Manning Deal of the Day: “Natural User Interfaces in .NET” MEAP and Paper Book for $25

Cover of "Natural User Interfaces in .NET"It’s a work in progress, but it’s an important one: Manning Publications’ Natural User Interfaces in .NET, written by Joshua Blake. It’s a primer on creating natiral user interfaces — NUIs — using Microsoft technologies such as WPF 4, Surface 2 and Kinect.

Here’s an excerpt from the publisher’s description:

Natural User Interfaces in .NET is a hands-on guide that prepares you to create natural user interfaces (NUI) and great multi-touch experiences using the WPF and Silverlight multi-touch APIs. This book starts by introducing natural user interface (NUI) design concepts that everyone needs to know. It then quickly moves to the WPF Touch API and Surface Toolkit guiding the reader through a multitouch NUI application from concept to completion. Along the way, you’ll see where these concepts can be extended to Silverlight via its touch interface.

Today only — that’s May 16, 2011 — you can get the MEAP (Manning Early Access Program) preview PDFs, which are updated regularly and the final print edition of the book for a mere USD$25.00 (that’s $24.23 Canadian)! Just enter dotd0516 in the promotional code box when you check out at Manning’s site.


Half Off Manning’s .NET MEAP Ebooks – October 1st Only!

half-off sale

MEAP is short for “Manning Early Access Program”, a way for you to get an advance look at in-progress books by Manning Publications. Today only (Friday, October 1st), Manning’s .NET ebooks are going for half price! And yes, once the book is complete, you also get the final version of the book in ebook form.

Manning’s MEAP ebooks on .NET topics are:

  • ASP.NET 4.0 in Practice
  • Azure in Action
  • C# in Depth, Second Edition
  • Continuous Integration in .NET
  • Dependency Injection in .NET
  • Hello! Silverlight
  • IronRuby in Action
  • Microsoft Entity Framework in Action
  • Multitouch on Windows
  • SharePoint 2010 Site Owner’s Manual
  • SharePoint 2010 Web Parts in Action
  • SharePoint 2010 Workflows in Action
  • SQL Server DMVs in Action
  • Windows PowerShell in Action, Second Edition

All you have to do to get the discount is enter dotd1001 in the Promotion Code box when you check out. Now go get up to speed on some .NET topic and save money!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


“C# in Depth” and “Azure in Action” for the Price of One Book–Today Only (August 15th)!

csharp in depth azure in action

For today only (that’s Sunday, August 15th), Manning is offering the pair of their books, C# in Depth, Second Edition and Azure in Action for the price of one! Just use the discount code dotd0815 in the Promotional Code box when you check out. You can order the final book in either dead-tree or PDF format.

Both these books are MEAP books – that’s short for Manning Early Access Program, a chance for you to get in-progress and final editions of books currently being written.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


Today Only: 50% off Manning’s Silverlight Books

manning silverlight books

Manning Publications’ deal of the day for today, Wednesday, August 11th, is 50% off the electronic and dead-tree versions of their Silverlight books:

Silverlight 4 in Action and Hello! Silverlight are “MEAP” books: that’s “Manning Early Access Program”, which gives you early access to preliminary versions of a book as it’s being written (and yes, the final version as well).

To get the discount, enter the discount code dotd0811 in the “Promotional Code” field when you check out.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


Half Off Manning’s SharePoint Books!

Book covers: SharePoint 2010 Site Owner's Manual, SharePoint 2010 Web Parts, SharePoint 2007 Business Data Catalog, SharePoint 2010 Workflows in Action

Today (Thursday, August 5) and today only, Manning’s offering their SharePoint books, in both electronic and dead-tree form, at half price:

Just enter the promo code in the Promotional Code box when you check out at I got an email saying the promo code is dotd0805ccb; Bil Simser reports that the site says the promo code is dotd0805. Try them both!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


Geek Book Deals from Manning and Apress

Price tag reading "Sale"I wanted to post this earlier, but a number of things, shopping included, conspired to keep me from blogging until just now.

If you’re reading this and it’s still December 21st, Manning Publications, publishers of fine books such as C# in Depth, Real-World Functional Programming, ASP.NET MVC in Action and The Art of Unit Testing and even a whole book on Dependency Injection (and yes, they have a lot of non-Microsoft books as well) is having a half-price off all ebooks sale – but only on Monday, December 21st, Use the discount code dotd1221 when you place your order and the books will be half price.

If it’s after December 21st but before the new year, Apress has a deal for you! If you order off their site and use the discount code APRESSHOLIDAYML, they’ll take 25% off your entire purchase.

If you’ve been holding off buying new geeks books and waiting for some deals, those deals are here!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.