[Kc] Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, September 24

Marsee Henon marsee at oreilly.com
Wed Sep 24 19:43:45 CDT 2003

O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders only
September 24, 2003
-APCUG Fall 2003 Conference at COMDEX, Las Vegas
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
September 24, 2003
Book News
-Learning XML, 2nd Edition
-Optimizing Oracle Performance
Upcoming Events
-Louis Rosenfeld ("Information Architecture for the World 
Wide Web"), SocioMedia, Tokyo, Japan--Oct 2-3
-David Sklar and Adam Trachtenberg ("PHP Cookbook"), 
(NYSIA) Open Source SIG Author Event, NY, NY--Oct 7
-The Second Annual O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, Santa Clara, CA
-Google Code Jam 2003
-O'Reilly Learning Lab Special Deal for UG Members
-Sendmail Trouble
-Cleaning and Customizing Your Ports
-Java for Bioinformatics
-Create Desktop Applications with Java-Based Web Technologies
-Cooking with Active Directory
-Bluetooth File Transfer with Windows XP
-Secrets of the Jedi Lunchbox
-Control Your Mac from Afar
-An evening with Roy Atkinson, Maryland Apple Corps,
Towson, MD--October 14

Book News
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***Learning XML, 2nd Edition
Order Number: 4206
"Learning XML, 2nd Edition" covers XML concepts and language 
syntax,in addition to important related tools such as the CSS-
 and XSL-styling languages and the XLink and XPointer 
specifications.The second edition includes information about 
three schema languages for validation: W3C Schema, Schematron, 
and RELAX-NG, which are gaining widespread support. Also new 
to this edition is a chapter on XSL-FO. "Learning XML" helps 
designers and programmers wade through the acronym soup of 
XML to start really using this powerful tool.

Chapter 2, "Markup and Core Concepts," is available online:

***Optimizing Oracle Performance
Order Number: 527X
"Optimizing Oracle Performance" eliminates the time-consuming, 
trial-and-error guesswork inherent in most conventional 
approaches to performance tuning by explaining how to use 
Oracle's response time statistics to diagnose and repair 
performance problems. The book also shows how "queueing theory" 
can be applied to response time statistics to predict the impact
of upgrades and other system changes. "Optimizing Oracle 
Performance" focuses on optimization techniques that any DBA can 
use quickly and successfully to make noticeable--even dramatic--

Chapter 1, "A Better Way to Optimize," is available online:

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

***Louis Rosenfeld ("Information Architecture for the World Wide 
Web"), SocioMedia, Tokyo, Japan--Oct 2-3, 2003  
Author Louis Rosenfeld is a participant in a special event 
sponsored by SocioMedia.
For more information:

***David Sklar and Adam Trachtenberg ("PHP Cookbook"), (NYSIA)
Open Source SIG Author Event, NY, NY--Oct 7
David Sklar and Adam Trachtenberg address members of the New
York Software Industry Association (NYSIA) Open Source SIG on
the topic of PHP at the group's October meeting, Free to NYSIA 
members, $20 for nonmembers You must pre-register using our 
online form, or by calling.
For registration information and directions, go to:

590 Madison @ 57th Street, Room 975
New York, NY

Conference News
***The Second Annual O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, 
Santa Clara, CA--October 27-30
Tracks this year include Fearless Programming, Scripting Genius,
Sys Admin and Networking Mac Style, Media and Publishing, and 
Emerging Topics. User Group members can use code DSUG to 
register and receive 20% off conference pricing.

To register, go to:

O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference
October 27-30, 2003
Westin Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Google Code Jam 2003
When: Registration will begin October 1, 2003
What: Solve increasingly difficult coding problems within a set
time period
Who: Sponsored by Google, powered by TopCoder
Where: http://www.topcoder.com/googlecodejam

***O'Reilly Learning Lab Special Deal Alert
We're offering a 50% discount on the Linux/Unix Certification 
Series from the O'Reilly Learning Lab. With this User 
Group-only discount, you can save nearly $1000 on these 
online courses. And everyone who completes the four-course 
series earns a University of Illinois System Administration 
Certificate. This offer ends November 1, 2003.

Why Learning Lab? We partnered with Learning Lab two years ago
because we felt they'd created the best online learning 
environment we'd ever seen. Every class includes compelling, 
hands-on content, root access to a Linux server, an online 
coach, and a free O'Reilly book.

To enroll for the Learning Lab Linux/Unix Certification Series
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Open Source
***Sendmail Trouble 
Noel Davis looks at problems in Sendmail OpenSSH, Pine, saned, 
MySQL, gtkhtml, and Solstice AdminSuite.

***Cleaning and Customizing Your Ports 
One of FreeBSD's biggest benefits is its ports collection. It 
seems like magic, but a little maintenance can make it work even
better for your system. Dru Lavigne explains how to keep your 
ports collection clean and how to customize individual ports.

***Java for Bioinformatics 
Bioinformaticians and biological scientists have to sift through
a lot of data. Visualization helps. While Perl has been a mainstay
of bioinformatics, several projects and APIs in the Java world 
are making Java a viable development language. Stephen Montgomery
surveys the scene.

***Create Desktop Applications with Java-Based Web Technologies
Will Iverson provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for 
building a simple, point-and-shoot installer for a basic web 
application using Apache Jakarta Tomcat and a combination of 
free tools and various Apache-license projects. Will is the 
author of "Mac OS X Java for Java Geeks."

Will is the author of "Mac OS X Java for Java Geeks."
Order Number: 4001

***Cooking with Active Directory
Try out these two new recipes--the first on finding the domain 
controllers that are acting as one of the FSMO roles, and the 
second on determining the last time a user logged into a domain
--from O'Reilly's upcoming "Active Directory Cookbook."

Active Directory Cookbook
Order Number: 4648

***Bluetooth File Transfer with Windows XP
Wei-Meng Lee shows you how to set up an ad hoc, wireless network
(without the need for a network infrastructure) that lets you 
copy files from one Bluetooth-enabled Windows XP computer to 

Wei-Meng is the author of "Windows XP Unwired."
Order Number: 5369

***Secrets of the Jedi Lunchbox
Read this interview with Andy Ihnatko, one of the truly unique 
minds in the Mac community, who has been there through all of 
Apple's highs and lows over the years. 

And don't miss Andy's keynote, "The Big Rethink," at this fall's
Mac OS X Conference.

***Control Your Mac from Afar
Do you want to control your Mac, or one that you're responsible 
for, from a remote location? If you're running Mac OS X, you can
take advantage of a variety of built-in Unix and AppleScript tools
to control your computer from afar. Harold Martin shows you how.

>From your Peers
***An evening with Roy Atkinson, Maryland Apple Corps, 
Towson, MD--October 14
Roy Atkinson, Apple UG Liaison for the East Coast is the guest 
speaker. This meeting includes the monthly members-only door 
prizes & a raffle in which all attendees can participate.

6:30 pm-8:45 pm
Tuesday, October 14, 2003 
Towson Library--Lower Level Meeting Room
320 York Rd., 
Towson, MD

Until next time--


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