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From: Josette Garcia <Josette at oreilly.co.uk>
Date: Nov 24, 2006 5:50 PM
Subject: User Group Newsletter - 10-06
To: Josette Garcia <Josette at oreilly.co.uk>
O'Reilly UK User Group Programme
We have some good news to announce. We've just increased the user
group discount to 35% off all books and PDFs. The discount code stays
the same--DSUG. And don't forget we still offer free shipping for
orders in the US of $29.95 or more.
If you have any questions about this discount, the UG program, or need
to request books for your group, just send me an email.
Within a week, this newsletter will be available to be downloaded in
pdf format from the Delphi and C# Developers Group web site at
http://www.richplum.co.uk/oreilly/10.06.pdf. You are welcome to
create a link to it for your members' use. Previous newsletters are
available at –
Our aim is to have both formats available at the same time, but that
might take us a little longer.
NEWS FROM O'REILLY AND BEYOND
-Web 2.0 Summit Media Coverage
-Call Yourself a Programmer?
-User Group Members Receive a Special 30% Discount on O'Reilly
-Getting Started with WSGI
-Open Tools for MySQL Administrators
-Developing High Performance Asynchronous IO Applications
-Inside Aperture--Community for Serious Photographers
-Top Ten Aperture Features
-Making a Smooth Move from .Mac to Google
-Text Tricks and More Text Tricks
-Creating Visual Studio Project Templates
-Top 10 Tips for Using Windows PowerShell
-Advanced Java Content Repository API
-Scaling Enterprise Java on 64-bit Multi-Core X86-Based Servers
-Demystifying LDAP Data
-OpenBSD 4.0: Pufferix's Adventures
-Ken Milburn Unplugged
-Deke McClelland on Software
-MAKE Podcast: Colin Berry reads Spinout
- Books for review
- Coming soon
YOUR BOOK REVIEWS
NEWS FROM O'REILLY AND BEYOND
***Web 2.0 Summit 2006 Media Coverage
Read all the announcements, articles, blogs, photos, and podcasts made
at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
***Call Yourself a Programmer?
Announcing the O'Reilly Code Quiz, a curiously addictive game that'll
stress test your coding knowledge. Brought to you by O'Reilly Labs,
where all good things begin as zeros and ones.
***User Group Members Receive a Special 30% Discount on O'Reilly
As an O'Reilly User Group member, you save on all the courses in the
following University of Illinois Certificate Series:
-Linux/Unix System Administration
-Open Source Programming
To redeem, use Promotion Code "ORALL1," good for a 30% discount, in
Step #3 of the enrolment process. Each course comes with a free
O'Reilly book and a 7-day money-back guarantee. Register online:
***Getting Started with WSGI
Python 2.5 added support for the WSGI standard. This is a
specification for web programming that allows interoperability between
frameworks and components. It's also terribly easy to use. Jason
Briggs introduces WSGI and gives the background you need to use it
***Open Tools for MySQL Administrators
The MySQL distribution provides several tools for database
developers�and administrators, but they don't always work everywhere.
Fortunately,�the worldwide MySQL community has produced plenty of
useful tools. Baron�Schwartz surveys the possibilities and offers
suggestions for what you�should use.
***Developing High Performance Asynchronous IO Applications
When concurrency and latency are your bottlenecks, synchronous IO is
a�problem--even in a multithreaded or multiprocess model. This
is�especially evident when dealing with high volumes of incoming
mail,�especially if much of it is spam. Stas Bekman and his team
at�MailChannels recently built a scalable, modern, event-based system
for�asynchronous IO. Here's how they did it.
***Inside Aperture--Community for Serious Photographers
Our Inside Aperture site draws upon community expertise to�provide you
with tips and real-life experiences from professional�shooters who use
Apple's premier photo management application to�organize, edit, and
output their images. This site features weblogs,�articles, podcasts,
and tutorials—-all focused to help you improve your�digital
***Top Ten Aperture Features
Apple's ground-breaking, workflow tool for professional
photographers�has caused quite a stir in the imaging community. After
working with�Aperture for a year, I've decided that although it's not
perfect, it has�some incredible and exciting features that
photographers can really use.
***Making a Smooth Move from .Mac to Google
Matthew Russell presents a practical approach for a smooth move
from�.Mac to a Google-centric web experience. Getting your email,
address�book, calendar, online storage, online photos, and blog
squared away are�all covered in this detailed transition plan.
***Text Tricks and More Text Tricks
We've covered text editors here before. We know, from various posts
at�the Mac DevCenter blog, that our readers are often as fanatical
about�using plain text as we are. Tips on using your editor of choice
are easy�to find, but we thought it would be fun to gather a whole
bunch of them�together for the first time; not only to spread the
word, but to invite�our readers to add their own tips and time-savers.
We've also asked a�handful of Mac users to contribute their own
favorite text tricks.
***Creating Visual Studio Project Templates
Visual Studio 2005 offers a great tool for those who create
largely�identical projects--custom project and item templates--that
automates�project creation and eliminates the need to add the same
references,�project items, or even largely identical code to new
projects. Ron�Petrusha shows you how.
***Top 10 Tips for Using Windows PowerShell
PowerShell is Microsoft's newest replacement for the command line,
and�it's far more powerful than any command-line prompt Microsoft has
given�us before. Starting to learn it, unfortunately, can be a
bit�overwhelming. Jeff Cogswell offers his top 10 tips for getting the
most�out of it.
***Advanced Java Content Repository API
First presented in "What Is Java Content Repository," JSR-170 offers
a�standard means for content management systems to present
their�persistent data stores to Java applications. In this article,
Sunil�Patil explores some of JCR's optional features--namely, the very
useful�concepts of versioning and observability.
***Scaling Enterprise Java on 64-bit Multi-Core X86-Based Servers
Today's enterprise server--indeed, the environment--isn't what it
was�when Java was born. Slow networked machines have been replaced by
fast,�64-bit multi-core servers that can house all your tiers in one
box or�even virtualize servers within the server. This has a
significant effect�on the design and deployment of your Java
enterprise application, and�Michael Yuan and Dave Jaffe show you how
to get the most out of your�hardware.
***Demystifying LDAP Data
Is LDAP a database or a protocol? Is it understandable and
deployable�without reading a thousand pages of explanation and
documentation? Brian�Jones explains LDAP schemas and the layout of
data to help you�understand what you can store and how you can
***OpenBSD 4.0: Pufferix's Adventures
On October 18th, OpenBSD celebrated its 11th birthday. Now it's time
for�the release of OpenBSD 4.0. To celebrate both milestones,
Federico�Biancuzzi interviewed over 20 developers to discuss the new
features of�this release and the continual work to get hardware
***Ken Milburn Unplugged
Take a listen. The author of Digital Photography Expert
Techniques,�Second Edition knew Dan Rather in college, started his
career taking�publicity photos of Hollywood starlets, and shot album
covers for�Capitol Records. Ken talks to O'Reilly staffer Sara Peyton
about his�career, tips and tricks, and creating the wow factor. (16
******Deke McClelland on Software
O'Reilly author Deke McClelland talks to Mac Edition Radio's
Harris�Fogel about his series of bestselling One-on-One books and
***MAKE Podcast: Colin Berry
Colin Berry reads "Spinout," the touching story he wrote for MAKE,
Volume�07, about his brother's efforts to build and race a car in the
soap box�derby in Longmont, Colo. Unfortunately, he was up against
more than just�his own bad luck.
Copies of our books are available for your members to review -- send
me an email with the delivery address together with the book you would
like to review. When the review is published, please send me a copy or
the url. I would also appreciate if you could send a copy to
Latest books available for review –
ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook
Well before Ajax and Windows Presentation Foundation, Macromedia Flash
provided the first method for building "rich" web pages. Now, Adobe is
making Flash a full-fledged development environment, and learning
ActionScript 3.0 is key. That's a challenge for even the most
experienced Flash developer. This Cookbook offers more than 300
solutions to solve a wide range of coding dilemmas, so you can learn
to work with the new version right away.
Craft Volume 01
Craft is the first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance
that is occurring within the world of crafts. Volume 01, the premier
issue, features 23 projects with a twist! Make a programmable LED
shirt, turn dud shoes into great knitted boots, felt an iPod cocoon,
embroider a skateboard, and much more.
CSS Cookbook, Second Edition
For those all-too-common dilemmas that crop up with each project, CSS
Cookbook provides hundreds of practical examples with CSS code recipes
that you can use immediately to format your web pages. Arranged in a
quick-lookup format for easy reference, the second edition has been
updated to explain the unique behavior of the latest browsers:
Microsoft's IE 7 and Mozilla's Firefox 1.5. Also, the book has been
expanded to cover the interaction of CSS and images and now includes
more recipes for beginning CSS users.
CSS: The Definitive Guide, Third Edition
CSS: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition, provides you with a
comprehensive guide to CSS implementation, along with a thorough
review of all aspects of CSS 2.1. Updated to cover Internet Explorer
7, Microsoft's vastly improved browser, this new edition includes
content on positioning, lists and generated content, table layout,
user interface, paged media, and more.
Digital Photography Expert Techniques, Second Edition
Expert advice and pro strategies help photographers at every level
become more competent in their work routines. Through step-by-step
procedures based on hard-nosed experience, professional photographer
Ken Milburn describes a complete workflow sequence that begins with
essential photographic equipment and digital darkroom setup, and ends
once finished images are in albums, exhibits, web sites, or
Essential CVS, Second Edition
This easy-to-follow reference shows a variety of professionals how to
use the Concurrent Versions System (CVS), the open source tool that
lets you manage versions of anything stored in files. Ideal for
software developers tracking different versions of the same code, this
comprehensive book also helps system administrators and project
managers manage large quantities of documents. A full command
reference details aspects of customizing CVS for automation, logging,
branching, merging documents, and creating alerts.
Whether you are running the stable version of Fedora Core or
bleeding-edge Rawhide releases, this book has something for every
level of user. The modular, lab-based approach not only shows you how
things work-but also explains why--and provides you with the answers
you need to get up and running with Fedora Linux.
Fine Art Printing for Photographers (Rocky Nook).
This book provides the necessary foundation for fine art printing: The
understanding of color management, profiling, paper and inks. It
demonstrates how to set up the printing workflow as it guides the
reader step-by-step through this process from an image file to an
outstanding fine art print.
GIMP 2 for Photographers (Rocky Nook)
GIMP2 for Photographers is a beginner's guide to the only open source
image editing tool which provides a low-cost alternative to expensive
programs such as Photoshop. Topics include the basics of image editing
and simple adjustments, as well as advanced techniques using layers
and masks, stitching of panoramic images, and preparation of
high-quality black and white images. The most important editing
functions are presented in individual, easy-to-follow workshops.
HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Sixth Edition
Put everthing you need to know about HTML and XHTML at your
fingertips. For nearly a decade, hundreds of thousands of web
developers have turned to HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide to master
standards-based web development. Truly a definitive guide, the book
combines a unique balance of tutorial material with a comprehensive
reference that even the most experienced web professionals keep close
at hand. From basic syntax and semantics to guidelines aimed at
helping you develop your own distinctive style, this classic is all
you need to become fluent in the language of web design.
iPod: The Missing Manual, Fifth Edition
With iPod and iTunes, Apple's gotten the world hooked on portable
music, pictures, and videos. One thing they haven't delivered, though,
is an easy guide for getting the most from your sleek little
entertainment center. This new edition thoroughly covers the
redesigned iPod Nanos, the video iPod, the tiny Shuffle and the
overhauled iTunes 7. Each page sports easy-to-follow color graphics,
crystal-clear explanations, and guidance on the most useful things
your iPod can do.
Java Generics and Collections
Java Generics and Collections covers everything from the most basic
uses of generics to the strangest corner cases. It teaches you
everything you need to know about the collections libraries, so you'll
always know which collection is appropriate for any given task, and
how to use it.
Using the latest examples from modern browser development practices,
browser environment, and how to practice proper coding techniques for
standards-compliant web sites. By the end of the book, you'll be able
provided by web browsers, and you'll even be able to create a basic
Learning MySQL provides all the tools you need to set up and design an
effective database. This richly detailed tutorial will help you design
scalable and flexible databases, create powerful queries using SQL,
and configure MySQL for improved security. After covering the basics,
the book travels far into MySQL's subtleties, including complex
queries and joins, how to interact with the database over the Web
using PHP or Perl, and important house-keeping such as backups and
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnmysql/" \l "top
MAKE: Technology on Your Time Volume 08
Get ready to play when Make Volume 08, our "Toys and Games" issue,
hits the stands. You'll learn how to build a wind-up bird that really
flies, how to restore an old pinball machine, and learn the secret
history of the world's best-selling computer game from Myst's
co-creator. You'll also meet a well-known toy inventor and learn how
to make molds and casts with MythBusters star Adam Savage.
MCSE Core Elective Exams in a Nutshell
For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 administrators preparing for
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) core exam 70-270, and core
exams 70-297, and 70-298, this book is invaluable. Not only does it
provide the resources you need to succeed on the exams, but to succeed
in the real world as well. MCSE Core Elective Exams in a Nutshell
allows you to see all of the topics expected for mastery in each of
the exams. Each exam is covered in three parts: Exam Overview, Study
Guide and Test Your Knowledge sections. This makes for easy reference
and a great study aid.
Network Security Hacks, Second Edition
This second edition of Network Security Hacks offers 125 concise and
practical hacks, including more information for Windows
administrators, hacks for wireless networking (such as setting up a
captive portal and securing against rogue hotspots), and techniques to
ensure privacy and anonymity, including ways to evade network traffic
analysis, encrypt email and files, and protect against phishing
attacks. System administrators looking for reliable answers will also
find concise examples of applied encryption, intrusion detection,
logging, trending and incident response.
Practical Color Management: Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography
The second book in this acclaimed series delves into color management,
a topic that has needlessly become a mystery to experienced digital
photographers. With his easygoing yet authoritative style, noted
expert Eddie Tapp explains how color management can be integrated into
the overall photographic workflow. Included is a chapter on technical
aspectsfrom color guru Rick Lucas.
Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual
The most popular photo-editing program on the market, Photoshop
Elements not only has Photoshop's marvelous powers, but includes
creative capabilities the mothership lacks. The latest version,
Photoshop Elements 5, offers new scrapbook features among many other
improvements. Our Missing Manual carefully explains every feature
(something no other book has done) by putting each one into a clear,
easy-to-understand context -- all with a bit of wit and good humor.
Process Improvement Essentials
Process Improvement Essentials combines the foundation needed to
understand process improvement theory with the best practices to help
individuals implement process improvement initiatives in their
organization. The three leading programs: ISO 9001:2000, CMMI, and Six
Sigma--amidst the buzz and hype--tend to get lumped together under a
common label. This book delivers a combined guide to all three
programs, compares their applicability, and then sets the foundation
for further exploration.
Programming Atlas is not just another "drag and drop" ASP.NET 2.0
book, but dives into the technologies that make it work. You'll begin
with a tour of the technologies most often associated with Ajax, from
the Atlas framework and shows you how to put its tools to work.
Programming Embedded Systems, Second Edition
Whether you're writing your first embedded program, designing the
latest generation of hand-held whatchamacalits, or managing the people
who do, this book is for you. Programming Embedded Systems will help
you develop the knowledge and skills you need to achieve proficiency
with embedded software.
Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook
This book will help you solve more than 300 of the most common and
not-so-common tasks that working Visual Basic 2005 programmers face
every day. If you're a seasoned .NET developer, beginning Visual Basic
programmer, or a developer seeking a simple and clear migration path
from VB6 to Visual Basic 2005, the Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook delivers
a practical collection of problem-solving recipes for a broad range of
Visual Basic programming tasks. It's sure to save you time, serving up
the code you need, when you need it.
Color Management in Digital Photography (Rocky Nook)
Essential Electronics for Software Folk (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Everyday Scripting with Ruby (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Third Edition
Mastering Landscape Photography (Rocky Nook)
More Rails Recipes (Pragmatic Bookshelft)
MySQL Cookbook, Second Edition
Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit, Second Edition (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
***Registration is now open for the 2007 Emerging Telephony Conference
Explore the strategies for taming disruption and exploit opportunities
being created by web telephony innovations.
Use code "etel07usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the early
To register for the conference, go to:
***Speak at RailsConf
O'Reilly Media and Ruby Central are seeking leaders for RailsConf
sessions and tutorials. Are you a hacker, Rubyist, trainer, web
developer, and/or entrepreneur with something to share? If so, submit
London December 1st
This seminar will provide an overview of Virtualisation including
specifics on SAN virtualisation and the relationship between VMware
and Hewlett-Packard. It will provide the opportunity for In-depth
discussions with specialist VMware, HP and OCSL consultants and to
witness demonstrations in the HP labs.
O'REILLY WILL BE THERE!
*** OpenCON 2006
2/3 December, Venice, Italy
The conference is entirely organized by OpenBEER
(http://www.openbeer.it ), the italian OpenBSD users group. OpenCON
lasts about two days and, as usual, many official developers have
already confirmed their presence. The main topics will be: information
security, secure programming, and anything related to OpenBSD. The
manifestation is completely free of charge, but it will be possible to
buy tshirts and gadgets to fund both OpenCON and OpenBSD.
***Flash on the Beach
Flash on the Beach conference is the first major Flash conference in
the UK�for over 6 years! Over 40 of the world's most talented Flash
designers,�developers and artists presenting on 3 tracks over 3 full
days with mixer�get togethers each morning and evening for essential
networking�opportunities. Flash on the Beach has brought together the
most creative,�technical, inspirational awe-inspiring, educational and
entertaining�industry leading speakers in the rich media industry.
***London Perl Workshop
The London Perl Workshop is a free one-day conference in central
London, UK. It will be held on Saturday the 9th of December, 2006 at
Westminster University's New Cavendish Campus
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