[Chicago-talk] Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, April 15

Ed Summers ehs at pobox.com
Fri Apr 16 09:00:32 CDT 2004

Latest from marsee @ O'Reilly. If you'd like to review any of the new
titles let me know. Jason already nabbed High Performance MySQL though.


O'Reilly News for User Group Members
April 15, 2004
Book News
-Linux Unwired
-High Performance MySQL
-Jeff Duntemann's Wi-Fi Guide, Second Edition
-Oracle PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition
-The GNOME 2 Developer's Guide
-Access Cookbook, 2nd Edition
-The Spam Letters
Upcoming Events
-Mac User Group Day at O'Reilly in Sebastopol, CA--April 24
Conference News
-Registration Is Open for OSCON 2004
-O'Reilly Open Source Convention Early Bird Discount Ends June 18
-Your O'Reilly Account: New Single Sign On
-Virtual Book Signings
-Planning for Disaster Recovery on LAMP Systems 
-Data Mining Email
-Managing Packages on Panther with DarwinPorts
-Launchers for Mac OS X
-Panther Command-Line Tools: The Missing Manpages
-Getting Connected While on the Road Using Infrared or Bluetooth
-Hacking Windows Server
-Java and Security, Part 1
-Wiring Your Web Application with Open Source Java
-VSJ Reader Awards 2004
-New Language Features in C# 2.0
-O'Reilly Learning Lab's .NET Certificate Series
News From Your Peers
-Photos from recent UG events on the O'Reilly User Group Wiki

Book News
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New Releases
***Linux Unwired
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005830
"Linux Unwired" is a one-stop wireless information source for on-the-go
Linux users. The book provides a complete introduction to all the wireless
technologies supported by Linux. If you're considering wireless as a
supplement or alternative to cable and DSL, using wireless to network
computers in your home or office, or using cellular data plans for access
to data nearly everywhere, this book will show you the full-spectrum view
of Linux's wireless capabilities, and how to take advantage of them.

Chapter 3, "Getting on the Network," is available free online:

***High Performance MySQL
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596003064
"High Performance MySQL" is an insider's guide to the poorly documented
issues of MySQL reliability, scalability, and performance. The book gives
in-depth coverage of MySQL indexing and optimization so you can make
better use of these key features. You'll learn practical replication,
backup, and load-balancing strategies with information that goes beyond
available tools to discuss their effects in real-life environments. And
you'll learn the supporting techniques you need to carry out these tasks,
including advanced configuration, benchmarking, and investigating logs.

Chapter 7, "Replication," is available free online:

***Jeff Duntemann's Wi-Fi Guide, Second Edition 
Publisher: Paraglyph Press
ISBN: 1932111883
This new edition of this bestselling Wi-Fi guide provides everything
Wi-Fi users need to design, build, protect, and extend Wi-Fi wireless
networks! Author Jeff Duntemann uses practical techniques for setting up
and using Wi-Fi gear and software. The second edition is expanded and
brought fully up to date, covering more on setting up hotspots, community
networking, security, Wireless Protected Access (WPA), new Wi-Fi standards
(802.11g), and more.

***Oracle PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006802
"Oracle PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition" has been updated
for Oracle10g. This pocket-size book covers: fundamental language
elements; statements for program control, cursor management, and exception
handling; the basics of records, procedures, functions, triggers, and
packages; the calling of PL/QL functions in SQL; new Oracle 10g elements;
and much more. When you need a reminder or a quick answer to a PL/SQL
problem, you'll find it in this compact reference. 

Sample excerpts on "Bulk Binds" and "Oracle Database 10g" are available
free online:

*** The GNOME 2 Developer's Guide
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270305
"The GNOME 2 Developer's Guide" is the official GNOME Foundation guide to
programming GUIs and applications using the GTK+ and GNOME API. Developed
in partnership with the GNOME Foundation, this book is for programmers
working with the GNOME 2 desktop environment. Each section begins with an
example program that serves as a tutorial, then develops into a reference
on the topic. Knowledge of the C programming language is required, but no
GUI programming experience is necessary

Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 1565926285
"qmail" concentrates on common tasks like moving a sendmail setup to qmail
and setting up a "POP toaster," a system that provides mail service to a
large number of users on other computers sending and retrieving mail
remotely. The book fills crucial gaps in existing documentation, detailing
exactly what the core qmail software does. 

Chapter 8, "Delivering and routing local mail," is available free online:

***Access Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006780
Access power users and programmers at all levels will rely on the "Access
Cookbook" for quick solutions to gnarly problems. The second edition is
fully updated for Access 2003, and it's also one of the first books to
thoroughly explore new support for .NET managed code and XML. All of the
examples have been tested for compatibility with Access 2003, Windows XP,
and Windows Server 2003. This new edition also covers Access with
SharePoint, SmartTags, .NET, and XML. 

Chapter 7, "VBA," is available free online:

***The Spam Letters 
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270321
>From the man behind TheSpamLetters.com--featured in "Entertainment
Weekly," the "New York Times," and Slashdot--comes a collection of
brilliant and entertaining correspondence with the people who send out
mass junk emailings (a.k.a. spam). Compiled from the nearly 200 entries
written by Jonathan Land, "The Spam Letters" taunts, prods, and parodies
the faceless salespeople in your inbox, giving you a chuckle at their
expense. If you hate spam, you'll love "The Spam Letters."

Upcoming Events
***For more events, please see:

***Mac User Group Day at O'Reilly in Sebastopol, CA--April 24
Join O'Reilly and NCMUG for a special Mac User Group Day in Sebastopol on
Saturday, April 24 from 2-6pm. This event is free!

Speakers include Derrick Story ("Digital Photography Pocket Guide,
2nd Edition," "iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual"), Chris Stone
("Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell"), Tom Negrino & Dori Smith
("Mac OS X Unwired"), and Scott Fullam ("Hardware Hacking Projects
for Geeks").

For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to:

Please RSVP to let us know you will be attending at mugevent at oreilly.com.

Mac User Group Day
2:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday, April 24
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North
Sebastopol, CA  95472
800-998-9938 Ext. 7103
For directions, go to:

The 58th Annual Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival will be also be
Come to Sebastopol early to watch the parade downtown. It starts at 10am
and ends by noon, followed by a festival in Ives Park. 
For more info, go to:

Conference News
***Registration Is Open for OSCON 2004
Come to the 2004 O'Reilly Open Source Convention and meet open source
leaders, learn useful skills, and engage in conversations with developers,
business leaders, and technology strategists. This year's OSCON explores
everything from the latest innovations in Perl, PHP, and Python to the
great Linux debate and much more. Join us in Portland, Oregon July 26-30.

O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Portland Marriott Downtown
Portland, OR
July 26-30, 2004

***O'Reilly Open Source Convention Early Bird Discount Ends June 18
User Group members who register before June 18, 2004 get a double
discount. Use code DSUG when you register, and you'll get 20% off the
"Early Bird" price.

To register, go to:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Your O'Reilly Account: New Single Sign On
O'Reilly customers and guests now have a single address and one password
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Tony Stubblebine's weblog.

***Virtual Book Signings 
Snaggy & Nitrozac are back this week offering their brand of humor and
technical know-how to the use of video conferencing technology. They've
used their virtual book signing events to demonstrate the power of iSight
and iChat AV, but their aim is to spark your creative juices to find other
ways to apply these technologies, perhaps to connect with friends and
family around the world, or perhaps for use in your own business. Snaggy &
Nitrozac are the authors of "The Best of the Joy of Tech."

Open Source
***Planning for Disaster Recovery on LAMP Systems 
The beauty of LAMP systems is that you can develop them as formally or
informally as you like. Unfortunately, when it comes time to plan for
disaster recovery, that informality can work against you. Robert Jones
presents several guidelines for development and configuration that can
make recovery easier.

***Data Mining Email 
Thousands of useful facts lie inaccessible on your hard drive, hidden
within email messages and attachments. How much more productive would you
be if you could extract, index, and search that information? Robert
Bernier demonstrates how to store data from emails into a database, where
you can use data-mining techniques to analyze it.

***Managing Packages on Panther with DarwinPorts
Ernest E. Rothman provides an overview along with installation and update
instructions for DarwinPorts, one of Mac OS X's many packaging options.
Ernest is a coauthor of "Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks."

***Launchers for Mac OS X
LaunchBar is the best known Finder enhancer on the platform, but there are
many noteworthy challengers, including Quicksilver. Giles Turnbull test
drives a few launchers and gives a report.

***Panther Command-Line Tools: The Missing Manpages
Finally, Mac OS X system administrators and developers have a quick
reference to the command-line utilities that have missing, incomplete, or
inaccurate manpages. Find the command syntax, a brief description, and the
command's directory location in Appendix B of "Mac OS X Panther for Unix
Geeks." If you like this chapter, read the whole book (and up to nine
others) on Safari with a trial subscription.

***Getting Connected While on the Road Using Infrared or Bluetooth 
The always-on Internet: How to connect to the Internet using your mobile
phone, laptop, and infrared or Bluetooth.

***Hacking Windows Server 
Mitch Tulloch has gathered 100 hacks in his "Windows Server Hacks" book to
help system administrators master the more powerful features of Windows
Server. To provide a real look at what these hacks can help you do, we
offer three excerpts here: How to use an ADSI-based script to search for
domain users; how to use the Hyena utility to quickly find out which user
on your network has a particular file open; and how to locate all machines
that have automatic logon enabled in their registry.

***Java and Security, Part 1 
In part one in a two-part series of excerpts from Chapter 17 of "WebLogic:
The Definitive Guide," authors Avinash Chugh and Jon Mountjoy examine
WebLogic's various security mechanisms, beginning with a look at the Java
Security Manager and how WebLogic filters connection requests. They also
cover WebLogic's authentication and authorization framework and how it
supports the standard J2EE security services.

***Wiring Your Web Application with Open Source Java 
Building a web application with Java can be a complex process when
architecting a combination of UI, business logic, and persistence. This
article introduces a way to leverage open source software to lessen the

***VSJ Reader Awards 2004
O'Reilly is among the winners of this year's VSJ Reader Awards, holding
favored status in two categories: Best Book publisher for Developers, and
Book of the Year for Jesse Liberty's "Programming C#."

"Programming C#, 3rd Edition," by Jesse Liberty
ISBN: 0-596-00489-3

***New Language Features in C# 2.0 
Four years ago, a new upstart language named C# surprised the development
world with its elegance and consistency. Now that Microsoft has released a
technology preview version of Visual Studio 2005 (formerly codenamed
Whidbey), .NET's favorite language is back, with some new innovations. In
this two-part servies by Matthew MacDonald, you'll get a first look at
three of the four major language refinements in the latest version of C#.

Part One:

Part Two:

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News From Your Peers
***Photos from recent UG events on the O'Reilly User Group Wiki
We've added a "Past Events" section on the UGEvents page to share photos
and highlights from recent events. Check out David Pogue's visit to
Gloucester County College, NJ and photos from Miquel de Icaza's LUG
presentation at Novell's Brainshare, Salt Lake City, UT.

You can also look for a meeting or user group, or post info any time 
you want.

Until next time--


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