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31Aug
2015
Two Months Free Creative Cloud For Teachers And Students With Prepayment

Adobe Creative Cloud is available at a discount for students and teachers. In addition to education discounts of up to 66%, for a limited time you can also get two months free when you prepay.

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27Aug
2015
ColdFusion Security Hotfix Released

A security hotfix has been released for ColdFusion versions 10 and 11 on all platforms. The fix patches a potential vulnerability which could be used to disclose server information.

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24Aug
2015
Half-Off Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes

Want to learn SQL? InformIT is running a special on the best reviewed titles on Amazon.com. My Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes is on that list, and so you can use this link to grab a copy of the best-selling SQL book of all time for 40% off (or buy multiple copies at 50% off). This offer ends September 1, 2015.

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21Aug
2015
New PhoneGap Documentation Online

The PhoneGap documentation has just undergone a pretty dramatic facelift, including really good getting started docs for new PhoneGap developers.

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19Aug
2015
Back-To-School With Adobe Voice And Slate

It's Back-To-School time, and teachers all over are prepping for another year spent in the company of fresh eager (yeah, I know, but I'm trying to sound upbeat) faces. Back in prehistoric times, when I was in school, that meant sharpening lots of pencils, trying to get last year's chalk mark remnants off the board, obtaining a stack of clean projector transparencies and duplicator carbon sheets ... ouch! Teachers these days do much the same, although we've (thankfully) traded much of that ancient technology for shiny devices like iPads.

Over the past year I've had the good fortune and privilege of meeting lots of passionate teachers the world over, and many have shared the innovative ways that they are using Adobe Voice and Adobe Slate on their classroom iPads. Some of the ideas are so good that I just have to share them.

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17Aug
2015
Beta Versions of Flash And AIR 19 Released

Beta versions of both Flash Player 19 and AIR 19 (code named "Quint") have been posted to Adobe Labs.

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17Aug
2015
Adobe Voice Updated

We just made Adobe Voice a little better (yep, hard to believe that's possible, I know). You can now tap a page thumbnail at the bottom of the screen to initiate review playback from the selected slide. You're welcome.

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30Jul
2015
SQL Video Tutorials Released

I recently mentioned that I was working on a SQL tutorial video series based on my best-selling Sams Teach Yourself SQL books (and their spin-offs). Well, the videos are now online, close to 3 hours of yours truly walking you through getting started with SQL. The lessons are based on the flow and format of the SQL books, even using the same examples and sample data, and are designed to be used in conjunction with the books if so desired. The videos are on Safari Books Online and InformIT and other streaming sites.

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14Jul
2015
Just Wrapped Next SQL Book

It's been sixteen years since the publication of my first book on SQL, Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes. That book was met with such positive feedback that it has been updated three times, has spawned several DBMS-specific spin-off titles, has been translated more than a dozen times, and is part of the curriculum in numerous schools and colleges the world over. In all of its various flavors and iterations, this little book has helped hundreds of thousands learn the basics of SQL. And along the way it has become the best-selling SQL book of all time, a fact that is both incredibly humbling and a source of great pride.

I mentioned the DBMS-specific spin-off titles, thus far for Microsoft SQL Server T-SQL, MySQL, and MariaDB. Well, the (much delayed) 4th is on the way. Earlier today I finished reviewing the manuscript for an edition focused on Oracle PL/SQL (covering Oracle 10, 11, 12, and XE). The book page says it's out of print, but that's just because it's not yet shipping. It is available for pre-order, and I'll post a note when I have a final publication date.

Oh and I'm not done yet. I'm also wrapping a SQL video series, and I'll post more on that when I have a link to share.

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5Jul
2015
Blog Going Dark(er) For A Few Weeks

One of Adobe's employee benefits is the sabbatical, four to six (depending on years of employment) paid weeks off every five years to "to relax, recharge and reenergize" (as per the program description). So, if this blog goes dark (or just darker) for the next six weeks, know that I've not abandoned you, I'm just really busy relaxing, recharging, and reenergizing.

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