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[PLUG] [marsee@oreilly.com: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, May 27]

I get these newsletters from Marsee every week or two.  It's a lot of
company propaganda, but they also have annoucements of new books
they're releasing.  If anyone would like to do a review, let me know.

So anyway, I'll start forwarding these to the list.  They're easy
enough to filter if you're not interested in them.  If there's popular
demand that no one's interested, I can just as easily stop.

But for now, enjoy...


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From: Marsee Henon <marsee@oreilly.com>
To: waltman@pobox.com
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, May 27
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 16:33:15 -0700

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
May 27, 2004
Book News
-Hackers & Painters
-Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL, 2nd Ed.
-Stealing the Network
-Hibernate: A Developer's Notebook
-Digital Photography Hacks
-.NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide
-Pragmatic Version Control Using CVS
Upcoming Events
-Rob Griffiths ("Max OS X Hints"), Rogue Valley Mac Expo 2004,
Grants Pass, OR--June 13
-Derrick Story ("Digital Photography Hacks"), North Coast Mac Users Group, 
Rohnert Park, CA--June 15
Conference News
-Mac OS X Conference Call for Participation--Ends June 11
-O'Reilly Open Source Convention Early Bird Discount--Ends June 18
-O'Reilly Distributes Pragmatic Bookshelf
-Microsoft Smartphone Tips and Tricks
-Dave Chappell: Inside the Enterprise Service Bus
-Inside the Homebrew Atari 2600 Scene
-Top Ten Ethereal Tips and Tricks
-FreeBSD Networking Basics
-The Fight Against Spam
-Top 12 Ways to Degunk Your PC
-Windows Server Hacks: Configuring Universal Group Caching
-SSS (Small, Simple, Safe) 
-Documenting Projects with Apache Forrest
-C# Generics 
News From Your Peers
-Looking for more User Group events to attend? Or want to get
more exposure for your events?

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:

Don't forget, you can receive 20% off any O'Reilly, No Starch, 
Paraglyph, Pragmatic Bookshelf, or Syngress book you purchase directly
from O'Reilly.
Just use code DSUG when ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938.

***Free ground shipping is available for online orders of at 
least $29.95 that go to a single U.S. address. This offer 
applies to U.S. delivery addresses in the 50 states and Puerto Rico.
For more details, go to:

New Releases
***Hackers & Painters
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006624
"Hackers & Painters" examines issues such as the importance of beauty in
software design, the programming language renaissance, spam filtering, the
Open Source Movement, and Internet startups. Each essay moves beyond
widely held beliefs about the way programmers work and tells important
stories about the kinds of people behind technological innovations,
revealing distinctions about their characters and their craft. Hackers who
read this book will surely recognize themselves within these pages, and
programmers will have new thoughts percolating the minute they put it

Chapter 2, "Hackers and Painters," is available free online:

****Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005431
"Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL, 2nd Edition" has been
updated and redesigned around the rich offerings of PEAR. Several of these
offerings, including the Template package and the database-independent
query API, have been integrated into examples and thoroughly described.
Using a complex sample application, all the important techniques of
dynamic content are introduced with an emphasis on good design. The book
also introduces PHP 5 and MySQL 4.1 features, while providing techniques
that can be used on older versions of the software.

Chapter 11, "Authentication and Security," is available online:

***Stealing the Network
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1931836051
A fictional continent is emerging as a major new economic, political, and
military force on the world stage. However, its rapid growth has left
little in the way of time and money to shore up its Internet backbone; now
it's vulnerable to a potentially catastrophic attack. Who are the bad
guys? What do they want? How will it end? Find out in this cyber-thriller,
written by some of the most accomplished cyber-security specialists in the
world. We could tell you their real names, but then we'd have to kill

***Hibernate: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006969
"Hibernate: A Developer's Notebook" shows you how to use Hibernate to
automate persistence: you write natural Java objects and some simple
configuration files, and Hibernate automates all the interaction between
your objects and the database. You don't even need to know the database is
there, and you can change from one database to another simply by changing
a few statements in a configuration file. If you've needed to add a
database back-end to your application, don't put it off. It's much more
fun than it used to be.

Chapter 3, "Harnessing Hibernate," is available online:

***Digital Photography Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006667
Going beyond the standard fare of most digital photography books, "Digital
Photography Hacks"
shares the knowledge that professional photographers have learned through
thousands of shots' worth of experience and years of experimentation. With
exquisite, full-color photos throughout, the book presents 100 proven
techniques in the areas of daytime and nighttime photo secrets, flash
magic, digital camera attachments, fun photo projects, camera phone
tricks, and more. This book is your passport to taking the kind of digital
photos you've always aspired to.

Ten Sample Hacks are available online:

***.NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: ISBN: 0596007574
".NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide" teaches you what you need to know to
create applications for Pocket PC- and Windows-based Smartphones. This
pocket guide is a handy reference that provides a quick tour of the .NET
Compact Framework, and includes several working projects to get you
productive straightaway. Whether you're new to mobile programming or new
to Visual Studio .NET 2003, ".NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide" will
have you writing mobile applications quickly. Get the information you need
without all the fluff.

A sample excerpt, "Project A: Currency Converter," is available online:

***Pragmatic Version Control Using CVS
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 0974514004
Version control systems don't have to be complicated, or time-consuming.
This book is a recipe-based approach to using the CVS Version Control
system that will get you up and running quickly--and correctly. Half of
all project teams in the U.S. don't use any version control at all, and
many others experience problems.

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

***Rob Griffiths ("Max OS X Hints"), Rogue Valley Mac Expo 2004, 
Grants Pass, OR--June 13
Rob will be one of the featured presenters at this event. 
Josephine County Fairgrounds Art Building
Grants Pass, OR

***Derrick Story ("Digital Photography Hacks"), North Coast Mac Users
Group, Rohnert Park, CA--June 15
Derrick, author and O'Reilly Network editor, presents "Movie Making with
Your Digital Camera" at the June NCMUG meeting. Learn to create compelling
QuickTime video that can be shared with friends, family, and even
coworkers in the business environment. Free for NCMUG members and $5 for
Rohnert Park Senior Center
Rohnert Park, CA

Conference News
***Mac OS X Conference Call for Participation--Ends June 11
If you're pushing the Mac envelope, we want you to speak at our third
annual Mac OS X Conference this October. We're looking for proposals from
developers building new apps, admins tapping the open source toolbox,
small business owners powering their bottom lines, and digital musicians
leveraging X's muscle--but we're open to surprises, too. 
The deadline for proposals is June 11.

***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
***O'Reilly Distributes Pragmatic Bookshelf 
Books by developers, for developers: that's the pragmatic way, and it's
nicely aligned with the O'Reilly approach to publishing. We're happy to
help Pragmatic Programmers reach a wider audience by providing sales,
distribution, and marketing support for Pragmatic Bookshelf, an imprint of
Pragmatic Programmers, LLC.
For a list of titles available on the Pragmatic Bookshelf, visit:

***Microsoft Smartphone Tips and Tricks
Ultimately, smartphones are only as smart as the applications that run on
them. Wei-Meng Lee begins a new series that explores what's possible, and
what's practical, with these powerful mobile devices. Wei-Meng is the
author of "Windows XP Unwired."

***Dave Chappell: Inside the Enterprise Service Bus
Integration Developer News spoke with Dave Chappell to gain insights on
how ESBs work, and more importantly, how they may change the way Java
developers look at XML, XPath, messaging, and transaction-driven
integration projects. Dave is the author of O'Reilly's upcoming
"Enterprise Service Bus."

Open Source
***Inside the Homebrew Atari 2600 Scene 
Despite console-company protestations to the contrary, emulators aren't
only tools for copyright infringers. If it weren't for emulators, would
the Atari 2600 homebrew scene be where it is today? "Wait, there's an
Atari 2600 homebrew scene?" you ask. As Howard Wen explains, it exists,
and new-school programmers are making some impressive games in the
old-school style.

***Top Ten Ethereal Tips and Tricks
Ethereal rivals commercial sniffers with its abundance of features and
hundreds of protocol dissectors. And best of all, it's free. Here's a top
ten list of Ethereal tips and tricks from Angela D. Orebaugh, a coauthor
of Syngress' "Ethereal Packet Sniffing."

***FreeBSD Networking Basics 
Networking is integral to many functions of a modern FreeBSD system. When
it's working, it works wonderfully. When it's not working--or before
you've configured things--it can frustrate new users. Dru Lavigne, author
of O'Reilly's "BSD Hacks," explains how to verify, configure, and optimize
FreeBSD networking.

***LDAP in Mac OS X Server
Typical network services problems, such as enabling all of your computers
to use the same login information to authenticate users, can be solved
with directory services. Panther has the built-in tools, but they're still
less than elegant. Tony Williams shows you how to piece them together.

***The Fight Against Spam
Fighting spam is a battle that all Internet users must fight. Francois
Joseph de Kermadec shows you practical techniques, many of which you might
have overlooked, to take back control of your email.

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

***Top 12 Ways to Degunk Your PC 
Your PC, with its 80GB hard drive and 512MB of RAM, runs way too slow.
Why? It's gunked up with pictures, movies, music, and attachments you've
saved; you've saved stuff to the wrong places; and you have apps installed
that you don't use. If you want to clean up your PC, and get it running as
fast as it should, follow Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann's 12-step program
for degunking your PC. Joli and Jeff are the authors of "Degunking
Windows" from Paraglyph Press.

***Windows Server Hacks: Configuring Universal Group Caching 
Universal groups offer big benefits for system administrators, but can
have downsides as well. Mitch Tulloch, author of O'Reilly's "Windows
Server Hacks," shows you how to get the most out of them, and how to avoid
the pitfalls.

***SSS (Small, Simple, Safe) 
Teaching Java is complicated both by the language's syntax and the huge
number of classes in its standard libraries. According to Alper Coskun,
one solution might be "Small Simple Safe" (SSS), which tries to alleviate
this by giving the user an opportunity to create and relate objects in a
very simple GUI.

***Documenting Projects with Apache Forrest 
Apache Forrest helps you develop the documentation to accompany your
application, automatically providing a number of neat features such as
menus, links, cross-references, and breadcrumb navigation. Kyle Downey
provides an introduction.

***C# Generics 
The single most anticipated (and dreaded?) feature of Visual C# 2.0 is the
addition of Generics. Jesse Liberty shows you what problems Generics
solve, how to use them to improve your code, and why you need not fear

News From Your Peers
***Looking for more User Group events to attend? Or want to get
more exposure for your next meeting?
Check out the events page on the O'Reilly UG wiki:

Until next time--


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