[Pdx-pm] New Books from O'Reilly

Josh Heumann perl-pm at joshheumann.com
Wed Nov 3 20:06:06 CST 2004

Here are the new books O'Reilly and friends are releasing this month.  If
you want to read and review one, let me know and I'll get us a copy.  It's
free and increases the group's library, so go for it.

There's a section at the bottom on conferences and such, too.

Reminder: if you have a book and haven't done a review (Mr. Keroes, Mr.
Hansen and Mr. Wheeler spring to mind), get up on it.

Book News
-Spam Kings
-The Cult of Mac
-Gaming Hacks
-Perl Core Language Little Black Book, 2nd Edition
-Wireless Hacking: Projects for Wi-Fi Enthusiasts
-DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio
-Game Console Hacking
-Steal This File Sharing Book
-How to Cheat at Managing Windows Small Business Server 2003
-Write Great Code
-Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# & VB.NET
-Nessus Network Auditing
-Cisco Routers for the Desperate
-Programming Ruby

***Spam Kings
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007329
The mounting onslaught of email pitches has some techno-pundits
declaring that spam is on the verge of destroying the Internet. In this
book, author and veteran investigative journalist Brian McWilliams
delivers a
compelling account of the cat-and-mouse game played by spam
entrepreneurs (including the notorious Davis Wolfgang Hawke, "Dr.
Fatburn," and Scott Richter) in search of easy fortunes and the
cyber-vigilantes who are trying to stop them.

Chapter 1, "Birth of a Spam King," is available online:

***The Cult of Mac
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1886411832
"The Cult of Mac" is an in-depth look at Mac users and their unique,
creative, and often humorous culture. Like fans of a football team or a
rock group, Macintosh fans have their own customs, with clearly defined
obsessions, rites, and passages. From people who get Mac tattoos and
haircuts, to those who furnish their apartments out of empty Mac boxes,
this book exposes all sides of Mac fanaticism, from the innocuous to the

***Gaming Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007140
It doesn't take long for an avid or just wickedly clever gamer to chaff
at the limitations of videogame software and hardware. If you want to go
far beyond the obvious, there's a tremendous amount of free fun you can
have by following the creative exploits of the gaming gurus. Gaming
Hacks is the indispensable guide to cool things gamers can do to create,
modify, and hack videogame hardware and software.

Five sample hacks are available online:

***Perl Core Language Little Black Book, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Paraglyph
ISBN: 1932111921
"Perl Core Language Little Black Book, Second Edition," provides
insightful tips and techniques for programming with Perl. Immediate
solutions are provided with field-tested examples to help programmers
and web developers quickly solve problems and exploit the power and
flexibility of Perl. This updated edition covers the current version of
Perl (5.8) as well as highlighting critical features of the upcoming 6.0

***Wireless Hacking: Projects for Wi-Fi Enthusiasts
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 193183637X
As the cost of wireless technology drops, the number of wi-fi users
continues to grow. Millions of people have discovered the joy and
delight of "cutting the cord." Many of those people are looking for ways
to take the next step and try out some of the cutting edge techniques
for building and deploying "homebrew" wi-fi networks, both large and
small. This book shows wi-fi enthusiasts and consumers of wi-fi LANs who
want to modify their wi-fi hardware how to build and deploy homebrew
wi-fi networks, both large and small.

***DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005881
This indispensable book gives you the tools and know-how to master DVD
Studio Pro 3. Oversized and in full color, it's a highly visual book
that's  ideal for Macintosh ProApps developers--those who use Final Cut
Pro 4  and Shake 3--as well as for prosumer and professional filmmakers
who wish to transfer their projects to DVDs. The book goes well beyond
the program's features list to demystify the entire process of DVD
design and authoring.

Chapter 5, "An International DVD Project," is available online:

***Game Console Hacking
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1931836310
"Game Console Hacking" is the first book on the market to show video
game enthusiasts (self-described hardware geeks) how to disassemble,
reconfigure, customize and re-purpose their Atari, Nintendo,
Playstation, and Xbox systems.

***Steal This File Sharing Book
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 159327050X
"Steal This File Sharing Book" peels back the mystery surrounding file
sharing networks such as Kazaa, Morpheus, and Usenet, and shows you how
they work and how to use them wisely. The book goes on to reveal the
dangers (viruses, spyware, lawsuits) of using file sharing networks and
tells you how to avoid those threats. It also includes coverage of the
ongoing battle between software, video, and music file sharers and the
industries that are trying to stop them.

***How to Cheat at Managing Windows Small Business Server 2003
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1932266801
If running a Windows Small Business Server 2003 network is just one of
your many job responsibilities, this book is for you. It applies the
tried and true "80/20" rule to this incredibly complex operating system,
providing you with exactly the information you need to install,
configure, and troubleshoot the W2K3 features most likely to ruin your
day (such as setting user permissions, restoring lost data, and sharing
hardware) without having to wade through material you don't need.

***Write Great Code
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1593270038
You'll hear that the secret to efficient, well written software is
learning assembly language programming. However, what you really need to
learn is machine organization, which will help you make wise choices
with respect to programming statements and data types when writing
software, no matter which language you use. This book teaches the
important concepts of machine organization in a language-independent
fashion, without the extra overhead of having to learn assembly

***Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# & VB.NET
Publisher: SitePoint
ISBN: 0957921861
Want to write dynamic, database-driven ASP.NET websites? Look no further
than this beginner's book which provides an excellent introduction to
databases,programming concepts, and more. Learn through practical
examples by creating and customizing an Intranet website, ecommerce
store, shopping cart with PayPal check out, and more. All you need to
get started is a Windows PC.

***Nessus Network Auditing
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1931836086
Nessus is the premier Open Source vulnerability assessment tool, and was
recently voted the "most popular" open source security tool of any kind.
This is the first book available on Nessus and it is written by the
world's premier Nessus developers led by the creator of Nessus, Renaud

***Cisco Routers for the Desperate
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1593270496
"Cisco Routers for the Desperate" is a brief, meaty introduction to
Cisco routers that will make a competent systems administrator
comfortable with the Cisco environment, teach them how to troubleshoot
problems, and take them through the basic tasks of router maintenance
and integration into an existing network. This compact book is designed
to be read once, and then left on top of the router until something

***Programming Ruby
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 0974514055
The famous Pickaxe book (so named for the tool on the cover) is the
definitive reference to the highly-regarded Ruby programming language.
Author Dave Thomas has expanded the new Second Edition with over 200
pages of new material and major enhancements from the original, covering
all the new and improved language features of Ruby 1.8 and standard
library modules.

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

***International PHP Conference, Frankfurt-Morfelden, Germany--
  November 9-10
We'll have our own stand and editor in attendance at this conference
that runs in tandem with MySQL ComCon.

***Niel M. Bornstein (".NET and XML"), XML 2004 Conference and
  Washington, DC--November 15-19
Niel presents a tutorial based on his book at this annual event.

***Peter Morville ("Information Architecture for the World Wide Web"),
  Information Architecture & Findability, Washington, DC--November 18
Peter leads a new full-day seminar on information architecture from top
to bottom, explaining how search and navigation systems can be designed
to support and shape user behavior.

***Bonnie Biafore ("Online Investing Hacks"), NAIC Puget Sound
  Investor Fair,  Bellevue, WA--November 19
Bonnie speaks at this National Association of Investors Corporation

Conference News
***Call for Participation: The MySQL Users Conference--
  Proposals are due by November 15
>From embedded solutions to web-commerce and critical business
applications, MySQL is everywhere--with more than five million active
installations worldwide. To introduce new users to MySQL and help
developers and IT professionals keep pace with the latest advancements,
MySQL AB has teamed up with O'Reilly Media, Inc. to co-present the third
annual MySQL Users Conference, scheduled for April 18-21, 2005, in Santa
Clara, CA.

For complete conference details visit:

Visit the submissions page for all the details on tracks and proposal
guidelines--this year's theme is "MySQL Everywhere." Proposals are due
no later than November 15, 2004.

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