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And here's one from O'Reilly.  (Again with some content
chopped out... we prob don't care about an event on the
northeast side of the US, for example ;) )

----- Forwarded message from Marsee Henon -----

Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:21:46 -0700
From: "Marsee Henon"
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, April 16

Hi there,

We've got a couple of ug/community leader events to share--

In July, Jono Bacon, the author of the upcoming "Art Of Community"
to be published by O'Reilly in August, and Ubuntu Community Manager,
has organized a Community Leadership Summit designed for community
managers, leaders and organizers of all kinds (that includes user group
leaders too!). The summit takes place July 18th and 19th at the San Jose
McEnery Convention Center in San Jose immediately before O'Reilly's Open
Source Convention (OSCON). The summit is entirely free but requires
pre-registration at <http://www.communityleadershipsummit.com/register/>.

O'Reilly needs your help! Dave Hoover and Adewale Oshineye, authors of
the upcoming book "Apprenticeship Patterns," are looking for people
to share stories of career development that may be relevant to the book

Please email Dave Hoover <dave.hoover at gmail.com> with your story to share
about your own career development experiences as you think it relates to
aprenticeship patterns.

Here's a recent Rubiverse podcast by Dave Hoover on Software 

And if you haven't yet, make sure you check out our new Ignite shows
--weekly releases of talks for and by geeks. The latest episode features
Monica Guzman on Being an Awesome News Commenter. You can find the
Ignite Show on iTunes at http://bit.ly/ignite or our site at


O'Reilly News for User Group Members
April 16, 2009
New Releases--Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts
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Free ground shipping on orders of $29.95 or more.
For more details, go to:

Did you know you can request a free book, ebook, or PDF to review 
for your group? Ask your group leader for more information.

For book review writing tips and suggestions, go to:

New Releases:

Beautiful Security

Cloud Application Architectures

Computer Orchestration Tips and Tricks (PC Publishing)

Gray Hat Python (No Starch)

Learning SQL, Second Edition

Practical Programming (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

Programming Clojure (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

Programming Ruby 1.9 (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

Sound Equalization Tips and Tricks (PC Publishing)

The DAM Book, Second Edition

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The annual subscription price for four issues is $34.95. When you
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more for $34.95. So subscribe for yourself or friends with this
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Upcoming Author Events
For more events, please see:

Allison Randal at BALUG
Apr 21, 2009
San Francisco, CA
Allison Randal (Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials) is chief architect and
lead developer of the open source project Parrot. She also works for
O'Reilly Media, planning the program for their Open Source Convention

Conferences and Special Events

User Group Discount Information for our upcoming conferences:

OSCON 2009
July 20-24, 2009
San Jose, CA

The 2009 O'Reilly Open Source Convention Moves to San Jose, CA--
Registration Now Open, So Make Your Plans

Use code "os09usrg" when you register, and receive 20% off
the registration price. Early registration ends on June 2.

To register for the conference, go to:


O'Reilly Velocity Conference
June 22-24, 2009
The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA

Attending Velocity makes you competitive immediately because it is
rooted in practical application, sending you back to work with a deeper
understanding of how the technology and applications you deploy can
accelerate performance and deliver a better front end experience.

Use code "vel09usrg" when you register, and receive 20% off
the registration price. Early registration ends on May 3.

To register for the conference, go to:

For a complete list of conferences, go to:

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Group member, you save an additional 30% on all the courses in the
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-Java Programming
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To redeem, use Promotion Code "ORALL1" good for a 30% discount,
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Register online:

(This discount is not combinable with other offers.)

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
News & Blogs

2 Upcoming Webcasts--XBRL and How to Build a Lean Startup

We have upcoming webcasts you will not want to miss! Join us April 22nd 
for XBRL: the what, why and who... - learn from Charlie Hoffman,
credited as the "Father of XBRL." And on May 1st, Eric Ries presents How
to Build a Lean Startup, step-by-step. Register online or watch past
webcasts at <http://oreilly.com/webcasts/>

Cloud Computing--an Excerpt from Cloud Application Architectures

The hallmark of any buzzword is its ability to convey the appearance of
meaning without conveying actual meaning. To many people, the term cloud
computing has the feel of a buzzword. In this excerpt from Cloud
Application Architectures, author George Reese explains just what the
cloud is--in terms anyone can understand--and why it has value to your

New O'Reilly Insights on Forbes--Joshua-Michele Ross on Why Business
Needs to Get Social

"There is a reason that the word "social" is being applied as a prefix
everywhere--from social media, social computing and the social Web to
social capital and the social enterprise," writes Joshua-Michele Ross in
a new O'Reilly Insights column on Forbes.com. "Why is our society
massively adopting social technologies? Because we can." In the column,
Ross explores how new social technologies are changing the way business
is conducted. Find out if you agree with Ross' views.

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it possible for users to read while on-the-go.
The streamlined interface includes the most popular features such as
basic search, advanced search, bookmarks, and favorites.  Also included
is new functionality like "Last viewed page"  and "Last search" for
quick access from your cell phone or mobile device.

Did Cartoonist Robert Crumb Predict Twitter? An Excerpt from Twitter
API: Up and Running

Face it. Few of us can resist Twitter's magnetic tug. We want more and
more. And now you can indulge your Twitter addiction with a new book
from O'Reilly, Twitter API: Up and Running by Kevin Makice. The new book
gives you the skills and resources necessary to build web apps for
Twitter. And to whet your appetite we offer a brief excerpt and this
question. Did cartoonist Robert Crumb predict Twitter?

Until next time--

Marsee Henon

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Sebastopol, CA   95472
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