[Kc] Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, December 19

Marsee Henon marsee at oreilly.com
Fri Dec 19 19:53:56 CST 2003

O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
December 19, 2003--Happy Holidays!
-Has your group been in the news lately?
-Every Postage Stamp Helps
-Put Up an Emerging Technology Conference Banner, Get a Free Book
Book Info
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General News
***Has your group been in the news lately?
Let me know. We love to see what is going on and help spread the word to
others (For example see the mention of the San Antonio Linux User Group
later on in this newsletter.)

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***Put Up an Emerging Technology Conference Banner, Get a Free Book
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
December 19, 2003--Happy Holidays!
Book News
-DNS on Windows Server 2003
-JavaServer Pages, Third Edition
-Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
Upcoming Events
-Preston Gralla ("Windows XP Hacks"), Windows Technical Forum, 
Waltham, MA--January 5
-OSCON 2004: Call for Participation
-O'Reilly Emergent Democracy Forum
-Early Bird Discount ends January 9 for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology
February 9-12, 2004

-Beyond Hacking the Xbox
-Gastronomy for Geeks
-San Antonio Linux User Group mentioned in "Wall Street Journal"
-Myths Open Source Developers Tell Ourselves
-A Day in the Life of #Apache
-Understanding JAXB: Java Binding Customization
-Sony Ericsson T610 Camera Phone Review
-Master and Content Pages in Whidbey
-Elementary Computer Graphics: Drawing with Pixels
-Panther Delights

Book News
Did you know you can request a free book to review for your
group? Ask your group leader for more information.

For book review writing tips and suggestions, go to:

Don't forget, you can receive 20% off any O'Reilly book you 
purchase directly from O'Reilly. Just use code DSUG when 
ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938.

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Order Number: 4214
"RELAX NG" is a grammar-based schema language that's both easy for schema
creators to learn and easy for software developers to implement. In "RELAX
NG," developers are introduced to this unique language and learn a
no-nonsense method for creating XML schemas. This book offers a clear-cut
explanation of RELAX NG that enables intermediate and advanced XML
developers to focus on XML document structures and content rather than
battle the intricacies of yet another convoluted standard. 

Chapter 6, "More Complex Patterns," is available online:

***DNS on Windows Server 2003
Order Number: 5628
"DNS on Windows Server 2003" is a special Windows-oriented edition of the
classic "DNS and BIND," updated to document the many changes to DNS found
in Windows Server 2003. You'll learn everything from starting and stopping
a DNS service and establishing a namespace in the global hierarchy, to
using the the dnscmd command line and the WMI DNS provider to perform
maintenance. The book also documents new features, including conditional
forwarding and zone storage in Active Directory application partitions. 

Chapter 8, "Integrating with Active Directory," is available free online:

***JavaServer Pages, Third Edition
Order Number: 5636
"JavaServer Pages, Third Edition" is completely revised and updated to
cover the substantial changes in the 2.0 version of the JSP specification.
It also includes detailed coverage of the major revisions to the JSP
Standard Tag Library (JSTL) specification. Combining plenty of practical
advice with detailed coverage of JSP syntax and features as well as clear,
useful examples, "JavaServer Pages, Third Edition" demonstrates how to
embed server-side Java into web pages, while also covering important
topics such as JavaBeans, Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), and JDBC database

***Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
Order Number: 6152
With new material on practically every page, the latest update of David
Pogue's best-selling title offers a wealth of detail on the all of the
changes in Apple's Mac OS X 10.3, aka "Panther." Written with humor and
technical insight characteristic of the Missing Manual series, the new
edition covers everything from the all-new Finder to iChat AV--Apple's
exciting tool for video conferencing. The book also deals with features
under the hood, such as the Terminal and networking tools. Pogue, the
renowned "New York Times" computer columnist, tackles his subject with
scrupulous objectivity--revealing which new features work well and which
do not. This is an authoritative book that will appeal to novices and
experienced users alike.

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

***Preston Gralla ("Windows XP Hacks"), Windows Technical Forum, Waltham,
MA--January 5
Preston's will be covering Windows XP Hacks from his book and what we
might expect with Windows XP SP2.

January 5, 2004
Microsoft, Waltham, MA
For more information, go to:

Conference News
***OSCON 2004: Call for Participation
Individuals and companies interested in making presentations or giving
tutorials at next summer's O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland,
Oregon are invited to submit proposals. This year's theme is "Opening the
Future: Discover, Develop, Deliver.".Tracks of interest run the open
source gamut from Apache to XML, and we're also looking for proposals for
sessions that help attendees add open source to their companies. The
deadline for submitting proposals is February 9. 

To submit a proposal, go to:

For more information on the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, go to:

***O'Reilly Emergent Democracy Forum
Internet technologies such as blogs, MeetUp, and email are putting power
back into the hands of the people. Citizen activists have already altered
the face of the next U.S. presidential election. Are we on the verge of a
fundamental shift towards truer democracy, or will these new
Internet-fueled tools be co-opted to maintain the status quo? We'll be
exploring these issues during the Emergent Democracy Forum at February's
Emerging Technology Conference.

***Early Bird Discount ends January 9 for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology
February 9-12, 2004
Westin Horton Plaza San Diego
San Diego, CA 92101

User Group members who register before January 9, 2004 get a double
discount. Use code DSUG when you register, and receive 20% off the
"Early Bird" price.

To register for the conference, go to:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Beyond Hacking the Xbox 
Bruce Stewart interviews Andrew "bunnie" Huang, a featured speaker at
O'Reilly's upcoming Emerging Technology Conference. In this interview,
bunnie discusses flaws with the DMCA, the current states of reverse
engineering and Moore's Law, what he's hacking now, and what he'll be
speaking about at ETech.

The 2004 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
February 9-12, 2004
Westin Horton Plaza San Diego
San Diego, CA 92101

***Gastronomy for Geeks
Pizza, Twinkies, and Jolt are geek haute cuisine for a stereotypical few.
Many of you know the difference between au jus and baba ghanoush, and that
Thai shish kabob isn't called saute. So, you geek gourmets, come share
your favorite recipes, and see what your peers are cooking.

Open Source
***San Antonio Linux User Group mentioned December 17 in the "Wall Street
"Linux is slowly spreading beyond its core constituencies of
governments, companies and computer geeks. Today, for example, the San
Antonio Linux User Group--started by a half-dozen "extreme experts"
eight or nine years ago--counts some 600 members, including scores of
home users, says Albert Lochli, the group's president. That includes
lawyers, artists and dentists, and Mr. Lochli says he's even converted
two people from his regular bridge group."

***Myths Open Source Developers Tell Ourselves 
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but is it effective or
useful? Open source developers have the opportunity to learn from the
successes and failures of other projects. Are we learning the right
lessons, though?

***A Day in the Life of #Apache 
Rich Bowen, coauthor of "Apache Cookbook," spends a lot of time on IRC
fielding Apache questions. In this inaugural article to launch a new
series based on his conversations on #apache, the IRC channel that runs on
the irc.freenode.net network, Rich chronicles a user's troubles getting
his .htaccess file working, and he shows what you can do to solve the

Apache Cookbook
Order Number: 1916

***Understanding JAXB: Java Binding Customization 
JAXB, Java Architecture for XML Binding, is a specification (or standard)
that automates the mapping between XML documents and Java objects and vice
versa. One of the primary components of JAXB is the schema compiler. The
schema compiler is the tool used to generate Java bindings from an XML
schema document. If used in its default mode (for non-trivial
applications), the compiler usually generates bindings that are awkward to
work with. This article looks at various methods you can use to customize
the generated bindings.
***Sony Ericsson T610 Camera Phone Review 
Sony Ericsson calls the T610 camera phone an "image and entertainment"
phone instead of a smartphone. It is based on the proprietary Sony
Ericsson OS, and it can run applications written in Java. Todd Ogasawara
shows you the ins and outs of this compact phone that includes camera and
Bluetooth capabilities.
***Master and Content Pages in Whidbey 
Most web sites have a consistent look and feel, containing a company logo
and perhaps a navigational menu. In ASP.NET 1.0, there was no a good way
to handle this; luckily, Microsoft now has a solution. Wei-Meng Lee shows
you the Master and Content Pages feature in 
ASP.NET 2.0.
***Elementary Computer Graphics: Drawing with Pixels 
If you have a promising young developer in the family, you might want to
take advantage of the extra time together during the holidays to teach a
little programming. Michael Norton wrote this tutorial for his fourth
grade son, and offers it to Mac DevCenter readers and their children.

***Panther Delights 
Here's a look at Panther from another point of view: not so much its
high-flying features, but rather the subtle refinements that we've come to
expect from Apple products. Here are ten things that won't make you buy
Panther, but you'll appreciate them once you have it.

Until next time--


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