Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Reference Guides; Free MVA Server Training; Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook; Using HTML Controls to Create Metro Style Apps; Three New W3C Candidate Recommendations

How would you like to get some free training on Microsoft products and technologies? Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) if offering free Server training. The only thing the interested user needs to do to participate is to register on the platform with a Windows Live ID to get access to the training resources. There is no […]

How would you like to get some free training on Microsoft products and technologies? Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) if offering free Server training. The only thing the interested user needs to do to participate is to register on the platform with a Windows Live ID to get access to the training resources.

There is no minimum level of technical expertise required.

There are a number of tracks available, here is a small list of the available tracks:

MVA Server Training Track

So setup a Live ID and get to studying.

Microsoft published reference guide for its "Private Cloud Fast Track," a joint effort between Microsoft and several private cloud hardware partners.

The goal of the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program is to help you decrease the time, complexity, and risk of implementing a Microsoft private cloud.

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast guidance includes:

  • "Reference Architecture Guide guide details a reference architecture that incorporates many Microsoft product and consulting team best practices. The architecture is the foundation for a highly available, scalable, secure, and manageable private cloud with high performance. While all organizations will find it of value, it will prove most useful to medium through large enterprise environments.
  • Reference Deployment Guide provides detailed installation and configuration steps to deploy the physical architecture detailed in the reference architecture guide.
  • Reference Operations Guide includes many of the operational tasks that are often executed in a private cloud environment," inorms Microsoft.

Further details can be found by reading the information at Private Cloud How To Buy.

Microsoft MVP, Rick Garibay, and a DPE evangelists, Hammad Rajjoub, have released a new cookbook titled "Microsoft Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook," a comprehensive guide to Windows Server AppFabric.

"If you're building your WF4 workflows as WCF SOAP services and running in WorkflowServiceHost, then IIS is a natural place to host these workflows. If you're hosting in IIS, then you should certainly take a look at the IIS extensions provided by Windows Server AppFabric."

"Windows Server AppFabric is an extension of the Application Server Role on the Windows Server Platform. In a nutshell, Windows Server AppFabric frees Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) Service developers from common infrastructure plumbing by providing a robust, secure, composable, and reliable platform which provides caching, hosting, and monitoring capabilities, including support for long running workflow services, all on the Windows Platform."

"As such, Windows Server AppFabric is an evolution of the Windows Server platform, providing essential building blocks for first-classing WCF (for code-based services) and WF (for declarative workflow services) that are built using the .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010.

As an extension to IIS and WAS, Windows Server AppFabric relies on IIS's proven capabilities for hosting and lifecycle management, adding additional useful capabilities for working with WCF and WF services.

In addition, Windows Server AppFabric takes advantage of Windows Server's robust event tracing mechanism (also known as ETW). ETW provides optimized and high-performing kernel-level instrumentation which greatly minimizes impact on the performance of WCF and WF services hosted in IIS with Windows Server AppFabric."

Check it out here.

Microsft IE team announced that three new W3C Web Performance Working Group specifications moved to W3C Candidate Recommendations. "The Navigation Timing, Resource Timing, User Timing and Performance Timeline specifications help developers accurately measure Web application performance."

"The first three specifications provide developers with information related to the navigation of the document, resources on the page, and developer scripts, respectively. The Performance Timeline specification defines a unifying interface to retrieve this timing data. Prior to these API's it was not possible for developers to accurately measure their site performance," the team explained.

Here is a table showing the status of W3C Web Performance Specifications:

w3c web performance specifications

In another blog post, Microsoft posted guidelines to use HTML to build Windows 8 Metro style apps.

"What you might not realize is that by using HTML controls directly, you automatically get the new Windows 8 experience. We have done work in HTML so that you can build industrial strength apps that have touch capability while still maintaining the great flexibility of using HTML. We want you to quickly and efficiently build apps that shine," posted Kathy Kam, Senior Program Manager, Windows.

In particular, "we want you to continue to take advantage of common HTML controls like <button> so that you can create great Windows 8 experiences with your existing expertise."

Windows 8 "enables this with new implementations of the standard HTML controls that have Windows 8 experiences built into them. By default, all these standard controls have the new look and feel of Windows 8, a great touch experience, and strong localization and globalization support. By using these standard HTML controls, you can build great Metro style apps your customers will love, while still maintaining the flexibility you want from HTML," Kam wrote.

windows 8 html metro style app button

For more info, check the blog post here, and also refer: