[Kc] Fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, June 26

David Nicol davidnicol at gmail.com
Thu Jun 26 11:49:29 PDT 2008

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From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
Date: Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 1:33 PM
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, June 26
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Hi there—

Sorry I'm late with this newsletter, but as usual around here, we've
got lots of new announcements, books, and activities going on.

First off, we've got a new and improved home page and search at
oreilly.com along with news.oreilly.com. This is the first of many
updates so stay tuned.

Our next big news is soon we'll offer select O'Reilly books on Kindle
and as DRM-free digital bundles. Read the whole story on our Tools of
Change blog.

Third, we've got not one but two iPhone resources to offer our
readers--Inside iPhone, a meeting place for developers and power
users, and iPhone Hacks, advanced access to hacks, tips, and tricks to
make your iPhone experience even better.

And Fourth, don't miss our newest video from DekePod--101 Photoshop
Tips in 5 Minutes--I just dare you to watch it three times in a row to
see if you can write down all the tips.

And if you're using twitter, please follow O'Reilly Media, Tim
O'Reilly, or me. But Tim is probably a bit more exciting.

Going to OSCON? We've got special Twitter contests going on at our
booth in the expo hall. Follow OReillyatOSCON for more info and we'll
follow you back.

New books we're hoping to get Amazon and Slashdot reviewers for
include "Essential SQLAlchemy," "Dojo: The Definitive Guide,"
"Fashioning Technology," and "Your Brain: The Missing Manual." Send me
an email if your interested and I'll get the book right out.

And don't forget we're willing to send books to giveaway at your
meetings anytime. Although we love reviews, we don't expect them for
every book we send. You can also request books for special events or
your group library.



In this issue:

O'Reilly UG Program News—Just for User Group Leaders
New Releases
Upcoming Events
Conference News
School of Technology
News from O'Reilly & Beyond


O'Reilly UG Program News—Just for User Group Leaders
June 26, 2008


Put Up a Banner Get a Free Book

We're looking for user groups to display our discount banners on their
web sites. If you send me your group's site with one or more banners,
I'll send you the O'Reilly book(s) of your choice. Choose from the
following list:

RailsConf Europe 2008 Banners
Customizable O'Reilly Book Widgets
InsideRIA Banners
35% off Digital Media User Group banners
35% off User Group Discount Banner


O'Reilly News for User Group Members
June 26, 2008

New Releases: Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts

Get 35% off from O'Reilly, No Starch, Paraglyph, PC Publishing,
Pragmatic Bookshelf, Rocky Nook, SitePoint, or YoungJin books you
purchase directly from O'Reilly. Just use code "DSUG" when ordering
online or by phone 800-998-9938.

Free ground shipping on orders of $29.95 or more. See details.

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

For book review writing tips and suggestions, go to:

New Releases: Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts:

Ableton Live 7 Tips and Tricks (PC Publishing)
Advanced Rails Recipes (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Deploying Rails Applications (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Dojo: The Definitive Guide
Essential SQLAlchemy
Face to Face: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Photographing People
Fashioning Technology
Flex 3 Cookbook
Getting Started with Flex 3
Google Apps: The Missing Manual
High Performance MySQL, Second Edition
JavaScript: The Good Parts
Learning Flex 3
Learning Perl, Fifth Edition
MAKE: Technology on Your Time Volume 14
Maker's Notebook (Hard Cover)
Mastering Dojo (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Painting the Web
Programming Visual Basic 2008
Take Control of .Mac (TidBITS)
Take Control of Apple Mail in Leopard (TidBITS)
Take Control of Back to My Mac (TidBITS)
Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '08 (TidBITS)
Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '08 (TidBITS)
Take Control of Screen Sharing in Leopard (TidBITS)
Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail (TidBITS)
Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Extreme Network (TidBITS)
The Art of Black and White Photography (Hard Cover) (Rocky Nook)
The Art of Capacity Planning: Rough Cuts Version
The Book of IMAP (No Starch)
Ubuntu For Non-Geeks, Third Edition (No Starch)
Wikipedia Reader's Guide: The Missing Manual
Windows PowerShell Pocket Reference
Your Brain: The Missing Manual

MAKE Magazine Subscriptions

The annual subscription price for four issues is $34.95. When you
subscribe with this link, you'll get a free issue--one plus four more
for $34.95. So subscribe for yourself or friends with this great offer
for UG Members: five volumes for the cost of four.

Subscribe at: http://www.makezine.com/go/ugsub

Craft Magazine Subscriptions

The annual subscription price for four issues is $34.95. When you
subscribe with this link, you'll get a free issue--one plus four more
for $34.95. So subscribe for yourself or friends with this great offer
for UG Members: five volumes for the cost of four.

Subscribe at: http://www.craftzine.com/go/craftug

Upcoming Events

For more events, please see: events.oreilly.com

Adventure in Technology
Jun 28, 2008
Trinity Arts Centre
Bristol, UK
John Honniball, whose articles are published in Make, is one of the
many contributors at Adventure in Technology. He will be demonstrating
parts of his large collection of historic computers.

Judith Bishop on C# 3.0 Design Patterns at TOOLS Europe
Jul 3, 2008
ETH Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
If you are near Zurich, Switzerland, on 3 July, drop in to the TOOLS
Europe Conference and hear author Judith Bishop (C# 3.0 Design
Patterns) explain the advantages of programming design patterns in C#
3.0. Judith will be joined by Nigel Horspool from University of
Victoria, Canada.

O'Reilly at Open Tech 2008
Jul 5, 2008
ULU, Malet Street
London, UK
Open Tech 2008, from UKUUG and friends, is an informal one-day
conference about technology, society and low-carbon living, featuring
Open Source ways of working and technologies that anyone can have a go
at. Totalling 60 talks across 3 sessions covering 9 hours, there's
plenty in the programme for everyone including Rembrandt, Pr0n and
Robot Monkeys, and all that's just in one session!

Harold Davis at the Marin Photography Club
Jul 8, 2008
Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
Photographers) discusses the ins and outs of night photography, and
shows his work.

Rick Copeland Speaks on SQLAlchemy
Jul 10, 2008
The Atlanta Python Meetup Group
Atlanta, GA
Author Rick Copeland (Essential SQLAlchemy) will be giving a talk
about SQLAlchemy and will be available for book signing afterwards.

O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON)
Jul 21-25, 2008
Portland, OR
OSCON is the bazaar of open source technologies, welcoming new voices
and projects alongside the platforms, languages, and apps that started
it all. Where the open source community gathers to get inspired,
acquire knowledge and gain momentum, OSCON has become a place for
enterprise developers and managers to see the jewels of open source on

Colin Moock's ActionScript 3.0: From The Ground Up Tour
Jul 23, 2008
Atahotel Executive
Milan, Italy
Join internationally renowned ActionScript expert Colin Moock
(Essential ActionScript 3.0) for an intensive full day of free
ActionScript 3.0 training. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn
how to program from one of the world's top ActionScript instructors.
Open yourself to a world of new possibilities through Moock's unique
methodology for demystifying intimidating concepts and code.

Dux Raymond Sy Presents a One-Day Seminar on SharePoint
Jul 24, 2008
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Reston, VA
During this one-day seminar, SharePoint expert Dux Raymond Sy
(SharePoint for Project Management) will detail the benefits
SharePoint can deliver to your organization through a combination of
lecture, presentations and demonstrations.

Harold Davis at Book Passage
Jul 27, 2008
1 Ferry Building, #42
San Francisco, CA
Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
Photographers) presents images of the Golden Gate, reads from his
book, answers questions, and signs copies of the book.

Harold Davis Hosts a Photography Night at the East Bay Mac Users Group
Aug 14, 2008
Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
Photographers) presents From Photography to Photoshop. He will use his
Ringing Cedars covers as a case study for a new digital art form at
the Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville.


Conference News

Registration for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention 2008 is Open
July 21-25, 2008 in Portland, OR
Join over 2,500 open source developers, hackers, experts, IT managers,
and users at OSCON 2008. This year's convention will include 40
tutorials that go deep into open source technology and over 400
sessions focusing on Administration, Business, Databases, Emerging
Topics, Java, Linux, Mobile, People, Perl, PHP, Programming, Python,
Ruby, Security, Web Applications, and much more.
Use code "os08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
registration price. Click here to register for the conference.
Register for RailsConf Europe 2008
September 2-4, 2008 in Berlin, Germany
The European developer community showed itself to be deeply interested
in Rails at RailsConf Europe 2007, and the co-presenters of that
event, Ruby Central and O'Reilly Media, are coming back to do it
again. RailsConf Europe 2008, happening September 2-4 2008 in Berlin,
will feature presentations, keynotes, and tutorials by experts from
the full spectrum of Rails techniques and practices. Seasoned Rails
practitioners and newcomers alike will find a program honed to their
particular interests and needs.
Use code "re08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
registration price. Click here to register for the conference.

O'Reilly School of Technology

O'Reilly School of Technology Courses: UG Members Receive a 30% Discount
O'Reilly School of Technology has opened its virtual doors with
educational offerings and certification for IT students looking to
further their careers or to launch one. As an O'Reilly User Group
member, you save on all the courses in the following University of
Illinois Certificate Series:

PHP/SQL Programming
Linux/Unix System Administration
Web Programming
Open Source Programming
.NET Programming
Client-Side Web Programming featuring AJAX

(This discount is not combinable with other offers.)

To redeem, use Promotion Code "ORALL1" good for a 30% discount, in
Step #2 of the enrollment process. Each course comes with a free
O'Reilly book and a 7-day money-back guarantee. Register online. (This
discount may not be combinable with other offers.)

News from O'Reilly & Beyond

Derrick Story and Lesa Snider King to Speak at Mac Computer Expo this
year in Santa Rosa, CA on September 27
For more information check out their blog.

The e-Book Test: Do Electronic Versions Deter Piracy?
Read David Pogue's latest take on e-books. (Free login required.)

Facebook No Longer The Second Largest Social Network From TechCrunch
From TechCrunch "It was sort of inevitable given Facebook’s monster
growth over the last few years, but April 2008 was the milestone:
Facebook officially caught up to MySpace in terms of unique monthly
worldwide visitors, according to data released by Comscore."

Expo Hall pass for PDN PhotoPlus 2008, New York, NY--October 23-25
Registration is open for the PDN PhotoPlus 2008 Register with Promo
Code ELBV1 to receive free admission to the expo floor.

FOSSCoach, July 23-25 in Portland, OR
FOSSCoach is a series of events designed to teach the essential skills
required to participate in collaborative, free and open online
projects like Firefox and Wikipedia. Vist the FOSSCoach site to

Event Living Services is Looking to Help User Groups
They recommend UG sponsorships to their clients as a way to keep in
touch with new technology and support developers who work in their
industry. Please contact Julie Anderson if your group is interested in
working with them.

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A Gallery of Illustrations from Your Brain: The Missing Manual
View images from Your Brain: The Missing Manual. You can read more
about the images by clicking on them to see excerpts from the book.

Top 10 Reasons to Switch from Microsoft Office to Google Apps
Author Nancy Conner offers 10 reasons why you should consider making
the leap from Microsoft Office to Google Apps.

Gordon Mohr Takes Us Inside the Internet Archives
Gordon Mohr is the Chief Technologist for Web Projects at the Internet
Archive. In this interview, he gives us a peek behind the scenes at
what's involved in recording the continually updating web, as well as
the legal implications and how Web 2.0 is making their job both easier
and harder.

Steve Jobs on the Future of the iPhone
Apple CEO Steve Jobs stood in front of a sold out crowd at Apple's
WWDC and told them that Apple is about to release phones that are
better than the ones in their pocket and will cost half of what theirs
cost. The developers responded with sustained enthusiastic applause.
That reaction makes perfect sense. Jobs' keynote wasn't about
products--it was about a promising future, especially for developers
in the audience.

Getting Started with the Google App Engine
Continuing the trend started with Amazon's Elastic Cloud (EC2), Google
plans to make their vast resources available to developers who wish to
deploy massively scalable applications on the Google Infrastructure.
In this tutorial, you'll get a look into the APIs and database
capabilities that Google is providing, and how to leverage them in a
sample application.

Building the Green Data Center
Bill Coleman, founder and CEO of the Cassatt Corporation, and one of
the founders of BEA, has made it his mission to make data centers more
energy-efficient. We caught up with him right before the O'Reilly
Velocity conference where he is scheduled to speak to get some
pointers on making data centers planet-friendly.



Make a Presentation Like Al Gore
Author Bob Thompson bypasses the DEA and shows Phil Torrone how to make Iodine
Head First Physics coming soon--here's an exclusive taste of Chapter 4
Dojo Goodness, Part 9 (gfx foo with fx)
NASA's Mars24 Sunclock (Keeping Track of Phoenix)
Freelance coder Gregory Brown gives you the latest on Prawn, a PDF
writing library for Ruby
code_swarm: Animated Visualization of the Development of some High
Profile Open Source Projects
Catching up, Fighting distractions, Polyglotting
Head First Ajax Sneak Preview
How Hackerteen Helps... By a White-Hat Hacker
Cooking with Flex
Are you up-to-date?
What Should iPhone Applications Cost?
Thinking in Wikis

For more news and blogs, go to: http://news.oreilly.com/

Until next time—
Marsee Henon

O'Reilly Media, Inc. 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
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