[Chicago-talk] review books available / ora newsletter

Ed Summers ehs at pobox.com
Tue Nov 18 10:01:29 CST 2003

Review copies for these O'Reilly titles are available.

- Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition
- Head First EJB

Below is the full user group newsletter from them if you are interested.


----- Forwarded message from Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com> -----

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
November 14, 2003
Book News
-Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition
-Head First EJB
Upcoming Events
-Steve Bass ("PC Annoyances"), APCUG User Group Reception--November 16
-Tim O'Reilly, COMDEX, Las Vegas, NV--November 16-20, 2003
-ApacheCon, Las Vegas, NV--November 16-19, 2003
-David McFarland ("Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual" and "Dreamweaver 4:
The Missing Manual"), 2003 Macromedia MAX, Salt Lake City, UT--Nov 18-21
-Registration Is Open for ETech 2004--San Diego, CA
-Are "How To" Books Archaic?
-Open Source at COMDEX Contest Winners
-GBA Programming with DevKit Advance
-Certification in Linux/Unix System Administration
-"Head First EJB" Author Interview
-Inside Class Loaders
-Windows Server 2003: Still Room for Improvement
-Shooting the Windows Messenger Service
-Using the eBay SDK
-Panther Internet Sharing
-Rendezvous Picture Transfer with Panther

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.

***Free ground shipping is available for online orders of at 
least $29.95 that go to a single U.S. address. This offer 
applies to U.S. delivery addresses in the 50 states and 
Puerto Rico.
For more details, go to:

***Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition
Order Number: 6276
"Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition" expands on the basic
photography techniques introduced in the bestselling first edition to help
you take the kind of pictures you've always dreamed of--and now in full
color! This book explains each of the camera's components, shows you what
they do, and then helps you choose the right settings. When you ask, "How
can I get that picture?", simply pull this small guide out of your camera
bag, backpack, or back pocket and find the answer quickly.

***Head First EJB
Order Number: 5717
Learn not just what Enterprise JavaBeans technology is; learn why it is,
and what it is and isn't good for. This book gives you tricks and tips for
EJB development, and for passing the latest, very challenging Sun
Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD) exam. You'll learn how to
think like a server. You'll learn how to think like a bean. And because
this is a Head First book, you'll learn how to think about thinking.

The table of contents are available online:

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

***Steve Bass ("PC Annoyances"), APCUG User Group Reception, 
Las Vegas, NV--November 16
The Association of Personal Computer User Groups is hosting a UG
exhibition and reception from 3:00-5:30 p.m. Drop by the O'Reilly table
and say "hi" to me (Marsee Henon) and author Steve Bass, who will be
signing copies of his new book, "PC Annoyances." (O'Reilly is giving away
a free copy of "PC Annoyances" to APCUG Attendees--check your welcome
goodie bag!)
Stardust Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

***O'Reilly at COMDEX, Las Vegas, NV--November 16-20, 2003
Tim O'Reilly will be moderating the Power Panel "Open Source: 
The Open Source Paradigm Shift" Thursday November 20, 9am.
Panelists include Brian Behlendorf, Apache Co-founder, CTO of Collab.Net 
Marten Mickos (CEO MySQL), Allan Vermuelen (CTO Amazon.com)
Jason Matusow (Shared Source Program Manager, Microsoft),
and Stormy Peters (Open Source Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard).
Room N109 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, NV

The Open Source and Linux Innovation Center Theater will include
presentations from Rob Flickenger (Linux Server Hacks & "Wireless Hacks"),
Steve Mallet (O'Reilly Network), and Dan J. Woods ("Enterprise Services
Architecture" & "Packaged Composite Applications"). For more information
and schedule of these events, go to:

***ApacheCon, Las Vegas, NV--November 16-19, 2003 
Come by our booth on November 17 and visit me or look for our authors
Brian Aker ("Running Weblogs with Slash"), Stas Bekman ("Practical
mod_perl"), Rich Bowen and Ken Coar ("Apache Cookbook"), Will Iverson
("Mac OS X for Java Geeks"), Rasmus Lerdorf ("Programming PHP" and "PHP
Pocket Reference"), Doug Tidwell ("XSLT" and "Programming Web Services
with SOAP"), and Adam Trachtenberg ("PHP Cookbook") who are all speaking
at this gathering. Alexis Park Resort, Las Vegas, NV.

***David McFarland ("Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual"), 2003 Macromedia
MAX, Salt Lake City, UT--Nov 18-21
Please stop by our booth (#216) and pick up a free excerpt booklet from
Colin Moock's upcoming book, "ActionScript 2.0 Essentials." Be sure to
catch sessions with author David McFarland. Salt Palace Convention Center,
Salt Lake City, UT.

Conference News
***Registration Is Open for ETech 2004--San Diego, CA
Gather with lead users, forward thinkers, and technology activists at
O'Reilly's third annual Emerging Technology Conference to vet the projects
and ideas that will radically alter not just the future of computing, but
the way we live and work. ETech is slated for February 9-12, 2004 in San
Diego, California. Take advantage of our Early Bird discount when you
register before January 9, 2004.

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
***Are "How To" Books Archaic? 
A reader asked us about O'Reilly's vision for future books given the rate
of change in technology and the growth of the Internet as an information
source. Tim says "how to" books will only become more important as the
paradigm shift that's taking place in computing leads us into uncharted
territory. Read more and share your thoughts on November's Ask Tim.

Open Source
***Open Source at COMDEX Contest Winners 
We nominated 21 projects as potential participants in the Open Source
Innovation Area at COMDEX, and you voted for the six that will attend.
Find out which open source projects will go where only commercial software
vendors have gone before.

***GBA Programming with DevKit Advance 
Emulation has opened up game programming to hobbyists. While it's possible
to build amazing games on all sorts of obsolete platforms, it's also
possible to build them on modern ones, including the GameBoy Advance.
Howard Wen explores DevKit Advance and interviews its lead developers.

***Certification in Linux/Unix System Administration
Learn system administration skills online and receive credit from the
University of Illinois. Courses include: The Unix File System, Networking
and DNS, Unix Services, and Scripting for Administrators with sed, awk,
and Perl. Enroll today at the O'Reilly Learning Lab and save $149 per

***"Head First EJB" Author Interview 
Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates have just completed the second title in
O'Reilly's Head First series, the recently released "Head First EJB," a
certification book as unique as the series itself. In this interview, the
authors discuss why the Head First series now includes a certification
book, why the book is essential even if you're not planning to take the
exam, how they've used their unique teaching style to help Java candidates
pass the EJB exam, and much more.

***Inside Class Loaders 
Class loading is a topic that separates the Java Jedi from his or her
apprentice. Until you start working with multiple -- and potentially
incompatible -- class loaders, you don't realize the trickiness of keeping
classes straight. Andreas Schaefer's introduction will help expose how
class loading works.

***Windows Server 2003: Still Room for Improvement
Windows Server 2003 is indeed an improvement over the earlier Windows 2000
platform, but with just a wee bit more work, Microsoft could have made it
much easier to use. Mitch Tulloch has a few suggestions that he hopes
Microsoft will take to heart. Mitch is the author of "Windows Server 2003
in a Nutshell."

Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell
Order Number: 4044

***Shooting the Windows Messenger Service 
On November 6, the Federal Trade Commission took the unusual step of
convincing a U.S. District Court to issue a temporary restraining order
shutting down a spamming company for using the Windows Messenger Service
to deliver unwanted pop-ups. In this article, Preston Gralla shows you how
you can permanently solve this pop-up problem in XP by disabling the
Windows Messenger Service, a hack he also covers in his book, "Windows XP

Windows XP Hacks
Order Number: 5113

***Using the eBay SDK 
Unless you've been living in a cave, you probably already know that eBay
enables people and businesses to buy and sell items online. But you might
not have known that you can write software applications that integrate
with eBay through a handy set of .NET components. Jeffrey McManus gives
you an overview of how to write apps using the eBay SDK for .NET.

***Panther Internet Sharing 
A quick look at sharing an Internet connection in Panther with IP over
FireWire, which is now built into Mac OS X 10.3, and AirPort, including
the pros and cons of each method.

***Rendezvous Picture Transfer with Panther 
You can show others on a Rendezvous network pictures directly from your
camera using the new Image Capture app in Panther. But that's only part of
the good news. Derrick Story shows you the ins and outs of this handy new
Mac OS X 10.3 trick.

Until next time--


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Ed Summers
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