[Nottingham-pm] O'Reilly UK User Group Programme NEWSLETTER Issue 05-06

Michael Erskine perl at tecspy.com
Thu May 4 11:00:20 PDT 2006

O'Reilly UK User Group Programme
Issue 05-06

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/0506.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.


-O'Reilly Staff Picks
-Building a FreeBSD Build System
-The Software of Space Exploration
-Mac FTP: A Guided Tour
-Macintosh Home Monitoring
-Programming Word from .NET
-Implementing Mutual Exclusion for AJAX
-Supporting Branch Office Environments
-Scaling Games Up
-Patterns for Communication, Moderation, and Information Processing
-Aperture 1.1--Apple Listens
-Digital "Not Hot" at Sundance 2006
-Maker Faire Update, April 22-23--San Mateo, CA
-MAKE Video Podcast
-Make Sample Projects

- Books for review
- Coming soon


General News
***O'Reilly Staff Picks
Now you can see what Tim O'Reilly, Phil Torrone, chromatic, and more 
consider their favorites.

Open Source
***Building a FreeBSD Build System
Keeping a single BSD system up to date is relatively easy. Keeping a 
whole business full of servers fresh with patches and new applications 
and updates is more work--unless you take advantage of the ports system. 
Bjorn Nelson walks through the design and implementation of a build 
system usable to push fresh binaries to as many servers as you have.

***The Software of Space Exploration.

***Mac FTP: A Guided Tour
(S)FTP has a special place in the hearts of web builders and developers, 
and is still one of the most practical methods of getting files from one 
place to another in a secure manner. In this article, Giles Turnbull 
surveys six FTP clients for the Mac platform and shows you the major 
characteristics of each.

***Macintosh Home Monitoring
Want to learn a few simple home automation techniques to have your Mac 
send you a message when your mail is delivered, your kids get home, or 
your dog uses the pet door to go into the backyard? Gordon Meyer shows 
you how.

***Programming Word from .NET
Using .NET with Word can be a potent combination. Jesse Liberty shows 
you how to take advantage of Word's formatting features and add the 
power of .NET's programmability.

***An Overview of UAC in Windows Vista
Vista's User Account Control represents a big step forward for system 
security. But it's not that easy to understand. Mitch Tulloch shows you 
how it works, and offers tips for making it better.

***Implementing Mutual Exclusion for AJAX.

***Supporting Branch Office Environments
Supporting the IT needs of branch offices that have limited or no IT 
resources can be a challenge. What to do? Mitch Tulloch, author of 
"Windows Server Hacks," interviews Richard Harrison, CISSP, principal 
technologist for infrastructure and security at Content Master, who 
offers his expertise on how to support branch offices using Windows.

***Scaling Games Up
This week we're talking about games. Big games. Amy Jo Kim talks about 
taking the lessons from game playing and applying them to your 
applications. Jane McGonigal talks about scaling up intimate two player 
games so that thousands of people can thumb wrestle. (DTF 04-18-2006: 27 
minutes 49 seconds)

***Patterns for Communication, Moderation, and Information Processing
We're finding patterns everywhere. Clay Shirky talks about patterns of 
moderation strategy, Jon Udell makes recommendations for those of us 
seeking attention, and George Dyson helps us understand the present by 
looking back at Von Neumann. (DTF 04-03-2006: 31 minutes 05 seconds)

For more podcasts, go to:

Digital Media
***Aperture 1.1--Apple Listens
With Aperture's new features, bug fixes, and universal compatibility 
with PowerMacs and Intel Macs, it's now a serious contender for top 
digital photo software. Scott Bourne reviews Version 1.1.

***Digital "Not Hot" at Sundance 2006
Digital cinema is no longer new or novel, but it is clearly and 
inevitably, the wave of the future. Susan Boyer attended this year's 
Sundance film festival and gives us a glimpse at how the cinematic 
landscape is changing.


***MAKE Video Podcast
The making of a Warbot and death of a RAZR phone.

***Try a Sample Project from MAKE:


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 
www.amazon.co.uk <http://www.amazon.co.uk>

Latest books available for review -

	*	Flash 8 Cookbook <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/flash8ckbk>
This practical, nuts-and-bolts toolkit puts theory into practice with 
ready-made answers to common Flash development questions. It's the 
perfect resource for Flash developers, as well as designers who are 
ready to start doing development work. Using O'Reilly's popular 
Problem/Solution/Discussion Cookbook format, this book offers 280 
standalone recipes that include a brief explanation of how and why the 
solution works, so you can adapt it to similar situations you may run 
across in the future.

	*	JUNOS Cookbook <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/junosckbk>
JUNOS Cookbook is the first comprehensive book about JUNOS software and 
it provides over 200 time-saving step-by-step techniques including 
discussions about the processes and alternative ways to perform the same 
task. It's been tested and tech-reviewed by field engineers who know how 
to take JUNOS out for a spin and it's applicable to the entire line of 
M-, T-, and J-series routers. JUNOS Cookbook will not only pay for 
itself the first few times you use it, it will make your network easier 
to manage and update.

	*	Linux Annoyances for Geeks 
GNU/Linux is an immensely popular operating system that is both 
extremely stable and reliable. But it can also induce minor headaches at 
the most inopportune times, if you're not fully up to speed with its 
capabilities. In keeping with the spirit of the Annoyances series, the 
book adopts a sympathetic tone that will quickly win you over. Rather 
than blaming you for possessing limited Linux savvy, Linux Annoyances 
for Geeks takes you along for a fun-filled ride as you master the system 

	*	Pragmatic Ajax <http://pragmatic.oreilly.com/catalog/0976694085/>
It used to be that you had to make a hard choice: the ease of deployment 
of a web page, or the interactive features of a rich desktop 
application. Now you can have it all. Ajax redefines the user experience 
for web applications. Using existing standards, your application can 
provide a compelling user interface--delivered plug-in free--using 
modern web browsers. This book shows you how to work the Ajax magic 
easily, exploring both the fundamental technologies and the emerging 
frameworks that make it easy. It's not just Ajax, it's Pragmatic Ajax.

	*	SQL Pocket Guide <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/sqlpg2>
Now available in an updated second edition, our very popular SQL Pocket 
Guide is a major help to programmers, database administrators, and 
everyone who uses SQL in their day-to-day work. The SQL Pocket Guide is 
a concise reference to frequently used SQL statements and commonly used 
SQL functions. Not just an endless collection of syntax diagrams, this 
portable guide addresses the language's complexity head on and leads by 
example. The information in this edition has been updated to reflect the 
latest versions of the most commonly used SQL variants.
****Coming Soon
	*	Building Scalable Web Sites <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/web2apps>
	*	DNS and BIND, Fifth Edition <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/dns5>
	*	Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0, Fifth Edition 
	*	Enterprise SOAervices Architecture 
	*	HTML and XHTML Pocket Reference, Third Edition 
	*	iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual 
	*	IPv6 Essentials, Second Edition <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/ipv6ess2>
	*	Java I/O, Second Edition <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/javaio2>
	*	Learning PHP and MySQL <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnphpmysql>
	*	Learning SQL on SQL Server 2005 
	*	MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell, Third Edition 
	*	Programming Excel with VBA and .NET 
	*	Programming PHP <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/progphp2> Learning 
UML 2.0 <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnuml2>
	*	Statistics Hacks <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/statisticshks>
Conference News
***OSCON, July 24-28--Portland,OR
OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, is still where open source 
rubber meets the road. OSCON happens July 24-28, 2006 in open source 
hotspot Portland, Oregon, and registration has just opened. Hundreds of 
sessions and tutorials. Thousands of open source mavericks, brainiacs, 
hackers, activists, scientists, and their admirers, some in 
business-casual disguise. Read all about it.

User Group members who register before June 5, 2006 get a double 
discount. Use code "os06dsug" when you register, and receive 15% off the 
early registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***Early Registration ending soon for the Where 2.0 Conference,
June 13-14--San Jose, CA
The Where 2.0 Conference brings together the people, projects, and 
issues leading the charge into the location-based technology frontier. 
Join the developers, innovators, and business people behind the new era 
of geospatial technology as they come together--because everything 
happens somewhere, and it's all happening here at Where 2.0.

User Group members who register before April 24, 2006 get a double 
discount. Use code "whr06dsug" when you register, and receive 15% off 
the early registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***MySQL Users Conference, April 24-27--Santa Clara, CA
Join us at the 2006 edition of the MySQL Users Conference, the largest 
gathering of MySQL developers, users, and DBAs. It's the only event 
where you'll be able to join the core MySQL development team and over 
1000 users, open source innovators, and technology partners under one roof.

Use code "mys06dusg" when you register, and receive 15% off the early 
registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***The London Perl Mongers' JavaScript night - 
25 May, London
Now that Javascript rules the web (2.0) and AJAX isn't just for cleaning 
the loo, we've decided it's about time to have a whole evening dedicated 
to the little language that could, hence ...

The first ever London Javascript evening!

Presenting on the night (so far) are ...
	Simon Willison: Javascript taste testing
	Paul Hammond: Javascript idioms

... along with a set of lightning talks that are so exciting they are 
still in closed beta!

SANE 2006 - <http://www.sane.nl/sane2006/>
15 / 05 / 2006 at 09:00 Aula Congresscentre, Delft, The Netherlands
The SANE 2006 conference offers 3 days of training, followed by a 2-day 
conference program filled with the latest developments in system 
administration, network engineering, security and open source software, 
and practical approaches to the puzzles and problems you wrestle with.
Xtech - <http://xtech06.usefulinc.com/>
16 / 05 / 2006 at 09:00 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
XTech 2006 is the premier European conference for developers, 
informatidesigners and managers working with web and standards-based 
technologies. XTech brings together the worlds of web development, open 
source, semantic web and web standards.
The theme for 2006, "Building Web 2.0", recognises the key place of 
standards-based and open technology in enabling the next generation of 
web applications. Practitioners and leaders from all disciplines are 
invited to participate in presenting and discussing the technology and 
design issues behind the changing web.	

Guadec 2006 - <http://guadec.org/GUADEC2006>
June 24-30th, Vilanova i la Geltru, Catalonia, Spain
The 7th annual GNOME User and Developer European Conference (GUADEC) 
will bring developers, GNOME Foundation leaders, individuals, businesses 
and governments, as well as Free Software and Open Source software users 
together in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Catalonia - Spain).

WebTech 2006 - <http://wtconferences.com/2006/index.php>
June 30th - July 1st - Sofia, Bulgaria
The conference will focus on new technologies in web programming, open 
source and everything that stands for IT (Internet Technologies). During 
the two days event visitors will be acquainted with many aspects of 
these technologies and will be introduced to the future plans for 
development. Main themes are going to be programming languages as PHP, 
Perl, Python, the .Net technology and many more which you will be able 
to see in the schedule section


***Catux  reviewed -
		Ajax Hacks
		Head Rush Ajax

***Durham Computer Society reviewed -
		MySQL Stored Procedure Programming - 

***Udruzenje Linux Korisnika BiH - ULK reviewed
		PHP Hacks - <http://www.linux.org.ba/osvrti/index.php?l=21>
SQL Cookbook - <http://www.linux.org.ba/osvrti/index.php?l=22>

***Scottish ColdFusion User Group reviewed -
Head First HTML with CSS and XHTML - 

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