Code Framework
Microsoft have released an updated all in one set of code samples at http://1code.codeplex.com/ The Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is a free, centralized code sample library driven by developers' needs. Our goal is to provide typical code samples for all Microsoft development technologies, and reduce developers' efforts in solving typical programming tasks. (Of course, I will continue to provide samples in http://commondata.codeplex.... and elsewhere) ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 7:47 AM

APress deal of the day - 25/Apr/2012 - Beginning ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010
Today's $10\Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010"The most up-to-date and comprehensive introductory ASP.NET book you'll find on any shelf, Beginning ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010 guides you through Microsoft's latest technology for building dynamic web sites. This book will enable you to build dynamic web pages on the fly, and assumes only the most basic knowledge of Visual Basic." ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 5:39 AM

Space Probes to Jupiter
Space.Com have published an interesting info-graphic on space probes to Jupiter. Whilst mainly about the new probe, Juno, now on route to Jupiter, it does list all the space probes that have flown by or orbited Jupiter. Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 5:17 PM

Videolan 2.0.1 is now available
Videolan 2.0.1 is now available at http://sourceforge.net/proj... and the VLC development team present VLC 2.0.1 "Twoflower", a major new release. With faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits codecs, 2.0 is a major upgrade for VLC. Twoflower has a new rendering pipeline for video, with higher quality subtitles, and new video filters to enhance your ......

Posted On Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:44 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 21/Apr/2012 - DOM Scripting Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is DOM Scripting Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model."DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model gives you everything you need to start using JavaScript and the Document Object Model to enhance your web pages with client-side dynamic effects." ......

Posted On Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:14 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 20/April/2012 - Foundation Expression Blend 4 with Silverlight
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Foundation Expression Blend 4 with Silverlight"Takes you through your first steps in creating rich Internet applications (RIAs) using the latest release of Microsoft's technology." ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2012 8:41 AM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 19/Apr/2012 - CLR via C#, 3rd Edition
Today's Microsoft Deal of the Day at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is CLR via C# price $23.99 I have read CLR via C# ISBN 978-0-7356-2704-8. Whilst it is quite correctly described by the publisher as a "Deep Dive", this is a book that C# developers with 6-18 months plus experience ought to read. Certainly any serious Microsoft programming shop ought to have a copy. Even our experienced VB.NET brethren will benefit from reading this book. When I started programming 31 years ago ......

Posted On Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:13 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 19/Apr/2012 - Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform
Today's $10 Deal from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform"Over the years that author Andrew Troelsen has spent working with the common language runtime (CLR), he gained a much deeper understanding of the .NET platform and the subtleties of the C# programming language." ......

Posted On Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:42 AM

APress Deal of the Day 18/Apr/2012 - Design Driven Testing
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Design Driven Testing.This is a book that all J*** developers should read from cover to cover. I look forward to C# and VB.NET versions. There is a tendency in software development to go to extremes. This book helps to correct that tendency. I recommend it also to all system architects."Design Driven Testing brings sanity back to software development by restoring the concept of using testing to verify a design instead ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:52 AM

O'Reilly Deal on Pocket References 17/April/2012
Until April 18, 2012 at 11:59pm PT, at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... O'Reilly are offering some 71 pocket references / guides at $4.99 per E-book ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 12:19 PM

Windows Phone 7 Game Development
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430233060 is Windows Phone 7 Game Development

"Learn to develop fun and sophisticated games for the Windows Phone 7 platform using C# and Visual Studio 2010."

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Posted On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 7:46 AM

Forums to post questions at for various ASP.NET/Windows related issues.
At http://geekswithblogs.net/TATWORTH/archive/2012/04/16/faq-on-the-correct-forum-to-post-at.aspx, I have published a list of forums.

This is the list that I originally compiled for the ASP.NET forum, however since the FAQ section is now depreciated, I will be posting updates on the above article.

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2012 12:41 PM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 13/April/2012 - Building Enterprise Applications with Windows® Presentation Foundation and the MVVM Pattern
Today's deal of the day from Microsoft Press at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Building Enterprise Applications with Windows® Presentation Foundation and the MVVM Pattern"Simplify and improve business application development by applying the MVVM pattern to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft® Silverlight® 4. With this hands-on guide, you'll use MVVM with data binding, commands, and behaviors to create user interfaces loosely coupled to business logic. MVVM is ......

Posted On Friday, April 13, 2012 7:38 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 13/Apr/2012 - Pro WPF and Silverlight MVVM
The APress $10 deal of the day for today is "Applied WPF 4 in Context" (http://www.apress.com/9781... starts with a simple introduction to WPF and then shows a complete WPF application from sketch to completed code. This APress web site states "This book can be used by a junior developer to learn WPF and understand how to architect a layered application, and it can also be used by a senior developer as a reference for developing scalable WPF applications. " - this summerises the book very ......

Posted On Friday, April 13, 2012 7:30 AM

Microsoft Presss Free E-Book - 12/April/2012 - Introducing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012
At http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... I have spotted a free e-book "Introducing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 ". There is no indication as to how long this will be available for free, so I suggest get it ASAP. It is available in a number of other electronic formats besides PDF."Introducing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 explores the exciting enhancements and new capabilities engineered into SQL Server, ranging from improvements in operation to those in reporting and management. This book ......

Posted On Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:18 PM

Gallery of Exoplanets
Space.com have put together a gallery of exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) at http://www.space.com/13986-... exoplanets have been discovered by monitoring the red/blue shift of the star, whereas others have been found by the transit method. The kepler space telescope is continuously monitoring a small patch of the sky for transits.Here are some of the more interesting (and eye-catching pictures). Remember so far the best image of an extra-solar ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2012 9:27 PM

SQL Injection Attack is still a problem
SQL Injection attack is still a problem. Please see the article at http://www.darkreading.com/database-security/167901020/security/news/232800323/sql-injection-still-slams-smbs.html

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2012 9:11 PM

O'Reilly Deal to Apr/16 - Upgrading to IPv6
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... O'Reilly are offering 50% off books in IPv6. I have read Migrating Applications to IPv6 and recommend it to all in IT ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2012 1:21 PM

Why do O'Reilly put Animals on the covers of their books?
The animals on the covers of O'Reilly books have been a distictive feature of them (aside of course from expert content, well edited, well printed and reasonably priced), but how did the Animal pictures get to be used?

All is revealed at http://oreilly.com/news/lejeune_0400.html

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2012 10:36 AM

E-Sword 10.1 now available
Version 10.1 of E-Sword is now available at http://www.e-sword.net/downloads.html

E-Sword is a free electronic bible. The basic version comes with the King James Translation but many other translations and paraphrases are available (some free and some for a fee).

Posted On Sunday, April 8, 2012 11:28 PM

Visual Studio Ultimate RoadMap
At http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jas... Jason Zander has discussed the roadmap for Visual Studio 11 Ultimate. There are great advantages to Ultimate, if it is available to you, use it.At http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... there is a list of feature packs for Visual Studio 10. Well worth a look if you have Visual Studio 10 Professional or Ultimate ......

Posted On Sunday, April 8, 2012 10:31 PM

Free books on R
Further to my earlier post as what the R programming language is, here are some free e-books on R:

Posted On Sunday, April 8, 2012 9:29 PM

Mr Data Converter - a Free Tool for converting Excel.
Mr Data Converter is a free tool available under the MIT licence. It takes CSV or tab-delimited data from Excel and converts it into several web-friendly formats, include JSON and XML. There is a demo page at http://www.shancarter.com/d... source is available at https://github.com/shancart... ......

Posted On Sunday, April 8, 2012 9:09 PM

What is the R Language?
I encountered the R Language recently with O'Reilly books and while from the context I knew it was a language for dealing with statistics, doing a web search for the support web site was futile. However I have now located the web site and it is at http://www.r-project.org/R is a free language available for a number of platforms including windows. CRAN mirrors are available at a number of locations worldwide.Here is the official description:"R is a language and environment for statistical computing ......

Posted On Sunday, April 8, 2012 8:53 PM

Free e-book introducing SQL Server 2012
At http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2012/03/25/sql-server-download-free-ebook-introducing-microsoft-sql-server-2012/ there is a free e-book from Microsoft Press on introducing SQL Server 2012. This book is available as PDF, mobi and epub formats.

Posted On Sunday, April 8, 2012 7:26 PM

Free download of Thinking in C++, 2nd Edition and Thinking in Patterns
At http://www.mindview.net/Books/DownloadSites/ there is a list of sites where you can download for free Thinking in C++, 2nd Edition and Thinking in Patterns.

Posted On Saturday, April 7, 2012 9:06 PM

SQL Injection Cheat Sheet and Injection probe tool
At http://ferruh.mavituna.com/sql-injection-cheatsheet-oku/ there is information on SQL Injection attack on a variety of databases.

At http://labs.portcullis.co.uk/application/bsql-hacker/ there is a tool for testing for SQL Injection vulnerability.

Posted On Saturday, April 7, 2012 8:40 PM

Free e-book on improving Dot Net code
At http://www.red-gate.com/pro... there is a free e-book on improving the efficiency of Dot Net code.This book is being published by RedGate Software, the makers of ANTS Performance Profiler ......

Posted On Saturday, April 7, 2012 8:12 PM

Free e-book and tool for testing your ASP.NET web site
At http://www.troyhunt.com/201... there is a free ebook on securing your ASP.NET web sites.The PDF is at https://asafaweb.com/OWASP%... https://asafaweb.com/ there is an Automated Security Analyser for ASP.NET Website ......

Posted On Saturday, April 7, 2012 5:37 PM

Free PhotoShop Templates
At http://www.bestpsdfreebies.com/ there are free PhotoShop templates for your website design.

Posted On Saturday, April 7, 2012 4:33 PM

April 2012 Patch Tuesday
Next Tuesday, Microsoft will issue a number of critical patches. I urge you to apply the patches to your desktop PCs A.S.A.P. , then deploy to your test servers, test, get signoff and deploy to production.More information can be obtained at:http://www.computerworld... ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2012 7:32 PM

NUnit 2.6.0 has been released.
NUnit 2.6.0 has been released at http://www.nunit.org/index.php?p=download

The release note are at http://nunit.org/?p=releaseNotes&r=2.6

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2012 1:48 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 6/April/2010 - Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development"Starting with the basics, you'll master everything you need to produce well-designed Windows Phone 7 applications quickly and easily." ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2012 9:29 AM

The latest IE6 usage
At http://www.ie6countdown.com/#list there is a list IE6 usage4 by country.

The following countries have now reached the 1% or lower IE6 usage.

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic. Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Netherlands (Holland), Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA.

However the UK is still at 1.4% IE6 usage - not good.

Posted On Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:42 PM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 5/April/2012 - Windows® Internals, Part 1, Sixth Edition
Today's Deal of the day from Microsoft Press at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Windows® Internals, Part 1, Sixth Edition."Delve inside Windows architecture and internals—guided by a team of internationally renowned internals experts. Fully updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, this classic guide delivers key architectural insights on system design, debugging, performance, and support—along with hands-on experiments to experience Windows internal behavior firsthand." ......

Posted On Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:32 PM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 4/April/2012 - Accessing Data with Microsoft® .NET Framework 4
The Microsoft Press half price deal of the day at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is the training material for the MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-516) "Accessing Data with Microsoft® .NET Framework 4""EXAM PREP GUIDE Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCTS Exam 70-516—and on the job—with this official Microsoft study guide. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce and apply what you’ve ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:27 PM

See the transit of Venus
Transits of Venus across the Sun as seen from Earth are a rarity. Another will happen in June of this year. See a discussion at: http://www.space.com/15116-... is a countdown to the transit at http://www.space.com/14568-... Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 3, 2012 7:49 AM

The Saturn First Stage and its Rocket Motors
I remember watching on TV the Saturn rockets take off. I found this interesting and I hope you do too. Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 3, 2012 7:45 AM

O'Reilly deals to April 5, 2012 14:00 PT on books on "where"
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... O'Reilly are offering a series of books on geo-location at 50% off until April 5, 2012 14:00 PT. HTML5 Geolocation Truly revolutionary: now you can write geolocation applications directly in the browser, rather than develop native apps for particular devices. This concise book demonstrates the W3C Geolocation API in action, with code and examples to help you build HTML5 apps using the "write once, deploy everywhere" model. Along the way, ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 3, 2012 7:36 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 1/Apr/2012 - Pro WPF and Silverlight MVVM
The APress $10 Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... for today is Pro WPF and Silverlight MVVM"WPF and Silverlight are unlike any other user interface (UI) technologies. They have been built to a new paradigm that—if harnessed correctly—can yield unprecedented power and performance. This book shows you how to control that power." ......

Posted On Monday, April 2, 2012 7:46 AM

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