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----- Forwarded message from Marsee Henon -----

Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 14:12:09 -0700
From: "Marsee Henon"
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, April 29
To: root@lugod.org

   In this issue:

     * New Releases
     * Upcoming Events
     * Conference News
     * School of Technology
     * News from O'Reilly & Beyond


   O'Reilly News for User Group Members
   April 29, 2008

   New Releases: Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts

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   New Releases: Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts:

     * Adobe AIR for JavaScript Developers Pocket Guide 
     * Big Book of Apple Hacks 
     * Fine Art Printing for Photographers, Second Edition (Rocky Nook) 
     * Flex 3 Cookbook Rough Cut 
     * FXRuby (Pragmatic Bookshelf) 
     * Google Apps Hacks 
     * Hackerteen 
     * Harnessing Hibernate 
     * Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments 
     * Java Power Tools 
     * Learning Flash Media Server 3 
     * My New Mac (No Starch) 
     * MySQL in a Nutshell, Second Edition 
     * Painting the Web 
     * Photoshop CS3 Accelerated (Young Jin) 
     * Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers 
     * Programming Flex 3 Rough Cut 
     * Programming Groovy (Pragmatic Bookshelf) 
     * Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain
       World (Hard Cover) 
     * Take Control of iWeb: iLife '08 (TidBITS) 
     * Web 2.0 Mashups and Niche Aggregators 
     * Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide (Hard Cover)

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   Upcoming Events

   For more events, please see: events.oreilly.com

   Harold Davis Hosts a Weekend Workshop on Night Photography                 
   May 2-4, 2008                                                              
   Berkeley, CA                                                               
   Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital      
   Photographers) will be hosting a weekend workshop on night photography in  
   Berkeley, CA.                                                              

   Maker Faire 2008                                                           
   May 3-4, 2008                                                              
   San Mateo County Fairgrounds                                               
   San Mateo, CA                                                              
   A two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts,             
   engineering, and science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset.    
   It's for creative, resourceful people who like to tinker and love to make  
   things. We call them Makers. For more information, contact Sherry Huss at  
   sherry @ oreilly.com or see the Maker Faire web site.                      

   Derrick Story at the Stanford/Palo Alto Macintosh User Group               
   May 5, 2008                                                                
   Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)                                  
   Palo Alto, CA                                                              
   Author Derrick Story (The Digital Photography Companion, iPhoto 8: The     
   Missing Manual, and Digital Photography Hacks) presents iPhoto 8.          
   Please see the SLAC information page for details on access and security at 

   XTech 2008: The Web on the Move                                            
   May 6-9, 2008                                                              
   Radisson SAS Royal Hotel                                                   
   Dublin, Ireland                                                            
   Doug Crockford (JavaScript the Good Parts) Doug Tidwell (XSLT, 2nd Ed),    
   Eric van der Vlist (XML Schema) and Edd Dumbill (Mono) at XTech. XTech is  
   the premier European conference for developers, information designers and  
   managers working with web and standards-based technologies bringing        
   together the worlds of web development, open source, Web 2.0 and open      
   standards. The theme for this year's conference is "The Web on the Move."  

   Pycon Italy                                                                
   May 9-11, 2008                                                             
   Viva Hotel Lauru                                                           
   Florence, Italy                                                            
   Alex Martelli (Python in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition) will give a talk at      
   Pycon Italy. This is the second Italian conference organized by a bunch of 
   Python enthusiasts and held in the beautiful city of Florence. Come and    
   see our latest publications at the O'Reilly booth.                         

   Where 2.0                                                                  
   May 12-14, 2008                                                            
   Burlingame, CA                                                             
   The Where 2.0 Conference provides a unique environment for the business    
   community to interact with developers who are influencing location-aware   
   technology. In the O'Reilly tradition, leading trends will be presented    
   from the most innovative and interesting players in the realm of geospace. 

   Ignite! Where 2.0                                                          
   May 12, 2008                                                               
   SFO Marriott, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway                                    
   Burlingame, CA                                                             
   Come join us for a night of fun as we take time out from Where 2.0 to      
   present ideas, share crazy projects, and hang out with the geek community. 
   You must have your Where Badge to enter. For more information, email       
   ignite @ oreilly.com.                                                      

   Subject to Change Book Release Event                                       
   May 13, 2008                                                               
   Adaptive Path Offices                                                      
   363 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA                                      
   Join O'Reilly Media & Adaptive Path as we celebrate the release of our new 
   book Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an          
   Uncertain World. The event starts at 6 PM for reception and mingling, then 
   onto a quick presentation, more mingling, and ending with a book signing.  

   Python Author & Trainer Mark Lutz Leads 3-Day Seminar                      
   May 14-16, 2008                                                            
   Longmont, Colorado                                                         
   Python author and trainer Mark Lutz (Learning Python, Programming Python,  
   and Python Pocket Reference) will be teaching a 3-day Python class.        

   Dux Raymond Sy at the North Carolina PMI Chapter                           
   May 15, 2008                                                               
   Sheraton Imperial, Research Triangle Park                                  
   Durham, NC                                                                 
   Author Dux Raymond SY (SharePoint for Project Managers) presents           
   "Enhancing Project Communication and Collaboration with a PMIS."           

   Dru Lavigne at BSDCan 2008 in Ottawa                                       
   May 16-17, 2008                                                            
   University of Ottawa                                                       
   Ottawa, ON                                                                 
   Dru Lavigne (BSD Hacks) will be giving a tutorial on system                
   administration, as well as manning the registration booth and proctoring   
   the BSDA exam. Keep an eye out for her!                                    

   O'Reilly Authors at WebVisions                                             
   May 22-23, 2008                                                            
   Oregon Convention Center                                                   
   Portland, OR                                                               
   David Verba (Subject To Change), Kevin Hoyt (Adobe Integrated Runtime      
   (AIR) for JavaScript Developers Pocket Guide), David McFarland             
   (Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual), Christopher Schmitt (CSS Cookbook,  
   Second Edition) are speakers at this year's event.                         

   May 29-Jun 1, 2008                                                         
   Co-presented by O'Reilly Media and Ruby Central                            
   Portland, OR                                                               
   The largest official conference dedicated to everything Ruby on Rails,     
   RailsConf incorporates keynotes, sessions, and tutorials to arm            
   participants with the knowledge and skills they need to capitalize on the  
   wealth of services and opportunities the Rails framework has to offer.     

   O'Reilly at BookExpo America                                               
   May 30-Jun 1, 2008                                                         
   Los Angeles Convention Center                                              
   Los Angeles, CA                                                            
   Stop by and say hi at our table in the International Rights Center at this 
   year's event.                                                              

   David Ascher and Brian King at eLiberatica--The benefits of Open and Free  
   May 30-31, 2008                                                            
   The World Trade Centre                                                     
   Bucharest, Romania                                                         
   Authors David Ascher (Python Cookbook) and Brian King (Creating            
   Applications with Mozilla) will be talking at eLiberatica. Following the   
   huge public success of the first eLiberatica in 2007, this conference will 
   continue in the same tradition: to gather community and business leaders   
   around the world to talk about the hottest Open and Free Technologies      
   topics; you will hear from today's experts in various fields of technical  
   and business practice and become part of an event that is far more than a  
   simple conference. Come and see our latest publications at the O'Reilly    

   Harold Davis at Book Passage in Corte Madera                               
   May 31, 2008                                                               
   Book Passage                                                               
   Corte Madera, CA                                                           
   Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital      
   Photographers) will be presenting "100 Views of the Golden Gate." He will  
   present images of the Golden Gate and sign copies of his book.             


   Conference News

   O'Reilly Where 2.0 2008 is Open Last Chance for Where 2.0 2008
   May 12-14, 2008 in Burlingame, CA
   At the O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, we expose the tools pushing the
   boundaries of the location frontier, track the emergence of new business
   models and services, and spend time examining new sources of data and the
   platforms for collecting them.
   Use code "whr08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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   O'Reilly Registration for RailsConf 2008 is Open Registration for
   RailsConf 2008 is Open
   May 29-June 1, 2008 in Portland, OR
   Co-produced by Ruby Central and O'Reilly Media, RailsConf is "the" event
   for the growing Rails Community--the largest official gathering
   dedicatedto everything Rails. If you're passionate about Rails and what it
   helps you achieve--or if you're curious about how Rails can help you
   create web applications better and faster--this conference is the place to
   Use code "rc08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
   registration price. Click here to register for the conference.
   O'Reilly GSP East Conference Registration for the O'Reilly GSP East
   Conference is Open
   June 9-11, 2008 in Washington, DC
   GSP is the premier conference for developers and marketers building and
   distributing apps for MySpace, Facebook, OpenSocial, and other social
   networking platforms. Over three days of tutorials, sessions, and
   keynotes, participants will explore how to reach online communities using
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   Use code "gspe08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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   O'Reilly Velocity Conference Registration for the O'Reilly Velocity
   Conference is Open
   June 23-24, 2008 in Burlingame, CA
   Velocity is designed to deliver the best information on building and
   operating web sites that are fast, reliable, and always up. We're bringing
   together people from around the world who are doing the best performance
   work, to improve the experience of web users worldwide. Pages will be
   faster. Sites will have higher up-time. Companies will achieve more with
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   Use code "vel08usgr" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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   Click here to register for the conference.
   Ubuntu Live 2008 Registration for Ubuntu Live is Open
   July 21-22, 2008 in Portland, OR
   Ubuntu Live is a vibrant and important gathering of IT professionals,
   government and business leaders, educators, community leaders, enterprise
   and business users. The conference brings together the people who deploy
   and manage Ubuntu in organizations, companies offering services and
   solutions based on Ubuntu, customers of those services, users of Ubuntu,
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   Use code "ubu08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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   O'Reilly Open Source Convention 2008 Registration for the O'Reilly Open
   Source Convention 2008 is Open
   July 21-25, 2008 in Portland, OR
   Join over 2,500 open source developers, hackers, experts, IT managers, and
   users at OSCON 2008. This year's convention will include 40 tutorials that
   go deep into open source technology and over 400 sessions focusing on
   Administration, Business, Databases, Emerging Topics, Java, Linux, Mobile,
   People, Perl, PHP, Programming, Python, Ruby, Security, Web Applications,
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   Use code "os08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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     * PHP/SQL Programming
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   News from O'Reilly & Beyond

   UG News

   Maker Faire Coming up Soon--May 3 & 4 at the San Mateo Expo Center
   "Combining old-fashioned crafters with forward-thinking technorati,
   fashionistas, and mad scientists of all stripes, the Maker Faire is a
   hands-on celebration of all things DIY brought to life by Make
   magazine."--The Onion

   Linux Pro Magazine Free Issue Offer
   Linux Pro Magazine (known as Linux Magazine outside North America) is
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   Pro Magazine you will find the tools, tutorials, and reviews you need to
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   hands-on information you need in your daily Linux use. As a bonus, each
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   Adobe Lightroom Adventure continues in Tasmania
   In April 2008, a group of internationally renowned photographers traveled
   to the end of the world, literally, to the remote island of Tasmania.
   Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, photographers will upload, sort, keyword,
   adjust, and output their Raw images while still working in the field. Read
   the stories, see the images, and watch the photographers discuss this
   challenging assignment. Mikkel Aaland, project director, will capture the
   lessons learned for his book on Adobe Lightroom, scheduled to be published
   later this year.

   Tourism Tasmania is offering a chance to win a trip for two to Tasmania,
   Australia. Read on for the details.

   New Publishers on Safari Books Online
   We are pleased to announce the introduction of John Wiley & Sons content
   to Safari Books Online. With the inclusion of Wiley content, Safari Books
   Online is now the only source for online access to the world's top four
   technology publishers. Pearson, John Wiley & Sons, O'Reilly Media, and
   Microsoft Press represent 85% of the computer books sold at retail in the
   U.S., according to Nielsen BookScan.

   TECHbash 2008 in Northeastern Pennsylvania on May 10
   Join an estimated 300 Developers, IT Professionals, CIO's and Industry
   Experts from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and host-state, Pennsylvania.
   This one day event brings together a broad spectrum of Technology
   Professionals to network, knowledge share and discuss existing technology
   solutions to business challenges, as well as preview prerelease products
   on the bleeding edge.

   This year, they've expanded to three tracks offering more presentations
   and providing more content choices. The event opens with a keynote
   presentation by Joe Stagner, Program Manager for Microsoft's Web Tools and
   Platform Division.

   Getting Started with Dreamweaver and CSS--A One-Day Web Publishing
   Workshop from Mogo Seminars Learn everything you need to know about
   building compelling websites using Adobe Dreamweaver CS3! Whether you're
   totally new to building websites, or migrating from GoLive or a previous
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   workflow together-- from design and prototyping through development and
   testing--using easy-to-understand examples from a designer's point of
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   Southwest Computer Conference, San Diego, CA--May 30-June 1
   This conference is now open to all computer enthusiasts--not only computer
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   users who have similar interests: share ideas and experiences as well as
   solutions to problems. Speak directly to the vendors whose products you
   use or want to use. The $60 early-bird registration closes May 1.

   MacVoices--Barbara Brundage Discusses Adobe Elements 6 for the Mac
   Join Chuck Joiner and Barbara Brundage (Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The
   Missing Manual) as they talk about why Elements 6 really does 90% of what
   most photographers need, why Layers are and are not important in Elements
   6, and why the addition of Curves is such an important addition. Barbara
   talks about her favorite features and provides some tips for improving
   your photo editing.

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   Why should I upgrade to Office 2008 for Macintosh?
   Author Jim Elferdink talks about what's new in Office 2008 for Macintosh.
   If you're still using Office 2004, you'll find some great reasons to
   upgrade. Jim also fills you in on some cool features that Office for
   Windows can't match, and why you may not need to invest in iWork.

   Ruport: Business Reporting for Ruby
   No one likes developing reporting tools for an application. But without
   them, many applications are only half-done. Luckily, Ruby has a great
   reporting infrastructure available to build on, and in this article,
   you'll learn how to use it.

   The iPhone SDK: APIs Apple Didn't Want You to Know About
   The iPhone has been a hot item ever since it came out, but running
   non-Apple supplied software on it isn't easy. But the secrets to building
   a successful toolchain to create iPhone applications can be found right

   Step by Step: Using Samba to join a Windows Domain
   Samba has made getting Linux and Windows systems talking to each other
   much easier than it once was. But there are still some tasks that are more
   than a little finicky. One of them is definitely joining a Samba client to
   a domain-based Windows network. Luckily, now you'll have a step by step
   guide to doing just that.

   For more articles, go to: http://www.oreillynet.com/



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   My Transition to Using O'Reilly Safari Online Books Service
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   The Best ActionScript Book Ever Written
   Unforgettable Tasmania--Leo Laporte reports on the latest Lightroom
   Looking for a Few Good SysAdmin Problems to Solve in Python
   How to Make Applets (and JavaFx) Viable
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   For more blogs, go to: http://www.oreillynet.com/blogs/

   Until next time-
   Marsee Henon
               Spreading the knowledge of innovators.O'Reilly.com
   O'Reilly Media, Inc. 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
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