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Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, March 27
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 11:40:30 -0800
O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
March 27, 2006
-UG Discount Gets Better--Buy Two or More Books get 35% Off
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
March 27, 2006
Book News
-Ajax Hacks
-Ableton Live 5 Tips and Tricks
-The Art of SQL
-Best of Ruby Quiz
-Don't Get Burned on eBay
-The eBay Price Guide
-Fixing Windows XP Annoyances
-Flash 8: Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity
-Flash 8: The Missing Manual
-Google: The Missing Manual, Second Edition
-Head Rush Ajax
-How to Cheat at Managing Microsoft Operations Manager 2005
-Intermediate Perl
-iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual
-iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual
-ISS X-Force: Next Generation Threat Analysis and Prevention 
-The JavaScript Anthology
-Mapping and Modding Half-Life 2 Complete
-Mind Performance Hacks
-Music Projects with Propellerhead Reason
-MySQL Stored Procedure Programming
-Photoshop CS2 RAW
-Practical VoIP Security
-Practices of an Agile Developer
-UML 2.0 Pocket Reference
-Visual Basic 2005 Express
-Visual C# 2005 Black Book
-Window Seat
-Write Great Code, Volume 2
-XAML in a Nutshell
Upcoming Events
-Sebastian Bergmann("PHPUnit Pocket Guide"), PHP Usergroup Wurzburg,
 Wurzburg, Bayern--Mar 30
-Dan Gillmor ("We the Media"), Commonwealth Club, San Jose, CA--Mar 30
-Digital Portfolios with Stephen Johnson ("Stephen Johnson on Digital
 Photography"), Pacifica, CA--Apr 1
-Visit O'Reilly at LinuxWorld--Boston, MA--Apr 4-6
-Dan Gillmor ("We the Media"), Institute for Applied and Professional
 Ethics, Athens, Ohio--Apr 7
-Julieanne Kost ("Window Seat"), Wedding and Portrait Photographers,
 International Convention, Las Vegas, NV--Apr 9
-Robbie Allen ("Windows Server 2003 Security Cookbook"), the 58th 
 Conference on World Affairs, Boulder, CO--Apr 10
-O'Reilly authors at Exchange Connections 2006, Orlando, FL--Apr 10
-Peter Krogh ("The DAM Book"), ASMP PixelCash Seminar, 
 Minneapolis, MN--Apr 11
-Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA--Apr 22-23
-Tony Bove ("Just Say No To Microsoft"), Cody's Books, 
 San Francisco, CA--April 12
Conference News
-Where 2.0 Registration is Open
-MySQL Registration is Open
-Tim O'Reilly Quizzes Bill Gates at MIX06
-O'Reilly Authors Get Jolted
-New Rough Cuts Title: Atlas
-Secure Your Linux Server
-Autofilled PHP Forms
-What Corporate Projects Should Learn from Open Source
-Digital Bookmark Mods
-Getting Started with Quartz Composer
-Using the MultiView and Wizard Controls in ASP.NET 2.0
-Directions in Windows Scripting
-Profiting Without Frequently Updated Content
-Google Page Creator: When It Gets Too Hard
-Zero Configuration Networking: Using the Java APIs, Part 1
-What Is Java?
-The Internet of Things
-The Future of Telephony, Going Digital, and Open Formats
-Managing Digital Images: Applying Ratings and Keywords
-Inside Animusic's Astonishing Computer Music Videos
-Screencast: Photoshop Starburst Effect
-Maker Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA--April 22-23
Book News
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New Releases
***Ajax Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101694
Want to build next-generation web applications today? This book can 
you how. A smart collection of 100 insider tips and tricks, "Ajax 
covers the finer points of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, or Ajax as
it's known. Learn leading-edge web development tasks like how to 
display data, scrape stock quotes, fetch postal codes and much, 

***Ableton Live 5 Tips and Tricks
Publisher: PC Publishing
ISBN: 1870775090
This book enables you to create your ideal Live 5 template; get the 
from Live's MIDI features; find audio editing workrounds within Live;
prepare a Live set for performance; use Live with other music software;
and includes interviews with high-profile Live users.

***The Art of SQL
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008945
Enterprises throughout the world are confronted with exploding volumes
of data, and many IT departments are looking for quick solutions. This
insightful book demonstrates that since SQL code may run for 5 to 10
years, and run on different hardware, it must be fast and sound from 
start. Expert Stephane Faroult offers SQL best practices and relational
theory that force you to focus on strategy rather than specifics.

***Best of Ruby Quiz
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 0976694077
Sharpen your Ruby programming skills with twenty-five challenging
problems from Ruby Quiz. Whether you have faithfully followed the 
online Ruby Quiz challenges or are just looking for some practical 
of your Ruby skills, this book delivers. Read the problems, work out a
solution, and compare your solution with others. Read about the
interesting issues of each problem. Writing code and reading code are
still the only ways to truly gain skill with a programming language, 
within these pages you can do both quickly and easily.

***Don't Get Burned on eBay
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101783
Don't Get Burned on eBay offers relevant lessons based on real-life
stories posted on eBay's Answer Center. With sharp, witty rhetoric,
veteran eBay user Shauna Wright shows eBay veterans and newcomers alike
how to avoid those nasty scenarios, and how to pull themselves out of
the muck if they've already fallen in.

***The eBay Price Guide
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1593270550
A one-stop shop for pricing information and tips for successful buying
and selling on eBay. Sellers learn how to price their items
competitively to attract more customers, while buyers learn which
categories tend to be overpriced and where they can find the best
bargains. Fun stories, statistics, lists, and eBay trivia round out the
book. A must-have for the serious eBayer.

***Fixing Windows XP Annoyances
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100531
Inspired by author David Karp's "Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks," this
all-new tome pulls together tips, tricks, insider workarounds, and 
for PC novices and pros, in a handy, accessible Q&A format that lets 
find the solutions in a flash. "Fixing Windows XP Annoyances" will not
only increase your productivity, but lower your blood pressure. 

***Flash 8: Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596102232
This book teaches Flash design rather than simply Flash itself. With a
standalone series of walkthroughs and tutorials for Flash beginners
coming from a graphics field, Flash is covered in the context of
real-world projects. Rather than simply learn a Flash tool,
you learn which areas of Flash are important, and which are less so,
by seeing how typical content is actually created. And rather
than a text-heavy approach, this graphically rich book leads you 
hands-on examples by illustration.

***Flash 8: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101376
Macromedia's Flash 8 is the world's premier program for adding 
to web sites. But Flash isn't intuitive. And it doesn't come with a
manual. This hands-on guide to today's hottest web design tool is aimed
at non-developers, and it teaches you how to translate your ideas into
great Web content. Whether you want to learn the basics or unleash the
program's true power, "Flash 8: The Missing Manual" is the ideal

***Google: The Missing Manual, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100191
Sure, you know how to "Google it" when you're searching for something 
the Web. But did you know how much more you could achieve by clicking
beyond the "Google Search" button? Our fully updated and expanded
edition to "Google: The Missing Manual" covers everything you need to 
to become a Google guru--including all the new, cool, and often
overlooked features that make Google the world's best search engine.

***Head Rush Ajax
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596102259
"Head Rush Ajax" takes the reader beyond basic web development with
DHTML and JavaScript and explains how asynchronous data requests and
more powerful event models can be used in the Ajax methodology

***How to Cheat at Managing Microsoft Operations Manager 2005
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1597492515
Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) is a network monitoring tool that
provides enterprise-class event and performance management for Windows
Server System technologies. MOM's event and performance management 
discover problems before system administrators would ever find them,
thereby enabling administrators to lower their costs of operations and
simplify management of their Windows Server System infrastructure. MOM
can notify system administrators of overloaded processors, depleted
memory, or failed network connections affecting their Windows servers
long before these problems bother users.

***Intermediate Perl
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596102062
Perl programmers need a clear roadmap for improving their skills.
"Intermediate Perl" teaches a working knowledge of Perl's objects,
references, and modules--all of which make the language so versatile
and effective. Written by the authors of the bestselling Llama book,
"Learning Perl," this guide offers a gentle but thorough introduction 
intermediate programming in Perl. Topics include packages and
namespaces, references and scoping, manipulating complex data
structures, writing and using modules, package implementation, and 

***iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059652725X
Along with its host of new features, iPhoto 6 can handle as many as
250,000 images. It's incredible, and Apple makes it sound so easy. But
you can still get lost, especially if you're new to iPhoto. Not to
worry. The latest edition of this popular book gives you plenty of
undocumented tips & tricks for taking advantage of the new version and
every feature packed into it.

***iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059652675X
An iPod is many things to many people, but it can be much more than 
people realize. That's where this new edition comes in. Like the iPod
itself, this book is a long-running bestseller with a wealth of useful
information for any iPod user. This edition features the new Video 
iTunes 6, ways to use an iPod as an external drive or personal
organizer, and much more.

***ISS X-Force: Next Generation Threat Analysis and Prevention 
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1597490563
Over the last seven years, Internet Security Systems (ISS) elite 
has discovered more high-risk vulnerabilities than all other research
groups and vendors combined, including the vulnerability that led to 
recent, widespread Zotob worm. For the first time ever, follow the
X-Force team as they analyze potential vulnerabilities and security
solutions for cutting edge technologies and emerging attack

***The JavaScript Anthology
ISBN: 0975240269
The "JavaScript Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks, and Hacks" is a
compilation of customizable solutions to the most common JavaScript
questions and problems, including solutions using AJAX. All the code in
the book is thoroughly tested, best practice, and standards-compliant 
ensure that will work across different browsers and platforms.

***Mapping and Modding Half-Life 2 Complete
Publisher: Paraglyph
ISBN: 1933097132
Modding is the new craze that has taken the gaming world by storm. And
Half-Life 2 provides the premier game engine that modders all around 
world are using to enhance the highly popular Half-Life game and create
exciting new custom game features. As many modders like to say, "The
possibilities are endless." This unique book shows all Half-Life 2 fans
everything they need to know to work with the powerful game engine and
customize their own games using clever mapping, modding, and modeling
techniques. With "Mapping and Modding Half-Life 2 Complete," game fans
will get a chance to progressively expand their skills at mapping and
modding. This is a one-of-a-kind book, jam-packed with insider tips and
techniques by a leading Half-Life 2 modding expert.

***Mind Performance Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101538
"Mind Performance Hacks" provides real-life tips and tools for
overclocking your brain and becoming a better thinker. In the
increasingly frenetic pace of today's information economy, managing 
life requires hacking your brain. With this book, you'll cut through 
clutter and tune up your brain intentionally, safely, and productively.

***Music Projects with Propellerhead Reason
Publisher: PC Publishing
ISBN: 1870775147
Ideal for everyone from beginners to experienced users, the book covers
essentials like choosing a computer, setting it up for audio work and
optimizing Reason for maximum performance. It contains detailed
workshops on eight major musical genres--Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, Dub,
House, Techno, Trip Hop, Trance, and Club. 

***MySQL Stored Procedure Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100892
MySQL Stored Procedure Programming covers a lot of ground. The book
starts with a thorough introduction to stored procedures programming 
functions, covering the fundamentals of data types, operators, and 
SQL in stored procedures. You'll learn how to build and maintain stored
programs--covering transactions, stored functions, and triggers--and
how to call and use MySQL-based stored procedures in a variety of
languages, including PHP, Perl, Python, .NET, and Java. This book,
destined to be the bible of stored procedure development, is a resource
that no real MySQL programmer can afford to do without.

***Photoshop CS2 RAW
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008511
The RAW file format is the uncompressed data file captured by a digital
camera's electronic sensor. Because RAW files remain virtually 
by in-camera processing, working with them brings greater flexibility
and control to the editing process-if you know how to use them. Adobe
Photoshop CS2 has emerged as the best way to edit RAW images, and
Photoshop CS2 RAW is dedicated to working with RAW in Photoshop. This
comprehensive guide explores the entire RAW process, focusing
extensively on Photoshop editing techniques targeted to professionals
and photo hobbyists alike.

***Practical VoIP Security
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1597490601
After struggling for years, you finally think you've got your network
secured from malicious hackers and obnoxious spammers. Just when you
think it's safe to go back into the water, VoIP finally catches on. Now
your newly converged network is vulnerable to DoS attacks, hacked
gateways leading to unauthorized free calls, call eavesdropping,
malicious call redirection, and spam over Internet Telephony (SPIT).
This book details both VoIP attacks and defense techniques and tools.

***Practices of an Agile Developer
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 097451408X
These are the proven, effective agile practices that will make you a
better developer. You'll learn pragmatic ways of approaching the
development process and your personal coding techniques. You'll learn
about your own attitudes, issues with working on a team, and how to 
manage your learning, all in an iterative, incremental, agile style.
You'll see how to apply each practice, and what benefits you can 
Bottom line: this book will make you a better developer.

***UML 2.0 Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596102089
Globe-trotting travelers have long resorted to handy, pocket-size
dictionaries as an aid to communicating across the language barrier. 
Pilone's "UML 2.0 Pocket Reference" is just such an aid for on-the-go
developers who need to converse in the Unified Modeling Language (UML).
Use this book to decipher the many UML diagrams you'll encounter on the
path to delivering a modern software system.

***Visual Basic 2005 Express
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1593270593
A true guide for beginners, "Visual Basic 2005 Express" starts off with
a short primer on how programming works, regardless of the programming
language used. Once readers understand the general principles behind
computer programming, the book then teaches readers how to use the
Visual Basic Express program itself and how to write programs using the
Visual Basic language.

***Visual C# 2005 Black Book
Publisher: Paraglyph
ISBN: 1933097167
"Visual C# 2005 Black Book" is one of the first books that presents in
detail the new specifications of the language at length. The book takes
the reader through the key changes to Visual Studio and the critical 
programming features of Visual C# 2005. Black Books provide a 
approach--the In-Depth sections provide full explanation of all aspects
of the technology and the Immediate Solutions section feature hands-on
information and troubleshooting techniques.

***Window Seat
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100833
"Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking" is
a complete view of a creative project from the artist's perspective.
Julieanne Kost, a Photoshop and creative thinking guru, has taken her
own experience shooting images out of airplane windows to create a
unique seminar in three parts: a manifesto of ways to stay creatively
alive; a portfolio of stunning photographs, with commentaries 
her experiences and thought process; and a technical appendix that
includes the details of the images were shot, manipulated, and prepared
for printing.

***Write Great Code, Volume 2
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1593270658
The second volume in the "Write Great Code" series supplies critical
information that today's computer science students don't often get in
class: How to carefully choose their high-level language statements to
produce efficient code. The book teaches software engineers how
compilers translate high-level language statements and data structures
into machine code, so they can make informed choices and produce better
code without giving up any productivity and portability benefits.

***XAML in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596526733
The Windows Vista operating system will support applications that 
clear, stunning and active graphics now used by computer games. The
cornerstone for building these user interfaces is XAML, the XML-based
markup language that works with Windows Presentation Foundation, 
new graphics subsystem. This book teaches you everything necessary to
design the new generation of user interfaces and .NET applications, 
plenty of examples to get you started.

***MAKE Magazine Subscriptions Available
The annual subscription price for four issues is $34.95. When you
subscribe with this link, you'll get a free issue--the first one plus
four more for $34.95. So subscribe for yourself or friends with this
great offer for charter subscribers: five volumes for the cost of four.
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Upcoming Events
***For more events, please see:

***Sebastian Bergmann ("PHPUnit Pocket Guide"), PHP Usergroup Wurzburg,
 Wurzburg, Bayern, Germany--Mar 30
Author Sebastian Bergmann  gives a presentation on PHPUnit.

***Dan Gillmor ("We the Media"), Commonwealth Club, San Jose, CA--Mar 
Author Dan Gillmor discusses "Who Needs Ink?" at the Commonwealth Club.

***Digital Portfolios with Stephen Johnson ("Stephen Johnson on Digital
 Photography"), Pacifica, CA--Apr 1
Photographer and author Stephen Johnson presents this one-day seminar.

***Visit O'Reilly at LinuxWorld--Boston, MA--Apr 4-6
Be sure to visit our booth (#412) to peruse our new and classic Linux
titles and more.

***Dan Gillmor ("We the Media"), Institute for Applied and Professional
 Ethics, Athens, Ohio--Apr 7
Author Dan Gillmor is presenting the opening keynote address on "We the

***Julieanne Kost ("Window Seat"), Wedding and Portrait Photographers,
 International Convention, Las Vegas, NV--Apr 9
Author Julieanne Kost presents "Adobe Photoshop CS2 Welcome Aboard."

***Robbie Allen ("Windows Server 2003 Security Cookbook"), the 58th
 Annual Conference on World Affairs, Boulder, CO--Apr 10
Author Robbie Allen is one of the speakers at this conference.

***O'Reilly authors at Exchange Connections 2006, Orlando, FL--Apr 10
Meet authors Devin Ganger, Missy Koslosky, and Paul Robichaux (Exchange
Server Cookbook) at 3:30PM in the conference bookstore, hosted by
Digital Guru.

***Peter Krogh ("The DAM Book"), ASMP PixelCash Seminar, 
 Minneapolis,MN--Apr 11
Author Peter Krogh ("The DAM Book") gives a three-hour comprehensive
overview of Digital Asset Management techniques for the professional

***Tony Bove ("Just Say No To Microsoft"), Cody's Books, 
 San Francisco, CA--April 12
Join No Starch Author Tony Bove to discuss his latest book.

***Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA--Apr 22-23
Join us for MAKE magazine's first ever Maker Faire—a hands-on event
featuring Makers whose science and technology projects will amaze you
and ignite your imagination. Meet expert Makers and MAKE contributors,
hear from O'Reilly's Hacks author, attend DIY Tutorials, explore DIY
projects and demonstrations, and see the Ultimate Workshop. This event
takes place at San Mateo County Fairgrounds.

Conference News
***Where 2.0 Early Registration is Open
The Where 2.0 Conference brings together the people, projects, and
issues leading the charge into the location-based technology frontier.
Join the developers, innovators, and business people behind the new era
of geospatial technology as they come together--because everything 
happens somewhere, and it's all happening here.

Where 2.0 Conference, June 13-14, 2006
Fairmont Hotel, San Jose,  CA

User Group members who register before April 24, 2006 get a double
discount. Use code "whr06dsug" when you register, and receive 15% off
the early registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***MySQL Users Conference
Join us at the 2006 edition of the MySQL Users Conference, the largest
gathering of MySQL developers, users, and DBAs. It's the only event
where you'll be able to join the core MySQL development team and over
1000 users, open source innovators, and technology partners under one

MySQL Users Conference, April 24-27, 2006
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

User Group members who register before March 6, 2006 get a double
discount. Use code "mys06dusg" when you register, and receive 15% off
the early registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Tim O'Reilly Quizzes Bill Gates at MIX06
Watch the screencast here:

***O'Reilly Authors Get Jolted
O'Reilly authors won three of four Jolt Product Excellence Awards. 
The winners are:
*"Prefactoring," by Ken Pugh
*"The Art of Project Management," by Scott Berkun
*"Producing Open Source Software," by Karl Fogel

***Latest Title Available on Rough Cuts: "Atlas"
"Atlas Rough Cuts" provides experienced web developers with an exciting
hands-on tour of Atlas--the new development environment that uses both
Ajax and ASP.NET. Beginning with an introduction to the technologies
behind it all, including JavaScript, XMLHttpRequest, DHTML and related
topics, author Christian Wenz shows readers how to create Ajax-style
applications with the Atlas framework, including data binding and XML
Web Services. The book imparts important fundamental knowledge in a
concise reference-like way, making the concepts of this new framework
accessible to developers of various technical levels.

For more information, go to:

Open Source
***Secure Your Linux Server
Linux is a powerful and popular operating system kernel. That 
means you might be running it even if you're not a dedicated Unix
administrator or high-powered programmer. That doesn't mean that
rock-solid security is out of your reach, though. Aaron Brazell shows
how to make Red Hat 9 (and other Linux distributions) much more secure
in a few easy steps.

***Autofilled PHP Forms
PHP makes handling interactive web pages easy--but when you have large
forms to fill out, errors to handle, and lots of data to pass back and
forth, you can make your life easier by making PHP fill in all the form
values for you. Gavin Andresen shows how to make forms autopopulate 
PHP arrays.

***What Corporate Projects Should Learn from Open Source
Many corporate projects fail to produce quality software, yet many
large-scale open source projects succeed, and under much more difficult
conditions: no budget, a geographically distributed team, and a
volunteer workforce, to name a few. So how do open source project teams
ensure success? Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene introduce five 
principles in their new book, "Applied Software Project Management," 
will help any project succeed, open source or proprietary. The authors
detail these principles in this article. 

***Digital Bookmark Mods
Matthew Russell shows you how to add better bookmarks to your audio
books, add slideshows to your music files, create enhanced podcasts, 
share your favorite mods with others--even if they're on protected

***Getting Started with Quartz Composer
Apple's free developer tool collection contains many overlooked gems.
These aren't limited to programming-specific utilities. Take Quartz
Composer, for example. It's a free utility that can bring new life and
interest to your iMovie projects. In this article, you'll learn how to
use your own pictures to create simple, but flashy animation.

***Using the MultiView and Wizard Controls in ASP.NET 2.0
Need to collect data from Web pages? ASP.NET 2.0 makes it easy, with 
use of MultiView and Wizard controls. Wei-Meng Lee, author of "ASP.NET
2.0: A Developer's Notebook" shows you how to take advantage of them.

***Directions in Windows Scripting
Administering Windows platforms using scripts can be a big productivity
booster or a headache. Mitch Tulloch, author of "Windows Server Hacks,"
sits down with Don Jones, a Microsoft MVP and the creator of, for a no-holds barred interview about the future
of scripting.

***Profiting Without Frequently Updated Content
Do you think you need to constantly update content to have a successful
Website that generates AdSense revenue month after month? Think again.

***Google Page Creator: When It Gets Too Hard
Tired of building quick-and-dirty sites for your family and friends 
so they won't produce their own FrontPage monstrosity? Tell them to try
Google Page Creator instead.

***Zero Configuration Networking: Using the Java APIs, Part 1
Zeroconf, also known as Bonjour and previously known as Rendezvous,
offers a robust system for self-networking that has been adopted by 
applications. With a provided Java API, now it's easy to make "Zeroconf
applications hop platforms. In this excerpt from Zero Configuration
Networking: The Definitive Guide," Stuart Cheshire and Daniel H.
Steinberg show how to register a service with Zeroconf.

***What Is Java
Everyone knows what Java is, right? Interpreted code, applets,
proprietary, and slow. Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong. In its second
decade, it's time to re-evaluate Java: the language and the virtual
machine are going their own ways, its open source sub-community is
vibrant and independent, and developers are taking the best ideas from
other languages and frameworks and bringing them to Java. In this
article, ONJava editor Chris Adamson tries to reset old assumptions
about Java to fit modern realities.

***The Internet of Things
This week, Bruce Sterling's Emerging Technology keynote on "The 
of Things" is the sole segment in our program. (DTF 03-20-2006: 30
minutes 13 seconds)

***The Future of Telephony, Going Digital, and Open Formats
Peter Cochrane looks at the future of telephony and handheld devices,
James Duncan Davidson talks about his switch from film to digital
photography, and Simon Phipps explains the importance of open formats
backed up by open source software. (DTF 03-13-2006: 26 minutes 30

Digital Media
***Managing Digital Images: Applying Ratings and Keywords
The explosion of digital imaging has left professional and serious
amateur photographers drowning in photographs, with little guidance on
how to store, sort and organize them. In this excerpt from "The DAM 
Peter Krogh shows you expert techniques for applying ratings and
keywords so you can begin to take control of your digital photo 

***Inside Animusic's Astonishing Computer Music Videos
Composer Wayne Lytle's custom software transforms musical notes into
jaw-dropping 3D animations. The resulting DVDs have sold tens of
thousands of copies. Watch excerpts here and learn how Lytle turned his
digital pipe dream into a thriving business.

***Screencast: Photoshop Starburst Effect
SitePoint's first-ever video tutorial shows you step-by-step how to
create starburst effects in Photoshop.

***Maker Faire, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA--April 22-23
Join the creators of MAKE magazine, the MythBusters, and thousands of
tech DIY enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, 
clubs, students, and authors at MAKE's first ever Maker Faire!

Meet all kinds of people who make amazing things in garages, basements,
and backyards for inspiration, know-how, and spirited mischief-making.
An incredible learning experience for the entire family, students of 
ages and their teachers are welcome.

***Try a Sample Project from MAKE:

Until next time--

Marsee Henon

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