Sample chapters

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Agile Software Development

  • Jul 16, 2008
  • This chapter from Agile Portfolio Management defines what agile software development stands for and looks at the key practices of agile development from a managerss perspective.

An Administrator's Guide to Customizing the Desktop and the User Interface for Windows 8

  • Sep 15, 2012
  • Learn how to help your users adjust PC settings, the taskbar, toolbars, desktop themes and backgrounds, custom desktop content, screen savers, and display appearance and settings, in this chapter from Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant.

An Architectural Perspective of ML.NET

  • By Dino Esposito, Francesco EspositoMar 28, 2022
  • In this sample chapter from Programming ML.NET, you will be introduced to the ML.NET platform, a free cross-platform and open-source .NET framework designed to build and train machine learning models and host them within .NET applications.


An Introduction to the Kinect Sensor

  • Jul 15, 2012
  • Learn how the Kinect sensor generates data about the world around it, the key components of the Kinect sensor and how they work, and how the sensors and the Kinect provide useful signals to a connected computer or console, in this chapter from Start Here! Learn the Kinect API.

Analyzing Data with Tables and Charts in Microsoft Excel 2013

  • Jun 15, 2013
  • In this chapter from Microsoft Office Inside Out: 2013 Edition, learn the many options you have for entering, storing, sorting, filtering, cross-tabulating, and summarizing data.

Analyzing Microsoft Excel 2010 Data with PivotTable Reports

  • Aug 31, 2010
  • This chapter from Microsoft Excel 2010 Inside Out introduces PivotTables in Excel 2010, explaining everything from their creation to formatting to grouping and charting.

Analyzing Your Excel 2013 Data

  • Feb 15, 2013
  • Learn how you can use Excel to analyze and share the data you’re gathering. You can use features such as sparklines and conditional formatting to show in an instant how the data trends look, or you can construct formulas by using Excel’s functions to perform simple or complex calculations with your numeric data. Excel also makes it easy to report on and share your data via Power View Reports and PivotTables.

Anatomy of an ASP.NET Page

  • Feb 15, 2011
  • In this chapter from Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 4, learn how an HTTP request for an .aspx resource is mapped to a page object, the programming interface of the Page class, and how to control the generation of the markup by handling events of the page life cycle.

Application Life-cycle Management in Windows 8

  • Apr 15, 2013
  • This chapter introduces the complete application life cycle in Microsoft Windows 8, from deployment, to launch, to uninstallation.

Apply transitions and animations

  • Jan 9, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft PowerPoint, author Joan Lambert explains how to configure slide transitions and animate slide content in PowerPoint 2016.


Architecture of Windows Group Policy for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

  • Mar 5, 2008
  • There have been some radical changes to the underlying implementation of Group Policy with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Although the core dependencies have not changed, the core engine of Group Policy has changed for the better, as Derek Melber explains in this chapter from Windows Group Policy Resource Kit: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.

Assigning and Managing Resources in Microsoft® Project 2013

  • May 15, 2013
  • Ben Howard, author of Microsoft® Project 2013 Plain & Simple, explains how to assign and manage resources in Microsoft Project 2013.

Automating a Client Application Using Macros in Microsoft Access 2010

  • Aug 15, 2010
  • With this chapter from Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out, you'll learn about user interface macros — various types of actions you can define in macros, building both simple macros and macro with multiple defined actions, managing macros and creating submacros, using embedded and temporary macros, debugging macros, and understanding un-trusted actions.

Automating Windows 8.1 Configuration

  • Nov 15, 2013
  • This chapter from Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration introduces essential tasks for understanding and managing Group Policy preferences.


  • Feb 17, 2017
  • In this sample chapter from Troubleshooting with the Windows Sysinternals Tools, 2nd Edition, learn about the fundamentals of Autoruns and how you can manage system permissions.


Azure Active Directory application model

  • Jan 22, 2016
  • This chapter from Modern Authentication with Azure Active Directory for Web Applications takes a closer look at how Azure AD represents applications and their relationships to other apps, users, and organizations.

Azure App Service

  • By Avinash ValiramaniSep 24, 2022
  • Azure App Service is a compute service within Azure that enables you to host web applications, mobile application back ends, and REST APIs. In this sample chapter from Microsoft Azure Compute: The Definitive Guide, you will explore the key features of Azure App Service.


Azure Application Gateway

  • By Avinash ValiramaniSep 24, 2022
  • Azure Application Gateway is an ideal load balancer for web servers and applications that require HTTP/HTTPS traffic load-balancing and routing. In this sample chapter from Microsoft Azure Networking: The Definitive Guide, you will review the main features of the Azure Application Gateway. and how this service can be a key component of any web application design.


Azure Boards

  • By Richard HundhausenFeb 17, 2021
  • The look and feel of Azure Boards is partially driven by the process that a team selects when they create the project. In this sample chapter from Professional Scrum Development with Azure DevOps, you will explore the various processes that can be selected, focusing on the Scrum process, and learn how to create an inherited process to customize Azure Boards’ behavior.


Azure Managed Disks

  • By Avinash ValiramaniDec 24, 2023
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Azure Storage: The Definitive Guide, you will learn the key features and benefits of using managed disks in your Azure environment, as well as the components and detailed features of the Azure Managed Disks service.

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