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Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, February 4
O'Reilly.comUG Program Newsletter
We've been running some really great book excerpts on oreilly.com and will
be featuring more. New ones include "Installing the iPhone SDK," "Choosing
an Appropriate Performance Testing Tool," "Applying Lean to Software
Development," and "The Relational Model Is Much Misunderstood."
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As usual, we're looking for Slashdot and Amazon reviewers for the
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In this issue:
* O'Reilly UG Program News-Just for User Group Leaders
* New Releases
* Upcoming Events
* Conferences and Special Events News
* School of Technology
* News from O'Reilly & Beyond
O'Reilly UG Program News-Just for User Group Leaders
February 4, 2009
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
February 4, 2009
New Releases: Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts
Get 35% off from O'Reilly, No Starch, Paraglyph, PC Publishing, Pragmatic
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Did you know you can request a free book or PDF to review for your group?
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New Releases: Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts:
* Active Directory Cookbook, Third Edition
* Advanced Software Testing - Vol. 2 (Rocky Nook)
* Art of Drum Layering (PC Publishing)
* Beautiful Architecture
* Build a Better Photograph (Rocky Nook)
* CJKV Information Processing, Second Edition
* CMMI (Rocky Nook)
* Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual, Second Edition
* Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2
* David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual
* Designing Web Interfaces
* DJing and live performance with Ableton Live (PC Publishing)
* Enterprise Development with Flex: Rough Cuts Version
* FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual
* grep Pocket Reference
* Head First Algebra
* Head First PHP & MySQL
* Head First Rails
* Head First Web Design
* Hello, Android (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
* High Performance Python: Rough Cuts Version
* iPhone SDK Application Development
* Learn to Program, Second Edition (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
* Make Magazine: The Fourth Year (Hard Cover)
* Photographic Multishot Techniques (Rocky Nook)
* Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One
* Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual
* Pragmatic Version Control Using Git (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
* Programming Interactivity: A Guide for Processing, Arduino, and
OpenFrameworks: Rough Cuts Version
* Simply SQL (SitePoint)
* Sound Equalization Tips and Tricks (PC Publishing)
* SQL and Relational Theory
* The Art of Application Performance Testing
* The Art of Lean Software Development
* The Manga Guide to Databases (No Starch)
* The Principles of Successful Freelancing (Site Point)
* Using Drupal
* Version Control with Git: Rough Cuts Version
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For more events, please see: events.oreilly.com
Gordon Meyer presents Mac Home Automation in Chicago
Feb 4, 2009
Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor
Gordon Meyer (Smart Home Hacks) will present about Mac-based home
automation at the Chicago Apple Users Group.
Lesa Snider King at CapMac in Austin
Feb 10, 2009
Sherlock's Baker Street Pub
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Lesa Snider King (Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual)
presents "Tips and Tricks from Photoshop CS4" to Capital
Derrick Story at NCMUG
Feb 17, 2009
Rohnert Park, CA
Author Derrick Story (The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The
Digital Photography Companion, and iPhoto 8: The Missing Manual) presents
"Photoshop made Easy" at the North Coast Mac Users Group.
Dux Raymond Sy presents "7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project
Management Success" at PMI-WDC
Feb 19, 2009
Skyline 6, Suite 800
Falls Church, VA
Dux Raymond Sy (SharePoint for Project Management) will present "7 Ways to
Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success" at the Skyline PMI
Luncheon. 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.
George Reese on Cloud Computing at the UWM Center for Technology
Feb 20, 2009
UWM Lubar School of Business, Lubar Hall, Room N146
George Reese (Web Architecture and Programming in the Cloud: Rough Cuts
Version) presents a full day seminar on cloud computing at the University
of Wisconsin Milwaukee's Center for Technology Innovation. Topics covered
include an overview of cloud computing technologies, what you need to know
when moving into the cloud, security issues, and business continuity
Dux Raymond Sy presents "5 Ways to Enhance SharePoint Site Usability"
Feb 21-21, 2009
Microsoft Office: 1290 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Ave) between W 51st
and W 52nd Streets, 6th Flo
New York, NY, USA
Author Dux Raymond Sy (SharePoint for Project Management) will impart
proven techniques on how to improve SharePoint usability to increase user
adoption in leveraging SharePoint for collaboration.
Marco Casario presents at FITC Amsterdam
Feb 22-24, 2009
Felix Meritis, European Centre for Arts and Sciences
Author Marco Casario (Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook) will present craftzine.com
"Local Persistent Data with AIR and ActionScript 3." Learn
how to leverage your file system's access features of the
AIR APIs and how to apply advanced tecniques to store data
Nancy Duarte at VizThink '09
Feb 22-25, 2009
San Jose, CA
Join Nancy Duarte (slide:ology) at VizThink '09--a conference that brings
together a broad cross section of the visual thinking community. They're
bringing content from each of the visual arts disciplines together to
create a unique mix of content. Nancy will be a facilitator, leading and
participating in discussions and activities.
Paco Hope at FutureTest 2009
Feb 24-25, 2009
New York, New York
Author Paco Hope (Web Security Testing Cookbook) presents "The Cyber
Tester: Blending Human and Machine". The message of this talk is that
compelling and competitive testers in today's world are human/machine
hybrids who seamlessly leverage tools as never before.
Dave Cross presents an "Introduction to Perl" in the London
Feb 25, 2009
Imperial Hotel, Russell Square
Dave Cross (co-author of Perl Template Toolkit) presents a one-day
beginners course in Perl.
Jonathan Zdziarski presents "iPhone Forensics" at the Gartner
Mobile Summit 2009
Feb 25, 2009
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Jonathan Zdziarski (iPhone Forensics and iPhone SDK Application
Development) presents "iPhone Forensics: How a Thief can Bypass
Security to Steal Personal Information and Corporate Secrets."
This workshop will demonstrate some of the techniques used to gartner
bypass the security of the iPhone to access the raw disk image,
and explains what information can be gleaned from the device.
Enterprises will learn the risks involved in deploying the iPhone
into the work place and learn how to design applications that
protect employee data from being exposed to malicious parties
through theft or espionage.
Jonathan Zdziarski Panel Discussion at Gartner Mobile Summit 2009
Feb 25, 2009
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Jonathan Zdziarski (iPhone SDK Application Development and iPhone
Forensics) presents a panel discussion "Wireless meets the Internet."
Gartner Analysts will explore the impact of high performance internet
devices on the handheld markets for platforms, OS, development and
applications. Where does the cool factor hit the brick wall when
enterprise-class systems are at stake? How will the players respond? This
panel will include guest speakers from the developer community, vendor
community, and analyst community.
Bill Scott on Rosenfeld Future Practices Webinar
Feb 26, 2009
Author Bill Scott (Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for
Rich Interaction) will be presenting on "Bringing Design to Life: The Mojo
Every Designer Should Know About Interface Engineering."
Dave Cross presents "Advanced Perl Techniques" in London
Feb 26, 2009
Imperial Hotel, Russell Square
Dave Cross (co-author of Perl Template Toolkit</strong) presents a one-day
advanced course in Perl.
Emerging Technology Conference Emerging Technology Conference 2009
March 9-12, 2009 in San Jose, CA
Early Registration has been extended. Use code "et09usrg" when you
register, and receive an additional 30% off the registration price.
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
registration price. Early registration ends on March 16.
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
registration price. Early registration ends on March 31.
MySQL Conference & Expo MySQL Conference & Expo
April 20-23, 2009 in Santa Clara, CA
Co-presented by O'Reilly Media and MySQL
Use code "mys09usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
registration price. Early Registration Ends February 16.
Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco
March 31-April 3, 2009 in San Francisco, CA
Co-presented by O'Reilly Media and TechWeb
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registration price. Or use code "websf09ug" and recieve $100 off or a free
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Tools of Change for Publishing Conference Register for the Tools of Change
for Publishing Conference 2009
February 9-11, 2009 in New York City, NY
Use code "toc09usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
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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* Ignite Boston 5, February 12, Hooley House - Faneuil Hall area, Boston
* Ignite Bend, February 12, 55 NW Minnesota Street, Bend, OR
* Ignite Boulder 3, February 18, Atlas Building, Colorado University,
* Ignite Portland 5, February 19, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne
Blvd., Portland, OR
* Ignite Phoenix #3, February 25, 700 W Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe AZ
* Ignite Orlando, March 4, Slingapours, 27 Wall Street Plaza, Orlando,
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News from O'Reilly & Beyond
craftzine.com Live Webcast - Advanced Twitter for Business, Feb 6 at 10am
Advanced Twitter for Business: Conversation, Community, and Profit--140
Characters at a Time If you're ready to go beyond dabbling with Twitter,
join us for our live webcast on February 6th. Learn everything you need to
launch a successful Twitter strategy for your business. You'll learn how
to use Twitter to promote your business, build community, find employees,
and research the market and your competition. (UG discount code DSUG gives
you 35% off)
Work On Stuff That Matters: Video Interview with Tim O'Reilly
Over the past few months Josh Ross has been interviewing various people
that are "on our Radar" so to speak. So last week Kirk Walter grabbed his
camera and Tim and Josh took a walk behind the O'Reilly offices in
Sebastopol. They had a wide-ranging discussion (from Government to Cloud
Computing) but started off with the theme that ran through many of Tim's
talks last year; "Work on Stuff that Matters." These videos are a
companion piece to Tim's recent blog post, of the same name.
craftzine.com O'Reilly Ebooks: 130 Top Titles Now Available, Plus an
iPhone App and Head First PDFs
More than 130 titles, including many of our best sellers, are now
available as ebook bundles, which can be read on a variety of ebook
devices and systems, including Stanza on the iPhone, Bookworm, Amazon
Kindle, and the Sony Reader. A full list is available at
Guide; High Performance Web Sites; and Beautiful Code. (And we should have
400 more titles next week!)
David Pogue's "Top Ten Tips of All Time" for Digital Photography
In this brand new book, bestselling author David Pogue provides a
no-nonsense guide to the entire process of digital photography, including
how to buy and use a digital camera, get the same photographic effects as
the pros, manage the results on your Mac or PC, edit photos, and share the
results with your adoring fans. Here are David's "Top Ten Tips of All
Time" for digital photography.
On Ruby Interviews the author of Ruby Best Practices
On Ruby writes "In case you hadn't heard, O'Reilly has recently released
Ruby Best Practices, by Gregory Brown, as a rough cut. This is one of
those book that the Ruby community has been waiting for, even if we didn't
know we were waiting for it. Not only is Gregory a great person to write a
book like this, he's the kind of person who's going to make sure it does
the most good for the community as a whole...." This is the first in a
series of short interviews with Gregory as the book progresses.
craftzine.comWhat Does It Mean To Be An Internet President?
FDR was our radio president, JFK was our television president and Barack
Obama will be our Internet President. Quietly at noon yesterday, as the
world was fixated on the televised inauguration of Barack Obama, some
obscure IT managers flipped a switch (metaphorically) and transferred
Change.gov to Whitehouse.gov...
Everyblock's Dilemma: How Do You Open Source Your Entire Site and Survive?
Adrian Holovaty announced that he will be open sourcing Everyblock.
Everyblock is a site that crawls local data sources, aggregates the data,
and then surfaces them geographically.
Wikipedia: The Missing Manual Migrates to Wikipedia!
The entire contents of Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton is
available for free online for editing and updating just like any other
Wikipedia entry. Broughton, a registered editor at Wikipedia since 2005
with more than 20,000 edits under his belt, says he's looking forward to
seeing what changes and improvements his fellow Wikipedians will make to
his book. The book resides in the site's Help area.
O'Reilly's 2009 Missing Manual Catalog is available in PDF form
Looking for more webcasts to watch? These have already happened, but you
can watch the video:
* MySQL Replication: Audit, Test, & Verify Presented by Sean Hull
* Youth & Creativity: Emerging Trends in Self-Expression and Publishing
Presented by Julie Baher, Bill Westerman
* Social Media for Publishers Presented by Chris Brogan
* Everything You Wanted to Know about Drupal but were Afraid to Ask
Presented by Jeff Eaton, James Walker
* Five Things Photographers Need to Know about Photoshop CS4 by Derrick
* Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by
* Barack, Inc.: Winning Business Lessons of the Obama Campaign
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