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From: Marsee Henon <marsee@oreilly.com>
To: waltman@pobox.com
Subject: Newsletter From O'Reilly UG Program, June 10
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 17:40:41 -0700

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
June 10, 2004
Book News
-XML Publishing with AxKit
-Better, Faster, Lighter Java
-Degunking Your Mac
-Office 2003 XML
-Inside .Mac
-BSD Hacks
Upcoming Events
-Bonnie Biafore ("Online Investing Hacks,") NAIC Compufest 2004, St.
Louis, MO--June 17-20
-Derrick Story ("Digital Photography Hacks," "Digital Photography Pocket
Guide, 2nd Ed.")and Ken Milburn ("Digital Photography: Expert 
Techniques"), NBMA-SFDIG Digital Photo Expo, Mil Valley, CA--June 19
-Tim O'Reilly, eBay Developers Conference, New Orleans, LA--June 23-24
Conference News
-Attending OSCON? Don't Forget to Sign up for the Tutorials!
-O'Reilly Open Source Convention Early Bird Discount--Ends June 18
-Visit with O'Reilly Editors at 2004 USENIX Annual Tech Boston, MA--June
27-July 2
-An Interview with Derrick Story (Digital Photo Hacker at Large)
-Paul Graham on Hacking
-A Survey of DVD Recording Formats
-Free Exhibit Hall Pass for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, 
San Francisco, CA
-How We Wrote "BSD Hacks"
-Inside Mitch Kapor's World
-Building a Linux Media PC
-Basic Guide to Enterprise Application Distribution
-Inside Contextual Menu Items
-Troubleshooting Stop Errors
-SnagIt: The Ultimate Screen Capture Program
-Improving JSF by Dumping JSP
-SMS-Powered Applications
-What's New in Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition?
-C# Iterators
News From Your Peers
-Are you Annoyed?
Book News
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New Releases
***XML Publishing with AxKit
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596002165
"XML Publishing with AxKit" presents web programmers with the knowledge
they need to master AxKit, a mod_perl- and Apache-based XML content
delivery solution. This book provides detailed information on installing,
configuring, and deploying AxKit effectively, and it features a thorough
introduction to XSP, which applies the concepts of Server Pages
technologies to the XML world. The book also covers integrating AxKit with
tools such as Template Toolkit, Apache:: Mason, Apache::ASP, and plain
CGI, and it contains reference sections on configuration directives,
XpathScript, and XSP. 

Chapter 3, "Your First XML Web Site," is available online:

***Better, Faster, Lighter Java
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006764
In this latest O'Reilly Java book, the authors argue that the old
heavyweight architectures, such as WebLogic, JBoss, and WebSphere, are
unwieldy, complicated, and contribute to slow and buggy application code.
As an alternative means for building applications, the authors present two
"lightweight" open source architectures, Hibernate and Spring, that can
help you create enterprise applications that are easier to maintain,
write, and debug, and are ultimately much faster.

The Preface, Chapter 3, "Do One Thing, and Do It Well," and Chapter 10,
"Extending jPetStore," are available online:

***Degunking Your Mac 
Publisher: Paraglyph Press
ISBN: 1932111948
For optimum performance of any operating system, you need to maintain your
computer. And just as cars need regular maintenance, so do Macs. Periodic
cleaning of the hard drive, file maintenance, application maintenance, and
email maintenance must be done. This is the first book to provide easy,
step-by-step information on how to get rid of annoying clutter that can
gunk up Macs.

***Office 2003 XML
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005385
"Office 2003 XML" explores the relationship between XML and Office 2003,
examining how the Office suite of products both produce and consume XML.
Developers will learn how to connect Office to others systems, while power
users will learn to create and analyze XML documents using familiar Office
tools. Beginning with an overview of the XML features included in the
Office 2003 components, this book provides quick and clear guidance to
anyone who needs to import or export information from Office documents
into other systems. 

Chapter 2, "The WordprocessingML Vocabulary," is available online:

***Inside .Mac
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005016
This handy, quick reference offers a clear overview of the entire .Mac
package and many of its not-so-obvious features. You'll learn how to set
up and manage your account quickly and without fuss. Each .Mac service is
discussed in an objective, no-frills fashion that'll show you how to
use--and what to expect from--iDisk, web mail, your personal web site, and
everything else that .Mac offers. 

Chapter 5, "Using Virex," is available free online:

***BSD Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006799
Looking for a unique set of practical tips, tricks, and tools for
administrators and power users of BSD systems? From hacks on customizing
the user environment to networking, securing the system, and optimization,
"BSD Hacks" takes a creative approach to saving time and accomplishing
more with fewer resources. If you want more than the average BSD user--to
explore and experiment, unearth shortcuts, create useful tools--this book
is a must-have.

Five Sample Hacks are available online:

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

***Bonnie Biafore ("Online Investing Hacks,") NAIC Compufest 2004, St.
Louis, MO--June 17-20
Bonnie speaks at the NAIC Compufest conference, an event focusing on
computerized investing. Adam Mark Hotel, St. Louis, MO

***Derrick Story ("Digital Photography Hacks," "Digital Photography Pocket
Guide, 2nd Ed.")and Ken Milburn ("Digital Photography: Expert Techniques"),
NBMA-SFDIG Digital Photo Expo, Mil Valley, CA--June 19
North Bay Multimedia Association,  in collaboration with the San Francisco
Digital Imaging Group, is presenting a day devoted to digital photography.
O'Reilly will be one of the vendors on hand.
12-5 pm, Saturday, June 19
Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley, CA
Free to NBMA & SFDIG members; $15 for non-members; $10 for students with
valid ID.

***Tim O'Reilly, eBay Developers Conference, New Orleans, LA--June 23-24
Tim presents the opening keynote at this annual event for eBay and PayPal
developers. Tim and eBay founder and chairman Pierre Omidyar will also sit
down for a "fireside chat" Q&A session during the conference. 
New Orleans,LA

Conference News
***Attending OSCON? Don't Forget to Sign up for the Tutorials!
Check out:
David Sklar's "Learning PHP"

A. Elein Mustain's "Introduction to PostgreSQL"

Greg Sabino Mullane's "How to Play Together Nicely: Strategies for DBAs
and Application Developers"

"Geoffrey Young's "Programming the Apache Lifecycle"

For the complete list of tutorials, go to:

***O'Reilly Open Source Convention Early Bird Discount--Ends June 18
User Group members who register before June 18, 2004 get a double
discount. Use code DSUG when you register, and you'll get 20% off the
"Early Bird" price.

To register, go to:

O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Portland Marriott Downtown
Portland, OR
July 26-30, 2004

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Visit with O'Reilly Editors at 2004 USENIX Annual Tech,
Boston, MA--June 27-July 2
Come visit O'Reilly in the Partner Publisher Suite June 28-30. This
conference includes: 6 days of training; renowned plenary speakers every
morning; technical sessions every day; daily SIG sessions; and General and
Freenix/Open Source refereed papers. Free exhibit & BOF registration
available online. The early registration discount has been extended to
June 14th. The conference runs June 27-July 2 in Boston, MA.

***An Interview with Derrick Story (Digital Photo Hacker at Large) 
Over the years, photography and the technology behind it have provided
plenty of material for creative thinkers, making it a natural fit for the
hacker spirit. In this interview with Derrick Story, O'Reilly's resident
photo hacker, he talks about the direction of digital imaging, what makes
it cool, and new ways that you can push the limits of your photography.

***Paul Graham on Hacking
Paul Graham is a hacker, painter, and essayist known as much for his
thoughtful writings on spam, hacking, and Lisp as for creating the Arc
programming language. In this interview with the O'Reilly Network, Paul
discusses hacking, creativity, computer science education, and language
design. Paul is the author of a just-released collection of his essays,
"Hackers & Painters."

***A Survey of DVD Recording Formats
Wei-Meng Lee writes of his quest for the right DVD writer to buy. After
surveying the various DVD recording formats (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R,
DVD-RAM, and DVD-RW DL), as well as some of the DVD writers currently
available on the market, Wei-Meng offers his recommendations. 

Open Source
***Free Exhibit Hall Pass for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, San Francisco,
CA--August 3-5
Register online by July 2, 2004 with PRIORITY CODE: B0601 to receive your
free Exhibit Hall pass.

To register, go to:

***How We Wrote "BSD Hacks"
Most technical book authors seem to use Microsoft Word to write their
books, but what if you wanted to use open source tools to write and edit
your book? chromatic writes about how he and author Dru Lavigne used
PseudoPOD and Subversion to collaborate, write, edit, and produce
O'Reilly's latest Hacks book offering, "BSD Hacks."

***Inside Mitch Kapor's World
Mitch Kapor has had a huge influence on the software world, being the
founder of Lotus and a driving force behind 1-2-3. Now his Open Software
Applications Foundation is working on Chandler, an open source PIM written
in Python. In this O'Reilly Network interview, Mitch talks about his life
and career, the OSAF, Chandler, open source, and Python. Mitch will
present a Developer's Tour of Chandler at this summer's Open Source

***Building a Linux Media PC 
What do DVDs, CDs, TV stations, and video games have in common? Besides
the fact that they require bulky equipment that takes up precious space in
your living room, you can play them all on a PC running Linux. John
Littler introduces the Linux media PC, a media convergence device.

***Basic Guide to Enterprise Application Distribution
Keeping your software updated on your diverse Mac network requires
attention to detail and perseverance. In this article, Philip Rinehart
shows you options for tracking installations on your business or
educational network.

***Inside Contextual Menu Items 
In the first article, Steven Disbrow describes handy power user tips for
two-button mousing on Mac OS X. In part two he shows you how to create
your own CMIs using Xcode.

Part One:

Part Two:

***Troubleshooting Stop Errors 
What to do when the Blue Screen of Death appears? Mitch Tulloch, author of
"Windows Server Hacks," offers five tips on troubleshooting Stop error

***SnagIt: The Ultimate Screen Capture Program 
Need to capture screens in Windows? Forget the built-in Print Screen
feature--it's just about useless. Instead, get SnagIt, the ultimate screen
capture program.

***Improving JSF by Dumping JSP 
JSF is a great technology for complex web application interfaces. But Hans
Bergsten urges you not to give up on JSF just because the JSP layer is
flawed; using a custom ViewHandler resolves all of the issues.

***SMS-Powered Applications 
SMS (short message service) is ubiquitous in the small device space, and
offers a means of sending and receiving messages from even the simplest
mobile phone. Dejan Bosanac looks at how Java can be made to work with

***What's New in Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition?
What's new, what's hot, and what's not in Windows Mobile 2003 Second
Edition (SE)? Wei-Meng Lee gives you the rundown on everything from
graphics support to new form factors and dual display modes. Wei-Meng is
the author of ".NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide."

***C# Iterators 
If you are creating a class that looks and behaves like a collection, it
is handy to allow your users to iterate through the members of your
collection with the foreach statement. This is easier to do in C# 2.0 than
it is in 1.1. In this new column by Jesse Liberty, he shows you what is
coming up in .NET 2.0 to make this common task easier.

News From Your Peers
***Are you Annoyed? 
Want to share your annoyances with O'Reilly? Check out the
Help O'Reilly page on the UG wiki--we are still looking for submissions.

Until next time--


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