Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 19:46:13 -0800 (PST)
From:"Marsee Henon" <>
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, January 24
O'Reilly User Group Program
January 24, 2003

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Highlights This Week:
Book News
-Linux Server Hacks
-Java Performance Tuning, 2nd Edition
Upcoming Events
-O'Reilly authors at VSLive! Visual Studio Developer Conference, 
San Francisco
Conference News
-Day Passes are Available for the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology
-Registration is open for the 2003 O'Reilly Emerging Technology
-Put Up A Conference Banner, Get A Free Book-O'Reilly Emerging
Technology Conference
-O'Reilly Calendar price reduced at ThinkGeek to $9.99!
-Reclaiming the Term "Hacker"
-Stephen Wolfram on Bioinformatics
-Screen-scraping with WWW::Mechanize
-Opening Microsoft File Formats to Java
-Dealing with Group By and Order By in .NET
-802.11g's "Extreme" Emergence
-PHP's PEAR on Mac OS X
Announcements From Your Peers
-Virginia Beach, VA--Hampton Road Oracle Users Group Upcoming Meetings

Book News
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***Linux Server Hacks
Order Number: 4613
This first book in O'Reilly's new Hacks Series shows you how to tune
the Linux kernel to make your system run more efficiently, and use CVS
and RCS to track revisions to system files. You'll also learn
alternative ways to do backups, how to use system monitoring tools to
track performance, and a variety of secure networking solutions. "Linux
Server Hacks" also helps you manage large-scale web installations
running Apache, MySQL, and other open source tools.

Chapter 3, "Backups," is available online:

***Java Performance Tuning, 2nd Edition
Order number: 3773
Java application performance is heavily tied to the underlying Java
Virtual Machine, and the new 1.4 version of Java has significant
changes. Revised and expanded, this second edition covers Java 1.4 and
adds new coverage of JDBC, NIO, Servlets, EJB, and JavaServer Pages.
Learn how to create a tuning strategy, use profiling tools to
understand a program's behavior, and avoid performance penalties from
inefficient code. You'll end up with code that's robust, maintainable,
and fast.

Chapter 12, "Distributed Computing," is available online:

Upcoming Events
***Come meet our authors at VSLive! Visual Studio Developer Conference,
San Francisco 
Join O'Reilly authors G. Andrew Duthie (ASP.NET in a Nutshell), Ken
Getz (Access Cookbook), Juval Lowy (COM and .NET Component Services),
and Chris Sells (Mastering Visual Studio .NET) at the tenth annual
VSLive! Visual Studio Developer Conference.

For more events, please see:

Conference News
***Day Passes are Available for the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology
Can't make the whole conference? Consider a day pass for February 4, 5,
or 6. This event takes place at the Westin Horton Plaza in San Diego.

To register, go to:

***Registration is open for the 2003 O'Reilly Emerging Technology 
Join the leaders from the many worlds of pervasive computing to explore
and invent the new internet infrastructure and culture. Speakers
include: Howard Rheingold, Alan Kay, Clay Shirky, Eric Bonabeau, Tim
O'Reilly, David S. Isenberg, and many others.

Early Bird Discount--
User Group members who register before March 14th, 2003, get a double
discount. Use code DSUG when you register, and you'll get 20% off the
"Early Bird" price.

To register, go to:

***Put Up A Conference Banner, Get A Free Book***
Ready for the next conference banner promotion? Here it is:
We are looking for user groups to display our conference banners on
their web sites. If you send me the link to your user group site with
our O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference banner, I will send
you the O'Reilly book of your choice.

Conference Banners:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***O'Reilly Calendar price reduced at ThinkGeek
There's still time to get your official, limited edition, full-color
25th Anniversary Wall Calendar, jam-packed with pictures, tales,
O'Reilly lore, pithy quotes, and more. Since we are almost through one
month of the year, ThinkGeek has lowered the price from $14.99 to $9.99

Download a sample PDF of January's page:

Bored with the ThinkGeek banner on your site?
Check out the new ones we have:

***Reclaiming the Term "Hacker"
Hacks: Industrial-Strength Tips and Tricks--O'Reilly's new Hacks Series
proudly reclaims the term "hacking" for the good guys. Hackers use
their ingenuity to solve interesting problems, and now you can have
their real-world, tested solutions at your fingertips.

Linux Server Hacks (Available now)
By Rob Flickenger
Order Number: 4613

Google Hacks (Available in February)
By Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Order Number: 4478

Mac OS X Hacks (Available in March)
By Rael Dornfest, Kevin Hemenway
Order Number: 4605

***Stephen Wolfram on Bioinformatics
Tim O'Reilly interviewed Stephen Wolfram, creator of the Mathematica
program and author of "A New Kind of Science," about his research, his
new book, and its connection to bioinformatics. Wolfram will give a
keynote at O'Reilly's 2003 Bioinformatics Technology Conference.

The O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference  takes place at the
Westin Horton Plaza in San Diego on February 3-6, 2003.

Open Source
***Screen-scraping with WWW::Mechanize
Screen-scraping is the job of programmatically navigating through a
usually visual task--like a web site--and then dealing with the result;
and WWW::Mechanize is the best screen scraper out there for Perl! Chris
Ball puts the two things together, to ensure that he never misses his
favourite TV shows again.

***Opening Microsoft File Formats to Java
Microsoft's file formats were once black arts to developers on
non-sanctioned platforms. Thanks to Jakarta POI, however, it's possible
to read and write them from Java. Apache's Andrew C. Oliver and Avik
Sengupta explain the basics of the project in the first of a series of
three articles.

***Hosting Windows Forms Controls in COM Control
Containers As wonderful as the new WinForms control model is, if you
still need to host controls in COM control containers, you are limited
to exactly one control host that also supports the hosting of WinForms
controls: Internet Explorer. If you want to host your controls in COM
containers, Chris Sells shows you how in this article.

***Dealing with Group By and Order By in .NET
In many situations, an ADO.NET developer will want to use the Order By
and Group By semantic of SQL. This article by Satya Komatineni will
show you how to do it.

"Extreme" Emergence The 802.11g spec uses a relatively new method of
encoding bits onto radio waves in such a way as to squeeze up to 54
Mbps of raw data across a single channel. Apple has embraced this new
technology in its AirPort Extreme radio cards. Here's how it works.

***PHP's PEAR on Mac OS X 
The PHP Extension and Application Repository (PEAR) is an online
repository of high-quality, peer-reviewed PHP classes that conform to a
rigorous coding standard. In this article, Jason Perkins shows you how
to install, configure, and use the PEAR Package Manager on Mac OS X

Announcements From Your Peers
***Virginia Beach, VA--Hampton Road Oracle Users Group Upcoming
Meetings February 4, March 5, and April 2

Time: 8:30-10:00am for all meetings
Location: Virginia Beach Central Library for all meetings

For more information, contact Hazel Zamperini:

Until next time--