InformIT :: Rachel Bayless latest blogs from Rachel Bayless on InformITen-usBlog :: Thank You from InformIT #17DaysofGiveaways<p>The 17 Days of Giveaways ran each weekday July 9-31. We gave our fans eBooks, Amazon gift cards, and <a href="">more</a>. Thank you to our fans, old and new, for participating. We hope that you had fun. Thanks for all the retweets, blog posts, and Facebook likes. We&rsquo;re so sad we couldn&rsquo;t give everyone a prize! Please sign up for our <a href="">newsletter</a> to stay updated on our latest news and product offerings, and maybe some upcoming contests with more opportunities to win! </p>Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 17 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Microsoft Week is it &ndash; Day 17 of the 17 Days of Giveaways. For our final giveaway, three winners will each receive a <b><a href="">System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) Unleashed</a> eBook by <a href="">Kerrie Meyler</a>, <a href="">Byron Holt</a>, <a href="">Marcus Oh</a>, <a href="">Jason Sandys</a>, and <a href="">Greg Ramsey</a></b>. This team of experts offers step-by-step coverage of related topics in every feature area, organized to help IT professionals rapidly optimize Configuration Manager 2012 for their requirements, and then deploy and use it successfully. The authors begin by introducing Configuration Manager 2012 and its goals, and explaining how it fits into the broader System Center product suite. Next, they fully address planning, design, and implementation. Finally, they systematically cover each of Configuration Manager 2012's most important feature sets, addressing issues ranging from configuration management to software distribution. Readers will learn how to use Configuration Manager 2012's user-centric capabilities to provide anytime/anywhere services and software, and to strengthen both control and compliance. The first book on Configuration Manager 2012, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Unleashed joins Sams' market-leading series of books on Microsoft's System Center product suite: books that have achieved go-to status amongst IT implementers and administrators worldwide.<br /> <br /> <p> </p> <h1></h1>Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 16 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Microsoft Week<p> </p> <p>Welcome to InformIT&rsquo;s Microsoft week. Today three winners will receive an <b><a href="">ASP.NET Dynamic Data Unleashed</a> eBook by <a href="">Oleg Sych</a> and <a href="">Randy Patterson</a></b>. Using Dynamic Data, ASP.NET developers can create powerful, datadriven sites with amazing speed and efficiency, eliminating massive amounts of manual coding. <i>ASP.NET Dynamic Data Unleashed </i>is the first complete, practical guide to Dynamic Data for every experienced ASP.NET developer.</p>Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 15 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Mobile Programming Week<p>We have reached the end of yet another week of InformIT giveaways. We're wrapping up Mobile Programming week with a <b>$25 Amazon gift card</b>, which three lucky winners will receive! For our winners who missed out on this week's other giveaways, you might want to use that gift card for: </p>Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 14 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Mobile Programming Week<p><b><a href="">Sams Teach Yourself Windows Phone 7 Application Development in 24 Hours</a> by <a href="">Scott Dorman</a>, <a href="">Kevin Wolf</a>, <a href="">Nikita Polyakov</a>, <a href="">Joe Healy</a> </b>is today&rsquo;s eBook giveaway. With a straightforward, step-by-step approach, the authors will teach you how to develop Windows Phone 7 Applications in 24 one-hour lessons. A quiz is included at the end of each chapter as a checkpoint. There are also notes, tips, and cautions throughout the book to optimize your quick learning experience. You&rsquo;ll learn the fundamentals of Windows Phone 7 app development, how to leverage Silverlight or the XNA Framework, and how to get your apps into the Windows Marketplace. One step at a time, you&rsquo;ll master new features ranging from the new sensors to using launchers and choosers. Each lesson builds on what you&rsquo;ve already learned, helping you get the job done fast&mdash;and get it done right!</p>Thu, 26 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 13 of #17DaysofGiveaways Mobile Programming Week<p>Today is Day 13 of InformIT&rsquo;s 17 Days of Giveaways. Three winners today will receive an <b><a href="">Android Wireless Application Development Volume I: Android Essentials, Third Edition</a> eBook</b> by <a href="">Lauren Darcey</a> and <a href="">Shane Conder</a>. </p>Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 12 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Mobile Programming Week<p>For the twelfth day of giveaways, we are giving three winners an eBook copy of <b><a href="">iOS Prgramming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 3E</a></b> by <a href="">Joe Conway</a> and <a href="">Aaron Hillegass</a>. These two instructors from the Big Nerd Ranch lead you through the essential concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications in this version updated and expanded to cover iOS 5 and Xcode 4.3. </p>Tue, 24 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 11 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Mobile Programming Week<p>Welcome to Week Three of 17 Days of Giveaways. Our three winners today will each receive an eBook of <b><a href="">PhoneGap Essentials: Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps</a></b> written by <a href="">John M. Wargo</a>. </p>Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 10 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Software Engineering Week<p>We&rsquo;ve reached the end of another week of giveaways. Today InformIT is giving three winners each an <b>eBook of <a href="">Elemental Design Patterns</a></b> by <a href="">Jason McC. Smith</a>. In this book Jason addresses the difficulty that even experienced software professionals face in applying patterns. He helps developers, designers, architects, and analysts bring substantial value to their organizations by teaching to use patterns in a variety of languages, environments, and domains. The book is rich with examples in addition to being a helpful tutorial. He helps developers harness the true power of patterns, map them to real software implementations more cleanly and directly, and achieve far better results. </p> <p />Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 9 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Software Engineering Week<p>The Day 9 giveaway will add a nice touch to your bookshelf. We&rsquo;re giving away sets of <b>&ldquo;GEEK&rdquo; bookends</b> from Etsy seller Knob Creek Metal Arts. They are perfect for keeping your software engineering books together!</p>Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 8 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Software Engineering Week<p>For Day 3 of Software Engineering Week, we are giving three winners an eBook copy of <b><a href="">Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner&rsquo;s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise</a></b> by <a href="">Scott W. Ambler</a> and <a href="">Mark Lines</a>. Mark (@<a href="">Mark_Lines</a>) concentrates on speeding execution and increasing quality in IT organizations by using agile and lean techniques in his career. Scott (@<a href="">scottwambler</a>) works as a software process improvement consultant. Together they teach the reader to supplement Scrum with agile and lean strategies for a competitive advantage over traditional approaches to building software. The goal of this book is to be an indispensable resource for every enterprise software leader and practitioner, whether they are seeking to optimize their existing agile/Scrum process or improve the agility of an iterative process.</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 7 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Software Engineering Week<b><a href="">Java Application Architecture</a>: Modularity Patterns with Examples Using OSGi</b> by <a href="">Kirk Knoernschild</a> is today&rsquo;s eBook giveaway. Knoernschild brings a one-of-a-kind perspective to Java application architecture, focusing on the way modularity will change the development of Java applications. <br />Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 6 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Software Engineering Week<p>To start off Software Engineering week, we are giving away <a href="">R2D2 iPad cases</a> to three winners.</p>Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 5 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Web Development Week<p>We have reached the end of the first week of giveaways. Today&rsquo;s winners will each get an eBook copy of <b><a href="">HTML5 Developer&rsquo;s Cookbook</a></b> by <a href="">Chuck Hudson</a> and <a href="">Tom Leadbetter</a>. Hudson and Leadbetter believe that every developer needs to master HTML5. In this book they give you the recipes you need to make that happen. For developers of every level, &ldquo;You&rsquo;ll learn exactly how to deliver state-of-the-art user experiences by integrating HTML5&rsquo;s new and enhanced elements with CSS3, multimedia, and JavaScript APIs.&rdquo;</p>Fri, 13 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 4 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Web Development Week<p>It&rsquo;s Day 4 of InformIT&rsquo;s 17 Days of Giveaways. Visit <a href="">yesterday&rsquo;s blog</a> for a recap of the first three day&rsquo;s prizes. Today&rsquo;s prize is an eBook copy of <b><a href="">Programming in CoffeeScript</a></b> by <a href="">Mark Bates</a>. Bates begins with the basics, delivers tips and techniques throughout, and finishes off with the practical applications of CoffeeScript. He teaches you how to use the robust toolset to create code, free of the bugs of JavaScript. Comment on this post for your chance to win your own copy.</p>Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 3 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Web Development Week<p>It is the third day of InformIT&rsquo;s giveaways. Monday we gave out copies of <a href="">David Geary</a>&rsquo;s <b><a href="">Core HTML5 Canvas: Graphics, Animation, and Game Development</a></b>. In this book Geary explores and explains the powerful Canvas feature of HTML5 in a clearly written format. He teaches how to use canvas for text, shapes, and images to physics, collision detection, and mobile applications. See <a href="" title=""></a> for code and live demonstrations of Geary&rsquo;s key techniques. </p>Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 2 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Web Development Week<p>This is Day #2 of InformIT&rsquo;s giveaways. Congratulations to yesterday&rsquo;s winners. Today&rsquo;s prize is an eBook copy of <b><a href="">Joomla! Programming</a></b> by <a href="">Mark Dexter</a> and <a href="">Louis Landry</a>.</p>Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: Day 1 of #17DaysofGiveaways - Web Development Week<p>Welcome to the first of 17 Days of Giveaways from InformIT. This week&rsquo;s theme is Web Development. Our kickoff giveaway is an eBook copy of <b><i><a href="">Core HTML5 Canvas</a></i></b> by <a href="">David Geary</a>. </p>Mon, 09 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: #17DaysofGiveaways - Here are the prizes!<p>If you didn&rsquo;t catch the first 17 Days of Giveaways <a href="">blog post</a>, here&rsquo;s a little catch up. InformIT is giving away prizes every weekday in July beginning Monday, July 9. Every day we&rsquo;ll be giving away our daily prize to three lucky winners. </p>Fri, 06 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: InformIT's 17 Days of Giveaways<p> </p> <p>Get ready for a month full of giveaways. From July 9 through the end of the month, InformIT will be having 17 days of giveaways. Each week has a theme to make sure that there&rsquo;s something YOU will be excited to win! </p>Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT :: #TuesdayTrivia: The World's Top-Selling Telecom Guide - The Essential Guide to Telecommunications<p> </p> <p>Telecommunications has come a long way over the years. Annabel Z. Dodd demystifies the current trends and technologies that are important to you - from cloud services to social networks, mobile video to telepresence. </p>Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT