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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
May 15, 2006
-The Art of Software Process Improvement
-Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS
-Building Scalable Web Sites
-DNS and BIND, Fifth Edition
-Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0, Fifth Edition
-iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
-IPv6 Essentials, Second Edition
-It's Never Done That Before
-Java I/O, Second Edition
-Learning PHP and MySQL
-MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell, Third Edition
-Scripting for Testers
-Syngress IT Security Project Management Handbook
-VB 2005 Black Book
-Video Conferencing over IP
-O'Reilly at SANE 2006, Delft, The Netherlands--May 15-19
-O'Reilly at XTech 2006: "Building Web 2.0," Amsterdam--May 16-19
-O'Reilly at JavaOne, San Francisco, CA--May 16-19
-Peter Krogh at the American Society of Picture Professionals,
Fairfax, VA--May 17
-Peter Morville at Enterprise Search Summit 2006, New York--May 23-24
-Stephen Few at Technology Transfer, Italy--May 24-26
-Eddie Tapp Photo Workshop, Palo Alto, CA--May 24
-Register for OSCON, July 24-28--Portland,OR
-Register for the Where 2.0 Conference, June 13-14--San Jose, CA
-Scan, Open, & Print Money with dekePod
-Announcing the 2006 O’Reilly Photoshop Cook-Off
-For SARS Press 1, for Bird Flu Press 2...
-BSD Certification Group Inc. Announces UG Fundraising Competition
-The Chicago Perl Mongers are hosting Yet Another Perl Conference
North America--June 26-28
-Creating a Dual-Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Laptop
-Grabbing iTMS Preview Tracks the Geek Way
-Mac FTP: A Guided Tour
-Build a Web-Based Bug Tracking App
-Ensuring Application Compatibility in Vista
-AJAX and Screenreaders: When Can it Work?
-Search Indexing Limits: Where Do Robots Stop?
-Real-Time Java: An Introduction
-Configuration Management in Java EE Applications Using Subversion
-The Maker Faire
-Make Video Podcast: Andrew Filo's Rocket Belt
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***The Art of Software Process Improvement
Rough Cuts Version (limited Review copies available)
"The Art of Software Process Improvement" combines the foundation needed
to understand process improvement theory with the best practices to help
individuals implement process improvement initiatives in their
organization. The three leading programs: ISO 9001:2000, CMMI, and Six
Sigma-amidst the buzz and hype-tend to get lumped together under a
common label. This book delivers a combined guide to all three programs,
compares their applicability, and then sets the foundation for further
exploration. It's a one-stop-shop designed to give you a working
orientation to what the field is all about.
***Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS
This book introduces you to HTML and CSS as you follow along with the
author, step-by-step, to create a fully functional web site. Along the
way, you'll learn how to apply web standards to make your site fast
loading, easy to maintain, viewable in almost every web browser, and
accessible to disabled users.
***Building Scalable Web Sites
This comprehensive guide covers the design of software and hardware
systems for web applications. Using scores of examples and leading-edge
tips, it details proven methods for scaling web applications to millions
of users. Topics include application architecture, development
practices, technologies, Unicode, and general infrastructure work. Ideal
for anyone ready to realize the cost and performance benefits available
to web applications today.
***DNS and BIND, Fifth Edition
The fifth edition covers BIND 9.3.2, the most recent release of the BIND
9 series, as well as BIND 8.4.7. BIND 9.3.2 contains further
improvements in security and IPv6 support, and important new features
such as internationalized domain names, ENUM (electronic numbering), and
SPF (the Sender Policy Framework). Whether you're an administrator
involved with DNS on a daily basis or a user who wants to be more
informed about the Internet and how it works, you'll find that this book
is essential reading.
***Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0, Fifth Edition
This new edition of "Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0", written by Bill Burke
and Richard Monson-Haefel. has been updated to capture the very latest
need-to-know Java technologies in the same award-winning fashion that
drove the success of the previous four editions. Its easy-to-follow
style and hundreds of practical examples help you simplify the complex
world of EJB--without the costly trial and error.
Based on extensive research with experts from the German software
company SAP, this definitive book is ideal for architects, developers,
and other IT professionals who want to understand the technology and
business relevance of enterprise SOA in a detailed way--especially those
who want to move on the technology now, rather than in the next year or
***iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
Movie 6 is all about the ease of moviemaking, but if you really want to
learn its capabilities, Apple documentation won't make the cut. The new
edition of this Missing Manual is the ideal third-party authority that
covers all of these changes through an objective lens, from choosing and
using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs or
posting it online.
***IPv6 Essentials, Second Edition
"IPv6 Essentials, Second Edition" provides a succinct, in-depth tour of
all the new features and functions in IPv6. It guides you through
everything you need to know to get started, including how to configure
IPv6 on hosts and routers and which applications currently support IPv6.
Aimed at system and network administrators, engineers, network
designers, and IT managers, this book will help you understand, plan
for, design, and integrate IPv6 into your current IPv4 infrastructure.
***It's Never Done That Before
Publisher: No Starch Press
"It's Never Done That Before" is a guide to Windows XP troubleshooting
techniques, solving the most common problems in Windows XP, and finding
and fixing more obscure ones. The book provides pointers to explanations
of BIOS beep codes and blue screen errors, instructions for using the
troubleshooting tools supplied with Windows XP such as Safe Mode and the
Recovery Console, and advice for dealing with device drivers, the ROM
BIOS, and the Windows Registry.
***Java I/O, Second Edition
All of Java's Input/Output (I/O) facilities are based on streams, which
provide simple ways to read and write data of different types. "Java I/O,
2nd Edition" tells you all you need to know about the four main
categories of streams and uncovers less-known features to help make your
I/O operations more efficient. You'll also learn how to control number
formatting, use characters aside from the standard ASCII character set,
and get a head start on writing truly multilingual software.
***Learning PHP and MySQL
Featuring basic concepts explained in plain English, "Learning PHP and
MySQL" is the ideal guide for newcomers attracted to the popular PHP and
MySQL combination. Learn how to generate dynamic web content in a slow,
easy-to-follow fashion. Also covers error handling, security, HTTP
authentication, and more.
***MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell, Third Edition
Written by the premier author in Windows administration, William Stanek,
and addressing the needs of Windows 2003 administrators preparing for
the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) exams, "MCSE Core
Required Exams in a Nutshell" is invaluable. Not only does this book
provide the resources administrators need to succeed on the exams, but
to succeed in the real world as well. They can think of this book as the
notes they would have highlighted and then recorded for every essential
nugget of information related to the skills measured in Exams 70-290,
70-291, 70-293, and 70-294 (and by association Exams 70-292 and
"Perl Hacks" taps into the collective wisdom of the world's most
creative Perl gurus, so you can learn from their experiences. It's the
perfect book for experienced developers looking for time-saving
practical tips or dabblers who are simply curious about Perl's many cool
capabilities. Topics include user interaction, data munging, working
with modules, object hacks, and debugging.
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
You've read the tutorials and watched the online videos. You have a
strong grasp of all of the ingredients that make up a successful Rails
application. But ingredients don't just turn themselves into a meal.
Chad Fowler's "Rails Recipes" is a collection of recipes that will take
you step by step through the most cutting edge, modern Rails techniques,
mixing the ingredients to create world-class web applications. Learn how
to do it, and how to do it right.
***Scripting for Testers
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
"Scripting for Testers" is divided into two parts: Talking the Talk and
Walking the Walk. In the first, you'll learn the Ruby scripting language
and the overall craft of scripting. In the second, you'll see how that
knowledge can be applied to solve common testing problems.
Want to calculate the probability that an event will happen? Be able to
spot fake data? Prove beyond doubt whether one thing causes another? Or
learn to be a better gambler? You can do that and much more with 75
practical and fun hacks packed into "Statistics Hacks." These cool tips,
tricks, and mind-boggling solutions from the world of statistics,
measurement, and research methods will not only amaze and entertain you,
but will give you an advantage in several real-world
***Syngress IT Security Project Management Handbook
The definitive work for IT professionals responsible for the management
of the design, configuration, deployment, and maintenance of enterprise
wide security projects. Provides specialized coverage of key project
areas including Penetration Testing, Intrusion Detection and Prevention
Systems, and Access Control Systems.
***VB 2005 Black Book
Publisher: Paraglyph Press
"VB 2005 Programming Black Book" is one of the first comprehensive books
that cover the new version of Visual Basic and the development features
of Microsoft's .NET platform in depth. The book explains the major
changes to VB and provides numerous tips and practical solutions for
developing applications. "VB 2005 Programming Black Book" approaches
every topic methodically: the In Depth section covers all the concepts
being introduced, followed by the Immediate Solutions section that
provide hands-on real-world techniques. This book will guide programmers
through all new features of VB 2005 and provide detailed coverage of all
the new controls, language enhancements, and new architecture features.
***Video Conferencing over IP
Until recently, the reality of video conferencing didn't live up to the
marketing hype. That's all changed. The network infrastructure and
broadband capacity is now in place to deliver clear, real time video and
voice feeds between multiple points of contacts, with market leaders
such as Cisco and Microsoft continuing to invest heavily in development.
In addition, newcomers Skype and Google are poised to launch services
and products targeting this market. "Video Conferencing over IP" is the
perfect guide to getting up and running with video teleconferencing for
small to medium size enterprises.
***MAKE Magazine Subscriptions
The annual subscription price for four issues is $34.95. When you
subscribe with this link, you'll get a free issue--the first one plus
four more for $34.95. So subscribe for yourself or friends with this
great offer for charter subscribers: five volumes for the cost of four.
***For more events, please see:
***O'Reilly at SANE 2006, Delft, The Netherlands--May 15-19
Stop by our bookstall and peruse our latest batch of System
Administration and Networks books and more at the 5th System
Administration and Network Engineering Conference.
***O'Reilly at XTech 2006: "Building Web 2.0," Amsterdam--May 16-19
Meet Kendall Clark (XML.com) and our authors Edd Dumbill ("Mono: A
Developer's Notebook and Linux Unwired"), Paul Graham ("Hackers and
Painters"), Eric van der Vlist ("Relax NG" and "XML Schema") at XTech
2006: "Building Web 2.0."
***O'Reilly at JavaOne, San Francisco, CA--May 16-19
Stop by our booth (#413) and to hear authors Bill Burke ("Enterprise
JavaBeans 3.0, 5th Ed") and Kent Beck ("JUnit Pocket Guide") talk about
the latest developments in Java and how they affect you. While you're
there pick up the new edition of ("Java I/O").
***Peter Krogh at the American Society of Picture Professionals,
Fairfax, VA--May 17
Author Peter Krogh ("The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for
Photographers") will be giving an evening presentation on DAM at the
Washington D.C. Chapter of ASPP.
***Peter Morville at Enterprise Search Summit 2006,
New York, NY--May 23-24
Author Peter Morville ("Ambient Findability") is speaking at Enterprise
Search Summit 2006 on Ambient Findability.
***Stephen Few at Technology Transfer, Italy--May 24-26
Author Stephen Few ("Information Dashboard Design") conducts three
workshops: "Show Me the Numbers" and "Information Visualization for
Discovery and Analysis," and "Dashboard Design for Immediate Insight."
***Eddie Tapp Photo Workshop, Palo Alto, CA--May 24
Eddie Tapp, author of the upcoming book, "Photoshop Workflow Setups:
Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography" will be conducting a 2-hour workshop
on digital workflow.
***OSCON, July 24-28--Portland,OR
OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, is still where open source
rubber meets the road. OSCON happens July 24-28, 2006 in open source
hotspot Portland, Oregon, and registration has just opened. Hundreds of
sessions and tutorials. Thousands of open source mavericks, brainiacs,
hackers, activists, scientists, and their admirers, some in
business-casual disguise. Read all about it.
User Group members who register before June 5, 2006 get a double
discount. Use code "os06dsug" when you register, and receive 15% off
the early registration price.
To register for the conference, go to:
***Register for the Where 2.0 Conference, June 13-14--San Jose, CA
The Where 2.0 Conference brings together the people, projects, and
issues leading the charge into the location-based technology frontier.
Join the developers, innovators, and business people behind the new era
of geospatial technology as they come together--because everything
happens somewhere, and it's all happening here at Where 2.0.
Use code "whr06dsug" when you register, and receive 15% off
the registration price.
To register for the conference, go to:
News From O'Reilly & Beyond
***Scan, Open, & Print Money with dekePod
Deke McClelland Digital imaging guru Deke McClelland just introduced the
pilot for his new show "dekePod," a video podcast with a hip, visually
compelling style. The pilot episode, "It's Your Money, Scan It!", shows
viewers a workaround in Photoshop to scan and open money (under legal
***Announcing the 2006 O’Reilly Photoshop Cook-Off
Win some great prizes from Adobe, Pantone, Lowepro, GretagMacbeth,
iStock Photo, Lynda.com, and more in the 2006 O’Reilly Photoshop
Cook-Off. Just take up to three of your own photos and manipulate them
with Adobe Photoshop, using recipes from any of the five O’Reilly
Photoshop Cookbooks: "Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital
Photographers," "Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital
Photographers," "Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook," "Photoshop Filter
Effects Encyclopedia," and "Photoshop Fine Art Effects Cookbook." The
contest will be judged by a panel of experts from the industry’s A-list:
Bert Monroy, Katrin Eismann, Deke McClelland, Tim Grey, and Mikkel
Aaland, among others. Entries may be submitted from May 15--August 15,
2006. For details and contest rules, go to:
***For SARS Press 1, for Bird Flu Press 2...
One of the key things we can do during a pandemic is to move in-person
congregations and meetings online, creating electronic surrogates for
daily social activities such as classes, business meetings, and social
outings. Brian McConnell examines how organizations can use the latest
telecom technology to help keep society functioning and diminish the
spread of disease if this kind of a disaster takes place.
***BSD Certification Group Inc. Announces UG Fundraising Competition
Calling all User Groups! The BSD Certification Group Inc. just announced
a fundraising competition at BSDCan 2006 (http://www.bsdcan.org).
If you're a member of a BUG, LUG, UUG, or sysadmin user group, here's
your chance to help the BSD Certification Group
(http://www.bsdcertification.org) realize their goal of creating the
standard certification for system administrators of the BSD family of
operating systems. This is a great opportunity to assist in a worthy
cause while showcasing the generosity and creative spirit found within
your user group. For contest details and deadlines, go to:
***The Chicago Perl Mongers are hosting Yet Another Perl Conference
North America--June 26-28
YAPC::NA conference takes place June 26th-28th and will be followed by
open Perl programming classes on the 29th and 30th. Come hear Perl
luminaries such as Larry Wall ("Programming Perl"), Damian Conway ("Perl
Best Practices" & "Perl Hacks"), Randal Schwartz ("Learning Perl" &
"Intermediate Perl"), brian d foy ("Learning Perl" and "Intermediate
Perl"), chromatic ("Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook" & "Perl
Hacks"), Allison Randal ("Perl 6 & Parrot Essentials"), and Andy Lester
("Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell"), and more. Find out what is new in Perl
5 and what is happening with Perl 6 and Parrot.
***Creating a Dual-Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Laptop
Running a Windows-only laptop is hardly ideal for people who do
considerable work in the Linux environment. When Cygwin and ssh aren't
enough, consider at least dual-booting into the free software world.
Kevin Farnham recently converted his new laptop into a half-Windows,
half-Ubuntu GNU/Linux machine. Here's how.
***Grabbing iTMS Preview Tracks the Geek Way
Ever tried to copy a preview track from the iTMS onto your iPod? Hint:
you can't. iTunes won't add those 30-second free previews. Why would you
want to? Some great audio and video are waiting for you to enjoy. Plus,
there's the sheer thrill of geek accomplishment--the "oh, so that's how
to do it" satisfaction.
***Mac FTP: A Guided Tour
(S)FTP has a valuable place in the hearts of web builders and
developers, and is still one of the most practical methods of getting
files from one place to another in a secure manner. In this article,
Giles Turnbull surveys six FTP clients for the Mac platform and shows
you the major characteristics of each.
***Build a Web-Based Bug Tracking App
Having problems tracking bugs every time you create a new project? Jesse
Liberty has the solution. Here, he shows you how to build a Web-based
bug-tracking application using ASP.NET.
***Ensuring Application Compatibility in Vista
What should you do if your enterprise has mission-critical
line-of-business apps that simply must continue running properly once
you've upgraded your desktops to Vista? Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows
Server Hacks, offers insight and advice.
***AJAX and Screenreaders: When Can it Work?
In this insightful report, James reveals the results of independent
tests he has conducted using AJAX scripts in a variety of screen reader
software. The results are sure to surprise you!
'Spanky Corner' is an experimental technique for using only CSS to
produced 'round-cornered content boxes' with semantically pure markup.
***Search Indexing Limits: Where Do Robots Stop? Ever wondered how much
of each of your pages is being crawled by the search engines? Serge has,
which is why he conducted an experiment to test the exact page size that
could be crawled by the search bots.
***Real-Time Java: An Introduction
"Real-Time" Java doesn't mean "really fast," but it does mean "really
predictable," and that's especially important in many fields where an
unpredictable response time, usually caused by the Java Virtual
Machine's garbage collector, can cost money or lives. Peter Mikhalenko
looks at the Real-Time Specification for Java and Sun's first
implementation of the spec.
***Configuration Management in Java EE Applications Using Subversion
Does your enterprise Java application need to store not only complex
objects or documents but a history of changes to them? Many developers
try to solve this problem with database wizardry, but it's probably a
better option to hand the job over to a configuration management system
that is built for the task. In this article, Swaminathan Radhakrishnan
shows how you can implement requirements for change tracking by using a
Subversion repository from your Java application, by way of the JavaSVN
Are you looking for something fun or interesting to do this summer? This
week, we begin with an interview with Julieanne Kost, whose pictures
from airplanes are published in the book Window Seat. Then Google's
Chris Dibona talks to us about the upcoming second Summer of Code.
Finally, Dale Dougherty reads from his article in Make magazine on
Natalie Jeremijenko and her robot dogs. (DTF 05-08-2006: 24 minutes 35
***The Maker Faire
Thousands of makers met up at the San Mateo Fairgrounds on April 22 and
23 for the first-ever Maker Faire. We talk to Make magazine publisher
Dale Dougherty about the Faire and hear from some of the attendees and
exhibitors that made this event so successful. (DTF 05-01-2006: 19
minutes 55 seconds)
***Make Video Podcast: Andrew Filo's Rocket Belt
For more Maker Faire coverage, go to:
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