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Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2009 13:18:05 -0800
From: "Marsee Henon"
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, March 5

                       O'Reilly.com UG Program Newsletter

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     * New Releases
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     * Conferences and Special Events News
     * School of Technology
     * News from O'Reilly & Beyond


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   O'Reilly News for User Group Members
   March 5, 2009

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     * Java Web Services: Up and Running 
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   Upcoming Events

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

   Lesa Snider King at Geek Girl Camp                                         
   Mar 7, 2009                                                                
   Cape Cod Community College                                                 
   Hyannis, MA                                                                
   Author Lesa Snider King (Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual) presents her   
   digital photography and Photoshop Elements workshop "How to Shoot & Edit   
   Like a Pro". She's also teaching "Graphic Secrets for Presenters" which    
   focuses on how to give better presentations by telling your story through  
   pictures, and how to use Photoshop or Elements to turn the imagery you     
   have into the imagery you need.                                            

   Joshua-Michele Ross Featured on "Press:Here"                               
   Mar 8, 2009                                                                
   Joshua-Michele Ross will be featured on "Press:Here," joined by John       
   Schwarz from USA Today and Sarah Lacey from Business Week and Yahoo. The   
   topic will be on Twitter--exploring questions such as what is the value of 
   Twitter to you personally, professionally, and to your brand.              

   Emerging Technology Conference (ETech)                                     
   Mar 9-11, 2009                                                             
   Fairmont San Jose                                                          
   San Jose, CA                                                               
   Joshua-Michele Ross The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech)    
   centers on future technologies that truly matter. From robotics, health    
   care, and space travel to gaming, finance, and art, ETech explores         
   promising technologies new to the innovation horizon, and investigates     
   those that have been on the horizon too long.                              

   Dean Wampler at SD West                                                    
   Mar 10-12, 2009                                                            
   Santa Clara Convention Center                                              
   Santa Clara, CA                                                            
   Author Dean Wampler (co-author of Programming Scala) is teaching a         
   tutorial on "The Seductions of Scala" and a class on "Better Ruby through  
   Functional Programming" at SD West 2009. The tutorial is March 10th and    
   the class is March 12th.                                                   

   Nancy Duarte Presenting at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives  
   Mar 11, 2009                                                               
   Menlo Park, CA                                                             
   Nancy Duarte Nancy Duarte (slide:ology) will be presenting at the Forum    
   for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives (FWE&E). You'll gain insights into    
   story structures and the power that a well developed and delivered         
   presentation can have.                                                     

   QCon London 2009                                                           
   Mar 11-13, 2009                                                            
   The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre                                   
   London, UK                                                                 
   The third annual London enterprise software development conference         
   designed for team leads, architects and project management is back! There  
   is no other event in the UK with similar opportunities for learning,       
   networking, and tracking innovation occurring in the Java, .NET, Ruby,     
   SOA, Agile, and architecture communities. Madness and fun!                 

   Lesa Snider King at Geek Girl Camp                                         
   Mar 12, 2009                                                               
   Randolph, MA                                                               
   Author Lesa Snider King (Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual) presents her   
   digital photography and Photoshop Elements workshop "How to Shoot & Edit   
   Like a Pro". She's also teaching "Graphic Secrets for Presenters" which    
   focuses on how to give better presentations by telling your story through  
   pictures, and how to use Photoshop or Elements to turn the imagery you     
   have into the imagery you need.                                            

   Ken Lunde at Worldware Conference                                          
   Mar 17-19, 2009                                                            
   Hilton Santa Clara                                                         
   Santa Clara, CA                                                            
   Author Ken Lunde (CJKV Information Processing) presents "GB 18030 a**      
   Regional Challenges in Internationalizing Software."                       

   Wendy Chisholm and Matt May at SXSW                                        
   Mar 17, 2009                                                               
   Room Day Stage, Austin Convention Center                                   
   Austin, TX                                                                 
   Authors Wendy Chisholm and Matt May read from and discuss Universal Design 
   for Web Applications.                                                      

   Nancy Duarte Speaks at presentation//reboot                                
   Mar 17-19, 2009                                                            
   Duarte Design, 161 E. Evelyn Ave.                                          
   Mountain View, CA                                                          
   Nancy Duarte (slide:ology) and Garr Reynolds host a six-hour seminar on    
   presentations. This seminar will transform you into a creative thinker and 
   change the way you prepare, design, and deliver your next presentation.    
   Choose from three different days, and register now--space is limited.      

   Bill Scott at Mix09                                                        
   Mar 18-20, 2009                                                            
   The Venetian                                                               
   Las Vegas, NV, USA                                                         
   Author Bill Scott (Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for   
   Rich Interaction) will be presenting "Interactive Prototyping with DHTML." 

   Nancy Duarte Honored at Silicon Valley's 2009 Women of Influence Awards    
   Mar 18, 2009                                                               
   The Fairmont Hotel                                                         
   San Jose, CA                                                               
   Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and El Camino Hospital will       
   recognize 100 outstanding women who exercise power and influence within    
   business, government, or nonprofits in Silicon Valley, and serve as role   
   models for future generations of leaders. Among the honorees is Nancy      
   Duarte, author of slide:ology. Registration is mandatory.                  

   Stephen Johnson Gives a Class on Hands-on Digital Black and White Printing 
   Mar 19-22, 2009                                                            
   Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery                                          
   Pacifica, CA                                                               
   Join Stephen Johnson (Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography) in his       
   studio for four days of hands-on printing instruction.                     

   Dux Raymond Sy presents "7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project         
   Management Success"                                                        
   Mar 23, 2009                                                               
   Sheraton Inner Harbor                                                      
   Baltimore, MD, USA                                                         
   SharePoint for PM Dux Raymond Sy (SharePoint for Project Management) will  
   present "7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success" at  
   the SharePoint Conference.ORG. Acquire the practical knowledge of how      
   SharePoint can address common project management challenges such as        
   Inefficient communication among stakeholders, poor document management     
   practices, and undefined project collaboration standards that can          
   compromise project success.                                                

   Lesa Snider King at Photoshop World Boston                                 
   Mar 25, 2009                                                               
   Hynes Convention Center                                                    
   Boston, MA                                                                 
   Lesa Snider King (Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual) presents "Graphic     
   Secrets: Combining Photos & Vectors." Learn how to easily combine          
   illustrations with photography in this super creative session. Glean the   
   secret to importing vectors into your document so you can experiment with  
   them as backgrounds, artful embellishments, ornamental photo frames, and   
   more -- all without losing an ounce of quality!                            

   Dux Raymond Sy presents: "Empowering Your Organization with SharePoint: An 
   Executive Seminar"                                                         
   Mar 30, 2009                                                               
   Learning Tree Alexandria Education Center                                  
   Alexandria, VA                                                             
   Over the course of one day, SharePoint expert Dux Raymond Sy (SharePoint   
   for Project Management) will detail the benefits SharePoint can deliver to 
   your organization through a combination of lecture, presentations and      
   demonstrations. This comprehensive, non-technical overview is designed to  
   help you assess how SharePoint Technologies can have a positive effect on  
   your companya**s productivity and competitiveness.                         

   "Using Drupal" Authors Present Lullabot Drupal Workshops                   
   Mar 30-Apr 3, 2009                                                         
   Biltmore Hotel                                                             
   Providence, RI                                                             
   Authors James Walker, Jeff Robbins, Angie Byron, and Nate Haug (Using      
   Drupal) will be leading a week of Drupal workshops in Providence, RI.      


   Conference News

   Emerging Technology Conference " title= Last Chance--Emerging Technology
   Conference 2009
   March 9-12, 2009 in San Jose, CA

   Use code "et09usrg" when you register, and receive an additional 30% off
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   O'Reilly Found, The Search Acquisition and Architecture Conference
   O'Reilly Found, The Search Acquisition and Architecture Conference
   June 9-11, 2009 in Burlingame, CA

   Use code "fo09usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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   Velocity 2009 Velocity 2009
   June 22-24, 2009 in San Jose, CA

   Use code "vel09usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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   RailsConf 2009 RailsConf 2009
   May 4-7, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV
   Co-presented by O'Reilly Media and Ruby Central

   Use code "rc09usrg" when you register, and receive 10% off the
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   Where 2.0 Conference Where 2.0 2009
   May 19-21, 2009 in San Jose, CA

   Use code "whr09usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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   MySQL Conference & Expo MySQL Conference & Expo
   April 20-23, 2009 in Santa Clara, CA
   Co-presented by O'Reilly Media and MySQL

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   Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco
   March 31-April 3, 2009 in San Francisco, CA
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   OSCON 2009 OSCON 2009
   July 20-24, 2009 in San Jose, CA

   If you have ideas for speakers and topics please send them to:
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   If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got
   20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the
   world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their
   Create your own Ignite in your area.

   Upcoming Ignite events:

     * Ignite Reno 1, March 7, 148 West St. Reno, NV
     * Ignite Denver 2, March 11, Forest Room 5 , Denver, CO
     * Announcing Ignite Spatial 2, March 11, 52 King St Sydney New South
       Wales, Australia
     * Ignite Boise, March 19, Egyptian Theater, 700 W. Main Street, Boise,
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   As described in Computer Book Sales as a Technology Trend Indicator, and
   our other posts on the State of the Computer Book Market we have an
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     * Part 2: The Technologies
     * Part 3: The Publishers
     * Part 4:The Languages
     * Part 5: eBooks and Summary

   Why Kindle Should Be An Open Book
   In O'Reilly Insights on Forbes.com, Tim O'Reilly boldly predicts that
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   Twitter Drives Traffic, Sales: A Case Study
   Back in December, Dell reported that offers from its Dell Outlet Twitter
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   Call For Makers: Maker Faire Bay Area 2009
   We are now accepting entries for the Maker Faire Bay Area, May 30 and 31
   at the San Mateo County Expo Center. This year's focus is Re-Make America,
   inspired by President Obama's call for all of us to participate in
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   Sneak Peek at iWork '09 & Share Your Tips Contest
   Currently available as a Rough Cut, the new book will teach you everything
   you need to know about Apple's incredible productivity programs, including
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   take a minute to share an iWork '09 tip and you could win free access to
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   What You'll Find in "Ruby Best Practices"
   When Ruby Best Practices first entered roughcuts, Gregory Brown passed on
   a couple copies to some reviewers to see what they thought, and Peter
   Cooper summed things up pretty accurately.
   And here's a sample chapter "Mastering the Dynamic Toolkit" in PDF.

   Ignite Launches Weekly Video Series Highlighting the Best of GeekCulture
   Ignite captures the best of geek culture in a series of five-minute speed
   presentations on topics ranging from "The Best Way to Buy a Car" to
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   say? Could you stand the pressure? Every week, find out how some of the
   smartest minds on the planet dealt with this situation as your host, Brady
   Forrest, highlights a different talk from Ignites around the world.


   Safari Books Online Optimizes for Top Mobile Devices
   Safari Books Online Ubiquitous for Users On-the-Go Safari Books Online is
   now fully optimized to support the top mobile devices in the United
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   ETech Preview: Creating Biological Legos
   If you've gotten tired of hacking firewalls or cloud computing, maybe it's
   time to try your hand with DNA. That's what Reshma Shetty is doing with
   her Doctorate in Biological Engineering from MIT. Apart from her crowning
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   active in the developing field of synthetic biology and has recently
   helped found a company called Gingko BioWorks which is developing enabling
   technologies to allow for rapid prototyping of biological systems.

   ETech Preview: Inside Factory China, An Interview with Andrew Huang
   China has become the production workhorse of the consumer electronics
   industry. Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life
   across the Pacific Ocean. But what is it like to shepherd a product
   through the design and production process? Andrew "bunnie" Huang has done
   just that with the Chumby, a new internet appliance.


   Until next time-
   Marsee Henon
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