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Speaking of the economy, at a time when even IT is doing some belt-tightening, free stuff is always better. For those who are fans of self-paced training materials, MS Press has something that will have you loosening that belt a notch. On occasion, the imprint offers some titles for absolutely free. Well, you might have to give up some of your precious personal info to get it, but still -- you get some valuable training info in return.

Right now, you can download complete versions of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008, by Peter DeBetta, Greg Low and Mark Whitehorn, and Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, by Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Teams. And MS Press is also releasing some select chapters of chapters for Programming Microsoft LINQ, Introducing Microsoft Silverlight 2, and Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 here.

I can't remember when those offers expire, so click those links now if you want the goods for nothing.

In the meantime, there are a few MCPmag.com forum members asking by e-mail, "Where are all the good .NET Framework exam resources?" Good question and I don't know (if you're a publisher, do ring me up or e-mail me and set me straight). But I do know where some of the officialy recommended Microsoft Press titles are -- still in development. With that, MS Press has published anticipated ship dates for the following .NET Framework titles:

Available Feb. 25: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-505): Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 -- Windows Forms Application Development

March 25: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-561): Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - ADO.NET

April 15: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-562): Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - ASP.NET

As well as these titles, MS Press lists the release schedule for other non-exam-centric tech tomes here. Happy reading!

Posted by Michael Domingo on 02/04/2009 at 11:59 AM

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