Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 17:10:51 -0700 (PDT)
From:"Marsee Henon" <>
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, Aug 28
O'Reilly User Group Program
August 28, 2002

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Highlights This Week:
Book News
-Essential System Administration, 3rd Edition
-Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 2nd Edition
-HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition
-Perl for Oracle DBAs
-XPath and Xpointer

Conference News
-Mac OS X Conference Early Registration Pricing Extended to September 9

-The Growing Politicization of Open Source
-Web Basics with LWP
-Exegesis 5
-OSCON presentation Files Available Online
-Mastering Visual Studio .NET
-XSLT Processing in .NET
-Introducing ASP.NET Web Matrix
-Blogging for Dollars: Giving Rise to the Professional Blogger
-A Pet Market with Flash
-Rethinking the Java Curriculum: Goodbye, HelloWorld!
-Mac OS 10.2 Reviewed
-iBooks and TiBooks and MyBooks
-Setting up a Site Server with Jaguar

Book News
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*Essential System Administration, 3rd Edition
Order Number: 3439
Whether you use a standalone Unix system, routinely provide
administrative support for a larger shared system, or just want an
understanding of basic administrative functions, "Essential System
Administration" is for you. This comprehensive and invaluable book
combines the author's years of practical experience with technical
expertise to help you manage Unix systems as productively and
painlessly as possible.

Chapter 11, "Backup and Restore" is available free online:

*Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 2nd Edition
Order Number: 0359
Want to design distinctive, cohesive web sites that "work"? This
updated bestseller teaches you how to blend aesthetics and mechanics
for web sites and intranets that are easy to navigate,  appealing to
your users, scalable, and simple to maintain. Most books on web
development concentrate on either the graphics or the technical issues
of a site. This book focuses on the framework that holds the two

Chapter 8, "Search Systems," is available free online:

*HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition
Order Number: 382X
"HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition" is the most
comprehensive, up-to-date book available on HTML and XHTML. The authors
cover every element of HTML/XHTML in detail, explaining how each
element works and how it interacts with other elements. With hundreds
of examples, the book gives you models for writing your own effective
web pages and for mastering advanced features like style sheets and

Chapter 7, "Formatted Lists," is available free online:

Order Number: 3552
Extensible Style Language-Formatting Objects, or XSL-FO, is a set of
tools developers and web designers use to describe page printouts of
their XML (including XHTML) documents. XSL-FO teaches you how to think
about the formatting of your documents and guides you through the
questions you'll need to ask to ensure that your printed documents meet
the same high standards as your computer-generated content.

Chapter 6, "Inline Elements," is available free online:

*Perl for Oracle DBAs
Order Number: 2106
Perl is a very powerful tool for Oracle database administrators, but
too few DBAs realize how helpful Perl can be in managing, monitoring,
and tuning Oracle9i, Oracle8i, and earlier databases. You don't need to
be a Perl expert to reap the rewards of reading "Perl for Oracle DBAs."
The book explains what you need to know about Perl, profiles the best
Perl open source applications available to DBAs, and provides the Perl
DBA Toolkit, a comprehensive suite of ready-to-use scripts designed to
ease the burden of Oracle database administration.

Chapter 1, "Perl Meets Oracle," is available free online:

*XPath and XPointer 
Order Number: 2912
Referring to specific information inside an XML document is a little
like finding a needle in a haystack. XPath and XPointer are two closely
related languages that play a key role in XML processing by allowing
developers to find these needles and manipulate embedded information.

Top Ten Tips to Using XPath and Xpointer:

Chapter 3, "Location Steps and Paths," is available free online:

Conference News
*Mac OS X Conference Early Registration Pricing Extended to September 9
User Group members who register before September 9, 2002 get a double
discount. Use code DSUG when you register, and you'll get 20% off the
early registration price.

O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference
Westin Santa Clara
September 30 - October 3, 2002 -- Santa Clara, CA
Hear from Tim O'Reilly, Jordan Hubbard, David Pogue, James Gosling, and

The cutoff date for room reservations has been extended to September
13, 2002.

News From O'Reilly & Beyond

Open Source
*The Growing Politicization of Open Source
Legislation to require open source software in California opens
Pandora's box. Tim O'Reilly says It's a slipperyslope once you ask the
government to legislate what software people can use!

*Exegesis 5
Are Perl 6's regular expressions messing with your head? Damian Conway
describes what real programs using Perl 6 grammars look like.

For a list of O'Reilly's Perl books and articles see:

*Web Basics with LWP
This article by Sean M. Burke offers sample recipes for
performing common tasks with LWP (Library for WWW in Perl).

Sean is the author of O'Reilly's "Perl & LWP"
Order Number: 1789

Did you miss out on an OSCON presentation? 
Want to know what you missed? 
You can now download the presentation files from the O'Reilly Open
Source Convention.

*Mastering Visual Studio .NET
This upcoming (February 2003) O'Reilly book will give intermediate and
advanced VS.NET programmers in-depth coverage of advanced window
functionality, macros, advanced debugging, add-ins, and more.

Beta chapters are online in PDF format:

*XSLT Processing in .NET
Joe Feser gives an overview of the many ways XML can be transformed
using XSLT within the .NET Framework.

For more info on XSLT take a look at:
Order Number: 0537

*Introducing ASP.NET Web Matrix
ASP.NET Web Matrix is Microsoft's latest offering for .NET programmers.
Positioned somewhere between Visual Studio .NET and plain text editors,
it provides a useful tool to accelerate web development. This article
looks at the ASP.NET Web Matrix's capabilities.

For complete ASP.NET reference and tutorial information: 
ASP.NET in a Nutshell
Order Number: 1169

Web Development
*Blogging for Dollars: Giving Rise to the Professional Blogger
What about the notion to pay people to blog for commercial sites
covering genre-specific content? By providing financial incentive for
great bloggers to publish, we remove economic constraints and enable
them to devote their energies full-time to producing compelling content
and to creating outstanding Weblogs.

*A Pet Market with Flash
This article gives an overview of Macromedia's Pet Market, an example
of a Flash-powered enterprise application architecture to compete with
J2EE and .NET.

*Rethinking the Java Curriculum: Goodbye, HelloWorld!
In this series, Daniel Steinberg applies Extreme Programming concepts
to the problem of teaching Java.

*Mac OS 10.2 Reviewed
David Pogue writes, "If you're among the 23 million Mac fans who have
been watching the skies for a sign that it's safe to upgrade to X,
version 10.2 is it."

David will present a keynote at O'Reilly's upcoming Mac OS X 

*iBooks and TiBooks and MyBooks
Apple's Switch campaign is great, but nobody tells you what you REALLY
need to know when switching. Here is Nathan Torkington's top-ten list
of switching essentials.

*Setting up a Site Server with Jaguar
Mac OS X 10.2 is a lean, mean site serving machine.

Until next time,