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Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, August 26
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 12:59:32 -0700

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
August 26, 2008
New Releases--Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts
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Automotive SPICE in Practice (Rocky Nook)
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Building Embedded Linux Systems, Second Edition
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Canon EOS 40D (Rocky Nook)
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Computer Orchestration Tips and Tricks (PC Publishing)
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Upcoming Author Events
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Jesse Liberty Presents a Webcast: Creating Skinnable Custom Controls in
Aug 27, 2008
In this live presentation Silverlight Geek Jesse Liberty (Programming
Silverlight--to be released in November 2008) will demonstrate various
aspects of Silverlight 2. Keep an eye on the website for more details in
the future.

FlexCamp London 2008
Aug 28-28, 2008
Conway Hall - 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
London, UK
Flex Camp London 08 is a free, community-run event for everyone
interested in Adobe Flex. Author Marco Casario (AIR Cookbooks) will
present "SQLite in AIR with Flex."

Rick Sammon Presents at Photoshop World 2008
Sep 3-6, 2008
Las Vegas, NV
Join Rick Sammon (Face to Face) at Photoshop World 2008 as he gives
various presentations on digital photography.

Lesa Snider King at Photoshop World
Sep 4-6, 2008
Las Vegas, NV
Lesa Snider King teaches two classes: "Express Photo Effects" (free on
the expo show floor) and "Graphic Secrets for Creative Pros: Photoshop
CS3 and beyond!" (in the paid productivity track). 

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Sep 4-6, 2008
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John Papa at VSLive! New York
Sep 7-10, 2008
NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
New York City, New York
John Papa (Data Services with Silverlight) is speaking at VSLive! New
York on the following topics: Building Effective Data Bound Applications
with WPF and Silverlight and ASP.NET Data Binding.

Brian Peek at VSLive! New York
Sep 7-10, 2008
NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
New York City, New York
Brian Peek (Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote,
YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More) will be speaking at VSLive! New
York on the following topics: Creating a Simple 2D Game Using XNA Game
Studio to Run on a PC, Xbox 360 or Microsoft Zune and Interfacing
External Hardware Using Managed Code.

Harold Davis Hosts a Weekend Workshop on Night Photography
Sep 12-14, 2008
Point Reyes, CA
Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
Photographers) will be hosting a weekend workshop on night photography
in Point Reyes, CA. Keep checking the Point Reyes Field Seminars website
for registration information.

John Smart at the Java Emerging Technologies Conference 2008
Sep 17, 2008
AUT Conference Centre
Auckland, New Zealand
John Smart (Java Power Tools) will be talking about easyb at the Java
Emerging Technologies Conference 2008 discussing the basic principles of
Behavior Driven Development, and look at how it builds on and differs
from "traditional" Test-Driven Development. It then moves on to look at
easyb, a very cool DSL-based behavior driven development framework for
Java that uses Groovy to let you pretty much write tests that document

Lesa Snider King at MinistryCOM
Sep 19-20, 2008
Oklahoma City, OK
Lesa Snider King talks about "Graphic Secrets for Creative Pros" at the
National Church Communications Conference. In this Photoshop power hour,
you'll glean time saving tips for creating super tough selections. Learn
fast and non-destructive ways to create today's most popular photo
effects, including silhouettes, partial color, duotones, gorgeous
grayscales, creative vector photo frames, filtered edges, selective blur
effects, vignettes and more. You'll also discover how to retouch people
like a pro!

Sean Duggan Presents a Weekend Seminar: "Creative Camera Raw Workflow"
Sep 20-21, 2008
Berkeley, CA
Sean Duggan's (The Creative Digital Darkroom) weekend seminar will be a
combination of exploring a clear workflow for digital asset management
(DAM) and an in-depth exploration of Adobe Camera Raw 4.2 in Photoshop
CS3. Adobe Bridge CS3, Photoshop Lightroom and iView Media Pro will also
be discussed in these explorations.

Lesa Snider King at the PowerPoint Live User Conference
Sep 21, 2008
San Diego, CA
Lesa Snider King teaches "Graphic Secrets for Presenters"--learn how to
turn the images you have into the imagery you need. 

Nitesh Dhanjani at Florida Government Technology Conference
Sep 24-24, 2008
Leon County Civic Center
Tallahassee, FL
Author Nitesh Dhanjani ("Network Security Tools") presents "Security
Implications of Emerging Technologies: Social Networking,
Virtualization, and Cloud Computing"

Robert Stackowiak Leads Session at Oracle OpenWorld
Sep 25, 2008
Marriott Salon 09
San Francisco, CA
Robert Stackowiak (Oracle Essentials and Oracle Application Server 10g
Essentials) will be leading a session entitled "Session Title: Oracle
Business Intelligence Strategy for the Data Warehouse-Enabled
Enterprise" at Oracle OpenWorld. This session is for the Enterprise
Performance Management/Business Intelligence Track.

John Smart at the Victorian Java User Group
Sep 25, 2008
Sun, McKillop/Dunlop Room, Level 7, 476 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Fresh from the Java Emerging Technologies Conference 2008 (JET 2008),
John Smart (Java Power Tools) will be giving a talk on Behavior Driven
Development (BDD) in Java with easyb, a new and very hip behavior driven
development framework for Java. This talk will go through the basic
principles of Behavior Driven Development, and look at how it builds on
and differs from "traditional" Test-Driven Development. It then moves on
to look at easyb, a very cool DSL-based behavior driven development
framework for Java that uses Groovy to let you pretty much write tests
that document themselves.

Lesa Snider King and Derrick Story at the Macintosh Computer Expo
Sep 27, 2008
Santa Rosa, CA
Join Lesa Snider King and Derrick Story for the return of MCE, NCMUG's
annual fundraising event. Lesa covers "How to Shoot Like a Pro" and "The
Skinny on Photoshop Elements 6" and Derrick will be teaching "Ten Things
You Need to Know About iPhoto" and "Aperture or Lightroom...Which One Is
Best for Me?" Stop by the O'Reilly booth to meet the authors and
purchase our latest Mac and digital media titles.

Conferences and Special Events
Learn How to Obtain iPhone Forensic Data--September 16-17, 2008
Happening in Burlington, MA, this valuable workshop led by Jonathan
Zdziarski, the original iPhone hacker, will guide you through a highly
specialized forensic examination of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod
Touch. Register now to learn how to recover, process and remove
sensitive data stored on these devices.

Registration for RailsConf Europe 2008, Berlin, Germany--
September 2-4  2008
The European developer community showed itself to be deeply interested
in Rails at RailsConf Europe 2007, and the co-presenters of that event,
Ruby Central and O'Reilly Media, are coming back to do it again.
RailsConf Europe 2008, happening September 2-4 2008 in Berlin, will
feature presentations, keynotes, and tutorials by experts from the full
spectrum of Rails techniques and practices. Seasoned Rails practitioners
and newcomers alike will find a program honed to their particular
interests and needs.

Use code "re08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off
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To register for the conference, go to:

The Call for Proposal phase is open for ETech 2009
The theme for ETech 2009 is Living, Reinvented: The Tech of Abundance
and Constraints. We want to hear from inventors, entrepreneurs,
visionaries, sustainability designers, technologists, municipal rock
stars, resource strategists, coders and hackers who are reinventing how
we can live more sustainably every day. Proposals are being accepted
through September 17.

Register for the Web 2.0 Expo New York, New York, NY--
September 16-19, 2008
From start-ups to enterprises, Web 2.0 Expo New York is the event for
the designers, developers, entrepreneurs, VCs, marketing professionals,
product managers and business strategists building businesses on the
web. Seven conference tracks, a vibrant expo hall and plenty of
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SEM, tagging, developer hacks, community building, AJAX, Ruby, web
operations, user-generated content, and more. Use discount code 
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To register for the conference, go to:

Tickets on Sale for Maker Faire Austin--October 18th and 19th, 2008
Travis County Event Center and Fairground
Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful people of
all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.

Maker Faire Austin Tickets for sale now at

O'Reilly School of Technology
New Java Programming Course
We want you to be the first to know about the latest course release from
the O'Reilly School of Technology: Java Programming 1: Introduction to
Java and the Eclipse Development Environment! We are especially excited
about this course, because it is the first course to utilize Ellipse,
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This is the first course in our upcoming Java Programming Certificate
Series.  The Java Programming 2 and 3 courses will be released very 
soon as they are in their final editing phases.

O'Reilly School of Technology Courses: UG Members Receive
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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
Expert Help ? A Video Training Guide on Java Featured on Safari
Learn from the leading training experts with Safari's extensive
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Tim O'Reilly featured on Sky Radio coming to an Airlines near you
Tim discusses how Safari Books Online is helping thousands of
technologists every day. The interview will run for the month of

O'Reilly is hosting another fun, free Ignite Boston event
The fourth Ignite Boston will be on Thursday, September 11, from 6 to
10pm at the Hooley House, one block from Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA.

Other Ignite events coming up include Ignite Denver on September 10 and
Igite NYC on September 15. For more information, complete schedule,  or
to start your own community run Ignite, go to:

David Pogue's Hot iPhone Tips
David Pogue returns with a thoroughly updated edition of "iPhone: The
Missing Manual." And here David reveals his best, up-to-the-nanosecond
iPhone tricks. "The beauty of the new iPhone 3G is that you don't need
one," explains David. "Almost all of the juicy stuff actually comes with
the iPhone 2.0 software and the online App Store, both of which run
perfectly well on the old iPhone as well."

Vincent Versace on Photography and Creativity
Vincent Versace, noted photographer, author, and photography instructor,
sits down with Derrick Story to discuss the some of the larger
philosophical questions that inform the photographic creative process
during this video interview from Photoshop World Orlando.

Forbes Puts the Spotlight on Dale Dougherty and Tim O'Reilly
"If the do-it-yourself trend is a revolution, then Dale Dougherty and
Tim O'Reilly are its Tom Paines," writes reporter Elizabeth Corcoran in
a recent Forbes.com story, Making Future Headlines. 

Announcing the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off (US Only)
Think you can solve common Adobe AIR related coding problems? Then you
qualify for the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off contest sponsored by
O'Reilly Media to celebrate the upcoming publication of the Adobe AIR
Cookbook <http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522506/>. During this
contest, we invite you to submit your best solutions to common AIR
coding challenges for a chance to win some great prizes.

For details on how to enter the contest, go to:

What developers should know about IP
Author Van Lindberg is both software engineer and practicing attorney.
His new book, "Intellectual Property and Open Source" tackles the slippery
subject of intellectual property. In this interview, Van explains why
intellectual property law is so important to developers?any
developers?and shares his most important tips for developers starting
out in the world of open source.

How to Write Your Own Facebook Applications
Mary Rotman recently had a chance to ask Jesse Stay, author of "FBML
Essentials" a few questions about his book and just why it's so important
right now.

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For more news, go to:

Interview with David Heinemeier Hansson: Rails Culture, Scaling
Basecamp, and Building Successful Companies

Derrick Story in Beijing for the Olympics

Head First Ajax Sample chapter: Manipulating the DOM

Head First Statistics Sample Chapter: Calculating Probabilities

The Road to Programming is Sometimes Paved with Web Pages

Why We're Failing in Math and Science

Why Corporates Hate Perl

The Mind of Damian Conway: Science, Computer Science, the Future of Perl 6, and Advice for Today's Aspiring Programmers

Audio: Lawrence Lessig on Congressional Reform and Internet
for Everyone

Doug Marschke Talks about his new book titled "JUNOS Enterprise Routing: A
Practical Guide to JUNOS Software and Enterprise Certification."

Mac vs PC: Does it matter anymore?

For more blogs, go to:

Until next time--

Marsee Henon

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