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From: Marsee Henon <marsee@oreilly.com>
To: waltman@pobox.com
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, September 21
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 13:55:53 -0700

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
September 21, 2007
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***New Dynamic Learning Seminars from O'Reilly Authors AGI
Throughout the late summer and early fall, Aquent Graphics Institute
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***Jesse Liberty at Ajax World--Sep 23-26
Santa Clara, CA
Author Jesse Liberty (Programming C# and Programming ASP.NET) will be
delivering a talk on Microsoft Silverlight.

**Mikkel Aaland at the San Francisco Apple Store--Sep 24
Apple Store, One Stockton St, San Francisco, CA
Author Mikkel Aaland will be giving an Apple Pro Session on digital
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***Jared Smith at AstriCon-Sep 25-28
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Author Jared Smith (Asterisk: The Future of Telephony, 2nd Edition)
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***Tenni Theurer at Women and Technology Summit, Sep 27-29
Hyatt Regency,Santa Clara, CA
Tenni Theurer, manager of the Yahoo! Exceptional Performance team, and
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Women and Technology Summit in Santa Clara September 26-29. Learn
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detailed in Steve Souders new book High Performance Web Sites, allowing
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***Steve Souders at The Future of Web Apps Conference--Oct 3-5
London, UK
Author and Chief Performance Yahoo! Steve Souders (High Performance Web
Sites) will deliver a Developer Track presentation on his 14 rules of
best practices for making web pages faster. He will go into more detail
in a workshop on the last day, expounding on research, case studies, and
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users. These guidelines focus on the front end, for example, why it's
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browser caching. These best practices have proven to reduce response
times of Yahoo! properties by 25-50%. 

***Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene at NYCSPIN--Oct 9
Microsoft, NY, NY
"Head First PMP" authors Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene talk
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"There's only one way to succeed, but a million ways to fail." But that
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bugs. Or your team delivered the software, only to have users complain
that an entire feature is missing. Or every time the team fixes a bug,
they seem to uncover a dozen more--including ones that you know were
fixed six months ago. Once you know how projects fail, you can do what
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***Stephen Johnson conducts a Mono Lake and Eastern Sierra field
workshop--Oct 11-13
Mono Lake and Eastern Sierra, CA
Join Stephen Johnson (Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography) in this
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while diving deep into the digital age. Technical and aesthetic
considerations will be discussed in detail, while you explore this high
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***Web 2.0 Summit, Oct 17-19
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***Maker Faire 2007--Austin--Oct 20-21
Travis County Fairgrounds, Austin, TX
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hear from O'Reilly's Hacks author, attend DIY Tutorials, explore DIY
projects and demonstrations, and see the Ultimate Workshop. 

***Tenni Theurer at The Ajax Experience, Boston--Oct 24-26
Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA
Tenni Theurer, manager of the Yahoo! Exceptional Performance team, will
be speaking together at The Ajax Experience in Boston October 24-26.
Through a series of research studies, Yahoo!'s Exceptional Performance
Team has identified 14 best practices for making web pages faster. Tenni
will go in-depth on these best practices detailed in Steve Souders new
book High Performance Web Sites, and also demonstrate a recently
released tool called YSlow, which was developed as an extension to
Firebug and analyzes web pages according to the performance best

Conference News
***Call for Proposals Extended for the Emerging Technology Conference--
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***Graphing Social Patterns conference--October 7-9, San Jose, CA
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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
UG News
***Interview with the Python Atlanta Programmers O'Reilly Book Club
Noah Gift and Doug Hellmann talk about the PyAtl O'Reilly Book Club they
started. Maybe your groups should think about starting your own version.

***Calling All Flex Developers
Are you doing any development work (including skinning and UI design)
with Adobe Flex? Here's your chance to be a contributor to an Adobe
Developer Library book to be published in 2008, "Flex 3 Cookbook."
Adobe's got a terrific site for Flex developers of any stripe to show
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will include some of the best contributions from the site. Each
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developers are in very short supply in an exploding market, so here's
your chance to show your stuff to the rest of the community!

***SCALE 6X Looking For Speakers in Several Areas
The Sixth Annual SoCal Linux Expo will be February 8th-10th, 2008. The
Expo has expanded to included specialized conferences on the Friday
prior to SCALE including the Women in Open Source conference, the health
care conference, now known as DOHCS--Demonstrating Open Source Health
Care Systems, and newly added "Open Source in Education" which focuses
on opportunities for Open Source in the field of education.

If you have any experience in any of the above-mentioned areas, please
consider sharing it with the Open Source community at SCALE. All of the
calls are now open for submittals. For SCALE 4X and 5X the speaker
slots filled rapidly. Submittal info for each conference can be found on
their respective CFP pages.

***INETA Community Leadership Summit September 29, Irvine, CA
INETA and the INETA User Groups of Southern California are hosting a
Community Leadership Summit open to all .Net Development Community user
group leaders, as well as those active in volunteering support. This
will be an excellent opportunity to meet others in the community and to
exchange information and ideas.

***Perl Survey 2007 Closes September 30th
The Perl Survey is attempting to take a snapshot of the Perl world as it
currently stands. Whether you're a web developer, sysadmin, or using
Perl for scientific research or finance or just tracking your DVD
collection, they want to hear about it.

***The Bay Area Functional Programmers Group
Now programmers in the San Francisco Bay using or interested in
functional programming and functional programming languages such as
Haskell, OCaml, SML, Scala, and Erlang have a place to meet, discuss,
and learn together. Attendance at the first meeting was great, with over
25 people enjoying pizza and beer at Amici's in San Francisco and a
fairly even split between Haskell, OCaml, Erlang, and Scala enthusiasts.
The next meeting will be October 11th, 2007 at 7:30pm. If you're
interested in coming, or would like to give a talk, please join the
mailing list and introduce yourself.

***WoTech Talks to Jen Blackledge, Web Mistress at Edge Wireless, Bend Oregon
WoTech is a blog for and about women who work in technology and Jen Blackledge
is with the Central Oregon Web Professionals' Usergroup.

***Women in Technology: Hear Us Roar
The brainchild of Tatiana Apandi, an associate editor at O'Reilly, this
new series features articles solicited from technology's female
side--and all focused on what it's like to carve out a career in

To hear more from Tatiana, listen to her interview with Chuck Joiner on

***An Introduction to Erlang
Not long ago, ONLamp readers were introduced to Haskell, a functional
language. Another popular functional language is Erlang, which also
features powerful features to manage concurrency. Gregory Brown recently
tried it out, and has this summary.

***Linux vs. BSD, What's the Difference?
Linux mavens are usually pretty sure they'll never go back to (or start
using) Windows. They may like Mac OS, but usually don't jump ship for
that either. But how about the other open source Unix descendant, BSD?
Dru Lavigne offers a basic primer on what's different in PC-BSD for a
Linux user, and what's better.

***Schemaless Java-XML Data Binding with VTD-XML
This article introduces a Java-XML binding technique based on VTD-XML
and XPath. This approach doesn't mandate a schema, takes advantage of
XML's inherent loose encoding, and avoids needless object creation, so
it is much more efficient for lightweight data binding.

***Moonlight: Silverlight Goes Mono
By now, you may have heard the buzz around Silverlight, Microsoft's
attempt to put Adobe out of the rich browser client business. But did
you know that the Mono gang have been busy making an open source version
for Linux? You do now.

***Creating Google Custom Search Engines
Tired of searching for cheesecake recipes and getting nothing but pinup
calendars? Google has a little-known feature that lets you design your
own search engines that will search only the sites you want. Bernard
Farrell introduces us to this useful capability and shows how to set one

***Organizing Power Tips with Joe Schorr
Do you know the difference between blue folders and yellow folders? What
do you do if you're about to meet with clients and want only their
images to show in Aperture? In this podcast interview with Joe Schorr,
Derrick Story discovers advanced organizing tips for Aperture power

***Lightroom Getting Started--Basic Tonal Control in Lightroom 1.1
Using Lightroom's Develop module, you can do a lot to bring out the best
tonal qualities of your images. Lightroom has easy-to-use sliders that
allow you to react to the Exposure, Highlight/Shadow, and
Brightness/Contrast needs of your images.

For more articles, go to:

***Will Anyone Pay for a Newspaper Online?

***Three vantage points from which to view patents

***The Watering Hole

***Will Java 7 Be Beautiful?

***Pardon My French, But This Code Is Crap!

***Visualizing Color Space

***Lightroom and The Traveling Photographer

***Easy iPhone Toolchain Installation

***Google Presentation vs. PowerPoint vs. Keynote?

***Windows Mobile Weekly Roundup

***Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

***The 64-Bit Experience With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

***Cross-Distro Collaboration

Until next time--

Marsee Henon

1005 Gravenstein Highway North  
Sebastopol, CA   95472
http://ug.oreilly.com/  http://ug.oreilly.com/creativemedia/

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