Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, July 22

Neil Schneider pacneil at linuxgeek.net
Mon Jul 26 10:26:39 PDT 2004


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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
July 22, 2004
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Book News
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-Pragmatic Project Automation: How to Build, Deploy, and
Monitor Java Apps
-The Book of Nero 6 Ultra Edition
-Enterprise JavaBeans, 4th Edition
-Learning PHP 5
-Java 1.5 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook
-Enterprise Service Bus
-GarageBand: The Missing Manual
-Mac OS X Panther Hacks
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Upcoming Events
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-O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Portland, OR--July 26-30
-Dan Gillmor ("We the Media") and Paul Graham ("Hackers & Painters"), 
Powell's Books, Portland, OR--July 28
-Tim O'Reilly Speaks at the Portland Area .NET User Group Meeting, 
Portland, OR--July 29
-Alex Martelli ("Python in a Nutshell"), Powell's Books,
Portland, OR--July 29
-Niel M. Bornstein (".NET and XML"), Extreme Markup Languages 2004, 
Montreal, Canada--August 2-6
-O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, San Francisco, CA--August 2-5
-MERLOT International Conference, Costa Mesa, CA--August 3-6
-Steve Bass ("PC Annoyances"), 11th Annual Southwest Computer
User Group Conference, San Diego, CA--August 6-8
-Wil Wheaton ("Just a Geek"), Powell's Technical Books,
Portland, OR--August 6
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Conference News
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-O'Reilly Open Source Convention User Group Discount
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News
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-The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 5
-SafariU: Create, Customize, and Share Teaching Material
-The Great Linux Desktop Migration Contest
-Why PHP 5 Rocks!
-How to Fall in Love with Your iSight, Again
-12 Steps to Improving Your Mac's Performance
-Macworld Boston 2004: Brains Over Beauty
-Windows Server Hacks: Restoring Shadow Copies Using the Command Line
-Understanding WinFX in Longhorn
-Better, Faster, Lighter Programming in .NET and Java
-Cooking with Eclipse
-Writing Cross-Platform Mobile Applications Using Crossfire
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News From Your Peers
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-How to Write a Book Review by the Melbourne PHP User Group

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Book News
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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:
http://ug.oreilly.com/bookreviews.html

Don't forget, you can receive 20% off any O'Reilly, No Starch,
Paraglyph, Pragmatic Bookshelf, or Syngress book you purchase directly
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***Pragmatic Project Automation: How to Build, Deploy, and Monitor
Java Apps
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 0974514039
Forget wizards, you need a slave--someone to do your repetitive,
tedious and boring tasks, without complaint and without pay, so you'll
have more time to design and write exciting code. Enlist your computer
to automate all of your Java project's repetitive tasks from
individual builds and testing through to product release and
deployment. Enjoy pragmatic, automatic, unattended software production
that's reliable and accurate every time.
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/0974514039/


***The Book of Nero 6 Ultra Edition
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270437
The Nero Ultra 6 software makes it easier to burn a CD or DVD, but to
use it you first need to understand how it works, as well as things
such as whether to burn a multisession CD, what mode to use, how to
burn music files, and much more. The Book of Nero 6 Ultra Edition
takes you step by step through using Nero for these tasks, and many
others, so you'll be ready to burn in no time.
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1593270437/


***Enterprise JavaBeans, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059600530X
"Enterprise JavaBeans, 4th Edition" includes everything that made
previous editions the single must-have book for EJB developers.
Providing a solid grasp of EJBs’ complexities; hundreds of clear,
practical examples; and adept coverage of EJBs' key concepts, this
fourth edition also includes everything you need to get up to speed
quickly on the changes in EJB version 2.1, including an architecture
overview, design strategies, XML deployment descriptors, and more. The
book also includes a JBoss
implementation guide.
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/entjbeans4/

A sample excerpt, "Workbook 8: Exercises for Chapter 11," is available
online:
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/entjbeans4/chapter/index.html


***Learning PHP 5
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005601
"Learning PHP 5" is the ideal tutorial for graphic designers,
bloggers, and other web crafters who want a thorough but
non-intimidating way to understand the code that makes web sites
dynamic. The book begins with an introduction to the just-released PHP
5, then moves to more advanced features: language basics, arrays and
functions, web forms, connecting to databases, and much more. Complete
with exercises to make sure the lessons stick, this book offers the
ideal classroom experience to learning PHP 5.

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnphp5/

Chapter 8, "Remembering Users with Cookies and Sessions,' is available
online:
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnphp5/chapter/index.html


***Java 1.5 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007388
Java 1.5, code-named "Tiger," promises to be the most significant new
version of Java since the language's introduction. But with so many
changes, where do you start? This no-nonsense, down-and-dirty guide is
the answer, providing complete coverage of generics, boxing and
unboxing, varargs, enums, annotations, formatting, the for/in loop,
concurrency, and more. Following the task-oriented format unique to
this new series, this book allows you to get straight to work with
Tiger's new features.
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnphp5/chapter/index.html

Chapter 3, "Enumerated Types," is available free online:
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/javaadn/chapter/index.html


***Enterprise Service Bus
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006756
"Enterprise Service Bus" provides an architectural overview of the
ESB, showing how it can bring the task of integrating enterprise
applications and services built on J2EE, .NET, C/C++, and other legacy
environments into the reach of everyday IT professionals, using an
event-driven Service-Oriented Architecture. Through the study of
real-world-use cases drawn from several industries deploying ESB, this
book coherently outlines the benefits of moving toward this
integration strategy, and it compares and contrasts ESB to other
integration architectures.
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/esb/

Chapter 3, "Necessity Is the Mother of Invention," is available
online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/esb/chapter/index.html


***GarageBand: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006950
Imagine how many thousands of musicians, though enormously talented,
remain undiscovered because they lack recording studios and backup
bands. For them, GarageBand may open doors--or just offer a lot of
fun.
GarageBand can turn the inspiration of musical novices into
commercial-sounding demos, but you have to know how to take advantage
of all  that the program offers. This book provides that knowledge.
"GarageBand: The Missing Manual" is an authoritative, witty guide to
constructing your digital recordings.
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/garageband/

Check out the GarageBand examples CD available for download:
http://www.missingmanuals.com/cds/#garageband


***Mac OS X Panther Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007183
This book offers the perfect combination of tips, tricks, and tools to
help serious Mac users get the most from their machines. This newly
revised collection provides hands-on solutions in topics such as user
interface, accessories, wired and wireless networking, email,
messaging, and much more. Written for users who need to go beyond
what's covered in conventional manuals, "Mac OS X Panther Hacks" will
bring your Mac to its full potential.
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/0596007183/

Ten sample hacks are available online:
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/0596007183/chapter/index.html

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Upcoming Events
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***For more events, please see:
http://events.oreilly.com/


***O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Portland, OR--July 26-30
Mark your calendar to join us for the sixth annual O'Reilly Open
Source Convention this summer. Fresh ideas are already sizzling on the
OSCON program barbie, including keynote addresses by two of 2003's
most riveting speakers, Robert Lefkowitz and Milton Ngan, as well as a
trio of Dysons: Esther, Freeman, and George. Bring the family
along--Portland has
something for everyone.
Portland Marriott Downtown, Portland, OR
http://conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/


***Dan Gillmor ("We the Media") and Paul Graham ("Hackers &
Painters"),  Powell's Books, Portland OR--July 28
Powell's hosts a special double-header with two authors in town for
OSCON. Powell's Technical Books, Portland, OR
http://www.powells.com/calendar.html


***Tim O'Reilly Speaks at the Portland Area .NET User Group Meeting
Portland, OR--July 29
"An Evening With Tim O'Reilly--Tim discusses what is on the
O'Reilly Radar."
The meeting starts at 6:30pm
Portland Community College Auditorium,
Room 104, 1626 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR
http://www.padnug.org


***Alex Martelli ("Python in a Nutshell"), Powell's Books,
Portland, OR--July 29
Alex stops in for an appearance at Portland's favorite bookstore.
Powell's Technical Books, Portland, OR
http://www.powells.com/calendar.html


***Niel M. Bornstein (".NET and XML"), Extreme Markup Languages 2004, 
Montreal, Canada--August 2-6
Niel presents a tutorial based on his book.
Hotel Europa, Montreal, Canada
http://www.mulberrytech.com/Extreme/Tutorial/Bornstein_tutorial.html


***O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, San Francisco, CA--August 2-5
Come by and say hello in the Exhibit Hall (I--Marsee--will be there on
Thursday, August 5th), and page through our latest publications, as
well as our classic references, at our booth (#873). Be sure to catch
a panel on The Future of Open Source with Tim O'Reilly on Tuesday,
August 3. Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/live/12/


***MERLOT International Conference, Costa Mesa, CA--August 3-6
We'll be exhibiting at this event for faculty members, digital library
providers and developers, authors of digital learning materials, and
those involved in administering and supporting instructional
technology. Stop by for a preview of our SafariU service.
Hilton Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA
http://conference.merlot.org/


***Steve Bass ("PC Annoyances"), 11th Annual Southwest Computer User
Group Conference, San Diego, CA--August 6-8
If you'll be there on the evening of August 7, be sure to drop by the
Vendor Fair and say hello to Steve.
Hilton Hotel--Mission Valley, San Diego, CA
http://www.swugconf.org/


***Wil Wheaton ("Just a Geek"), Powell's Technical Books, Portland,
OR--August 6
Wil  heads north for an appearance and book signing.
33 NW Park Avenue Portland, OR
http://www.powells.com/calendar.html

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Conference News
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***O'Reilly Open Source Convention User Group Discount
User Group use code DSUG when you register, and you'll get 20% off the
conference price.

To register, go to:
http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/os2004/create/ord_os04

O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Portland Marriott Downtown
Portland, OR
July 26-30, 2004
http://conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/

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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
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General News
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***The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 5
Ken Milburn, author of "Digital Photography: Expert Techniques,"
offers the latest installment in his series on creating ideal (and
least
destructive) workflows for digital photography. This week, he offers
step-by-step routines for performing the three stages of sharpening
that are almost always necessary: rescue, effect, and output. And he
offers advice on a few things you should do before you even start
sharpening your images.
http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/javascript/2004/07/20/digital_photography.html


***SafariU: Create, Customize, and Share Teaching Material
Looking for a way to truly customize your course textbook and offer
students exactly the material you choose to teach, while saving them a
good bit of money? Become a SafariU beta tester and check out the new
web-based publishing platform from O'Reilly that allows you to create
custom textbooks and online syllabi.
http://academic.oreilly.com/safariu-more.csp

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Open Source
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***The Great Linux Desktop Migration Contest
If you're considering, or you have already embarked upon, a Linux
desktop migration, here's your chance to help guide and inspire others
and be eligible to win an all-expense-paid  trip to Barcelona, Spain.
Novell and O'Reilly Media have joined forces to present this contest
and are looking for entries that describe the benefits realized from a
desktop migration, a phased migration plan, or the most practical tips
for migrating to Linux. The contest deadline is August 9.
http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/linux/contest/


***Why PHP 5 Rocks!
Adam Trachtenberg provides a quick tour around PHP 5, highlighting
seven of his favorite new features. These features (including better
support for OOP, bundled SQLite, iterators, and more cool stuff) will
allow your PHP 5 code to be more concise, more elegant, and more
flexible than ever. Adam is the author of the upcoming "Upgrading to
PHP 5."
http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/php/2004/07/15/UpgradePHP5.html

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Mac
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***How to Fall in Love with Your iSight, Again
Snaggy and Nitrozac are back to show you how to fall in love with your
iSight, again, and provide a few chuckles along the way. Consider them
your personal tech-therapists, willing to help bring you and your
gorgeous hardware back together, with advice on apps and add-ons that
will enhance your iSight relationship. If you like the way S and N
weave humor and tech talk, check out their book, "The Best of The Joy
of Tech."
http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2004/07/20/iSightLove.html


***12 Steps to Improving Your Mac's Performance
Keeping your Mac happy and performing as it did the day you brought it
home takes a bit of degunking. Joli Ballew offers 12 steps to
improving your Mac's performance that will have it humming along in no
time. For more in-depth details on why the Mac slowdown occurs and
what you can do about it, check out Joli's new book, "Degunking Your
Mac."
http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2004/07/16/DegunkYourMac.html


***Macworld Boston 2004: Brains Over Beauty
In the late 1700s, Boston culture facilitated debate by some of the
greatest American minds. Now in 2004, it's once again the home for the
Mac elite on the East Coast. Derrick Story photographs and comments on
the character of this year's Macworld Boston.

http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2004/07/14/macworld.html

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Windows
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***Windows Server Hacks: Restoring Shadow Copies Using the Command
Line Shadow copies is a new feature of Windows Server 2003 that
automatically creates point-in-time copies or snapshots of files in
shared folders. Mitch Tulloch, author of "Windows Server Hacks," shows
you the easiest way to restore them.
http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/07/20/shadow_copies.html


***Understanding WinFX in Longhorn
Longhorn is still in pre-beta, but it's time to get ready for
developing apps for it. Wei-Meng Lee, author of "Windows XP Unwired,"
gives a rundown about the APIs that developers will use to write the
next generation of Windows applications.
http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/07/13/winfx.html

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Java
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***Better, Faster, Lighter Programming in .NET and Java
In "Better, Faster, Lighter Java," authors Bruce Tate and Justin
Gehtland lay out five basic principles to combat the "bloat" that has
built up over time in modern Java programming. In this article, Justin
shows how programmers developing .NET apps can apply the same
principles, and along the way, cultivate still more ideas that make
programming simpler and fun again.
http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2004/07/14/BFLJava.html


***Cooking with Eclipse
In these sample recipes from O'Reilly's "Eclipse Cookbook" learn how
to create a custom perspective in Eclipse, and how to speed up the JDT
Editor.
http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/excerpt/eclipseckbk_chap1/index.html

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.NET
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*** Writing Cross-Platform Mobile Applications Using Crossfire
If you are a Microsoft developer familiar with the .NET Framework, you
generally have two options if you want to write mobile applications.
For mobile handsets, you can develop mobile web applications using the
ASP.NET Mobile controls. For standalone applications, you can use the
.NET Compact Framework. However, using the .NET Compact Framework you
can only target Pocket PC devices. And that essentially means that you
are out of luck when it comes to developing for competing devices such
as Palm and Symbian Smartphones. In this article, Wei-Meng Lee
introduces you to a new open source project known as Crossfire that
promises to close the gap.
http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2004/07/12/crossfire.html


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News From Your Peers
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***How to Write a Book Review by the Melbourne PHP User Group
http://melbourne.ug.php.net/content/view/63/59/

Thanks to Chris Burgess for sharing this. You can find this URL along
with other tips and tricks on the O'Reilly UG wiki:
http://wiki.oreillynet.com/usergroups/lpt?HomePage

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                                           http://www.paccomp.com
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