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ASP.NET 4 In Practice

As frequent technical reviewers of IT books, we feel it’s nice to, now and then, devote some attention to the books we’ve reviewed. ASP.NET 4 In Practice is an easy to read book that contains 106 practical techniques. It discusses:

  • Basic architecture
  • Entity Framework
  • Markup generation and master pages
  • URL rewriting and routing
  • Data Binding
  • Creating Custom Controls
  • Adaptive Rendering
  • Security, authentication, and authorization
  • Ajax and RIA
  • Managing State and Caching
  • HTTP Modules and extending the ASP.NET HttpRuntime
  • Performance Optimization techniques

SharePoint 2010 Workflows in Action

We’re frequently technically reviewing books and we thought it would be nice to devote some blog posts about a bunch of them. In this case, it’s about a topic close to us, SharePoint 2010 Workflows in Action: The book discusses:

  • Diagramming workflows,
  • Ootb wokrflows,
  • SharePoint Designer workflows,
  • Visio workflows,
  • Creating InfoPath and ASP.NET forms,
  • VS.NET workflows,
  • Custom activities and conditions,
  • Fault handling, versioning, and debugging tips.

SQL Server MVP Deep Dives

Frequently, we act as technical reviewers for IT books. Now and then we devote a blog post to discuss one of these books. Today, we’re discussing SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2: It’s the most congenial IT book we ever saw, since the authors donate their proceeds to The book is written by an impressive number of SQL Server MVPs (we believe approx. 60 of them) and each one donates a chapter of around 10 pages long. Therefore, it reads more like a bundled collection of blog posts than a book, but you’re bound to learn something from it. One comment we’ve heard quite often that it is a very good read while travelling (a result of the diverse and short chapters).

PowerShell and WMI

In our professional career, we’ve written/co-authored/contributed 10+ IT books, were technical reviewers of dozens of IT books, and have read 100s of them. We thought it would be nice to occasionally discuss some of the books we’ve seen as technical reviewers…

The book PowerShell and WMI (a collection of Windows management facilities) teaches how to use the combination by example. The book contains 150 examples (all ready to use scripts) that simplify day-to-day management tasks and demonstrate best practices. The scripts discuss tasks related to system hardware and configuration, disk systems, registry and file system administration, services and processes, printers, network adapters, IIS, server configuration, users and security, logs, jobs, and performance, and administering Hyper-V. It’s written by Richard Siddaway, a PowerShell MVP.

If you’re looking for a book about the topic of WMI and PowerShell, there really isn’t much competition. If you’re interested, check out:

Free eBook about Office 365

Another one for the free eBook collection:

Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime is all about cloud solutions for small businesses, focusing on the core software services (Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Office Web Apps, and Microsoft Lync), and demonstrating ways you can create, manage, and lead teams effectively using the communications and collaborative online tools.

You’ll find helpful ideas and solutions in Office 365 if you

Free SharePoint E-books

C# in Depth

Over the years, we’ve been technical reviewers of dozens of books. Occasionally, we like to give a thumbs up to the most interesting ones we see, because we feel they deserve the attention.

The book “C# in Depth” by Jon Skeet is definitely among this group. When we saw the first draft version it was, from the perspective of a technical reviewer, disappointing as there was so little to comment on: the book already looked very complete at an early stage. We’ll go one step further: this book currently is the de facto standard for books covering the essence of C# (such as generics, nullable types. lambda expressions, extension methods, LINQ, DLR, and code contracts). It’s the best one in it’s kind, and we feel that every C# developer should have a copy at home.

If you want to find out if we’re exaggerating, check it out for yourself:

PowerShell in a month of lunches

We regularly review technical books, and occasionally we like to give a thumbs up to the most interesting ones we see. This is the case for “PowerShell in a month of lunches” by Don Jones ( ). Don’t let the title fool you, this is not a “for Dummies” book. Don Jones not only does a great job teaching PowerShell, he also is great in demonstrating how to learn PowerShell, a subtle but big difference.