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Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 16:55:00 -0700
From: Marsee Henon <marsee@oreilly.com>
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, May 13
To: pr@lugod.org

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
May 13, 2004
Book News
-Hacking the Code
-iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
-Network Security Hacks 
-Word Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition
-JavaServer Faces
-Managing and Securing a Cisco SWAN 
Upcoming Events
-Derrick Story ("Digital Photography Hacks," "Digital Photography Pocket
Guide"),Unruh's Photography, Santa Rosa, CA--May 15
-Virtual Author Event, "Meet & Geek"--May 22
-O'Reilly at Microsoft Tech Ed 2004, San Diego, CA--May 23-28
Conference News
-Mac OS X Conference Call for Participation--Ends June 11
-O'Reilly Open Source Convention Early Bird Discount--Ends June 18
-We've got a new name--O'Reilly Media
-Treo 600: Not Your Parents' PalmPilot
-Web Programming Certificate Series
-Learning Assembly Language Is Still a Good Idea
-Building a Parrot Compiler
-Take Command of Your Linux Commands
-"Version Control with Subversion": Introduction
-The Missing Digital Photography Hacks
-Automated Web Photo Galleries with iPhoto and Perl
-Hacking Excel, Part 1
-An Inside Look at XP SP2
-Performance Analysis of J2EE Applications Using AOP Techniques
-The State of JAXB: Availability, Suitability, Analysis, and Architecture
-Creating an FTP Client in .NET
News From Your Peers
-Does your group need help with publicity or meetings?
Book News
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:

Don't forget, you can receive 20% off any O'Reilly, No Starch, 
Paraglyph, or Syngress book you purchase directly from O'Reilly.
Just use code DSUG when ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938.

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least $29.95 that go to a single U.S. address. This offer 
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For more details, go to:

New Releases
***Hacking the Code
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1932266658
"Hacking the Code" covers almost all known security issues related to
coding for the Web. It explains how certain code can be attacked, shows
how to edit the code, and offers case studies and examples--actual code
you can drop right into your applications. The book establishes policies
for object input, shows how to audit existing code for potential security
problems, and offers best practices for maintaining a session state,
handling cookies, getting user input, and more. You don't want a course on
security; you just want to fix your code. This book will be your guide.

***iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006926
Users will find a lot to like about the new iPhoto 4, and The Missing
Manual covers it all in detail and with scrupulous objectivity. But this
authoritative guide goes further, giving readers the basics they need to
make iPhoto really work, including coverage of the essentials of
photography, editing basics, and photo presentation. "iPhoto 4: The
Missing Manual, 3rd Edition" covers all of these elements step by step,
and offers details on even the smallest nips and tucks.

***Network Security Hacks 
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006438
This information-packed book provides more than 100 quick, practical, and
clever things to do to help make your Linux, Unix, and Windows networks
more secure. These security hacks don't just cover securing TCP/IP-based
services; they also provide intelligent host-based security techniques.
Loaded with concise but powerful examples of applied encryption, intrusion
detection, logging, trending, and incident response, the book demonstrates
effective methods for defending your servers and networks from a variety
of devious and subtle attacks. 

Five sample hacks are available online:

***Word Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006845
Newly updated for Word 2003, this compact quick reference covers Microsoft
Word's keyboard shortcuts, user interface, commands, and tasks. It
provides an overview of fundamental Word concepts, then explains how to
accomplish specific actions, such as formatting, spellchecking, editing,
printing, customizing, and more. The book also contains reference tables
for quick lookup of keyboard shortcuts, regular expressions, and common
file locations. If you're a Word power user, making the move to Word 2003,
or wanting advanced shortcuts and problem-solving help, "Word Pocket
Guide, 2nd Edition" is a must-have.

***JavaServer Faces
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005393
"JavaServer Faces" teaches developers how to use the new JavaServer Faces
framework to build real-world web applications. The book covers everything
you'll need: how to construct the HTML on the front end; how to create the
user-interface components that connect the front end to your business
objects; how to write a back end that's JSF-friendly; and how to create
the deployment descriptors that tie everything together. This book is a
complete guide to the crucial new JSF technology.

Chapter 1, "Introducing JavaServer Faces" and Chapter 2, "JSF Development
Process Overview" are available online:

***Managing and Securing a Cisco SWAN 
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1932266917
This book is essential reading for any network admin, network engineer, or
security consultant responsible for the design, deployment and/or
management of a Cisco Structured Wireless-Aware Network. It covers all
product features, with particular attention to the challenges of
integrating legacy Cisco products into a Wireless-Aware network.
Specifically, the book will include coverage of Cisco IOS Software-based
Cisco Aironet Series access points, Cisco and Cisco Compatible client
adapters and the CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE).

Upcoming Events
***For more events, please see:

***Derrick Story ("Digital Photography Hacks," "Digital Photography Pocket
Guide"), Unruh's Photography, Santa Rosa, CA--May 15
O'Reilly author and pro photographer Derrick Story is presenting three
mini-sessions designed to help you get the most out of your digital
camera. Sessions begin at 1:00 p.m., and he'll be around to answer
questions and sign copies of his books between sessions. Unruh's will also
have specials on digital cameras and accessories.  823 Fourth St., Santa
Rosa, CA.

***Virtual Author Event, "Meet & Geek," MacCenter, South Florida--May 22
Hook up with Snaggy and Nitrozac ("The Best of the Joy of Tech") and Wil
Wheaton "Dancing Barefoot" in South Florida. Say "hey" via iChat and
iSight, and get a copy of your book signed with digital ink. Signings will
be held several times throughout the afternoon.

***O'Reilly at Microsoft Tech Ed 2004, San Diego, California--May 23-28
Drop by our booth (#1849), say howdy, and look over our latest

Conference News
***Mac OS X Conference Call for Participation--Ends June 11
If you're pushing the Mac envelope, we want you to speak at our third
annual Mac OS X Conference this October. We're looking for proposals from
developers building new apps, admins tapping the open source toolbox,
small business owners powering their bottom lines, and digital musicians
leveraging X's muscle--but we're open to surprises, too. 
The deadline for proposals is June 11.

***O'Reilly Open Source Convention Early Bird Discount--Ends June 18
User Group members who register before June 18, 2004 get a double
discount. Use code DSUG when you register, and you'll get 20% off the
"Early Bird" price.

To register, go to:

O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Portland Marriott Downtown
Portland, OR
July 26-30, 2004

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***We've got a new name--O'Reilly Media
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. is now O'Reilly Media, Inc. As we enter our
second quarter-century, we've changed out name to reflect our expanding
array of products and services. Though the legendary "animal books" remain
a centerpiece of O'Reilly's business, the new name better conveys our
diverse technology information offerings--conferences, the O'Reilly
Network suite of web sites, Safari Tech Books Online, and the new
web-based custom publishing platform, SafariU.

***Treo 600: Not Your Parents' PalmPilot 
Palm's Handspring Treo 600 is at the very high end of the PDA spectrum. It
provides full PalmOS5.2 support with a fast 144MHz ARM processor, a full
GSM or CDMA cell phone, full proxyless web browsing and email support,
synchronization with Palm Desktop and Microsoft Outlook, a 640 by 480
camera with the ability to email directly from the camera, and an SD/MMC
card slot. Ian Darwin takes you inside in this in-depth review.

***Web Programming Certificate Series
This six-course series from the O'Reilly Learning Lab teaches you the
skills needed for web programming, web administration, and web site
development. You'll learn HTML, JavaScript, XML, SQL, Perl, and Unix. Upon
completion of the series, students receive a Certificate of Professional
Development from the University of Illinois Office of Continuing
Education. And for a limited time, enroll in all six courses and save

Open Source
***Learning Assembly Language Is Still a Good Idea
Randall Hyde makes a case for the relevance of learning assembly language
even today. The key, he says, is to learn how to efficiently implement an
application, and the best implementations are written by those who've
mastered assembly language. Randall is the author of No Starch's "Write
Great Code."

***Building a Parrot Compiler
The virtual machine for Perl 6 is not just for Perl 6 anymore. Parrot is a
high-level, high-performance target for all sorts of languages. Dan
Sugalski, coauthor of "Perl 6 Essentials," demonstrates by building a
compiler for a vintage 4GL.

Dan and his coauthor, Allison Randal, are both speaking at July's Open
Source Convention:

***Take Command of Your Linux Commands
In this SearchEnterpriseLinux.com interview, Dan Barrett lists the top
five Linux commands that IT managers should know, Linux tools that should
be mastered, best and worst Linux practices, and the funniest commands in
his lexicon. Dan is the author of "Linux Pocket Guide."

***"Version Control with Subversion": Introduction
Subversion is an open source version control system that can access its
file repository across networks. Various people are able to modify and
manage the same set of data from their respective locations. Collaboration
is fostered, and changes can occur more rapidly. This preview of Chapter 1
from "Version Control with Subversion" (available in July) gives you the
history, features, architecture, and components of this important new
version control system.

***The Missing Digital Photography Hacks
Derrick Story says "The quest to compile compelling hacks is not something
I can just turn off now that 'Digital Photography Hacks' has hit the
streets. It's an addictive process. And I admit it; I can't stop. So here
are five brand-new tips for you to explore."

***Automated Web Photo Galleries with iPhoto and Perl
If iPhoto is working nicely as your digital shoebox, but you want to
automate the process of creating web galleries for your own server, here's
a nifty setup using sendmail, MySQL, and Perl. Mike Schienle, who
specializes in task automation for a living, shows you the system he
designed for his wife, who is an avid photographer.

***Hacking Excel, Part 1 
Learn how to create a workable speedometer (or "speedo") chart, complete
with moving needle, by using a combination of doughnut and pie charts, in
this sample hack from O'Reilly's "Excel Hacks."

***An Inside Look at XP SP2 
The first real beta of SP2, Release Candidate 1, is finally out. Final
release is only a few months away. Is it ready for prime time? And what's
inside? Wei-Meng Lee gives you an inside look.

***Performance Analysis of J2EE Applications Using AOP Techniques 
It's tricky to profile a J2EE application to find performance bottlenecks;
it's even trickier to do this with a production system, without
introducing instability or new slowdowns. Aspect-Oriented Programming
(AOP) offers a means of injecting new code, such as performance metrics,
into existing code, without re-compiling. Ramchandar Krishnamurthy shows
how this can be done.

***The State of JAXB: Availability, Suitability, Analysis, 
and Architecture
JAXB, now part of Sun's Web Services Developer Pack, offers a means of
converting between Java objects and an XML representation. But is it the
ideal solution? Satya Komatineni investigates what JAXB has to offer. 

***Creating an FTP Client in .NET
"The .NET framework provides the plumbing, allowing you to concentrate on
the application you are building." At least, that's the theory, but when
it comes to FTP, .NET has a bit of a gap in the pipes. Jesse Liberty shows
you how to write a simple FTP application in .NET.

News From Your Peers
***Does your group need help with publicity or meetings?
Check out  these helpful articles on our User Group Resource page 
on our wiki:

O'Reilly User Group Wiki

Until next time--


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