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Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 12:27:35 -0800
From: "Marsee Henon"
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, November 21

                       O'Reilly.comUG Program Newsletter

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   Beijing                                                                    
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   San Rafael, CA                                                             
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   New York City, NY                                                          
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   Setphane Faroult Presents "SQL in Depth - The Art of SQL and Refactoring   
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   Nov 27-28, 2008                                                            
   Shanghai                                                                   
   Setphane Faroult (The Art of SQL) will present a two-day seminar organized 
   by Oracle University.                                                      

   Setphane Faroult Presents "SQL in Depth - The Art of SQL and Refactoring   
   SQL Applications"                                                          
   Dec 1-2, 2008                                                              
   Hong Kong                                                                  
   Setphane Faroult (The Art of SQL) will present a two-day seminar organized 
   by Oracle University.                                                      

   Marco Casario presents at MAX Europe                                       
   Dec 1-4, 2008                                                              
   Milan, Italy                                                               
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   Setphane Faroult Presents "SQL in Depth - The Art of SQL and Refactoring   
   SQL Applications"                                                          
   Dec 4-5, 2008                                                              
   Singapore                                                                  
   Setphane Faroult (The Art of SQL) will present a two-day seminar organized 
   by Oracle University.                                                      

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   Harold Davis at Blackoak Books in Berkeley                                 
   Dec 6, 2008                                                                
   Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave                                         
   Berkeley, CA                                                               
   Harold Davis reads from "100 Views of the Golden Gate" and "Practical      
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   John Papa at VSLive in Dallas, Texas                                       
   Dec 8, 2008                                                                
   Dallas, TX                                                                 
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   Dec 10-12, 2008                                                            
   New Orleans Marriott Hotel                                                 
   New Orleans, LA                                                            
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