[SJUG] O'Reilly users group news letter
cander at dev.java.net
Thu Aug 28 10:08:06 PDT 2008
As I've mentioned, SJUG is affiliated with O'Reilly's user group program.
Here is the current newsletter. If you're interested in reviewing a book,
email me, and I can hook you up. I just finished reviewing a book on
which is like Hibernate for Python. So, even though we're a Java users
group, you can get and review non-Java books.
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From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 12:59 PM
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, August 26
To: cander at dev.java.net
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[image: viguy] <http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522346/index.html>Speakers,
UG leaders, or anyone else interested in improving your presentations, let
me send you our new book
Garr Reynolds (Presentation Zen) just wrote on his
Duarte, the Principle of Duarte Design (the firm behind the creation
of Al Gore's Oscar-winning presentations), has published a presentation book
for the rest of us. It's called 'slide:ology: The Art and Science of
Creating Great Presentations.' 'slide:ology' is practical, it's highly
visual, and it's beautiful. I love this book."
Watch the book trailer <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UI439bKA1Q>.
Gabrielle Roth and Selena Deckelmann presented "Running a Successful User
Group" at OSCON 2008 in Portland this year. Here's their slide
They also put together a flyer with suggestions on every aspect of running a
Need a pass for Photoshop World in Las Vegas on Friday, September 5th and
Saturday, September 6th? I've got one I can send you.
We've got some great books coming out and we're looking for Amazon,
Slashdot, and oreilly.com reviews. If you're interested, new titles include
"Head First Ajax <http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515782/index.html>," "Head
Property and Open Source<http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596517960/index.html>,"
"Website Optimization <http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515089/index.html>,"
and "Programming .NET
If you haven't had a chance to check them out, Deke McClelland's dekePod
videos are worth a watch or two. Subjects include 101 Photoshop
the Virgin Histogram<http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2008/07/23/dekepod-virgin-histogram.html?CMP=NLC-DmN1r&ATT=ug0808>,
and Stretching Photos in
We've got plenty more on the way so think about subscribing in
searching for dekePod or bookmarking
our dekePod page<http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/dekepod/?CMP=NLC-DmN1r&ATT=ug080>.
And thanks to everyone who stopped by the O'Reilly booth at OSCON. We had a
great time. Here are our photos from our T-shirt contest and the
Don't forget we're willing to send books to giveaway at your meetings
anytime. Although we love reviews, we don't expect them for every book we
send. You can also request books for special events or your group library.
In this issue:
- O'Reilly UG Program News—Just for User Group
- New Releases <#11c0099ce62d0a13_newreleases>
- Upcoming Events <#11c0099ce62d0a13_upcoming>
- Conferences and Special Events News <#11c0099ce62d0a13_conferencenews>
- School of Technology <#11c0099ce62d0a13_school>
- News from O'Reilly & Beyond <#11c0099ce62d0a13_news>
O'Reilly UG Program News—Just for User Group Leaders
August 26, 2008
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We're looking for user groups to display our discount banners on their web
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
August 26, 2008
New Releases: Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts
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Did you know you can request a free book 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: Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts:
- Automotive SPICE in Practice
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781933952291> (*Rocky Nook*)
- Building Embedded Linux Systems, Second Edition
- Canon EOS 40D <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781933952338> (*Rocky
- Computer Orchestration Tips and Tricks
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781906005054> (*PC Publishing*)
- Digital Infrared Photography (Hard
- FBML Essentials <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596519186>
- FIRST LEGO League <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781593271855> (*No
- Head First Ajax <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515782>
- Head First Statistics <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527587>
- Intellectual Property and Open Source
- iPhone Forensics: Rough Cuts Version
- iPhone: The Missing Manual, Second Edition
- Learning ASP.NET 3.5, Second Edition
- Learning the vi and Vim Editors, Seventh Edition
- Programming .NET 3.5 <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527563>
- Propellerhead Reason 4 Tips and Tricks, Fourth Edition
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781906005078> (*PC Publishing*)
- Python for Unix and Linux System Administration
- Refactoring SQL Applications
- Scripted GUI Testing with Ruby
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781934356180> (*Pragmatic Bookshelf*)
- slide:ology <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522346>
- Statistics in a Nutshell <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596510497>
- Take Your Best Shot <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596518257>
- The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion
- The IDA Pro Book <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781593271787> (*No
- The Productive Programmer
- Website Optimization <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515089>
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* Jesse Liberty Presents a Webcast: Creating Skinnable Custom Controls in
* * Aug 27, 2008 * In this live presentation Silverlight Geek Jesse
Liberty (*Programming Silverlight*--to be released in November 2008) will
demonstrate various aspects of Silverlight 2. Keep an eye on the website for
more details in the future.
* FlexCamp London 2008 <http://www.flexcamp.co.uk/> * * Aug 28-28,
2008 * Conway Hall - 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
London, UK Flex Camp London 08 is a FREE, community-run event for everyone
interested in Adobe Flex. Author Marco Casario (AIR Cookbooks) will present
"SQLite in AIR with Flex"
* Rick Sammon Presents at Photoshop World
* * Sep 3-6, 2008 * Las Vegas, NV Join Rick Sammon (*Face to
at Photoshop World 2008 <http://www.photoshopworld.com/> as he gives various
presentations on digital photography.
* Lesa Snider King at Photoshop World
<http://www.photoshopworld.com/> * *Sep 4-6, 2008
* Las Vegas, NV Lesa Snider King
<http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/3425>teaches two classes: "Express
Photo Effects" (free on the expo show floor)
and "Graphic Secrets for Creative Pros: Photoshop CS3 and beyond!" (in the
paid productivity track). In this second session you'll learn many
timesaving tips for creating really tough selections and fast ways to create
today's most popular photo effects like silhouettes, creative photo frames,
edges, and more. We'll also take a look at the four secrets of great graphic
design that will ensure your layouts always look their very best.
* O'Reilly at PhotoShop World Las Vegas 2008<http://www.photoshopworld.com/>
* * Sep 4-6, 2008 * Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV Come join the revolution with a FREE Expo
Stop by the O'Reilly booth (# 442) to meet our editors and authors, and to
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* * Sep 7-10, 2008 * NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
New York City, New York John Papa (*Data Services with Silverlight*) is
speaking at VSLive! New York on the following topics: Building Effective
Data Bound Applications with WPF and Silverlight and ASP.NET Data Binding.
* Brian Peek at VSLive! New York<http://vslive.com/2008/newyork/default.aspx>
* * Sep 7-10, 2008 * NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
New York City, New York Brian Peek (*Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming
Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More*) will be
speaking at VSLive! New York on the following topics: Creating a Simple 2D
Game Using XNA Game Studio to Run on a PC, Xbox 360 or Microsoft Zune and
Interfacing External Hardware Using Managed Code.
* Harold Davis Hosts a Weekend Workshop on Night
* * Sep 12-14, 2008 * Point Reyes, CA Author Harold Davis (*Practical
Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
will be hosting a weekend workshop on night photography in Point Reyes, CA.
Keep checking the Point Reyes Field Seminars website for registration
* John Smart at the Java Emerging Technologies Conference
* * Sep 17, 2008 * AUT Conference Centre
Auckland, New Zealand John Smart (*Java Power
*) will be talking about easyb at the Java Emerging Technologies Conference
2008 discussing the basic principles of Behavior Driven Development, and
look at how it builds on and differs from "traditional" Test-Driven
Development. It then moves on to look at easyb, a very cool DSL-based
behavior driven development framework for Java that uses Groovy to let you
pretty much write tests that document themselves.
* Lesa Snider King at
* * Sep 19-20, 2008 * Oklahoma City, OK Lesa Snider
King<http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/3425>talks about "Graphic
Secrets for Creative Pros" at the National Church
Communications Conference. In this Photoshop power hour, you'll glean time
saving tips for creating super tough selections. Learn fast and
non-destructive ways to create today's most popular photo effects, including
silhouettes, partial color, duotones, gorgeous grayscales, creative vector
photo frames, filtered edges, selective blur effects, vignettes and more.
You'll also discover how to retouch people like a pro!
* Sean Duggan Presents a Weekend Seminar: "Creative Camera Raw
* * Sep 20-21, 2008 * Berkeley, CA Sean Duggan's (*The Creative Digital
Darkroom* <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596100476/index.html>) weekend
seminar will be a combination of exploring a clear workflow for digital
asset management (DAM) and an in-depth exploration of Adobe Camera Raw 4.2
in Photoshop CS3. Adobe Bridge CS3, Photoshop Lightroom and iView Media Pro
will also be discussed in these explorations.
* Rick Sammon on the Island of
* * Sep 21-27, 2008 * Bonaire Join Rick Sammon (*Face to
on the island of Bonaire for "Love Our Planet Week" as he gives underwater
* Lesa Snider King at the PowerPoint Live User
* * Sep 21, 2008 * San Diego, CA Lesa Snider
King<http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/3425>teaches "Graphic Secrets
for Presenters"--learn how to turn the images you
have into the imagery you need.
* Java Power Tools Bootcamp in
* * Sep 23-26, 2008 * Melbourne, Australia The Java Power Tools bootcamp
is taught by John Ferguson Smart (*Java Power
The bootcamp is an intense 4-day hands-on workshop covering some of the best
open source tools for Java development on the market. The course takes you
on a in-depth guided tour of some of the best open source Java tools,
showing how you can use them individually and together to write code better
and faster, and have fun while you're doing it!
* Nitesh Dhanjani at Florida Government Technology
* * Sep 24, 2008 * Leon County Civic Center
Tallahassee, FL Author Nitesh Dhanjani (Network Security
presents "Security Implications of Emerging Technologies: Social Networking,
Virtualization, and Cloud Computing"
* Robert Stackowiak Leads Session at Oracle
* * Sep 25, 2008 * Marriott Salon 09
San Francisco, CA Robert Stackowiak (*Oracle
* and *Oracle Application Server 10g
will be leading a session entitled "Session Title: Oracle Business
Intelligence Strategy for the Data Warehouse-Enabled Enterprise" at Oracle
OpenWorld. This session is for the Enterprise Performance
Management/Business Intelligence Track.
* John Smart at the Victorian Java User
* * Sep 25, 2008 * Sun, McKillop/Dunlop Room, Level 7, 476 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC, Australia Fresh from the Java Emerging Technologies
Conference 2008 (JET 2008), John Smart (*Java Power
*) will be giving a talk on Behavior Driven Development (BDD) in Java with
easyb, a new and very hip behavior driven development framework for Java.
This talk will go through the basic principles of Behavior Driven
Development, and look at how it builds on and differs from "traditional"
Test-Driven Development. It then moves on to look at easyb, a very cool
DSL-based behavior driven development framework for Java that uses Groovy to
let you pretty much write tests that document themselves.
* Lesa Snider King and Derrick Story at the Macintosh Computer
* * Sep 27, 2008 * Santa Rosa, CA Join Lesa Snider
Story <http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/54> for the return of MCE,
NCMUG's<http://www.ncmug.org/index.html>annual fundraising event. Lesa
covers "How to Shoot Like a Pro" and "The
Skinny on Photoshop Elements 6" and Derrick will be teaching "Ten Things You
Need to Know About iPhoto" and "Aperture or Lightroom...Which One Is Best
for Me?" Stop by the O'Reilly booth to meet the authors and purchase our
latest Mac and digital media titles.
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How to Obtain iPhone Forensic Data--September 16-17,
September 16-17, 2008
Happening in Burlington, MA, this valuable workshop led by Jonathan
Zdziarski, the original iPhone hacker, will guide you through a highly
specialized forensic examination of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch.
Register now to learn how to recover, process and remove sensitive data
stored on these devices.
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for RailsConf Europe 2008 <http://conferences.oreilly.com/railseurope/>
September 2-4, 2008 in Berlin, Germany
The European developer community showed itself to be deeply interested in
Rails at RailsConf Europe 2007, and the co-presenters of that event, Ruby
Central and O'Reilly Media, are coming back to do it again. RailsConf Europe
2008, happening September 2-4 2008 in Berlin, will feature presentations,
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Use code "re08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the registration
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for the conference.
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Proposal phase is open for ETech
March 9-12, 2009 in San Jose, CA
The theme for ETech 2009 is Living, Reinvented: The Tech of Abundance and
Constraints. We want to hear from inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries,
sustainability designers, technologists, municipal rock stars, resource
strategists, coders and hackers who are reinventing how we can live more
sustainably every day. Proposals are being accepted through September 17.
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Maker Faire Austin <http://makerfaire.com/>
October 18th and 19th, 2008 in Austin, TX
Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the
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ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.
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News from O'Reilly & Beyond
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Tim discusses how Safari Books Online is helping thousands of technologists
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*O'Reilly is hosting another fun, free Ignite Boston
The fourth Ignite Boston will be on Thursday, September 11, from 6 to 10pm
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*David Pogue's Hot iPhone
David Pogue returns with a thoroughly updated edition of "iPhone: The
Missing Manual." And here David reveals his best, up-to-the-nanosecond
iPhone tricks. "The beauty of the new iPhone 3G is that you don't need one,"
explains David. "Almost all of the juicy stuff actually comes with the
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well on the old iPhone as well."
*Vincent Versace on Photography and
Vincent Versace, noted photographer, author, and photography instructor,
sits down with Derrick Story to discuss the some of the larger philosophical
questions that inform the photographic creative process during this video
interview from Photoshop World Orlando.
*Forbes Puts the Spotlight on Dale Dougherty and Tim
"If the do-it-yourself trend is a revolution, then Dale Dougherty and Tim
O'Reilly are its Tom Paines," writes reporter Elizabeth Corcoran in a recent
Forbes.com story, Making Future Headlines.
*Announcing the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off (US
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*What developers should know about
Author Van Lindberg is both software engineer and practicing attorney. His
new book, "Intellectual Property and Open Source" tackles the slippery
subject of intellectual property. In this interview, Van explains why
intellectual property law is so important to developersÃ¢â‚¬â€ any
developersÃ¢â‚¬â€ and shares his most important tips for developers starting
out in the world of open source.
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Mary Rotman recently had a chance to ask Jesse Stay, author of "FBML
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News, Interviews, and Articles
Interview with David Heinemeier Hansson: Rails Culture, Scaling Basecamp,
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Derrick Story in Beijing for the
<http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515782/> Head First Ajax Sample chapter:
Head First Statistics Sample Chapter: Calculating
The Road to Programming is Sometimes Paved with Web
Why We're Failing in Math and
Why Corporates Hate
The Mind of Damian Conway: Science, Computer Science, the Future of Perl 6,
and Advice for Today's Aspiring
Audio: Lawrence Lessig on Congressional Reform and Internet for
Doug Marschke Talks about his new book titled "JUNOS Enterprise Routing: A
Practical Guide to JUNOS Software and Enterprise
Mac vs PC: Does it matter
Until next time—
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