[Wellington-pm] [Fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, April 28]

Grant McLean grant at mclean.net.nz
Mon May 2 16:07:36 PDT 2005

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> From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
> To: perlmongers at catalyst.net.nz
> Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, April 28
> Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 14:43:44 -0700
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> O'Reilly News for User Group Members
> April 28, 2005
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> Book News
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> -Ant: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
> -Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds
> -Data Crunching
> -Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom
> -Degunking Microsoft Office
> -Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One
> -Spring: A Developer's Notebook
> -Degunking Your Personal Finances
> -Network Security Tools
> -MAKE Subscriptions Available
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> Upcoming Events
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> -BSDCan 2005, Ontario, Canada--May 12-14
> -David Sklar Classes at Big Nerd Ranch, Atlanta, GA--May 16-20
> -Colin Moock's ActionScript Boot Camp, Los Angeles, CA--May 16-17
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> Conference News
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> -Where 2.0 Conference Registration Open, San Francisco, CA--June 29-30
> -EuroOSCON Call for Papers Now Open, 
>   Amsterdam, The Netherlands--October 17-20
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> News
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> -O'Reilly Radar Blog Launched
> -Mapping Hacks Safari Exclusive
> -Wired, MAKE, And MacGyver
> -Revitalizing the Pay-Per-Call System
> -The State of the Dolphin at the MySQL Users Conference 2005
> -PHP 5 on Mac OS X
> -Trust and Zeal in Open Source Advocacy
> -Housecleaning Tips for Tiger
> -Mac Mini Eye for the Linux-Windows Guy
> -Protect Yourself from WiFi Snoops
> -XML DataSource Controls in .NET 2.0
> -Five Favorite Features from 5.0
> -Adding Custom Buttons to Internet Explorer
> -Make Your Own Music Software with Pure Data
> -Johnny “Juice†Rosado: Digital Public Enemy
> -Panoramas Made Easy
> -The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks, & Hacks
> -The Future: HTML or XHTML?
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> Book News
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> New Releases
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> ***Ant: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596006098
> A must-have for Java developers, this second edition has been reworked,
> revised, and expanded upon to reflect Ant's evolution. It documents the
> new ways that Ant is being applied, as well as the array of optional tasks
> that Ant supports. In fact, this new edition covers everything about this
> extraordinary build management tool from downloading and installing, to
> using Ant to build web applications, to using Ant to test code. 
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/anttdg2/
> Chapter 6, "Getting Source Code from CVS Repositories," is available:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/anttdg2/chapter/index.html
> ***Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 059600754X
> This detailed, step-by-step guide provides both home and business users
> with a hassle-free way to investigate Linux before purchasing and
> installing a complete Linux distribution. Quickly learn how to use Linux
> to perform your most common tasks without changing, installing, or
> configuring a thing on your computer. This release comes with Move, a CD
> that allows Windows users to try all the features of Mandrake Linux
> without the hassle of actually installing Linux. 
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/tdlinux/
> Chapter 7, "Edit Digital Images," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/tdlinux/chapter/index.html
> ***Data Crunching
> Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
> ISBN: 0974514071
> This book describes the most useful data crunching techniques, explains
> when you should use them, and shows how they will make your life easier.
> Along the way, it will introduce you to some handy, but under-used,
> features of Java, Python, and other languages. It will also show you how
> to test data crunching programs, and how data crunching fits into the
> larger software development picture.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/0974514071/
> ***Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596008813
> This step-by-step guide offers bloggers, web developers, and programmers
> an understanding of content syndication and the technologies that make it
> possible. It highlights all the new features of RSS 2.0, and offers
> complete coverage of its rival technology, Atom. If you're interested in
> producing your own content feed, this is the one book you'll want in
> hand.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/deveoprssatom/
> Chapter 4, "RSS 2.0," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/deveoprssatom/chapter/index.html
> ***Degunking Microsoft Office
> Publisher: Paraglyph Press
> ISBN: 1932111956
> "Degunking Microsoft Office" covers the basics to help you quickly get
> your PC back to top performance. The book is organized according to
> special "cleaning" processes that will improve the performance of your
> computer. Shortcut and time calculation charts are provided at the
> beginning of the book to help you determine how much time is required to
> perform different degunking tasks from small to large.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1932111956/index.html
> ***Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596008449
> "Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One" is a complete training
> system on how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements software to edit and
> optimize images. Written in conversational style and packed with
> full-color photos, this book contains 12 step-by-step lessons on
> real-world tasks, along with two hours of video tutorials on CD. You’ll
> also learn about photography and graphic theory, best practices, and tips
> for avoiding problems. Both image-editing novices and those already
> familiar with using Photoshop Elements will benefit from this book.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/photoele3/
> ***Spring: A Developer's Notebook
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596009100
> This no-nonsense book quickly gets you up to speed on the new Spring open
> source framework. Favoring examples and practical application over theory,
> "Spring: A Developer's Notebook" features ten code-intensive labs that
> will force you to hone your skills by working through multiple
> instructional examples. In the end, you'll understand how to produce
> simple, clean, and effective applications. 
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/springadn/
> Chapter 6, "Services and AOP," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/springadn/chapter/index.html
> ***Degunking Your Personal Finances 
> Publisher: Paraglyph Press
> ISBN: 1933097027
> You don't have to win the lottery to improve your financial status.
> "Degunking Your Personal Finances" will give you a simple, proven, 12-step
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> you create a workable and enjoyable lifestyle, and get you to organize
> your finances, save money, and really put your money to work for you.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1933097027/index.html
> ***Network Security Tools
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596007949
> "Network Security Tools" accessibly shows experienced administrators how
> to modify, customize, and extend popular open source security tools such
> as Nikto, Ettercap, and Nessus. This concise, high-end guide discusses the
> common customizations and extensions for these tools, then shows you how
> to write even more specialized attack and penetration reviews that are
> suited to your unique network environment. It also explains how tools like
> port scanners, packet injectors, network sniffers, and web assessment
> tools function.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/networkst/
> ***MAKE Subscriptions Available
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> Upcoming Events
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> ***For more events, please see:
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> ***BSDCan 2005, Ontario, Canada--May 12-14
> Dru Lavigne ("BSD Hacks"), Greg Lehey ("The Complete FreeBSD, 4th Ed."),
> and No Starch's Michael W. Lucas ("Cisco Routers for the Desperate") will
> be among the speakers this year.
> http://www.bsdcan.org/2005/
> ***David Sklar Classes at Big Nerd Ranch, Atlanta, GA--May 16-20
> Author David Sklar ("PHP Cookbook") leads PHP5 Bootcamp, an intensive
> five-day course designed for system administrators, webmasters, and web
> application developers, for Big Nerd Ranch.
> http://www.bignerdranch.com/classes/php5.shtml
> ***Colin Moock's ActionScript Boot Camp, Los Angeles, CA--May 16-17
> Join author Colin Moock ("Essential ActionScript 2.0") for this
> ActionScript Boot Camp, a crash course on the fundamentals of ActionScript
> programming in Flash MX 2004. Topics covered include a beginner's
> introduction to Flash programming, an introduction to object-oriented
> programming, and an introduction to Flash application architecture and
> design patterns.
> http://www.fitc.ca/bootcamp/
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> Conference News
> ================================================
> ***Where 2.0 Conference Registration Open, 
>   San Francisco, CA--June 29-30
> Join us at the first O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference. Location-based
> services and mapping are becoming mainstream technologies. Meanwhile,
> innovative new software makes it possible to apply the wealth of new data
> to old business problems. Come explore the emerging consumer and
> enterprise ecosystems around location-aware technologies that increasingly
> impact the way we work and play.
> For more information, go to:http://conferences.oreilly.com/where/
> User Group members who register before May 31, 2005 get a double
> discount. Use code "WHEREUG" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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> To register for the conference, go to:
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> ***EuroOSCON Call for Papers Now Open, 
>   Amsterdam, The Netherlands--October 17-20
> EuroOSCON 2005, to be held October 17-20 in Amsterdam, will explore the
> best and newest open source technologies, with a focus on what's
> particularly useful to companies, governments, and non-profits. Session
> and tutorial proposals are due by midnight, May 23rd. We're interested in
> all aspects of building applications, services, and systems that utilize
> the new capabilities of the open source platform.
> http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/eurooscon/create/e_sess
> Submit your proposal:
> http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/eurooscon/create/e_sess#form
> ================================================
> News From O'Reilly & Beyond
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> General News
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> ***O'Reilly Radar Blog Launched
> O'Reilly is constantly watching the horizon for emerging technologies and
> trends sure to affect you and your business. Featuring links, articles,
> and blog entries posted by Tim O'Reilly, Rael Dornfest, Marc Hedlund, and
> Nathan Torkington, the group weblog offers a window into the O'Reilly
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> ***"Mapping Hacks" Safari Exclusive
> "Mapping Hacks," a collection of one hundred simple techniques for digital
> mapmaking, is scheduled for a June release, but your advance purchase
> gives you full access to the book's content right now. "Mapping Hacks" is
> currently available as a Safari Exclusive, meaning only subscribers to
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> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mappinghks/
> ***Wired, MAKE, And MacGyver
> The evolution of the geek mag.
> http://www.mediabistro.com/articles/cache/a4255.asp
> ***Revitalizing the Pay-Per-Call System 
> The 900 number, long associated with porn and psychics, is a technology
> that was ahead of its time. Despite its reputation, pay-per-call service
> is a proven and practical way to collect micropayments and create a
> competitive marketplace for information services. Brian McConnell suggests
> that third-party wireless providers use pay-per-call as a means to build
> and profit from voice and data services.
> http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/04/18/900numbers.html
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> Open Source
> ---------------------
> ***The State of the Dolphin at the MySQL Users Conference 2005 
> Daniel Steinberg's report from the 2005 MySQL Users Conference covers
> David Axmark and Michael Widenius' "State of the Dolphin" keynote and
> Michael Tiemann's keynote.
> http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2005/04/20/dolphinatmySQL.html
> For all the announcements, press coverage, blogs, and photos from the
> MySQL Conference, check out our Conference Coverage page:
> http://www.onlamp.com/mysqluc2005/
> ***PHP 5 on Mac OS X
> Blane Warren discusses writing PHP 5 on Mac OS X systems--the tools, the
> software, and the utilities available to web developers.
> http://www.sitepoint.com/blog-post-view.php?id=257605
> ***Trust and Zeal in Open Source Advocacy 
> Advocacy is critical to the spread of open source and free software. Good
> advocates build trust in their audiences, explaining how, and if, F/OSS
> can help them solve their problems. Jono Bacon explains how to build trust
> and avoid overzealous advocacy.
> http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2005/04/21/advocacy.html
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> Mac
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> ***Housecleaning Tips for Tiger 
> Is your Mac ready for a smooth transition to Tiger? Maybe you're in need
> of a spring housecleaning anyway. Check out these tidy tips from Derrick
> Story, then roll out the red carpet for Mac OS X 10.4.
> http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/04/26/tiger.html
> ***Mac Mini Eye for the Linux-Windows Guy 
> Todd had no intention of giving up his Linux and Windows boxes to become a
> "Mac switcher." But he had heard good things about OS X, so the Mac mini
> presented the opportunity for him to become a Mac-tryer. He details his
> experiences here.
> http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/04/19/mac_mini.html
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> Windows/.NET
> ---------------------
> ***Protect Yourself from WiFi Snoops 
> You needn't be at the mercy of WiFi snoops. There's a lot you can do to
> protect your home or business network, without spending a lot of time or
> even any money. Preston Gralla, author of "Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition,"
> shows you how with step-by-step guides to hiding your network SSID,
> filtering out MAC addresses, and using encryption.
> http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/04/19/WiFiHacks.html
> ***XML DataSource Controls in .NET 2.0 
> With .NET 2.0's XML DataSource control, you can bind to an XML document
> just as easily as you bind to tables in a database. If the XML document
> you load is hierarchical, the data is exposed hierarchically, which makes
> it ideal for mapping an XML document to a TreeView control. Jesse Liberty
> explains how the XML DataSource works in ASP.NET.
> http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2005/04/18/liberty.html
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> Java
> ---------------------
> ***Five Favorite Features from 5.0
> David Flanagan reviews five of his favorite new Java 5.0 features: the
> Callable and Future interfaces, new APIs for varargs and autoboxing, new
> ability interfaces, the @Override annotation, and MatchResult. Read to the
> end, where David reveals a bonus sixth feature, a new language syntax
> supported by Java 5.0 but known to very few. David is the author of "Java
> in a Nutshell, 5th Edition."
> http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2005/04/20/javaIAN5.html
> ***Adding Custom Buttons to Internet Explorer 
> Have you ever wanted to extend the Internet Explorer toolbar by adding
> your own buttons? It's not that tough to do. Mitch Tulloch, author of
> "Windows Server Hacks," walks you through it in a few easy steps.
> http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/04/26/ie_buttons.html
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> Digital Media
> ---------------------
> ***Make Your Own Music Software with Pure Data
> With Pd (Pure Data), the graphical music toolkit for Windows, Linux, and
> Mac, you can wire up custom music programs no commercial software can
> duplicate--for free. Generate and process complex streams of MIDI and
> audio for live performance, build your own software synthesizer and
> effects, and even process video. Here's how to get started.
> http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2005/04/27/pd.html
> ***Johnny “Juice†Rosado: Digital Public Enemy
> Chuck D’s right-hand man explains the high-tech (and surprisingly
> low-tech) secrets behind the Public Enemy sound, then shares a track from
> the group’s upcoming album.
> http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2005/04/20/juice.html
> ***Panoramas Made Easy
> Alex reviews some groundbreaking new software that any web designer or
> digital camera enthusiast will find extremely useful in stitching together
> panoramas.
> http://www.sitepoint.com/blog-post-view.php?id=254954
> ---------------------
> Web
> ---------------------
> ***The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks, & Hacks
> "The CSS Anthology" from SitePoint offers a problem/solution format
> designed to help make your site easier to maintain and faster to load with
> CSS. If you've been working with images in CSS, you've probably looked for
> answers to questions like "How do I position my background image?" or "How
> do I set background images for other elements?" You'll find solutions to
> these image-related CSS problems in this sample excerpt from the book:
> Chapter 3, "CSS and Images."
> http://www.sitepoint.com/article/css-anthology-tips-tricks-3
> ***The Future: HTML or XHTML?
> Lachlan Hunt attempts to answer a crucial question about the future of the
> Web: does that future lie with HTML or XHTML?
> http://www.sitepoint.com/article/future-html-xhtml
> ================================================
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> Marsee Henon
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