25 free books from Syncfusion.com

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You can find many free articles on the web that allow you to learn a programming language or a new programming technique.

Unfortunately, the articles are published in bulk and on many different sites. Furthermore, not all the articles are well written and sometimes provide inaccurate, incomplete or even wrong information.

For those who are starting from scratch, one possible solution is to buy a book on a specific programming language or a specific technique.

Usually, they are books of several hundred pages, and also very expensive. Just to give an example, I have published several books on programming. One of these, concerning Visual Basic 2010, is composed of approximately 800 pages. However, I am aware of books on the same subject that are 1400 pages and more!

Writing a book of this size is a complex task that requires several months of work. This results in a high cost for the book, readers will need much more time to read it, and the book may quickly become obsolete given the speed with which new versions of software come out (just one year lapsed between Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013).

Syncfusion has therefore initiated an interesting project: the company asked various authors at the international level to write books on various topics. These books have an average size of about 100 pages, and are absolutely free.

On the following page you can find the list of books published up to now and the links to download them locally in PDF or Amazon Kindle format:

http://www.syncfusion.com/resources/techportal/ebooks

The small size of these books allows readers to read an entire book in a few hours (maybe during a lunch break), and provide the essential information to quickly start working with a language or a programming technique.

This is also a great starting point for those who are starting from scratch, because these books contain only the information strictly necessary, without the addition of numerous other details that can be researched later through the Internet.

So applaud Syncfusion for its innovative idea in the context of technical disclosure and especially for having made ​​available all of these books free of charge, thus helping many students, many workers, and many fans in software programming.

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My new "newspaper"

A few days ago I started to experiment with the publication of my “newspaper” with news on the .NET world, with a particularly close eye on those related to the F# language (Fsharp).

The journal can be found here: http://paper.li/mariodeghetto/1386411509.

 

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For the moment I haven’t chose to buy a specific domain for my newspaper. This choice will depend on how much interest I can collect with this new initiative.

If you are interested in staying current on the publication of the newspaper, I recommend clicking the “SUBSCRIBE” button.

Of course I look forward to your suggestions for improving the publication and thus provide a really useful tool for your work and your passions.

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Event IT / Dev Connections – Las Vegas September 30-October 4, 2013 – SPECIAL DISCOUNT!

I announce to you that you can register for the event IT / Dev Connections, an event for developers which will be held from September 30 to October 4, 2013 in Las Vegas.

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The agenda includes sessions on:

  • Windows Server & Windows 8
  • SQL Server
  • SharePoint
  • Exchange
  • Platform Development Tools

Among the speakers of international renown is also our very Italian Dino Esposito, with his workshop entitled “Architecting Device-Driven Mobile Web Solutions” and with a session titled “Fast Facts of Social Network Programming

 

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ATTENTION – SPECIAL DISCOUNT!

If you want a special discount of up to 100 dollars, you can proceed as follows:

  1. During the recording, enter the following “promo code”: ITDMVP13

  2. When asked “How did you hear about IT / Dev Connections?”, Select “friend / colleague” and enter “MVP: Mario De Ghetto” in the space provided.

I beg you, follow these simple instructions carefully, because you can save $ 100 !

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Reviewer authorized for O’Reilly publications

A short post to inform you that I have been accepted into the “Blogger Review Program” by O’Reilly. In practice, I have been authorized to request copies of books published by O’Reilly and then publish my reviews.

From this moment I can also use this “badge”:

Blogger Review Program

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

As is well known, the Visual Studio development team is committed to release periodic updates of Visual Studio that are named “Visual Studio 2012 Update ‘x'”, instead of the traditional service pack (SP1, SP2, …) .

Update ‘x’ are intended to fix bugs reported and add new features that were not previously available, allowing continuous updating of the development environment.

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After Update 1 is now the time of the Update 2 (“Visual Studio 2012 Update 2″) that was announced yesterday, in the Somasegar’ blog, with a post that also illustrates the main changes introduced by this update.

Currently, the automatic update of Visual Studio 2012 still does not detect the Update 2, but you can still use a “manual” mode, downloading the installation package from here.

More information can be found in this blog post of the development team (again, with extensive references to the new features introduced by Update 2) and also in the specific page dedicated to the “Visual Studio 2012 Update ‘x’”.

The file that is downloaded is named VS2012.2.exe and multi-language support, so you need to download one update for all languages ​​installed on the machine. The package updates all instances, so if you have installed Visual Studio 2012 in a “full” (for example, Professional or Ultimate) and also the Express editions, you will update everything.

The package has a size of 1.3 Mb, because it is just a “launcher”. Will this executable that will be in charge to download the full installation file. The choice of this method is certainly practical when there is only one machine to update. This is a less convenient if the machines to be updated are more than one: in this case, in fact, it would be more convenient to be able to download the version “full” of the installation package, to be copied on all machines to be updated.

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Changes to license Microsoft Expression

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Microsoft announced a major change in the policy of licenses for Microsoft Expression (http://www.microsoft.com/expression/index.html).

In particular, Expression Blend will be fully integrated with Visual Studio 2012. In addition, it is already available in preview support for WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow, and will be released as Update 2 of Visual Studio 2012.

Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Expression Studio 4 Web Professional are no longer sold. For those who have already purchased, will be supported by Microsoft for the entire life cycle.

Expression Design 4, and Expression Web 4 shall become free and no longer have technical support from Microsoft.

Expression Encoder 4 becomes free, while the "Pro" version will be sold until 2013.

In essence, increases the chances for developing applications, thus reducing the costs of acquiring licenses. This fact is certainly positive, especially in difficult times like this.

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Book "Visual Basic 2012 explained to my grandmother" – sample code

Having started preparing the new edition of my book "Visual Basic 20xx explained to my grandmother," for the 2012 version, I adopted CodePlex to deposit the source code of the examples in this book, as I did for the source of my recent books.

The choice must meet two requirements: greater safety when managing versions of the code and ease in sharing the code on the Internet with readers. Both requirements find a good solution on CodePlex, but especially the latter because you can "navigate" in the source without having to download anything, consulting directly from your Internet browser. If anyone wants to download the whole collection of examples can do it easily and for free.

If you want to follow, then, the progress of the book, you can do so by visiting the following address:

http://vb2012samnbook.codeplex.com/

The source can be found in the Source code section and can be downloaded by clicking on the Download button.

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