[ubuntu-us-ut] Fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, November 16

Christer Edwards christer.edwards at ubuntu.com
Mon Nov 19 05:44:09 GMT 2007

latest from O'Reilly.  I'll get some new orders in for review-books as
soon as anyone that has recieved a previous order can send me a link
to a review.  I'd hate to keep asking and never actually have any
reviews to give them back.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
Date: Nov 16, 2007 11:41 AM
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, November 16
To: christer.edwards at ubuntu.com

Hi there,

I'd like to share Tim O'Reilly's post about his recent trip to
Beijing "China Foo Camp: On the Outside, Looking In."
Tim writes about his experiences in China, the smog,
and the differences between the tech cultures in Shanghai and Beijing.

As we start to think about the end of the year, I should point out
the incredible list of books we have coming out in December. It seems to
be an O'Reilly tradition to get as many books out as possible by the
holidays. Take a look at the list of upcoming titles and you'll see
what I mean. <http://www.oreilly.com/store/upcoming.html>

If any of these look like they might be just right for your group,
don't heistate to send me a list. The earlier we start the better.
As usual all Amazon, Slashdot, and oreilly.com reviews are appreciated.


O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
November 16, 2007
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November 16, 2007
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***Design Accessible Web Sites (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
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***Excel 2007 Pocket Guide, Second Edition
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***Get Up and Running with Dojo
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***GIS for Web Developers (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
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***Linux Networking Cookbook
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***Managing Your Photographic Workflow with Photoshop Lightroom (Rocky Nook)
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Upcoming Events
For more events, please see:

***Eddie Tapp at Chicago Area Camera Club, Chicago, IL--Nov 18
Author Eddie Tapp (Photoshop Workflow Setups and Practical Color
Management) is presenting a Photoshop Seminar.

***Eddie Tapp at the Software-Cinema Training Camps, San Francisco,
   CA--Nov 18
Author Eddie Tapp (Photoshop Workflow Setups and Practical Color
Management) is a presenter.

***Michael Hüttermann at Java User Group Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe,
   Germany--Nov 23, 2007
Author Michael Hüttermann (Agile Java-Entwicklung in der Praxis) is
presenting "Testing Java Rich UI Swing applications."

***Dynamic Learning Series Authors & the AGI Creative Team Host
   "Mastering the Adobe Creative Suite 3", Sydney, Australia--Nov 27
Learn from the team of authors and instructors that created many of
Adobe's official training titles and have now combined their talents to
bring you the Dynamic Learning series of seminars, books, and training
videos. Come discover the new features and understand hard-to-find tips
and tricks that can save you hours of time.

***Derrick Story Teaches a Workshop at the Santa Rosa Junior College,
   Santa Rosa, CA--Dec 1
Author Derrick Story (Digital Photography Pocket Guide and iPhoto 6: The
Missing Manual) will be holding a workshop titled "I've Taken Great
Photos, Now What?"at the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education

***James Shore Will Be Presenting at the Orlando Agile Development
   Practices Conference, Orlando, FL--Dec 3-6
Author James Shore (The Art of Agile Development) will be leading two
different sessions at the Orlando Agile Development Practices
Conference. His two sessions, entitled "Maximizing ROI with Agile
Release Planning" and "That's Not Right! Using Fit to Prevent Business
Rule Defects" are sure to be instructive and applicable for all in

***Adobe Presents Colin Moock's ActionScript 3.0 From the Ground Up
   Tour, Chicago, IL--Dec 3
Join author Colin Moock (Essential ActionScript 3.0) for a packed day of
free ActionScript 3.0 training. Presented by Adobe, this training will
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information to take home, and a discount coupon to purchase Essential
ActionScript 3.0. This free event is sure to fill up quickly, so
register early!

***Eddie Tapp at the Institute of Visual Arts, Oahu, Hawaii--Dec 5
Author Eddie Tapp (Photoshop Workflow Setups and Practical Color
Management) is presenting Photoshop.

***Author Steve Feuerstein Gives Seminar on Oracle and PL/SQL Best
   Practices, Birmingham, UK--Dec 6
Author Steve Feuerstein (Oracle PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference, 4th
Ed. and Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices, 2nd Ed.) will present a two hour
masterclass entitled "Best Practice PL/SQL" at the UKOUG annual

***Jesse Liberty at The Software Association of New Hampshire, Beford,
   NH--Dec 6
Author Jesse Liberty (Programming C# 3.0 and Programming ASP.NET) will
be delivering a talk on Microsoft Silverlight.

***James Shore Will Be Leading a Workshop at San Francisco BayAPLN, San
   Francisco, CA--Dec 11
Author James Shore (The Art of Agile Development) will be leading a
workshop entitled "Agile Planning in Action" at San Francisco Bay's
APLN. This popular and novel workshop introduces participants to agile
planning by allowing them to plan their own tutorial. Participants learn
the basics of agile planning, then use those lessons to create a
tutorial covering the agile topics they're most interested in. When
they're done, James will deliver the tutorial on the spot! This is a
great session that exposes participants to the benefits and challenges
of real agile planning. Plus, participants get a second tutorial on the
subjects they care about most.

***Jesse Liberty at "The Day of Silverlight," Heathrow, FL--Dec 15
Author Jesse Liberty (Programming C# 3.0 and Programming ASP.NET) will
be delivering a talk on Microsoft Silverlight.

Conference News
***Registration for TOC is now open, New York, NY--February 11-13
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***The call for participation for Velocity, the Web Performance and
   Operations Conference, is now open.
Velocity, a new O'Reilly event happening June 23-24 in Burlingame, CA,
is dedicated to obtaining the crucial skills and knowledge to build web
sites that are fast, scalable, resilient, and highly available. Are you
a web developer, engineer, or technical manager doing outstanding work
to optimize the experience of your users? If so, we want to hear from
you.The submission deadline for all proposals is midnight January 3,

***The call for participation is open for RailsConf 2008, happening
   May 29--June 1, 2008 in Portland, OR.
Ruby Central and O'Reilly Media are seeking leaders for RailsConf
sessions and tutorials, including a large number of advanced-level
proposals for the 2008 event. Proposals are due December 13.

***Last Chance--Where 2.0 2008 Call for Participation ends November 26
O'Reilly Media invites technologists and strategists, CTOs and CIOs,
technology evangelists and scouts, researchers, programmers,
geographers, researchers and academics, artists and activists, business
developers, and entrepreneurs to lead conference sessions and tutorials
at Where 2.0 2008. Where 2.0 will be held May 12-14, 2008 at the San
Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, California, US. Proposals are
due no later than November 26, 2007.

O'Reilly School of Technology
***O'Reilly School of Technology Courses: UG Members Receive
   a 30% Discount
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-Linux/Unix System Administration
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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
UG News
***NoVa Code Camp, Reston, VA--November 17
NoVa Code Camp 2007.02, a free conference-quality event led, organized
and attended by the local community. Topics include Visual Studio Team
System, Visual Studio Professional Edition, Visual Studio Tools for
Microsoft Office System, Visual Studio Standard Edition, Visual Studio
Express Editions, .NET Framework, Visual Studio 2008, .NET 3.0,
Silverlight, Expression Studio, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows
Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows
CardSpace, and Visual Studio 2005.

***Flex Camp Boston, Bentley College, Waltham, MA--December 7
Advance your Flex skills, meet members of the Adobe Flex team and
network with local companies and fellow developers. Flex Camp Boston is
a full-day event featuring some top industry experts on Adobe Flex and
AIR from both inside and outside Adobe. Sessions will be geared towards
developers with moderate to advanced levels of experience with Flex
and/or ActionScript. There will be plenty of giveaways, raffles and swag
(and lunch). At $10, you can't beat the price! The event will be held on
December 7 at the LaCava Center of Bentley College in Waltham from 8am
to 5pm (registration from 8-8:30).

***2007 December Coders Social, Portland, OR--December 11th
Multiple Portland programming users groups are going to combine meetings
into one large meeting. This will be a socializing, festive atmosphere
meant to allow the local group members to get to know each other a bit

***The Bay Area Functional Programmers continued their tour of
   Functional Web Frameworks
In November David Pollak presented lift <http://liftweb.net/>, his
Scala-based web framework. David's talk followed HAppS
<http://happs.org/>, a Haskell web framework, talk in October. BayFP
finishes the series with Yariv Sadan presenting the Erlang framework
ErlyWeb <http://erlyweb.org/> in December. Videos & slides are available
for all the talks at the BayFP blog.

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***What's New in Ubuntu 7.10? (a.k.a. Gutsy Gibbon)
Ubuntu is arguably the most popular desktop Linux distribution out
today. On the 18th of October, the latest release, 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
was released. Here is a comprehensive history of Ubuntu and a look at
some of the many new and improved features.

***Flash CS3 Screencast
Sometimes reading about a feature just isn't enough. When you need to
see how a program works, try a Missing Manual screencast--video
tutorials accompanied by step by step guidance, here's the latest one
on Flash.

***Bre Pettis From MAKE Magazine on WIRED Science
Bre shows off a High Speed Photography Hack in this video on the new PBS
show WIRED Science.

***Yahoo's Web Performance Guru: 14 Tenets for Speeding Up Sites
In seven years at Yahoo!, Steve Souders had focused most of his effort
on back-end engineering tasks like squeezing more performance out of a
database, or optimizing the memory usage in C++ programs running on a
server. Three years ago, when he was named Chief Performance Yahoo! and
charged with improving the user experience for visitors to Yahoo! Web
sites, he expected it would mean doing more of the same.

***Google Calling: Inside Android, the gPhone SDK
Google has finally unwrapped the gPhone, and rather than a product, it's
a platform called Android. Today, Google is releasing an early SDK for
Android and Brian DeLacey has been given an early preview of what
you'll find inside.

***The Mojo of Dojo
Few use raw JavaScript anymore if they can possibly avoid it, in the
same way that few people code in assembly language. Dojo is one of a
group of powerful JavaScript toolkits that can do a lot of the work for
you, and Matthew Russell has put together this introduction.

***Rick Sammon's Travel Tips for Photographers
Seasoned travel photographer Rick Sammon sits down with Derrick Story in
the O'Reilly Media booth at PhotoPlus Expo '07 in New York City. In this
podcast, Rick draws upon his experiences to offer good advice for
photographers on the go.

***DIY Surround-Sound DVDs
Learn how to make 5.1-channel Dolby Digital DVDs at home without pricey
pro software. Plus--a sneaky way to hook multiple speakers to a stock

For more articles, go to:

***My paperless office

***Is Apple Losing To Microsoft On Python Integration?

***If Social Networking Sites *Really* Wanted to Interoperate

***Flash Killers ---Java FX, Silverlight, Groovy and Xoetrope

***Skinny Languages and Fat Tools

***OpenSocial: It's the data, stupid

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