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fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, January 14

More news from our friend Marsee.  Probably the big news here is the
publication of a new O'Reilly book on the Template Toolkit.  There's
also a link to a perl.com article by phl.pm founder Adam Turoff on the
state of Perl.


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From: Marsee Henon <marsee@oreilly.com>
To: waltman@pobox.com
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, January 14
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 17:06:06 -0800

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
January 14, 2004
Book News
-Security Warrior
-Perl Template Toolkit
-Learning Python, 2nd Edition
-Running Mac OS X Panther
-Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther
-Postfix: The Definitive Guide
-sendmail Cookbook
-Apple Confidential 2.0
-Degunking Windows 
-Windows Admin Scripting Little Black Book, Second Edition
Upcoming Events
-Sanjay Mishra (Mastering Oracle SQL), Dallas, TX--January 15
-O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, New York, NY--January 20-23, 2004  
-Digital Democracy Teach-In--February 9
-OSCON Survey: Participate to Win
-OSCON 2004: Call for Participation
-O'Reilly Partners with No Starch, Paraglyph, and Syngress 
-Quantum Dots and Programmable Matter
-Global Developer Survey
-The State of Perl 
-Brian Behlendorf: Open Source Luminary
-ONJava: 2003 in Review 
-Design Considerations for Microsoft Smartphone Applications
-New Data Controls in ASP.NET Whidbey
-Cooking with ADO.NET
-Dreamweaver MX 2004 for Mac OS X 
-Confident Apple for 2004 
-Control Your Mac with Your PDA
News From Your Peers
-Northwest Oracle Users Group Winter Conference and Seminars, Bellevue
WA--February 9-10
-The St. Louis Web Developers Organization and local chapter of the
IWA/HTML Writers Guild presents the 5th Annual Web Design Awards Ceremony,
St Louis, MO--February 17
Book News
Did you know you can request a free book to review for your
group? Ask your group leader for more information.

For book review writing tips and suggestions, go to:

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O'Reilly New Releases
***Security Warrior
ISBN: 0-596-00545-8
"Security Warrior" is based on the principle that the only way to defend
yourself is to understand your attacker in depth. "Security Warrior"
reveals how your systems can be attacked, covering everything from reverse
engineering to SQL attacks, and including topics like social engineering,
antiforensics, and common attacks against UNIX and Windows systems. This
book teaches you to know your enemy and how to be prepared to do battle. 

Chapter 2, "Windows Reverse Engineering," is available online:

***Perl Template Toolkit
ISBN: 0-596-00476-1
"Perl Template Toolkit" guides you through the entire process of
installing, configuring, using, and extending the Template Toolkit.
Written by core members of the technology's development team, the book
begins with a fast-paced but thorough tutorial on building web content
with the Template Toolkit, and then walks you through generating and using
data files, particularly with XML. The book also provides detailed
information on the Template Toolkit's modules, libraries, and tools, in
addition to a complete reference manual.

Chapter 2, "A Complete Web Site Using Template Toolkit," is available

***Learning Python, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 0-596-00281-5
"Learning Python, 2nd Edition" is a self-paced, comprehensive learning
tool that allows programmers to focus on the core Python language in
depth. Thoroughly updated, this guide introduces the basic elements of the
latest release of Python, Python 2.3, and covers new features such as list
comprehensions, nested scopes, and iterators/generators. The book also
includes fresh overviews of object-oriented programming and dynamic
typing, new discussions of program launch and configuration options, new
coverage of documentation sources, and much more.

Chapter 19, "OOP: The Big Picture," is available online:

***Running Mac OS X Panther
ISBN: 0-596-00500-8
"Running Mac OS X Panther" is the ultimate Swiss Army Knife for power
users who want to customize, rev up, and get the most out of their Macs.
The book takes readers deep inside Mac OS X's core, revealing the inner
workings of Panther. Learn where Mac OS X came from, how it's put
together, and how it works; get the tools you to need to examine how your
Mac is running and adjust all the knobs behind its operation; and learn
all the ways Mac OS X interfaces with the world around it.

***Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther
ISBN: 0-596-00617-9
"Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther" provides a user-friendly tour of the
Mac Unix base. You'll explore Terminal and familiarize yourself with the
command line, learning as you go about the power and flexibility of the
hundreds of Unix programs that come with your Mac. And if Unix isn't new
to you, you'll discover how it translates into this latest Mac
incarnation. Updated to cover Panther, this book will keep you current
with the latest features of your Mac.

Chapter 5, "Printing," is available online:

***Postfix: The Definitive Guide
"Postfix: The Definitive Guide" eases readers from the basic configuration
to the full power of Postfix. It discusses the interfaces to various tools
that round out a fully scalable and highly secure email system, tools
including POP, IMAP, LDAP, MySQL, Simple Authentication and Security Layer
(SASL), and Transport Layer Security (TLS, an upgrade of SSL). A reference
section for Postfix configuration parameters and an installation guide are
included. From compiling and installing Postfix to troubleshooting,
"Postfix: The Definitive Guide" gives you an all-in-one, comprehensive
tutorial and reference to this mail transfer agent.

***sendmail Cookbook
ISBN: 0-596-00471-0
"sendmail Cookbook" provides step-by-step solutions for administrators who
need to solve configuration problems fast. Each recipe outlines a
configuration problem, presents the code that solves that problem, and
explains the code in detail. The book provides lots of material that
doesn't get much coverage elsewhere: STARTTLS and AUTH are given entire
chapters, and LDAP is covered in recipes throughout the book. Don't wade
through dense documentation to work out custom solutions; just grab a
recipe and solve the problem.

Sample Chapter 2, "Delivery and Forwarding," is available online:

Publishing Partners New Releases
***Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most
Colorful Company
No Starch Press
ISBN: 1-59327-010-0
"Apple Confidential" examines the tumultuous history of America's
best-known Silicon Valley start-up--from its legendary founding almost 30
years ago, through a series of disastrous executive decisions, to its
return to profitability, and including Apple's recent move into the music
business. This updated and expanded edition is full of juicy quotes,
timelines, charts, and photos. 

***Degunking Windows
Paraglyph Press
ISBN: 1-932111-84-0
"Degunking Windows" 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.

***Windows Admin Scripting Little Black Book, Second Edition 
Paraglyph Press
ISBN: 1-932111-87-5
"Windows Admin Scripting Little Black Book, 2nd Edition," shows you how to
perform Windows XP and 2003 management and administrative tasks using
powerful scripts for just about every important task imaginable. It covers
ways to implement these scripts in an everyday environment automating
repetitive tasks, and features example scripts on every new topic you can
easily modify or combine to perform myriad tasks.

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

***Sanjay Mishra (Mastering Oracle SQL), Dallas, TX--January 15
Author Sanjay Mishra discusses "Oracle 10g: SQL New Features" at the next
For more info and locaton, go to:

***O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, New York, NY--January 20-23 
C'mon by our booth (#357) and get your mitts on our latest Linux and open
source titles. We'll also be showing off Safari Bookshelf, our online
reference library, and will have live presentations by O'Reilly authors.
Javits Center, New York, NY

Conference News
***Digital Democracy Teach-In--February 9
We've just added a Digital Democracy Teach-In to the O'Reilly Emerging
Technology Conference. It's a stand-alone, full-day session that explores
the Internet's impact on the political process. If you're interesting in
theintersection of technology, politics, and culture, you won't want to 
miss it.

Hear from the people who are defying conventional wisdom and changing the
rules of the game--the founders of MoveOn and MeetUp, Dean campaign
staffers, influential political bloggers, and grassroots advocates.
They'll explain how, as political outsiders with technology chops and an
urge to change the world, they've hacked the old guard's system. You'll
come away with a potent new Internet-based toolset for flexing your
political muscle.

To register, go to:
(Sorry, no user group discounts apply.)

For more information on the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, go

***OSCON Survey: Participate to Win
Help us refine our program for the 2004 O'Reilly Open Source Convention by
answering our OSCON survey. It'll take only five minutes, and
participation makes you eligible to win one of two free passes to OSCON.

To fill out the survey, go to:

For more information on the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, go to:

***OSCON 2004: Call for Participation
Individuals and companies interested in making presentations or giving
tutorials at next summer's O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland,
Oregon are invited to submit proposals. This year's theme is "Opening the
Future: Discover, Develop, Deliver.".Tracks of interest run the open
source gamut from Apache to XML, and we're also looking for proposals for
sessions that help attendees add open source to their companies. The
deadline for submitting proposals is February 9. 

To submit a proposal, go to:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***O'Reilly Partners with No Starch, Paraglyph, and Syngress
We're pleased to announce a collaboration between like-minded companies:
As of January 1, 2004, O'Reilly is the North American distributor for
three innovative small presses: No Starch Press, Paraglyph Press, and
Syngress Publishing. We'll be sending user groups information and review
copies for our new partners.

No Starch Press

Paraglyph Press

Syngress Publishing

***Quantum Dots and Programmable Matter 
Wil McCarthy introduces the concepts of programmable matter and the
quantum dot, a device capable of trapping electrons in a space so small it
forms artificial atoms that can be controlled in real time. If you'd like
to learn more about this "programmable matter," Wil plans to explore the
social and technological implications of quantum dots at O'Reilly's
upcoming Emerging Technology Conference.

***Global Developer Survey 
Software and application development have become a global endeavor. In
response, MediaLive and O'Reilly have launched a survey to profile
developers around the world, and we want you to be a part of it.
Participate in this first study of its kind for a chance to win $500 USD.

Open Source
***The State of Perl
A new year is a good time to take a look at the state Perl's in: its
weaknesses, strengths, and future directions. Adam Turoff takes a long
look at where Perl's going and why, and finds that Perl 6 doesn't have to
be the last great hope.

***Brian Behlendorf: Open Source Luminary
Writing for "The Mercury News," Dan Gillmor profiles some of Silicon
Valley's lesser-known business leaders and innovative technologists. Among
them is Brian Behlendorf, the man who brought us Apache and the Apache
Software Foundation, and the CTO of CollabNet.

***ONJava: 2003 in Review 
A look back at ONJava articles from 2003, summarizing the big topics and
major trends of the year in Java.

***Design Considerations for Microsoft Smartphone Applications 
Microsoft has recently announced support for the .NET CF in the new
SmartPhone 2003. Here are some things to keep in mind when developing .NET
CF SmartPhone applications:

***New Data Controls in ASP.NET Whidbey 
One of the design goals of the next release of ASP.NET, codenamed ASP.NET
Whidbey, is to reduce the amount of code you write for common tasks such
as data access. Wei-Meng Lee discusses two new controls that drastically
reduce the amount of code you typically need to write in ASP.NET.

***Cooking with ADO.NET
O'Reilly's recently released "ADO.NET Cookbook" contains over 150
solutions and best practices for everyday dilemmas. This week, we're
excerpting three recipes from the book that show how to asynchronously
update data in a database, how to protect login credentials during network
transmissions, and how to enforce a business rule with column

ADO.NET Cookbook
ISBN: 0-596-00439-7

***Dreamweaver MX 2004 for Mac OS X
Dreamweaver has always facilitated web design in the visual graphic art
tradition. It's also famous for its accurate HTML code and organic way of
letting users alternate between code and design view. Dreamweaver MX 2004
has some improvements that may tempt you to take another look at this
application for your work.

***Confident Apple for 2004 
You can have an entertaining, inspiring keynote without introducing the
next big thing. Apple and Steve Jobs did just that at Macworld SF '04, and
it bodes well for the year ahead.

***Control Your Mac with Your PDA 
You bought a Bluetooth Mac, and now you have a Bluetooth PDA, so there
must be something cool that the two can do together, right? There is, when
you add Salling Software's Clicker to the mix. Clicker lets your Bluetooth
devices (phones and PDAs) act as a remote control for your Mac. Dori
Smith, coauthor of "Mac OS X Unwired," walks you through the install and
use of Clicker, then looks at some examples of Clicker in action, using
PowerPoint and iPhoto.

Mac OS X Unwired

News From Your Peers
***Northwest Oracle Users Group Winter Conference and Seminars, Bellevue
WA--February 9-10
Five parallel session tracks and 25 sessions on Monday the 9th.
Two optional all-day seminars on Tuesday the 10th.
The conference takes place at the Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue WA
For more information, go to:

***The St. Louis Web Developers Organization and local chapter of the
IWA/HTML Writers Guild presents the 5th Annual Web Design Awards Ceremony,
St Louis, MO--February 17
The event will be held at the St. Louis Science Center beginning at 6:00pm
and is open to the public. Refreshments are provided and prizes will be
given to the top 3 web page winners in 7 categories.
For more information, go to:

Until next time--


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