[Chicago-talk] Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, March 4

Marsee Henon marsee at oreilly.com
Thu Mar 4 19:19:55 CST 2004

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March 4, 2004
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
March 4, 2004
Book News
-Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks
-Dancing Barefoot
-WebLogic: The Definitive Guide
-Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Little Black Book
-Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
-Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual
Upcoming Events
-Tim O'Reilly, Open Source Business Conference,
San Francisco, CA--March 17
-Mac User Group Day at O'Reilly in Sebastopol, CA--April 24
-Outstanding Keynotes Announced for the Sixth Annual O'Reilly Open 
Source Convention
-We're Bringing Back RepKover Lay-Flat Bindings
-The Uganda Digital Bookmobile
-Wallace Wang's Unusual Career: Stand-up Comedian 
& Computer Book Author
-Amazon and Open Source
-Mod_python's PSP: Python Server Pages 
-Day in the Life of #Apache 
-Cleaning iPhoto 
-bash on Mac OS X 
-Inside IIS 6 
-Protect Yourself Against Kerberos Attacks 
-Configuring JBoss 4.0 JDBC Connectivity 
-The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 3 
-O'Reilly Learning Lab's .NET Certificate Series
-Developing Web-Service-Driven, Smart Mobile Applications
News From Your Peers
Check out the new O'Reilly User Group Wiki for the latest news

Book News
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New Releases
***Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006071
If you are disoriented by the new Mac environment, this book will get you
acclimated. It's a guide to understanding the BSD Unix system and
challenging Panther-specific components. It includes an overview of the
Terminal application and Panther's filesystem and startup processes, as
well as coverage of LDAP and NetInfo, Fink and Darwin Ports, and the Apple
X11 distribution for running X Windows applications. The book also
features a manpage-style reference to the undocumented commands that come
with Panther.

Chapter 14, "MySQL and PostgreSQL," is available free online:

***Dancing Barefoot--Finally Available!
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006748
Wil Wheaton--blogger, geek, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Wesley
Crusher--gives us five true tales of life, love, and the absurdities of
Hollywood in "Dancing Barefoot." Far from the usual celebrity tell-all,
this book is a vivid, personal account of Wil's search for his true self.
If you've ever fallen in love, attended a Star Trek convention, or
pondered the meaning of life, you'll find a kindred soul in the pages of
"Dancing Barefoot."

***WebLogic: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059600432X
"WebLogic: The Definitive Guide" presents a 360-degree view of the world
of WebLogic. An exhaustive treatment of the WebLogic server and management
console answers any question that developers, administrators, and system
architects might think to ask. From building, packaging, and deploying
applications to optimizing the runtime WebLogic environment, dealing with
security issues, and understanding Enterprise APIs, this book provides
detailed analysis, thorough explanations, and clear examples to help you
master this powerful and complex application server.

Chapter 18, "XML," is available free online:

***Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Little Black Book
Publisher: Paraglyph Press
ISBN: 1932111867
"Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Little Black Book" features techniques to help
intermediate and experienced Mac users get the most out of the new Panther
operating system. This book includes extensive coverage of Panther's new
networking and printing features, high-speed Finder searching
capabilities, system preferences, font manager, Font Book, applications
including iChat AV and iPhoto, and the much improved mail system. With
access to hundreds of immediate solutions to everyday dilemmas, you'll
learn how to solve problems, perform critical tasks, and maximize your 
use of OS X.

***Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006187
"Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One" clears the fog, taking you from graphics
newbie to Photoshop warrior. This full-color book from Photoshop master
Deke McClelland includes a CD with nearly two hours of professionally
produced video tutorials that feature Deke and relate to the book's
written instructions, giving you an up-close and personal training
experience that simulates the classroom environment. You'll travel step by
step through real-world projects that help you gain Photoshop proficiency,
and along the way, you'll get a good dose of graphics theory, best
practices, and tips for avoiding Photoshop disasters.

***Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006314
"Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual" helps first-time and experienced
web designers bring stunning, interactive web sites to life. A
step-by-step annotated tutorial takes readers through the construction of
a state-of-the-art commercial web site, complete with Flash buttons,
Cascading Style Sheets, and dynamic databases. You'll learn how to create
and when it's appropriate to use web features such as forms, animations,
and pop-up windows. And you'll learn scores of undocumented workarounds
and shortcuts. With over 500 illustrations and a handcrafted index, this
book is the ultimate atlas for Dreamweaver MX 2004.

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

***Tim O'Reilly, Open Source Business Conference,
San Francisco, CA--March 17
"Rethinking the Boundaries of 'Open Source'" is Tim's topic at OSBC 2004.
For more information, go to:

***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,
California on Saturday, April 24 from 2-6pm.

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
happening. Come to Sebastopol early to watch the parade downtown.
It starts at 10am.

Conference News
***Outstanding Keynotes Announced for the Sixth Annual O'Reilly 
Open Source Convention
Three members of the distinguished Dyson family--Esther, George, and
Freeman--will share a keynote address; Robert Lefkowitz, one of OSCON
2003's most riveting speakers, will return; Milton Ngan will also return
to discuss the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy; and Tim O'Reilly will also be
a keynote speaker. The convention is slated for July 26-30, 2004, at the
Portland Marriott Downtown, Portland, Oregon.

Registration will open early April. View photos, interviews, and press
coverage from OSCON 2003 here:
News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***We're Bringing Back RepKover Lay-Flat Bindings
Lay-flat bindings are back. Readers of O'Reilly books will once again be
able to plop their book next to a terminal or on a cafe table and be sure
that it will stay open to the page they're perusing. O'Reilly is
reinstating the RepKover binding, which allows the interior of a book to
"float" free from its cover. More durable and flexible than a traditional
perfect binding, the RepKover binding allows the interior of a book to lay
flat when open. The bindings will start appearing in bookstores
immediately. Going forward, all new books will be produced with the
much-loved lay-flat binding (except for books that are too thin or thick
for the RepKover process).

***The Uganda Digital Bookmobile 
Inspired by his experience on the road with the Internet Bookmobile,
Richard Koman, along with Brad deGraf, founded Anywhere Books, an
organization dedicated to deploying the bookmobile approach in development
contexts. In turn, Koman and deGraf partnered with the National Library of
Uganda to create the Uganda Digital Bookmobile. Koman writes about his
experience in Uganda with this project, which included the set up of
scanning stations and a printing system at the National Library in

***Wallace Wang's Unusual Career: Stand-up Comedian & 
Computer Book Author
"Wally Wang, 'Steal This Computer Book 3,' knows firsthand the importance
of sticking with even the most far-reaching New Year's resolutions. On
Jan. 1, 1990, the Detroit native resolved to dive headfirst into a
stand-up comedy career. The decision might not have been a monumental one,
except that Wang had never even set foot in a comedy club." Read the rest
of this story in this recent "Las Vegas Sun" article:

Steal This Computer Book 3 
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270003

Open Source
***Amazon and Open Source
Amazon realized early on that amazon.com was more than just a book site,
more in fact than just an e-commerce site. It was becoming an e-commerce
platform. Open source has been a key part of the Amazon story, and
although Amazon has closed code, it has created its own "architecture of
participation" that may be even richer than that of many open source
software development communities. Tim shares his thoughts in the 
latest Ask Tim.

***Mod_python's PSP: Python Server Pages 
For simple web sites, inlining code in the pages themselves is shockingly
effective. For more complex sites, it can even work with good MVC design.
Fear not, Pythonistas, mod_python's PSP brings the power and clarity of
Python to web programming. Grisha Trubetskoy explains.

***Day in the Life of #Apache 
Rich Bowen tackles yet another common Apache dilemma in the latest
installment in this series based on his conversations on the IRC channel,
#apache. This week he delves into the sometimes confusing world of
modules: when to enable them, when to disable them, and why.

***Cleaning iPhoto 
When you have thousands of images in iPhoto and don't have time to cull
them manually, scripting starts to look very appealing. brian d foy shows
you some helpful AppleScripts and Perl scripts you can use to clean up
your iPhoto libraries.

***bash on Mac OS X 
In the migration from Jaguar to Panther, one of the lesser-discussed
changes has been the switch from tcsh to bash as the default shell (for
new accounts). In this article, David Miller delves into affected areas,
such as aliases and environment variables, to help you make the

***Inside IIS 6 
With the release of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft has made significant
changes in how IIS works. Mitch Tulloch brings you up to speed on what's
new, and gives you insider tips on how to take advantage of it.

***Protect Yourself Against Kerberos Attacks 
The only way to defend yourself is to understand your attacker in-depth.
This excerpt from the recently released "Security Warrior" by Cyrus
Peikari and Anton Chuvakin details Kerberos attacks. Read it and prepare

***Configuring JBoss 4.0 JDBC Connectivity 
JBoss uses the HypersonicDB by default, but with a few configuration
changes, it can use any JDBC-equipped database. Deepak Vohra shows how to
use Oracle, Sybase, MySQL and other databases with JBoss.

***The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 3 
You can achieve greater control over the quality of the images produced by
your new digital camera if you shoot them in RAW format. Trouble is, it
can take an inordinate amount of time to convert RAW images into something
your image-editing program can use. In Part 3 of Ken Milburn's series on
creating ideal digital photography workflows, he details several steps you
can take to save hours of RAW-process work after every shoot. Ken is the
author of the upcoming "Digital Photography: Expert Techniques."

***O'Reilly Learning Lab's .NET Certificate Series
Learn .NET programming skills and earn a .NET Programming Certificate from
the University of Illinois Office of Continuing Education. The .NET
Certificate Series is comprised of three courses that give you the
foundation you need to do .NET programming well. The courses are: Learn
XML; Learn Object-Oriented Programming Using Java; and Learn C#. Enroll
now in all three courses and save over $500.

***Developing Web-Service-Driven, Smart Mobile Applications 
Working with web services and other network protocols that were designed
with broadband in mind can become a real burden to making applications
really mobile. But there is hope. Michael Yaun walks through the design
and implementation of a complete end-to-end mobile application that solves
these difficult problems.

News From Your Peers
***Check out the new O'Reilly User Group Wiki for the latest news
You can look for a meeting, user group, or post information any time 
you want.

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