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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.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:34:12 -0400)
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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.
(Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:42:00 -0400)
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Creative Cloud Enterprise Enhancements
Last week's major Creative Cloud update also included important enhancements to Creative Cloud for Enterprise, as explained in this post.
(Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:11:00 -0400)
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25 Students Selected For Adobe Creativity Scholars Program
Today's young creatives have unprecedented influence on the world around them. They are igniting discussions on social and environmental issues with creativity that can transcend global boundaries. Using digital story making, they can translate personal experiences and perspectives into media that has the power to create real change in communities around the world.As part of Adobe's commitment to this next generation of creatives, we have selected 25 students for this year's class of Adobe Creativity Scholars.
(Sat, 20 Jun 2015 23:17:00 -0400)
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Zeke Koch Introduces Adobe Stock
Adobe Stock is the new Creative Cloud integrated image sourcing service with 40 million royalty-free, high-quality photos, illustrations, and graphics. Zeke Koch explains all in this introductory video:
(Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:07:00 -0400)
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Creative Cloud 2015 Released
We've just released the 2015 version of Creative Cloud - major app updates, the introduction of Adobe Stock, new and updated mobile apps, and more. Scott Morris gives the rundown in this blog post.
(Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:29:00 -0400)
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Creative Cloud Apps For Android
We said that we were working on Android versions of the Creative Cloud mobile apps, and here is the first batch: Adobe Photoshop Mix, Adobe Color CC, Adobe Brush CC, and Adobe Shape CC. And stay tuned, we're not done yet.
(Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:46:00 -0400)
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Flash And AIR 18 Released
We're half way through 2015 and since January we've released 7 Flash Player updates, 5 AIR updates, and over 25 public beta updates! The latest is version 18 of the Flash and AIR runtimes which include significant improvements to the installer, video playback, audio support, and more. You'll find a list of the major changes in this blog post, and full details in the release notes.
(Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:40:00 -0400)
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Responsive Design And Kid Friendly Sites
As per Wikipedia, "Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience - easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling - across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones)." And over on the Dreamweaver blog, Educator and HTML5 Evangelist Andrew Smyk claims that responsive design is also more kid friendly.
(Mon, 08 Jun 2015 21:34:00 -0400)
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PhoneGap Docs Revamped
Product docs news is seldom blogworthy, but here's an exception. The PhoneGap docs have been completely overhauled, brand new content has been published, and lots more is on the way (as Holly Schinsky explains).
(Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:02:00 -0400)
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Adobe Voice Updated
We just released an update to Adobe Voice which, among other things, adds an integrated quick guide to using Voice in the classroom.
(Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:07:00 -0400)
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Looking For Android Beta Testers
We're looking for beta testers for our upcoming Android apps. Interested? Apply here.
(Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:31:00 -0400)
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Joseph Labrecque On IntelliJ IDEA, Flex, And AIR
Joseph Labrecque believes that IntelliJ IDEA is the best IDE for learning and using Apache Flex, and he's created a free series of 10 videos on working with Apache Flex and Adobe AIR using IntelliJ IDEA.
(Tue, 26 May 2015 13:43:00 -0400)
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Scott Belsky On Mobile Creativity
Scott Belsky, founder of Behance, publisher of 99U, and VP Products & Community at Adobe, weighs in on the role of mobile devices within the creative process.
(Tue, 26 May 2015 13:40:00 -0400)
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Adobe Slate 1.1 Released
A month or so after releasing Adobe Slate, we've just released version 1.1. Here's what is new:
  • Glideshow is a fun new take on the transitions you'd find in boring (oops, I mean traditional) slideshows, watch images beautifully fade and dissolve into one another as the text glides over the top.
  • We've added the single most requested enhancement (especially from teachers and students), support for bold and Italic text.
  • Support for iCloud Photo Library.
  • Support for email links (mailto) so that readers can email you right from a button in your Slate story.
  • Tapping the top navigation bar now takes you to top of your Slate story.
  • Panorama images now look great in grids.
  • You can now pull images from untitled Lightroom albums.
Go grab it!
(Tue, 19 May 2015 15:02:00 -0400)
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