[Wellington-pm] [Fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, July 22]

Grant McLean grant at mclean.net.nz
Sun Jul 24 13:59:52 PDT 2005

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> From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
> Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, July 22
> Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 17:38:44 -0700
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> O'Reilly News for User Group Members
> July 22, 2005
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> Book News
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> -Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook
> -Write Portable Code
> -Home Networking: The Missing Manual
> -Perl Best Practices
> -Talk Is Cheap
> -Switching to VoIP
> -Ending Spam
> -Swing Hacks
> -Word Annoyances
> -Advanced Perl Programming, Second Edition
> -MAKE Magazine Subscriptions Available
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> Upcoming Events
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> -Jeremy Zawodny ("High Performance MySQL"), Open Tech 2005, 
>  London, UK--July 23
> -UKUUG Linux 2005 Conference, University of Wales--August 4-7
> -O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, San Francisco, CA--August 8-11
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> Conference News
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> -Visit the 2005 O'Reilly Open Source Convention Exhibit Hall for Free
> -Register for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, 
>  Portland, OR--August 1-5
> -Registration is Open for EuroOSCON
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> News
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> -New Annoyances Central Site
> -O'Reilly Nominated for Lovemarks
> -Choosing the Best Star Atlases
> -Information Security with Colin Percival 
> -Calculating the True Price of Software
> -Learning Lab: Save 50% on the Open Source Programming 
>  Certificate Series
> -Building an OpenBSD Live CD 
> -The Virtual Referral: Mitigating Risk by Hiring Open Source
>   Developers 
> -PHP 5.1's Killer Features
> -David Pogue Photos from Mug Event
> -Programming with Spotlight
> -An Introduction to Tiger Terminal, Part 3 
> -How to End Wars Between Testers and Programmers
> -Unit Testing in .NET Projects
> -Making Internet Phone Calls Using Skype 
> -Taking JUnit Out of the Box
> -What Is Business Process Modeling?
> -What Is Podcasting?
> -Gary Garritan: A Personal Orchestra for Everyone
> -My Five Favorite Soft Synths
> -HOW TO Make Enhanced Podcasts
> -Phil Torrone on "Attack of the Show"
> -MAKE Volume 03 at the Press
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> Book News
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> ***Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596100922
> With this series of hands-on labs, you'll learn how Perl's test tools
> work and how to use them effectively. Once mastered, these lessons will
> help you ensure low-level code correctness, reduce software development
> cycle time, and ease maintenance burdens. You don't have to be a diehard
> Perl developer to use this book; you just have to want to do your job a
> little bit better.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perltestingadn/
> Chapter 4, "Distributing Your Tests (and Code)", is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perltestingadn/chapter/index.html
> ***Write Portable Code
> Publisher: No Starch
> ISBN: 1593270569
> This handy book contains the lessons, patterns, and knowledge for
> developing cross-platform software that programmers usually must acquire
> through sheer trial and error. Targeted at intermediate-to-advanced
> programmers, it is a valuable resource for designers of cross-platform
> software, programmers looking to extend their skills to additional
> platforms, and programmers faced with the tricky task of moving code
> from one platform to another.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1593270569/
> ***Home Networking: The Missing Manual
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 059600558X
> Using clear language, straightforward explanations, and a dash of humor,
> this Missing Manual shows you how to do everything you need to set up a
> home network. Including both Windows and Mac info, it will help you
> understand the difference between what you need to know to create and
> use your home network and what's best left to system administrators.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/homenettmm/
> Chapter 5, "Using the Network with Windows Computers," is available
> online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/homenettmm/chapter/index.html
> ***Perl Best Practices
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596001738
> This collection of 256 guidelines on the art of coding will help you
> write the best Perl code you possibly can. The guidelines cover code
> layout, naming conventions, choice of data and control structures,
> program decomposition, interface design and implementation, modularity,
> object orientation, error handling, testing, and debugging. Offering
> only guidelines that actually work, this book presents coherent and
> widely applicable suggestions based on real-world experience.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlbp/
> Chapter 9, "Subroutines," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlbp/chapter/index.html
> ***Talk Is Cheap
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596009607
> A straightforward, quick introduction to the ins and outs of using VoIP
> and other internet telephone options, this book details how to make the
> switch and what the tradeoffs will be. In addition, you will learn
> advanced techniques, including how to turn your Palm or Pocket PC into
> an internet phone and how to work with Wi-Fi phones and videophones.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/talk/
> Chapter 3, "Free Internet Phone Features That You're Paying For Now," is
> available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/talk/chapter/index.html
> ***Switching to VoIP
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596008686
> Based on real-world experience, this handy manual addresses the most
> common VoIP migration challenges. Learn how to build your own VoIP
> system, install it, and begin making calls. You'll also explore the
> strengths and weaknesses of circuit-switched and packet-switched
> networks, how VoIP systems impact network infrastructure, as well as
> solutions for common challenges involved with IP voice migrations. Ideal
> for IT managers, network engineers, and system administrators.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/switchingvoip/
> Chapter 14, "Traditional Apps on the Converged Network," is available
> online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/switchingvoip/chapter/index.html
> ***Ending Spam
> Publisher: No Starch
> ISBN: 1593270526
> This landmark title describes, in-depth, how statistical filtering is
> being used by next-generation spam filters to identify and filter spam,
> how spam filtering works, and how language classification and machine
> learning combine to produce remarkably accurate spam filters. Readers
> gain a complete understanding of the mathematical approaches used in
> today's spam filters, decoding, tokenization, the use of various
> algorithms, and the benefits of using open source solutions to end spam.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1593270526/
> ***Swing Hacks
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596009070
> Packed with programming lessons, this book will show you how to extend
> Swing's rich component set in advanced ways. The hacks touch upon the
> entire Swing gamut--tables, trees, sliders, spinners, progress bars,
> internal frames, and text components. You'll learn how to filter lists,
> power up trees and tables, add drag-and-drop support, and generally
> increase your competency with interface-building tools.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/swinghks/
> Sample Hack 89, "Fun with Keyboard Lights," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/swinghks/chapter/index.html
> ***Word Annoyances
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596009542
> This helpful book offers to-the-point solutions to your most vexing
> editing, formatting, printing, faxing, and scanning problems. It covers
> everything from installation and templates to tables, columns, and
> graphics. It also provides a gentle introduction to the power of macros
> so you can slay your annoyances by the truckload. The fixes will work
> with most versions of Word, including Word 2000, 2002 (XP), and 2003.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/wordannoyances/
> Chapter 3, "Text Entry and Editing," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/wordannoyances/chapter/index.html
> ***Advanced Perl Programming, Second Edition
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596004567
> O'Reilly's most high-level Perl tutorial to date, this book teaches you
> all the complex techniques for production-ready Perl programs. This
> completely updated guide clearly explains concepts such as
> introspection, overriding built-ins, extending Perl's object-oriented
> model, and testing your code for greater stability. Whatever your
> current level of Perl expertise, this book will help you push your
> skills to the next level.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/advperl2/
> Chapter 3, "Templating Tools," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/advperl2/chapter/index.html
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> Upcoming Events
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> ***For more events, please see:
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> ***Jeremy Zawodny ("High Performance MySQL"), Open Tech 2005, 
>  London, UK--July 23
> This event features "Yahoo Troublemaker" and author Jeremy Zawodny.
> O'Reilly will be there selling books.
> http://www.ukuug.org/events/opentech2005/
> ***UKUUG Linux 2005 Conference, University of Wales--August 4-7
> O'Reilly will be there selling books.
> http://www.ukuug.org/events/linux2005/
> ***O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, San Francisco, CA--August 8-11
> Stop by our booth to check out our latest Linux and open source titles.
> We'll also have info on some of our groovy new projects like Make,
> Safari, and SafariU.
> Moscone Center, Booth #818
> http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/live/12/events/12SFO05A
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> Conference News
> ================================================
> ***Visit the 2005 O'Reilly Open Source Convention Exhibit Hall for Free
> This year's OSCON Exhibit Hall is the largest in our seven-year history,
> and will feature a virtual "who's who" of open source companies. From
> exciting start-ups such as ActiveGrid, BlackDuck Software, LogicBlaze, 
> MarvelIT, Merchere, Palamida, SpikeSource, Sourcebeat, SourceLabs, and
> SugarCRM to industry giants like Apple Computer, Computer Associates,
> Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Novell, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo!, you'll
> find the latest software and hardware offerings for your enterprise,
> small or large. To register for your free exhibit hall pass, please
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> ***Register for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, 
>  Portland, OR--August 1-5
> OSCON 2005 explores three deep trends affecting open source: the
> commoditization of software, network-enabled collaboration, and software
> customizability. Join us at this essential gathering of open source
> leaders and practitioners of every persuasion to exchange ideas and push
> the boundaries of vital open source technologies. This year, we
> introduce the Open Source Business Review, along with a host of other
> exciting presentations and events.
> http://conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/
> Use code "os05grpusr" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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> ***Registration is Open for EuroOSCON
> Join developers, systems and network administrators, and IT managers at
> the very first O'Reilly European Open Source Convention in Amsterdam on
> October 17-20. EuroOSCON will explore the best and newest open source
> technologies, particularly for companies, governments, and nonprofits.
> EuroOSCON showcases the diversity in open source while maintaining a
> practical edge.
> http://conferences.oreilly.com/eurooscon/
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> News From O'Reilly & Beyond
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> General News
> ---------------------
> ***New Annoyances Central Site
> O'Reilly has just launched the new Annoyances Central weblog site,
> focused on topics and issues from the Annoyances Series books. Check out
> the Daily Fix, the Experts' Blog, and Robert's Rant for the most
> annoying annoyances--and their fixes, of course. You can even subscribe
> to the RSS feed and have piping-hot annoyances delivered straight 
> to you.
> http://www.annoyancescentral.com/
> ***O'Reilly Nominated for Lovemarks
> The creators of Lovemarks wondered what makes some brands wildly
> inspirational and came up with Lovemarks, a celebration of respect and
> loyalty. "Take a brand away and people will find a replacement. Take a
> Lovemark away and people will protest its absence." Folks can nominate
> brands that inspire "loyalty beyond reason," and we're thrilled to be in
> the mix. Show your love!
> http://www.lovemarks.com/lm/read.php?LID=2603
> ***Choosing the Best Star Atlases
> Whether you're an observer of deep-sky objects with your 20-inch
> Dobsonian reflector, or an amateur astronomer enjoying a simple night of
> stargazing with your binoculars, it's helpful to know which star atlases
> best suit your needs. Avid astronomers Robert and Barbara Thompson
> describe the atlases they use and their reasons for choosing them.
> Robert and Barbara are the authors of Astronomy Hacks.
> http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/07/18/staratlases.html
> ***Information Security with Colin Percival 
> The recent disclosure of side-channel techniques to retrieve
> cryptographic secrets on hyperthreading machines caused stirs in
> security and operating system development communities. Colin Percival, a
> FreeBSD security officer, reported the vulnerability and weathered the
> questions and criticisms. Michael W. Lucas recently interviewed him on
> this vulnerability, vendors' responses, and security research.
> http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/bsd/2005/07/21/Big_Scary_Daemons.html
> ---------------------
> Open Source
> ---------------------
> ***Calculating the True Price of Software 
> Businesses have long viewed support and maintenance as essential
> components of software. Open source business models often focus on
> charging for support and customization. Is there an economic model that
> can demonstrate the true worth of a piece of software and the option for
> support, maintenance, and upgrades? Robert Lefkowitz argues that open
> source exposes the true value of software itself as, essentially, worth
> less in comparison to support and maintenance.
> http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2005/07/21/software_pricing.html
> ***Learning Lab: Save 50% on the Open Source Programming Certificate
>  Series
> Our Open Source Programming Certificate Series will teach you the core
> technical skills necessary to fully understand programming using Linux
> or Unix operating systems, languages, libraries, and databases.
> Completion of this series also earns you a Certificate of Professional
> Development through the University of Illinois Office of Continuing
> Education.  For two weeks only, save 50% on all Open Source Programing
> Certificate Series classes. Offer ends July 31st.
> http://www.oreilly.com/redirector.csp?link=UAOSP&type=news
> ***Building an OpenBSD Live CD 
> Linux isn't the only operating system that boots and runs off a CD.
> OpenBSD does as well. Kevin Lo uses his for didactic purposes, but this
> is a good example for taking your desktop or firewall along with you.
> Here's how to build and customize an OpenBSD installation on a CD.
> ***The Virtual Referral: Mitigating Risk by Hiring Open Source
>  Developers 
> Hiring a new employee is almost always a risk, and hiring the wrong
> employee can prove a costly mistake for managers. Brian Fitzpatrick
> suggests you hire an open source programmer. Find out why doing so
> mitigates the risks involved in hiring. Meet Brian at O'Reilly's Open
> Source Convention, where he'll be leading a Subversion tutorial and a
> session on switching from CVS to Subversion. 
> http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2005/07/14/osdevelopers.html
> ***PHP 5.1's Killer Features
> Learn about PHP Data Objects, perhaps the greatest new feature in 
> PHP 5.1.
> http://www.sitepoint.com/blog-post-view.php?id=274359
> ---------------------
> Mac
> ---------------------
> ***David Pogue Photos from our recent MUG event at the Stanford Linear
> Accelerator Center:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/16228484@N00/sets/625100/
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdn2/sets/625173/
> (Special Thanks to Don Nelson of DVMUG for sending these along.)
> ***Programming with Spotlight
> The API for Spotlight offers highly advanced search capabilities. In
> fact, you can develop some of the very features of Tiger we've already
> grown to love using Spotlight's API. In this piece, Matthew Russell will
> ease you into Spotlight programming from a Cocoa dev perspective,
> showing you how to make your applications Spotlight enabled
> http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/07/12/spotlight.html
> ***An Introduction to Tiger Terminal, Part 3 
> In Part 3 of this Tiger Terminal introduction, you'll learn some helpful
> commands that you can use to view information about your network,
> including netstat, nslookup, traceroute, and more.
> http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/07/05/terminal3.html
> ***How to End Wars Between Testers and Programmers 
> There's a natural conflict between testers and programmers because of
> the difference in perspective each role has. The best way to end
> struggles is to redefine the goals of the work so that their roles can
> be collaborative, not adversarial. In this article, Scott Berkun draws
> upon his years of project-leading experience to provide some inside tips
> for managing your development team. Scott is the author of The Art of
> Project Management.
> http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/07/08/dev_team.html
> ---------------------
> Windows/.NET
> ---------------------
> ***Unit Testing in .NET Projects 
> Now is a pretty exciting time for unit testing in .NET. Tremendous
> progress is being made on several fronts: IDE integration, process
> integration, and new test fixtures. Jay Flowers and Andrew Stopford
> explain how to use Visual Studio's new integrated unit testing, as well
> as the NUnit and MbUnit testing frameworks.
> http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2005/07/18/unittesting_2005.html
> ***Making Internet Phone Calls Using Skype 
> Skype lets you use the internet to make phone calls to other Skype users
> and also to regular telephones. Wei-Meng Lee shows you how to set it up
> and start talking.
> http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/07/19/skype.html
> ---------------------
> Java
> ---------------------
> ***Taking JUnit Out of the Box 
> JUnit is practically ubiquitous among Java developers as a way to test
> code, but it's somewhat limited by the fact that it's only meant to run
> in one JVM on one box, hampering its usefulness when developing
> distributed applications. In this article, Amir Shevat shows how the
> open source JUnit extension Pisces helps JUnit overcome this limitation.
> http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2005/07/13/pisces.html
> ***What Is Business Process Modeling? 
> Business Process Modeling (BPM) is a set of technologies and standards
> for the design, execution, administration, and monitoring of business
> processes. In this article, Mike Havey, author of Essential Business
> Process Modeling, briefly describes the state of BPM today and the BPM
> standards, then builds an ideal BPM architecture using the example of a
> retailer process. 
> http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2005/07/20/businessprocessmodeling.
> html
> ---------------------
> Digital Media
> ---------------------
> ***What Is Podcasting?
> So, you're ready to hop on the podcasting bandwagon, but you're not sure
> how to get started? This article by Phillip Torrone briefly describes
> what podcasting is and the software you'll need, then takes you right to
> the fun with a comprehensive step-by-step guide to podcast production.
> >From recording to editing to publishing and syndicating your podcasts,
> Phillip covers everything you need to know to serve up your first
> podcasts.
> http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2005/07/20/WhatIsPodcasting.html
> ***Gary Garritan: A Personal Orchestra for Everyone
> Producer Gary Garritan has made it his mission to put a high-quality
> digital orchestra in your hands--along with extensive free training. 
> Hear how composers have seized the opportunity.
> http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2005/07/20/garritan.html
> ***My Five Favorite Soft Synths
> Looking for sonic inspiration? Synthesizer guru Jim Aikin reveals his
> top five virtual instruments, explains why they're great, and shares
> custom MP3 examples.
> http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2005/07/13/topsynths.html
> ---------------------
> ---------------------
> ***HOW TO make Enhanced Podcasts (Images, Links, and More with Audio)
> Apple's new iTunes 4.9 allows you to view (and listen to) "enhanced
> podcasts." These are audio files that can have slideshows, URLs and some
> cool features we have discovered. Here's how to get, make and all you
> need to know about enhanced podcasts! As a bonus, MAKE has put together
> some fun ideas they think many might use.
> http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2005/07/how_to_make_enh.html#more
> ***Phil Torrone on "Attack of the Show"
> Here's the video of MAKE's Associate Editor Phillip Torrone on G4TV's
> Attack of the Show. The show aired on Friday, July 15. He showed off
> some user submitted projects, hacks, mods, and blew up stuff with a high
> powered green laser.
> http://downloads.oreilly.com/make/g4tv.mov
> ***MAKE Volume 03 at the Press
> The third volume of MAKE magazine is at the press, and we have the
> Flickr photo stream to prove it. Our designers signed off on the final
> cover and raved that this is the hottest volume yet. Don't be left 
> coveting thy neighbor's MAKE, and subscribe now!
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirk22/sets/612189/
> ***For more information on MAKE, go to:
> http://www.makezine.com/
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> Until next time--
> Marsee Henon
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