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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
August 4, 2006
-Building a VoIP Network with Nortel's Multimedia Communication Server 5100
-CSS: The Missing Manual
-Designing and Building Enterprise DMZs
-Firewall Policies and VPN Configurations
-Google Hacks, Third Edition
-Mastering Regular Expressions, Third Edition
-Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing, Exploit Development, and
-Music Technology Magazine's Ten Minute Masters
-Network Security Assessment
-The Photoshop Anthology
-Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit, Second Edition
-Programming Python, Third Edition
-The Relational Database Dictionary
-Scripting VMware Power Tools
-Stealing the Network
-Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography
-Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks
-Web Application Security
-Windows Developer Power Tools (Rough Cuts)
-Windows for Intel Macs (PDF)
-Windows Media Center Wizardry (PDF)
-Visit O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, San Francisco, CA--August 15-17
-Author Rich Gibson at the Apple Store, San Francisco, CA--August 24
-O'Reilly at RailsConf Europe, Central London, UK--
-O'Reilly at OpenCON 2006,Venice, Italy--December 2-3
-O'Reilly Authors at Flash on the Beach, Brighton, UK--December 4-6
-EuroOSCON Registration is Open
-ETEL 2007 Call for Participation
-OSCON 2006 Coverage
-Last Chance to enter our Contest (US Residents Only)
-Pocket Refs in PDF
-User Group Members receive a special 30% discount on
Learning Lab Courses
-Interview with Jakob Nielsen
-Download our product catalogs in PDF
-Building a Desktop Firewall
-What Is OpenDocument?
-Linux on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
-The CakePHP Framework
-Review: Frontier Design TranzPort
-Automate Your Favorite Photoshop Routines
-So Del.icio.us! Intelligent Tagging for the Mac User
-How Does Open Source Software Stack Up on the Mac?
-Best Windows Admin Downloads
-Drag and Drop Ajax Programming with Atlas
-What is Geronimo?
-Receive MAKE's "Weekend Project" PDF Podcast Through iTunes
-MacOSG Interviews O'Reilly Editor Edie Freedman
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***Building a VoIP Network with Nortel's Multimedia Communication
This is the only book you need if you are tasked with designing,
installing, configuring, and troubleshooting a converged network built
with Nortel's Multimedia Concentration Server 5100, and Multimedia
Communications Portfolio (MCP) products. With this book, you'll be able
to design, build, secure, and maintain a cutting-edge converged
network to satisfy all of your business requirements.
***CSS: The Missing Manual
Cascading Style Sheets are now a reliable method for handling all kinds
of Web page presentations--from fonts and colors to page layout. But
due to CSS's complexity, most designers treat it as a kind of
window-dressing to spruce up the appearance of their sites without
tapping into the real power of CSS. "CSS: The Missing Manual" explains
how you can use this powerful to build sparklingly new web sites, or
refurbish old sites that are ready for an upgrade.
***Designing and Building Enterprise DMZs
"Building DMZs for Enterprise Networks" covers a sorely needed area in
critical business infrastructure: the Demilitarized Zone. DMZs play a
crucial role in any network consisting of a Hosted Internet Web Server,
internal servers which need to be segregated, External to Internal DNS
Server, and an email SMTP Relay Agent. This book covers what an
administrator needs to plan out and integrate a DMZ into a network for
small, medium, and Enterprise networks.
***Firewall Policies and VPN Configurations
The security provided by firewalls and VPNs is only as strong as the
protocol rules and policies that you create. This book provides
fundamental information necessary to configure firewalls and build VPNs
and DMZs to survive the dangers of today's internet. Products covered
include Cisco PIX Firewall, ISA Server 2004, Check Point NGX, Juniper's
NetScreen Firewalls, SonicWall, and Nokia.
***Google Hacks, Third Edition
Now that new features and services such as Google Maps, Google Talk, and
Google Desktop have been added to the expanding Google universe, we've
made the third edition of this bestseller into an infinitely more useful
book for this powerful search engine. You'll not only find dozens of
hacks for new Google services, but plenty of updated tips, tricks, and
scripts for hacking the old ones.
***Mastering Regular Expressions, Third Edition
Written in the lucid, entertaining tone that makes a complex, dry topic
become crystal-clear to programmers, and sprinkled with solutions to
complex real-world problems, "Mastering Regular Expressions, Third
Edition" offers a wealth information that you can put to immediate use.
***Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing, Exploit Development, and
This is the first book available for the Metasploit Framework (MSF),
the attack platform of choice for one of the fastest growing careers
in IT security: Penetration Testing. The book and companion web site
will provide professional penetration testers and security researchers
with a fully integrated suite of tools for discovering, running, and
testing exploit code.
***Music Technology Magazine's Ten Minute Masters
Publisher: PC Publishing
"Music Tech Magazine's Ten Minute Masters" is a collection of explanations
of music theories, technologies, protocols, and processes. As useful to the
newcomer as to the expert, the collection gives everyone sufficient
information to grasp a concept in the space of 1,500 words--or just ten
minutes! From analogue recording to Audio CDs, from cabling to copyright,
and from filters to Firewire, this is an invaluable collection for anyone
involved in the music technology field.
***Network Security Assessment
This book will take readers from the discovery of vulnerabilities and
the creation of the corresponding exploits, through a complete security
assessment, all the way through deploying patches against these
vulnerabilities to protect their networks. This book is unique in that
it details both the management and technical skill and tools required to
develop an effective vulnerability management system.
***The Photoshop Anthology
"The Photoshop Anthology" is full-color, 101 question-and-answer book
for web designers who want to use Photoshop more effectively to build
web sites and create better looking web graphics. The book will show
you how you can use Photoshop to create buttons, backgrounds, text
effects, optimized photos, web interfaces, animated GIFs, and more for
your web site. Additionally, the book will walk you through the entire
process of designing a Website in Photoshop--from using layers to keep
organized to using the slice tool to create individual web site elements.
When it comes to creating dynamic web sites, the open source PHP
language is red-hot property: used on more than 20 million web sites
today, PHP is now more popular than Microsoft's ASP.NET technology. With
our Cookbook's unique format, you can learn how to build dynamic web
applications that work on any web browser. This revised new edition
makes it easy to find specific solutions for programming challenges.
***Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit, Second Edition
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
All over the world, software teams are using unit testing both to verify
their code and as a way of helping them design better code. This book is
unique in the way it covers two aspects: showing developers both how and
***Programming Python, Third Edition
An industry standard just got even better. This bestseller from O'Reilly
has been updated to reflect the many changes introduced by Python 2.5.
It teaches the most common Python application domains from the ground up
with plenty of real-world examples and in-depth discussion. Ideal for
novices as well as advanced practitioners.
***The Relational Database Dictionary
"The Relational Database Dictionary" is exactly what designers,
programmers, students, and database administrators (DBAs) need, a single
source where they can find precise definitions. Authored by C.J. Date, a
respected expert, this pocket-sized dictionary is the definitive
glossary of terms and concepts used with relational databases such as
Oracle products, IBM's DB2, Microsoft's SQL Server, MySQL, and
PostgreSQL. It provides structure and clarity that will help build
proficiency and accuracy in working with today's relational databases.
>From data structures and algorithms, to integration with cutting-edge
technologies, the "Ruby Cookbook" has something for every programmer.
When you need to solve a problem, don't reinvent the wheel: look it up
in the Cookbook.
***Scripting VMware Power Tools
This book covers the native tools that VMware provides with ESX Server.
It then discusses in detail the different scripting API's and how they
can be leveraged to provide some very useful, practical and time saving
tools to manage a virtual infrastructure. From virtual server
provisioning to backups and everything in between, all will be covered
in detail with real world examples that have been tested and will work
either copied directly from the book or with slight modifications for
the reader's specific environments.
***Stealing the Network
The best-selling "Stealing the Network" series reaches its climactic
conclusion as law enforcement and organized crime form a high-tech web
in an attempt to bring down the shadowy hacker-villain known as Knuth in
the most technically sophisticated Stealing book yet. As with previous
titles, "How to Own a Shadow" is a fictional story that demonstrates
accurate, highly detailed scenarios of computer intrusions, and
***Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography
A master photographer and teacher since 1977, Stephen Johnson is widely
recognized as a pioneer of digital photography. His new book chronicles
his ride on the bleeding edge of this medium's evolution, and provides a
practical in-depth introduction to digital photography that includes the
latest techniques. Complete with beautiful color photographic examples
and illustrations, this book is a unique, passionate, holistic
examination for every student of photography.
***Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks
Publisher: No Starch Press
This newbie's guide to Ubuntu lets readers learn by doing. Step-by-step
projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts and increase the reader's
understanding of topics such as installing new software; Internet
connectivity; working with removable devices; and even handling DVDs and
iPods. Average desktop users are eased into the world of commands, thus
allowing them to work with script-based applications; converting RPMs to
DEB files; and compiling software from source.
***Web Application Security
This book defines web application security, why it should be addressed
earlier in the lifecycle in development and quality assurance, and how
it differs from other types of internet security. Additionally, the book
examines the procedures and technologies that are essential to
developing, penetration testing, and releasing a secure web application.
Through a review of recent web application breaches, the book will
expose the prolific methods hackers use to execute web attacks using
common vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting, and
Buffer Overflows in the application layer. By taking an in-depth look at
the techniques hackers use to exploit web applications, readers will be
better equipped to protect confidential.
***Windows Developer Power Tools (Rough Cuts)
There is a wealth of open and free software available today for Windows
developers who want to extend the development environment, reduce
development effort and increase productivity. "Windows Developer Power
Tools" is an encyclopedic guide to more than 100 free and open source
tools available to programmers who build applications for Windows
desktops and servers, including web applications and services. With its
unique task-oriented organization, this book will help you find the
tools you need to solve common (and uncommon) problems. Each tool in the
book includes a capsule summary--a mini user's guide--to help
readers get up to speed quickly. This one-stop resource covers a wide range of open
source and freeware tools to help you answer questions around planning,
developing, testing, and rolling out great software.
***Windows for Intel Macs (PDF)
Mac users can easily install and use Windows thanks to Boot Camp and
Parallels Desktop for Macs with Intel processors. But once you've
installed Windows, then what? This guide by Todd Ogasawara, a Microsoft
MVP and Mac journeyman, will help you unite Windows software with
***Windows Media Center Wizardry (PDF)
"Windows Media Center Wizardy" is a guide to getting the most out of a
PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, delving into the hidden
features and extended capabilities not at first apparent when using this
extremely powerful interface. This book is written as a series of "How
To" sections, each concentrating on an area of functionality little
exploited by typical users, although extremely useful when exposed.
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***For more events, please see:
***Visit O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, San Francisco, CA--August 15-17
Stop by our booth (#928) to check out our latest Linux and open source
titles. We'll also have author appearances from Gerald Carter ("LDAP
System Administration"), Chris DiBona ("Open Sources 2.0"), Greg
Kroah-Hartman ("Linux Kernel in a Nutshell"), and Kyle Rankin ("Ubuntu
***Author Rich Gibson at the Apple Store, San Francisco, CA--August 24
Join Rich Gibson ("Google Maps Hacks" and "Mapping Hacks") and BMUG
DBNet SIG for an evening at the Apple Store in San Francisco at 6pm.
***Visit O'Reilly at RailsConf Europe, Central London, UK--
Come hear David Heinemeir Hansson ("Agile Web Development with Rails"),
Chad Fowler ("Rails Recipes and Programming Ruby, Second Ed."), Dave
Thomas ("Programming Ruby, Second Ed." and "Agile Web Development with
Rails"), and Kathy Sierra (co-founder of the "Head First" series and
javaranch.com). Stop by the O'Reilly stand to purchase books at a
discount and say hi to our authors at the First European RailsConf 2006.
***Visit O'Reilly at OpenCON 2006,Venice, Italy--December 2-3
OpenCON is the first conference entirely dedicated to OpenBSD and
organized by OpenBEER, the Italian OpenBSD users group. Topics include
information security, secure programming, and anything related to
OpenBSD. Come and visit the O'Reilly booth where you will be able to
purchase our books at a discount.
***O'Reilly Authors at Flash on the Beach, Brighton, UK--December 4-6
Meet Joey Lott ("Flash 8 Cookbook," "ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook," and
"Programming Flash Communication Server") and Robert Reinhardt
("Programming Flash Communication Server") at this Flash Design and
development conference. Don't forget to visit the O'Reilly stand where
you'll get a discount on all our books.
***EuroOSCON Registration is Open
The preliminary schedule for the 2nd annual EuroOSCON, O'Reilly's
European Open Source Convention, 18-21 September in Brussels, is now
available. Featured speakers include Jeff Waugh, Damian Conway, Greg
Stein, Rasmus Lerdorf, Marten Mickos, Tim O'Reilly, and many others.
User Group discounts are available, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
To register for the conference, go to:
***ETEL 2007 Call for Participation is Open
Technologists, CTOs, chief scientists, researchers, programmers,
hackers, business developers, entrepreneurs, and other interested
parties are invited to lead conference plenary sessions and workshops
at ETel 2007. ETel happens February 28 to March 1, 2007 at the
San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, California.
***OSCON 2006 Coverage
SitePoint's Kevin Yank reports on OSCON 2006 in Portland.
For More OSCON Coverage, go to:
News From O'Reilly & Beyond
***Last Chance to Enter Our Contest (US Residents Only)
The 2006 O'Reilly Photoshop Cook-Off, a contest open to US residents who
use Adobe Photoshop, wraps up August 15th. Win great prizes, get your
work in front of the industry's A-list judges, and learn some new
tricks. Enter now to win!
***Pocket Refs in PDF
O'Reilly Pocket References are now available in PDF format. They're
bookmarked, searchable, and portable.
***User Group Members receive a special 30% discount on
Learning Lab Courses
As an O'Reilly User Group member, you save on all the courses in
the following University of Illinois Certificate Series:
-Linux/Unix System Administration
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To redeem, use Promotion Code "ORALL1," good for a 30% discount,
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***Interview with Jakob Nielsen
Matt Mickiewicz interviews Jakob Nielsen about AJAX, usability's close
link to keyword advertising, and some of the advertising formats we're
seeing around the web today.
***Download our product catalogs in PDF:
Digital Media Catalog:
Microsoft Developers and Administrators Catalog:
Programmers and System Administrators Catalog:
***Building a Desktop Firewall
By now, many internet users know that they need a firewall to protect
their computers while they're online. A nice GUI firewall
builder called fwbuilder makes it possible to set up a working firewall
in ten minutes--on Linux, *BSD, and Mac OS X. Dru Lavigne shows how it
works on FreeBSD.
***What Is OpenDocument?
The OpenDocument Format (ODF), an open source file format standard for
electronic office documents, is poised to change the world from an
application-centric model of computing to a document-centric model. Sam
Hiser looks at this new standard, how it implements XML for office
documents, the technical and political wranglings in the standard,
available tools, applications that offer ODF support, who's implementing
ODF, and more.
***Linux on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet is more than a phone, according to John
Littler. It's a Debian GNU/Linux system. This makes it a prime target
for hackers. Littler explores some of the built-in utilities and some of
the other tricks you can use.
***The CakePHP Framework
CakePHP is a mature framework for PHP developers who want the structure
and time-saving benefits of Ruby on Rails, without having to leave their
***Review: Frontier Design TranzPort
This wireless, two-way remote control won acclaim in the pro audio
community for simplifying computer recording. Now it works with iTunes
as well. Songwriter Spencer Critchley tests it with iTunes and Reason,
discovering how to loop song sections, create remote playlists, and even
tranzform iTunes into a foot-controlled backup band.
***Automate Your Favorite Photoshop Routines
If you find yourself performing the same tasks over and over again in
Photoshop, it's time for you to tap the power of actions. Scott Bourne
shows you how.
***So Del.icio.us! Intelligent Tagging for the Mac User
It's time to learn about del.icio.us, a glorious, minimalist, tag-tastic
bookmarks database. It was designed to be a "large-scale outboard
memory," with added sharing smarts. It works like this: you take all
your digital stuff and throw it into your del.icio.us account. Thanks to
tagging and searching, you can find your stuff easily later. And you can
find other people's stuff, too. Giles Turnbull shows you how.
***How Does Open Source Software Stack Up on the Mac?
Apple does a great job of providing elegant software for its platform.
But there are plenty of good offerings beyond the fruits of Cupertino.
In this amazing survey of proprietary and open source software, Matthew
Russell attempts to organize what's available on both fronts and even
dares to assign grades. Has he missed anything?
***Best Windows Admin Downloads
There are more than 9,000 tools, templates, white papers, and other
items available from the Microsoft Download Center. Which are the best
for Windows administrators? Mitch Tulloch clues you in.
***Drag and Drop Ajax Programming With Atlas
Atlas apps? Think again. Jesse Liberty shows you an easier, more
effective, and more productive way--using drag-and-drop programming.
If you have a need for generating or displaying reports, you may want to
have a word with BIRT. The Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools
project is an open source Eclipse effort to enable the creation and
deployment of complex reports. Jason Weathersby shows you how to grind
out reports and display them in web applications and RCP-based desktop
***What Is Geronimo?
Geronimo is Apache's open source, Java EE-compatible application server,
based on a flexible system of interchangeable components. This makes it
ideal for a wide range of enterprise deployments. In this article, Kunal
Jaggi shows you how to get started with Geronimo.
***Receive MAKE's "Weekend Project" PDF Podcast Through iTunes
In this weeks video edition of Weekend Projects, learn to make geometric
spheres from all sorts of things you might find at a picnic. Watch the
video to see how to build an icosohedron out of paper plates, cups, and
plastic sheeting. This is a great project to do as a family, just make
sure you have enough supplies for each person involved to make one.
If possible, use recycled materials.
Recent projects include:
"Make A Kite Aerial Photography Rig"
Rodent Powered Nightlight
***MacOSG Interviews O'Reilly Editor Edie Freedman
Edie discusses the O'Reilly animals, our Photoshop Cookbooks, and the 2006
O’Reilly Photoshop Cook-Off contest. Here are the details from Macsimum News.
OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, is winding down. Conference
publicist Suzanne Axtell took a microphone into the exhibit hall and
asked various attendees and sponsors for their thoughts on OSCON.
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