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  • Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, Third Edition

    Sebastopol, CA—Think you need an army of skilled programmers to build a website? Think again. With nothing more than an ordinary PC, some raw ambition, and this book, you'll learn how to create and maintain a professional-looking, visitor-friendly site. Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, Third Edition (O'Reilly Media, $29.99 USD) by technology writer and author Matthew MacDonald gives you all the tools, techniques, and expert advice you need.

    · Plan your site. Create web pages by learning the basics of HTML and HTML5.

    · Control page design with CSS. Format text, images, links, tables, and other elements.

    · Attract visitors. Ensure that people can find your site through popular search engines.

    · Build a community. Add forums, fresh content, and a feedback form to encourage repeat visits.

    · Get smart. Use free tools to identify your site's strengths and weaknesses.

    · Create your own blog. Post your musings with a free blog-hosting service.

    · Bring in cash. Host Google ads, sell Amazon's wares, or push your own products.

    · Add pizzazz. Include audio, video, interactive menus, and more.

    For more information please email peyton@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

    About the Author

    Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. He wrote the previous editions of this book, as well as Excel 2010: The Missing Manual and Your Brain: The Missing Manual.

    View Matthew MacDonald's full profile page.

    Additional Resources
    For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920015796

    Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, Third Edition

    Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
    Publisher: O'Reilly Media
    By Matthew MacDonald
    Print ISBN: 9781449301729   Ebook ISBN: 9781449398743  
    Pages: 582
    Print Price: $29.99 Ebook Price: $23.99
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    About O'Reilly
    O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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  • Kentico Software Opens UK Office

     

    Wokingham, Berkshire, UK (April 19, 2011) – Kentico Software (http://www.kentico.com), a Web content management system vendor, has opened an office in Wokingham, Berkshire, UK to further empower their position in the British and Irish markets.

    With more than 1200 implementations and 180 solution partners in the UK and Ireland, Kentico is already a leading CMS provider. Some major websites in the region, that are powered by Kentico CMS, include Ireland.ie, Jameson Irish Whiskey, O2 Blueroom, McDonalds Ireland, Royal Horticultural Society, Bank of Ireland, The Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford and British Airline Pilots’ Association.

    Kentico operations in the UK will be led by James Tait, who joins Kentico as a Director of Business Development. He is responsible for key business development initiatives, provides input for future development of Kentico CMS, and maintains strategic alliance partnerships. He brings 16 years of experience in Enterprise Software Sales, the last 14 of which have been with web content management companies. His previous positions include pre-sales consultant, partner manager and sales manager with eBusiness Technologies, Tridion, and most recently with RedDot then OpenText.

    “Kentico customers and partners have great things to say about the product and the company. I'm excited to join a company that is already well known in the UK and Ireland, and to work with such an enthusiastic team of partners to continue the rapid growth of the company,” comments James Tait, Kentico Director of Business Development in the UK. “Kentico’s growth in the market has not only been fast paced, but is entirely self-funded through successful customer projects with the support of our partners; as such, this provides a robust platform for future growth and operations.”

    “Since establishment of our company back in 2004, UK and Ireland represent key markets with continuous growth. Opening a UK office was an obvious step in our commitment to work closely with our UK and Irish partners and clients,” says Petr Palas, Kentico founder and CEO. “We are happy that James Tait has joined our team since his experience will help us strengthen our position in the UK and Ireland.”

    The new UK office is located in Wokingham, Berkshire and will be the central location for activities covering the British and Irish markets. It can be reached at phone number 0118 324 6000 or e-mail jamest@kentico.com.

    About Kentico CMS

    Kentico CMS is an affordable Web content management system providing a complete set of features for building websites, community sites, intranets and on-line stores on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. It supports WYSIWYG editing, workflows, multiple languages, full-text search, SEO, on-line forms, image galleries, forums, groups, blogs, polls, media libraries and is shipped with 250+ configurable Web parts. It’s currently used by more than 6,000 websites in 84 countries. The clients include Microsoft, McDonald's, Royal Horticultural Society, University of Oxford, Jameson Irish Whiskey, British Airline Pilots’ Association, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Brussels Airlines, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Isuzu, Samsung, Gibson, ESPN, Guinness, Ireland.ie and others.

    About Kentico Software

    Kentico Software (www.kentico.com) helps clients create professional websites, online stores, community sites and intranets using Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. It's committed to deliver a full-featured, enterprise-class, stable and scalable Web Content Management solution on the Microsoft .NET platform. Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has a U.S. office in Nashua, NH. Since its inception, Kentico has continued to rapidly expand the Kentico CMS user base worldwide. Kentico Software is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In 2010, Kentico was named the fastest growing technology company in the Czech Republic in the Deloitte Technology FAST 50 awards.

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  • Kentico Expands US Operations with New Office in Seattle

    Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, April 13, 2011 – Kentico Software (http://www.kentico.com), the Web content management system vendor, announced today that it is expanding its US operations by opening a new office in Seattle and has signed on Justin Smith as a Territory Sales Manager for the Western United States.

    Justin Smith will work as a Territory Sales Manager, being responsible for key business development initiatives, providing support and input for Kentico developer partner channels and maintaining strategic alliance partnerships in the development of increased business opportunities within the developer channels.

    Justin has twenty years of experience in leading business development/sales/service organizations and multinational teams. He also brings the experience of being within a number of Seattle area tech startups, in roles from Global B2C Support, Service and Sales Manager to VP of Business Development. His passion is dynamic technology solutions that enable companies to exceed the expectations of their customers/clients and partners.

    “Kentico is a fast-growing company focused on developing a best-of-breed enterprise CMS solution and we’ve realized significant growth through the past couple years. We are very excited to have Justin Smith join the Kentico team in our Seattle office, further extending our US operations,” said Eric Webb, President of Sales and operations for North America at Kentico Software. “Justin will allow us to enhance the service to our existing clients and Solution Partners while further developing the Kentico client base throughout the West coast. I believe that his experience and energy will be an excellent augmentation to our team” he added.

    “I’m excited to join the Kentico organization because of their long standing excellent history of exceeding partner expectations, commitment to innovation and belief in hearing the customer. Companies that strive to do the right thing, seek relationships built on transparent trust and mutual business to exceed expectations of the customer excite me; Kentico has been doing this as standard operating for years and I am pleased to join,” said Justin Smith, Territory Sales Manager at Kentico Software.

    The Seattle office will oversee Kentico operations throughout the Pacific Time zone along with Hawaii and Alaska. In the close future the office will also provide technical support and will allow Kentico to provide 24/7 support with response time guaranteed by a Service Level Agreement.

    The new U.S. office is located in Seattle, Washington, and will be the central location for the states in the Pacific Time Zone together with Hawai and Alaska. It can be reached at phone number (425) 736-4590 or e-mail: justins@kentico.com.

    The Seattle office address is:

    Kentico U.S. West Coast office

    14900 Interurban Ave South, Suite 271

    Seattle, WA. 98168

    USA

    Support phone number:

    +1-866-328-8998

    About Kentico CMS

    Kentico CMS is an affordable web content management system providing a complete set of features for building websites, community sites, intranets and on-line stores on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. It supports WYSIWYG editing, workflows, multiple languages, full-text search, SEO, on-line forms, image galleries, forums, groups, blogs, polls, media libraries and is shipped with 250+ configurable Web parts. It’s currently used by more than 6,000 websites in 84 countries. The clients include Microsoft, McDonald's, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Brussels Airlines, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Samsung, Gibson, ESPN, Guinness, DKNY, Abbott Labs, Medibank, Ireland.ie and others.

    About Kentico Software

    Kentico Software (www.kentico.com) helps clients create professional websites, online stores, community sites and intranets using Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. It's committed to deliver a full-featured, enterprise-class, stable and scalable Web Content Management solution on the Microsoft .NET platform. Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has a U.S. office in Nashua, NH. Since its inception, Kentico has continued to rapidly expand the Kentico CMS user base worldwide. Kentico Software is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In 2010, Kentico was named the fastest growing technology company in the Czech Republic in the Deloitte Technology FAST 50 awards.

    All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

  • Kentico Introduces Windows Azure Competency

    Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, April 12, 2011 – Kentico Software (http://www.kentico.com), the Web content management system vendor, today introduced the Kentico CMS Windows Azure Partner Competency and awards Bit Wizards the first recognition. This competency provides Kentico CMS customers the opportunity to recognize partners based on expertise in delivering Kentico CMS driven websites into the Microsoft’s cloud.

    “Any Kentico CMS Gold partner who completes three or more Kentico CMS Azure implementations and successfully passes the Kentico Azure knowledge test with a minimum score of 80% is eligible to receive this recognition of their experience. Our goal is to allow a customer to immediately identify a Kentico CMS Gold Partner that has experience in delivering a key technology like Microsoft Windows Azure,” said Petr Palas, CEO and founder of Kentico Software. “We are introducing Windows Azure as our first competency given the increased customer demand and to ensure that our customers receive the best value for their enterprise cloud implementations.”

    Kentico currently has 1,200 partners who actively use Kentico CMS for their web development projects. 154 of these partners reached the Gold Certified Partner level. 32% Gold partners come from North America, 45% from Europe and 23% from the rest of the world.

    “I am pleased to announce that Bit Wizards, a Gold Certified Kentico and Microsoft partner is the first to receive this competency. The team at Bit Wizards continues to work closely with Kentico and Microsoft to ensure the highest quality customer engagement and value for the Microsoft cloud,” said Thomas Robbins, Product Evangelist at Kentico Software.

    “Cloud computing is an important evolution for the industry. The extensibility of Kentico CMS coupled with our deep understanding of the Windows Azure technology makes the two an ideal fit,” said Vince Mayfield, CEO and Founder of Bit Wizards.

    More information about Kentico CMS and Windows Azure is available at: http://www.kentico.com/cms-asp-net-features/Windows-Azure.aspx

    More information about Bit Wizard’s and their Kentico Microsoft Windows Azure implementation is available at: http://www.bitwizards.com/Services/Kentico-CMS-Development

    About Kentico CMS

    Kentico CMS is an affordable web content management system providing a complete set of features for building websites, community sites, intranets and on-line stores on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. It supports WYSIWYG editing, workflows, multiple languages, full-text search, SEO, on-line forms, image galleries, forums, groups, blogs, polls, media libraries and is shipped with 250+ configurable Web parts. It’s currently used by more than 6,000 websites in 84 countries. The clients include Microsoft, McDonald's, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Brussels Airlines, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Samsung, Gibson, ESPN, Guinness, DKNY, Abbott Labs, Medibank, Ireland.ie and others.

    About Kentico Software

    Kentico Software (www.kentico.com) helps clients create professional websites, online stores, community sites and intranets using Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. It's committed to deliver a full-featured, enterprise-class, stable and scalable Web Content Management solution on the Microsoft .NET platform. Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has a U.S. office in Nashua, NH. Since its inception, Kentico has continued to rapidly expand the Kentico CMS user base worldwide. Kentico Software is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In 2010, Kentico was named the fastest growing technology company in the Czech Republic in the Deloitte Technology FAST 50 awards.

    All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

  • Agile Web Development with Rails, Fourth Edition

    Raleigh, NC—The Ruby on Rails web framework is the framework for modern, accelerated web development, and Agile Web Development with Rails, 4th Edition (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $43.95) remains the definitive guide to this fundamental technology.

    Rails 3 and Ruby 1.9 bring hundreds of improvements, including new APIs and substantial performance enhancements. The fourth edition of this award-winning classic has been reorganized and refocused so it's more useful than ever before for developers new to Ruby and Rails.

    Rails 3 is a major release—the changes aren't just incremental, but structural. So we decided to follow suit. This book isn't just a mild reworking of the previous edition to make it run with the new Rails. Instead, it's a complete refactoring.

    You'll still find the Depot example at the front, but you'll also find testing knitted right in. Gone are the long reference chapters—that's what the web does best. Instead you'll find more targeted information on all the aspects of Rails that you'll need to be a successful Web developer.

    Ruby on Rails helps you produce high-quality, beautiful-looking web applications quickly. You concentrate on creating the application, and Rails takes care of the details.

    Tens of thousands of developers have used this award-winning book to learn Rails. It's a broad, far-reaching tutorial and reference that's recommended by the Rails core team. If you're new to Rails, you'll get step-by-step guidance. If you're an experienced developer, this book will give you the comprehensive, insider information you need.

    Rails has evolved over the years, and this book has evolved along with it. We still start with a step-by-step walkthrough of building a real application, and in-depth chapters look at the built-in Rails features. This edition now gives new Ruby and Rails users more information on the Ruby language and takes more time to explain key concepts throughout. Best practices on how to apply Rails continue to change, and this edition keeps up. Examples use cookie backed sessions, HTTP authentication, and Active Record-based forms, and the book focuses throughout on the right way to use Rails. Additionally, this edition now reflects Ruby 1.9, a new release of Ruby with substantial functional and performance improvements.

    Available in epub, mobi, and PDF direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

    Advance Praise
    "After reading through the latest edition cover to cover, I can happily say that it continues that trend and remains the first book I recommend to any new Rails developer."
    —Mikel Lindsaar, Rails core commit team, creator of the Ruby Mail library, and director, RubyX

    "I've never read a programming book as successful as Agile Web Development with Rails. Sam made learning Ruby on Rails easy, comprehensive, and fun."
    —Keith Ballinger, Chairman of WS-I's first Basic Profile working group; author; and key contributor to the .NET and Visual Studio .NET frameworks

    For more information please email pragprogpr@oreilly.com. Please include your contact information.

    About the Authors

    Sam Ruby is a prominent software developer who is a co-chair of the W3C HTML Working Group and has made significant contributions to many of the Apache Software Foundation's open source software projects. He is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Emerging Technologies Group of IBM.

    View Sam Ruby's full profile page.

    Dave Thomas, as one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, understands agility. As the author of "Programming Ruby," he understands Ruby. And, as an active Rails developer, he knows Rails.

    View Dave Thomas's full profile page.

    David Heinemeier Hansson is the creator of the Rails framework.

    View David Heinemeier Hansson's full profile page.

    Additional Resources
    For more information about the book, including: code, errata, discussions, full table of contents, excerpts from the book and more, see the catalog page for Agile Web Development with Rails (4th edition).

    Agile Web Development with Rails, Fourth Edition

    Agile Web Development with Rails, Fourth Edition
    Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
    By Sam Ruby, Dave Thomas, David Heinemeier Hansson
    Print ISBN: 9781934356548  
    Pages: 480
    Print Price: $43.95
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    1-800-998-9938
    1-707-827-7000

    About Pragmatic Bookshelf
    Pragmatic Bookshelf is an imprint of the Pragmatic Programmers, LLC. Our titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O'Reilly Media.

    The Pragmatic Bookshelf features books written by developers for developers. The titles continue the well-known Pragmatic Programmer style, and continue to garner awards and rave reviews. As development gets more and more difficult, the Pragmatic Programmers will be there with more titles and products to help programmers stay on top of their game.

    About O'Reilly
    O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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    O'Reilly is a registered trademark of O'Reilly Media, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Spreading the knowledge of innovators

    oreilly.com

  • Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Developer Reference

    Sebastopol, CA—Build robust solutions for business collaboration—using SharePoint 2010. Sharpen your development skills with this practical reference to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Written by enterprise-development expert Paolo Pialorsi, Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Developer Reference (Microsoft Press, $44.99 USD) shows you how to develop real-world business solutions, using techniques to extend and customize the SharePoint environment with Microsoft Visual Studio® 2010.

    "SharePoint 2010 is a powerful platform that you can leverage only if you know how to customize it, and this book teaches you how to do that," says Pialorsi (@PaoloPia). "This is a complete and concrete reference for developing real world SharePoint 2010 solutions. It targets not only experienced SharePoint developers, but also beginners. SharePoint is a highly requested topic by small-, medium-, and enterprise-level companies, and this book helps the reader to satisfy his or her customers' needs."

    You will discover how to:

    · Write robust code for SharePoint solutions using the Server Object Model

    · Use the Client Object Model to build Microsoft Silverlight® and JavaScript applications for SharePoint

    · Extend the UI to customize menus, ribbons, and controls for intranets, extranets, and Internet sites

    · Query and manage items in SharePoint lists using the LINQ-to-SharePoint provider

    · Develop custom workflows using Visual Studio 2010 or SharePoint Designer 2010

    · Delve into advanced solutions, such as connectable Web Parts and asynchronous programming

    · Create security-enhanced code for SharePoint using sandboxed solutions

    For more information please email gretchen@oreilly.com. Please include your contact information.

    About the Author

    Paolo Pialorsi is a consultant, trainer, and author who specializes in developing distributed applications architectures and Microsoft SharePoint enterprise solutions. He is the author of Programming Microsoft LINQ and Introducing Microsoft LINQ (Microsoft Press), and has written three Italian-language books about XML and Web Services. Paolo is one of the content owners of the Italian edition of the Microsoft SharePoint Conference, and a popular speaker at industry conferences.

    View Paolo Pialorsi's full profile page.

    Additional Resources
    For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://oreilly.com/catalog/0790145300386

    Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Developer Reference

    Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Developer Reference
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    By Paolo Pialorsi
    Print ISBN: 9780735639034  Ebook ISBN: 9780735639041  
    Print Price: $44.99  Ebook Price: $35.99
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    About Microsoft Press
    Microsoft Press is a division of Microsoft Corporation. Established in 1985, Microsoft Press publishes self-paced learning materials on Microsoft products and associated technologies. Microsoft Press products are available in a variety of formats for individual users, IT professionals, and developers. Since 2009, Microsoft and O'Reilly Media have shared the editorial direction and development of Microsoft Press products. O'Reilly also handles sales, distribution, customer service, and some administrative functions.

    About O'Reilly
    O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

    Spreading the knowledge of innovators

    oreilly.com

  • Kentico Plants a Tree for Every Bug Found by Their Clients

    Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, March 24, 2011 – Kentico Software (http://www.kentico.com), the Web content management system vendor, today announced the re-launch of their Trees for Bugs initiative. Company employees will plant a tree for every software bug reported in each latest version of Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. The company also promises to fix all reported bugs within 7 days.

    ”I’m proud to say that although our product gets more complex, we are constantly eliminating the number of bugs in new versions. We have also been successful to keep our promise and comply with the 7 days bug fixing policy since its announcement back in 2009.” said Martin Hejtmanek, CTO at Kentico Software. “Our efforts became an indivisible part of Kentico's commitment to deliver a stable platform for managing websites, on-line stores and social networks.”

    “Kentico has always been committed to provide high-quality user experience to our customers and partners. While we test our software extensively, it’s important to make sure that we encourage our customers to report any bugs they find. Based on the feedback on our initial program, which was only related to the 4.1 version of Kentico CMS, we decided to keep it for all upcoming CMS versions, starting with the current 5.5 R2 release,” said Petr Passinger, PR Manager at Kentico Software. “From now on, we will plant a tree for every bug found in each latest version of Kentico CMS.“

    The Trees for Bugs initiative is well explained in the following one and half minute animated video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdMb5swSB2I

    The current number of bugs, and therefore the number of trees that will be planted, can be seen at the re-designed Trees for Bugs website: http://trees.kentico.com.

    The homepage of the Trees for Bugs website shows a graph that represents distribution of bugs/trees between individual development teams. With almost 6,000 active customers in 84 countries, the website provides country standings in the “Bug-Finding” discipline.

    Each planted tree is dedicated to the person who reported the bug and labeled with their name. The tree is also listed in the tree gallery and its location is marked on a map.

    More information about the new Trees for Bugs website: http://trees.kentico.com/Blog/5-Reasons-to-Check-Out-Our-New-Trees-for-Bugs-Micr.aspx

    Connect with the initiative on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TreesForBugs

    About Kentico CMS

    Kentico CMS is an affordable Web content management system providing a complete set of features for building websites, community sites, intranets and on-line stores on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. It supports WYSIWYG editing, workflows, multiple languages, full-text search, SEO, on-line forms, image galleries, forums, groups, blogs, polls, media libraries and is shipped with 250+ configurable Web parts. It’s currently used by more than 6,000 websites in 84 countries. The clients include Microsoft, McDonald's, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Brussels Airlines, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Isuzu, Samsung, Gibson, ESPN, Guinness, DKNY, Abbott Labs, Medibank, Ireland.ie and others.

    About Kentico Software

    Kentico Software (www.kentico.com) helps clients create professional websites, online stores, community sites and intranets using Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. It's committed to deliver a full-featured, enterprise-class, stable and scalable Web Content Management solution on the Microsoft .NET platform. Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has a U.S. office in Nashua, NH. Since its inception, Kentico has continued to rapidly expand the Kentico CMS user base worldwide. Kentico Software is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In 2010, Kentico was named the fastest growing technology company in the Czech Republic in the Deloitte Technology FAST 50 awards.

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  • Learning Android—New from O'Reilly Media Building Applications for the Android Market

    Sebastopol, CA—Want to build apps for Android devices? Learning Android (O'Reilly Media, $34.99 USD) is the perfect way to master the fundamentals. Written by Marko Gargenta (@Marakana), an expert who has taught this mobile platform to hundreds of developers in large organizations, this gentle introduction shows experienced object-oriented programmers how to use Android's basic building blocks to create user interfaces, store data, connect to the network, and more.

    "Android is the number one mobile platform, and many developers want to create applications for it," says Gargenta. "Android development is one of the biggest waves of this year. Developing for the tablets is next on the horizon. (I'm already working on Honeycomb book to address that.) In Learning Android, the reader will pick up the skills to develop any reasonably complex Android application."

    You'll build a Twitter-like application throughout the course of this book, adding new features with each chapter. Along the way, you'll also create your own toolbox of code patterns to help you program any type of Android application with ease.

    · Get an overview of the Android platform and discover how it fits into the mobile ecosystem

    · Learn about the Android stack, including its application framework, and the structure and distribution of application packages (APK)

    · Set up your Android development environment and get started with simple programs

    · Use Android's building blocks—Activities, Intents, Services, Content Providers, and Broadcast Receivers

    · Learn how to build basic Android user interfaces and organize UI elements in Views and Layouts

    · Build a service that uses a background process to update data in your application

    · Get an introduction to Android Interface Definition Language (AIDL) and the Native Development Kit (NDK)

    For more information please email gretchen@oreilly.com. Please include your contact information.

    About the Author

    Marko Gargenta is the founder and chief Android expert at Marakana, a training company in San Francisco. Marko has developed Android Bootcamp and Android Internals courses, and has trained over 1,000 developers on four continents. His clients include Qualcomm, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, Sharp, Cisco, U.S. Department of Defense, and many more. Marko frequently speaks on Android at technical conferences and events, and is the founder of San Francisco Android Users Group.

    View Marko Gargenta's full profile page.

    Additional Resources
    For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920010883

    Learning Android

    Learning Android
    Publisher: O'Reilly Media
    By Marko Gargenta
    Print ISBN: 9781449390501   Ebook ISBN: 9781449390518  
    Pages: 268
    Print Price: $34.99 Ebook Price: $27.99
    order@oreilly.com
    1-800-998-9938
    1-707-827-7000

    About O'Reilly
    O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

    # # #

    O'Reilly is a registered trademark of O'Reilly Media, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Spreading the knowledge of innovators

    oreilly.com

  • Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by Step

    Sebastopol, CA—Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to design rich user interfaces (UI) for Microsoft Silverlight®-based applications using Expression Blend 4. With Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by Step (Microsoft Press, $44.99 USD), you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them.

    "There is a growing audience of RIAs developers and designers and there are a lot of books for developers," say authors Elena Kosinska (@Kosinska) and Chris Leeds. "Despite the importance of good UX design to an application's success, there are few books where one can find useful information for designers. The popular belief is that designers need to be developers to understand RIA. We decided to write this friendly and accessible book: Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Step by Step from a designer's point of view for designers or anyone who is interested in creating effective user interfaces for Silverlight applications."

    With Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by Step, you will:

    · Master the Expression Blend 4 core tools and features

    · Use SketchFlow to design a UI prototype

    · Create reusable skins for Silverlight 4 controls

    · Implement interactive elements without writing code

    · Add XAML and C# basics to your design skill set

    · Design custom UI art with tools in Expression® Design 4

    Your Step by Step digital content includes:

    · All the book's practice files—ready to download and put to work.

    · Fully searchable online edition of this book—with unlimited access on the Web.

    For more information please email maryr@oreilly.com. Please include your contact information.

    About the Authors

    Elena Kosinska is a UI designer focused on prototyping, design, and development of Silverlight and WPF Applications. She's a Microsoft MCT and MVP in Expression Blend. She writes blog posts and articles for UI designers, speaks at various Microsoft events, and has taught WPF/Silverlight courses.

    View Elena Kosinska's full profile page.

    Chris Leeds has been a Microsoft MVP since before Expression Studio was even added to their catalog. He has written two books on Microsoft Expression Web for Microsoft Press and is currently working on a third, Microsoft Expression Web 4.0 Step by Step.

    View Chris Leeds's full profile page.

    Additional Resources
    For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://oreilly.com/catalog/0790145300119

    Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Step by Step

    Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by Step
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    By Elena Kosinska, Chris Leeds
    Print ISBN: 9780735639010   Ebook ISBN: 9780735660656  
    Pages: 432
    Print Price: $44.99 Ebook Price: $35.99
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  • Kentico Deliver Now! Introduced

    Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, March 15, 2011 – Kentico Software (http://www.kentico.com), the Web content management system vendor, announced today the release of the Deliver Now! Deliver Now! is an expert and detailed guidance for successful and rapid implementation of your enterprise-level Kentico CMS websites.

    “Kentico’s Deliver Now! Methodology provides enterprise development teams with expert guidance in planning, implementation and deployment of websites with Kentico CMS. The methodology includes step-by-step procedures, architectural best practices and checklists that help teams make the right decisions. Our goal is to help customers and partners deliver projects on time and on budget.” said Petr Palas, CEO and founder of Kentico Software.

    “In addition to extensive reviews by Kentico developers, testers and customer support, we reviewed the Deliver Now! Methodology with our existing customers and partners. The result is detailed information that will help to ensure the delivery of a successful Kentico CMS website”, said Karol Jarkovsky, the Sr. Solution Architect at Kentico Software and the principal author of the Kentico Deliver Now!

    "It was a really excellent idea to create something like this. Easy to read and understand. Kentico Deliver Now! pulls together lots of separate ideas/threads into one place", said Saul Sheehan, Developer at Nucleus Ltd.

    "We found Kentico Deliver Now! as a great reference that is extremely helpful for our staff. And the checklists are a welcome and useful tool”, said Denise Dreher, Information Systems Administrator at The Center for Victims of Torture.

    Kentico Deliver Now! Metholodogy package can be downloaded at http://download.kentico.com/Kentico_Deliver!Now_Methodology.zip.

    More information about the Kentico Deliver Now! Methodology is available at: http://devnet.kentico.com/Blogs/Karol-Jarkovsky/April-2010/Kentico-CMS-Deliver-Now!-Methodology-Introduction.aspx

    About Kentico CMS

    Kentico CMS is an affordable Web content management system providing a complete set of features for building websites, community sites, intranets and on-line stores on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. It supports WYSIWYG editing, workflows, multiple languages, full-text search, SEO, on-line forms, image galleries, forums, groups, blogs, polls, media libraries and is shipped with 250+ configurable Web parts. It’s currently used by more than 6,000 websites in 84 countries. The clients include Microsoft, McDonald's, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Brussels Airlines, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Isuzu, Samsung, Gibson, ESPN, Guinness, DKNY, Abbott Labs, Medibank, Ireland.ie and others.

    About Kentico Software

    Kentico Software (www.kentico.com) helps clients create professional websites, online stores, community sites and intranets using Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. It's committed to deliver a full-featured, enterprise-class, stable and scalable Web Content Management solution on the Microsoft .NET platform. Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has a U.S. office in Nashua, NH. Since its inception, Kentico has continued to rapidly expand the Kentico CMS user base worldwide. Kentico Software is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In 2010, Kentico was named the fastest growing technology company in the Czech Republic in the Deloitte Technology FAST 50 awards.

    All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

  • Master all the new tools and techniques in Visual Studio 2010 using Packt’s new book

    Packt is pleased to announce a new book called Software Testing using Visual Studio 2010, which helps developers master tools and techniques in Visual Studio 2010. Written by N. Satheesh Kumar and S. Subashni, this book walks users through the amazing features of Visual Studio 2010 and helps them test their software applications with ease.

    Visual Studio 2010 is the new version of Microsoft's software development product, and includes lots of new features for developing and testing software applications. In collaboration with Team Foundation Server, it provides supporting tools for the management of the entire application life cycle, including development and testing.

    Software testing using Visual Studio 2010 helps developers master different types of testing in the software development life cycle by providing an overview of each type of application testing. Developers will learn about test management support in Visual Studio 2010 by using the Test Manager tool to maintain test cases, and create test plans, test suites and requirement based test suites.

    Developers will learn to use Test Controller and Test Agents, and configure them to simulate the multi-user environment to test performance. With the help of the command line utility MSTest , they will learn to run tests and publish results to Team Project and Team Build in Team Foundation Server. They will also learn about Generic test, which is used to test third party components and services.

    Developers, software testers, or architects interested in Visual Studio 2010 will find this book to be an interesting and beneficial read. This book is out now and is available from Packt. For more information, please visit www.packtpub.com/software-testing-using-visual-studio-2010/book

  • Build and maintain large applications with ease using Packt’s new ASP.NET MVC book

    Packt is pleased to announce ASP.NET MVC 2 Cookbook a new book that helps tackle problems encountered while developing applications with the ASP.NET MVC platform. Written by Andrew Siemer and Richard Kimber, this book guides developers with the usage of a wide array of tools of the ASP.NET MVC platform for web development.

    ASP.NET MVC Framework is a web application framework that implements the model-view controller pattern. It simplifies the task of application development and maintenance for developers. Based on ASP.NET, it allows software developers to build a Web application as a composition of three roles: Model, View and Controller.

    The book demonstrates how to work effectively with views and controllers – two of the most important ingredients of the ASP.NET MVC framework. Readers can work with actions and controllers to perform some important tasks such as creating a CAPTCHA system and generating a PDF order summary.

    ASP.NET MVC 2 Cookbook will help users create master-detail pages with AJAX model pop-ups and use them to control application wide formatting. They will be able to keep track of the number of visitors to their site, and store and access data with the different techniques available in ASP.NET MVC application development.

    ASP.NET MVC developers looking to transfer their knowledge from the ASP.NET Web Forms way of doing things to the ASP.NET MVC Framework will find this book to be an interesting and beneficial read. This book is out now and is available from Packt. For more information, please visit www.packtpub.com/asp-net-mvc-2-cookbook/book

  • Kentico CMS is Compatible with the Windows Azure Platform

    Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, February 15, 2011 – Kentico Software (http://www.kentico.com), the Web content management system vendor, has announced that Kentico CMS was officially recognized by Microsoft as an application compatible with the Windows Azure Platform.

    The latest version of Kentico CMS 5.5R2 includes Windows Azure support for single CMS installations. Kentico customers are able to leverage Microsoft Azure to power their Kentico websites, community sites, enterprise intranets and on-line stores.

    “It’s important that we keep our commitments to customers to deliver the latest Microsoft technologies.” said Petr Palas, CEO and Founder of Kentico Software. “Adding compatibility with Windows Azure removes barriers for our customers who are looking at their enterprise cloud computing strategy. Regardless of whether it’s on-premise or in the cloud, Kentico CMS is ready.”

    The compatibility of Kentico CMS and the Windows Azure platform has been proved by the first six Kentico CMS implementations successfully migrated to the Windows Azure platform by Bit-Wizards, a Kentico Gold Partner from Florida, USA.

    “The Windows Azure platform will provide more choice and greater flexibility for our clients,” said Vince Mayfield, CEO and Co-Founder of Bit-Wizards. “By building and deploying Kentico solutions on the Windows Azure platform, Bit-Wizards’ clients will be afforded the type of scalability and extensibility that has previously been only available through expensive web farms.”

    “The Azure Enabled Kentico CMS is another tool in our toolkit,” said Bryan Soltis, Senior Software Engineer at Bit-Wizards. “The Enterprise features of Kentico CMS on the Windows Azure scalable platform provide a powerful combination to develop and rapidly deploy enterprise scalable content management systems.”

    The Kentico CMS enabled Microsoft Azure sites developed by Bit-Wizards are listed below:

    Emerald Coast Autism Center

    http://www.ecautismcenter.org

    Daedalian Flight 61

    http://www.daedalianflight61.org

    Eglin Aero Club

    http://www.eglinaeroclub.com

    Emerald Coast Junior Golf Association

    http://www.ecjga.com

    Macrotect

    http://www.macrotect.com

    Gulf Coast .NET User Group

    http://www.gulfcoastdotnet.org

    More information on the Kentico CMS Windows Azure support is available at: http://devnet.kentico.com/KenticoCMSWindowsAzureSupport.aspx

    The official recognition by Microsoft:

    http://www.microsoftplatformready.com/us/congrats.aspx?appid=20117&techid=100

    About Kentico CMS

    Kentico CMS is an affordable Web content management system providing a complete set of features for building websites, community sites, intranets and on-line stores on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. It supports WYSIWYG editing, workflows, multiple languages, full-text search, SEO, on-line forms, image galleries, forums, groups, blogs, polls, media libraries and is shipped with 250+ configurable Web parts. It’s currently used by more than 6,000 websites in 84 countries. The clients include Microsoft, McDonald's, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Brussels Airlines, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Isuzu, Samsung, Gibson, ESPN, Guinness, DKNY, Abbott Labs, Medibank, Ireland.ie and others.

    About Kentico Software

    Kentico Software (www.kentico.com) helps clients create professional websites, online stores, community sites and intranets using Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. It's committed to deliver a full-featured, enterprise-class, stable and scalable Web Content Management solution on the Microsoft .NET platform. Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has a U.S. office in Nashua, NH. Since its inception, Kentico has continued to rapidly expand the Kentico CMS user base worldwide. Kentico Software is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In 2010, Kentico was named the fastest growing technology company in the Czech Republic in the Deloitte Technology FAST 50 awards.

    About Bit-Wizards

    Bit-Wizards is an innovative technology company located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida that provides Professional Software Engineering, E-Commerce, Wireless, Web, and Information Technology Consulting. Bit-Wizards is a managed Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner and Kentico Gold Partner and its professional staff is well versed in all the latest products and technologies from Microsoft.

    All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

  • Agile in a Flash—New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

    Agile in a Flash—New from Pragmatic Bookshelf
    Speed-Learning Agile Software Development

    Agile in a Flash

    Raleigh, NC—The best agile book isn't a book: Agile in a Flash: Speed-Learning Agile Software Development (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $15.00) is a unique deck of index cards that fit neatly in your pocket. You can tape them to the wall. Spread them out on your project table. Get stains on them over lunch. These cards are meant to be used, not just read.

    Agile in a Flash cards teach leadership, teamwork, clean programming, agile approaches to problem solving, and tips for coaching agile teams. Use the cards for learning, as ice breakers for conversations, as constant reminders, and as a potent source of useful tips and hard-won wisdom. Agile in a Flash cards are:

    · Bite-sized! Read one practice or aspect at a time in just a couple of minutes.

    · Smart! Each card has years of practical, real-world experience behind it.

    · Portable! Cards fit easily in your pocket or backpack.

    The Agile in a Flash deck is broken into four sections: agile concepts, planning, teamwork, and coding. The front of each card features a concise list of the concepts you need to know and remember. The back provides further detail, with sage nuggets of knowledge based on the authors' two decades of experience coaching and doing agile-style projects.

    These cards are an indispensable tool for any agile team, and a must-have for every Scrum Master or agile coach.

    Don't be afraid to wear them out—they're priced so you can get a set for everyone and replace them if you need to. Tape the cards to your wall, stick them on your monitor, quiz your peers, and get agile fast.

    Available in epub, mobi, and PDF direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

    Advance Praise
    "I have only one major issue with your cards, which is that I didn't think of them and do them first. That wouldn't be so bad if you were screwing them up, but unfortunately they're great."
    —Ron Jeffries, CoAuthor, The Agile Manifesto, www.XProgramming.com

    "Agile in a Flash is the only place to find a concise summary of all things agile. I recommend my customers buy it for all their programmers."
    —Mike Cohn, Author of Succeeding with Agile, Agile Estimating and Planning, and User Stories Applied

    For more information please email pragprogpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

    About the Authors

    Jeff Langr has been building software for over a quarter century. He is the author of Agile Java and Essential Java Style, plus more than 80 articles on software development and a couple chapters in Uncle Bob's Clean Code. He runs Langr Software Solutions (http://langrsoft.com) from Colorado Springs and happily builds software as an employee of GeoLearning.

    View Jeff Langr's full profile page.

    Tim Ottinger has over 30 years of software development experience including time as an agile coach, OO trainer, contractor, in-house developer, and even a little team leadership and management. He is also a contributing author to Clean Code. He writes code. He likes it.

    View Tim Ottinger's full profile page.

    Additional Resources
    For more information about the book, including: code, errata, discussions, excerpts from the book, a video sample, and more, see the catalog page for Agile in a Flash.

    Agile in a Flash

    Agile in a Flash
    Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
    By Jeff Langr, Tim Ottinger
    Print ISBN: 9781934356715  
    Pages: 110
    Print Price: $15.00
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    Pragmatic Bookshelf is an imprint of the Pragmatic Programmers, LLC. Our titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O'Reilly Media.

    The Pragmatic Bookshelf features books written by developers for developers. The titles continue the well-known Pragmatic Programmer style, and continue to garner awards and rave reviews. As development gets more and more difficult, the Pragmatic Programmers will be there with more titles and products to help programmers stay on top of their game.

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  • Announcing New dtSearch® Product Line Release with Native .NET 4 / 64-Bit SDK

    Native .NET 4 SDK updates cover:  Spider API, MS Azure support, and faceted searching of data sets involving millions of fields

    February 8, 2011 (Bethesda, MD) - dtSearch Corp., a leading supplier of enterprise and developer text retrieval and file conversion software, announces Version 7.66 of the dtSearch product line, including a native 64-bit .NET 4 SDK for the dtSearch Engine.  The .NET 4 SDK covers the Spider API for indexing local and remote, static and dynamic web-based content, encompassing both public Internet and secure Intranet data.  The .NET 4 release also has a sample application for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.  And the new SDK offers performance enhancements for faceted searching involving millions of document metadata tags or database records.

    The dtSearch Engine for Win & .NET and the dtSearch Engine for Linux make available dtSearch’s data searching and file format support for use in a wide variety of Internet, Intranet and other commercial applications. The dtSearch Engine has 64-bit and 32-bit .NET, Java and C++ APIs.

    Following are key features of the dtSearch product line.

    Terabyte Indexer.  dtSearch products can index over a terabyte of text in a single index.

    Built-In Proprietary File Parsers / Converters.  dtSearch products embed dtSearch’s own file parsers and converters covering a wide range of popular file types.

    Spider.  The dtSearch Spider adds local or remote website content to a searchable data collection.  The Spider provides integrated hit-highlighted searching of dynamic content like MS SharePoint, CMS, PHP and ASP.NET, as well as static content like HTML, PDF, XSL/XML.

    Cloud Applications.  The dtSearch Engine has been used for years in a variety of third-party SaaS-hosted applications.  The new version includes sample .NET 4 code for the MS Azure cloud platform.  

    25+ Search Options; International Languages.  dtSearch offers over 25 full-text and fielded data search options, including advanced federated search options and special forensics features.  Unicode support covers all Unicode languages, including support for right-to-left languages and Chinese/Japanese/Korean character processing options.

    For more information, or to download fully-functional evaluations, please call 1-800-IT-FINDS (or 301/263-0731), email info@dtsearch.com or visit www.dtsearch.com.

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    About dtSearch, www.dtsearch.com

    The Smart Choice for Text Retrieval® since 1991, dtSearch offers nearly 20 years of experience in searching data.  The dtSearch product line includes enterprise and developer text search products, meeting some of the largest-capacity text retrieval needs in the world.  dtSearch products have received hundreds of excellent case studies and press reviews.  (Please see www.dtsearch.com for these.)  The company has distributors worldwide, including coverage on six continents.

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