From:"Marsee Henon" <>
Subject: Newsletter from the O'Reilly UG Program, April 20
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 15:48:49 -0700
O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
April 20, 2006
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
April 20, 2006
New Releases
-Running Boot Camp 
-Use ClickOnce to Deploy Windows Applications
-The Art of RAW Conversion
-The Book of Visual Basic 2005
-Configuring SonicWALL Firewalls
-Creative Computer Crafts
-Enterprise Integration 
-Enterprise Services Architecture
-Flash 8 Cookbook
-HTML Utopia
-JUNOS Cookbook
-Keep it Simple with GarageBand
-Learning SQL on SQL Server 2005
-Learning UML 2.0
-Linux Annoyances for Geeks
-Pragmatic Ajax
-Programming Excel with VBA and .NET
-Programming PHP
-RFID Security
-Scripting VMware Power Tools
-SQL Pocket Guide
-Steal This Computer Book 4.0
Upcoming Events
-Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA--Apr 22-23
-Digital Black and White with Stephen Johnson, Apr 22--
 Pacifica, CA
-Peter Morville at CHI 2006, Apr 22-27--Montreal, Canada
-Collaborate 06, Apr 23-27--Nashville, TN
-MySQL Users Conference, Apr 24-27--Santa Clara, CA
-Niel M. Bornstein at the Desktop Linux Summit 2006, Apr 24-25, 
 San Diego, CA
-Stephen Few at the DAMA International Symposium, Apr 26--
 Denver, CO
-Dan Gillmor at Columbia University, Apr 27--New York, NY
-Peter Krogh at the Commercial Industrial Photographers of 
 New England, Apr 28--Boston, MA
-Dan Gillmor at We Media Conference, May 4--London, England
-Professional Exhibition with Stephen Johnson, May 6--Pacifica, CA
-Dan Gillmor at Harvard Law School, May 12-13--Cambridge, MA
-Dan Gillmor at Future in Review 2006 Conference, May 14--
 San Diego, CA
Conference News
-OSCON, July 24-28--Portland,OR
-Early Registration ending soon for the Where 2.0 Conference, 
 June 13-14--San Jose, CA
-MySQL Users Conference, April 24-27--Santa Clara, CA
-O'Reilly Staff Picks
-Fire Your Boss! A Guide to Successful Freelancing From Home
-Building a FreeBSD Build System
-The Software of Space Exploration 
-Mac FTP: A Guided Tour
-Macintosh Home Monitoring 
-Programming Word from .NET 
-The Best Structure for Your Flash Site
-Is AJAX Cross-Browser?
-Implementing Mutual Exclusion for AJAX
-Supporting Branch Office Environments
-Scaling Games Up
-Patterns for Communication, Moderation, and Information Processing
-Aperture 1.1--Apple Listens
-Digital "Not Hot" at Sundance 2006
-Maker Faire Update, April 22-23--San Mateo, CA
-MAKE Video Podcast
-Make Sample Projects
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***Running Boot Camp 
O'Reilly PDF (limited review copies available)
"Running Boot Camp" guides you step-by-step through the entire Boot 
installation process, including upgrading your Mac's Firmware, creating
the Macintosh Drivers CD to make XP work properly with your Mac's
hardware, and using the Boot Camp Assistant to partition your hard 
and install Windows XP. You'll also learn how to avoid common pitfalls
(such as previously partitioned drives and wrong disk permissions). And
finally, you'll find out which Mac functions don't work in XP and which
XP features backfire on a Mac. With this invaluable guide at your side,
you'll finish configuring your dual-boot Mac in as little as two hours,
avoiding numerous hazards and annoyances along the way. 

***Use ClickOnce to Deploy Windows Applications
O'Reilly PDF (limited review copies available)
ClickOnce, a new technology in Visual Studio 2005, lets you quickly and
easily deploy your Windows apps via web servers, file servers, or even
CDs. This step-by-step guide to using ClickOnce shows you how to take
advantage of this new technology. You'll learn how to create an
application in Visual Studio 2005 and how to use ClickOnce to quickly
get it in the hands of your customers. You'll also learn how to add
security to your distributions; how to update COM files without
corrupting DLLs; and more. Download this PDF for just $7.99 and 
how deploying your Windows app is just a click away. 

***The Art of RAW Conversion
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270674
"The Art of RAW Conversion" shows how to work with the RAW files 
by a digital camera to produce the best possible image quality in
finished photos. The authors (both experts in digital photography, file
processing, printing, and color management) describe the conversion
tools used to enhance RAW files and maximize photo quality. Covers 
Photoshop CS and other leading RAW converters.

***The Book of Visual Basic 2005
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270747
"Book of Visual Basic 2005" is a comprehensive introduction to 
newest programming language, Visual Basic 2005, the next iteration of
Visual Basic. A complete revision to the highly-acclaimed Book of VB
.NET, the book is organized as a series of lightning tours and
real-world examples that show developers the VB 2005 way of doing
things. Perfect for old-school Visual Basic developers who haven't made
the jump to .NET. 

***Configuring SonicWALL Firewalls
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1597492507
"Configuring SonicWALL Firewalls" is the first book to deliver an 
look at the SonicWALL firewall product line. It covers all of the
aspects of the SonicWALL product line from the SOHO devices to the
Enterprise SonicWALL firewalls. Also covered are advanced
troubleshooting techniques and the SonicWALL Security Manager. This 
offers novice users a complete opportunity to learn the SonicWALL
firewall appliance. Advanced users will find it a rich technical

***Creative Computer Crafts
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270682
This eye-catching, 4-color book shows how to use a computer and an
inkjet printer to make fun and functional projects. All projects 
step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and full-color photos of the
finished product. Includes a resource list of websites and message
boards and an exhaustive supplier listing for various computer crafting

***Enterprise Integration with Ruby
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 0976694069
Typical enterprises use dozens, hundreds, and sometimes even thousands
of applications, components, services, and databases. They run on
heterogeneous operating systems and hardware, they use databases and
messaging systems from various vendors, and they were written in
different programming languages. This book shows you how to knit these
different systems together using a variety of techniques and

***Enterprise SOA
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596102380
Based on extensive research with experts from the German software
company SAP, this definitive book is ideal for architects, developers,
and other IT professionals who want to understand the technology and
business relevance of ESA in a detailed way-especially those who want 
move on the technology now, rather than in the next year or two. 

***Flash 8 Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
This practical, nuts-and-bolts toolkit puts theory into practice with
ready-made answers to common Flash development questions. It's the
perfect resource for Flash developers, as well as designers who are
ready to start doing development work. Using O'Reilly's popular
Problem/Solution/Discussion Cookbook format, this book offers 280
stand alone recipes that include a brief explanation of how and why 
the solution works, so you can adapt it to similar situations you 
may run across in the future.

***HTML Utopia, Second Edition
Publisher: SitePoint
ISBN: 0975240277
"HTML Utopia" is for anyone who wants to use Cascading Style Sheets for
layout, which allow for faster webpage downloads, easier site
maintenance and faster re-designs. The second edition of this popular
book includes brand new coverage of Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 1.1,
new CSS Solutions, and greatly expanded coverage of popular,
cross-browser, CSS layout techniques. 

***JUNOS Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100140
"JUNOS Cookbook" is the first comprehensive book about JUNOS software
and it provides over 200 time-saving step-by-step techniques including
discussions about the processes and alternative ways to perform the 
task. It's been tested and tech-reviewed by field engineers who know 
to take JUNOS out for a spin and it's applicable to the entire line of
M-, T-, and J-series routers.

***Keep it Simple with GarageBand
Publisher: PC Publishing
ISBN: 1870775163
Contains a series of easy music making projects for beginners and
amateur musicians. Follow these simple projects and you'll not only
learn how to use GarageBand effectively, you'll also pick up tips on
songwriting, constructing tunes, and pro-style audio production along
the way. Each project is preceded by on-topic, and background

***Learning SQL on SQL Server 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596102151
If you're new to databases, or need a SQL refresher, this step-by-step
introduction has everything you need to generate, manipulate, and
retrieve data using Microsoft's SQL Server 2005. Every topic, concept,
and idea in the book comes with examples of code and output, along with
exercises to help you gain proficiency. Plenty of texts explain 
theory. This book lets you apply the theory as you learn SQL. 

***Learning UML 2.0
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009828
Engaging and accessible, this book shows you how to use UML to craft 
communicate your project's design. Russ Miles and Kim Hamilton have
written a pragmatic introduction to UML; based on hard earned practice,
not theory. Regardless of the software process or methodology you use,
this book is the one source you need to get up and running with UML 

***Linux Annoyances for Geeks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008015
GNU/Linux is an immensely popular operating system that is extremely
stable and reliable. But it can also induce minor headaches at the most
inopportune times if you're not fully up to speed with its 
In keeping with the spirit of the Annoyances series, the book adopts a
sympathetic tone that will quickly win you over. Rather than blaming 
for possessing limited Linux savvy, "Linux Annoyances for Geeks" takes
you along for a fun-filled ride as you master the system together. 

Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270704
"Nagios: System and Network Monitoring" shows how to configure and use
Nagios, an open source system and network monitoring tool. Nagios makes
it possible to continuously monitor network services (SMTP, POP3, HTTP,
NNTP, PING, etc.), host resources (processor load, disk and memory
usage, running processes, log files, etc.), and environmental factors
(such as temperature). When Nagios detects a problem, it communicates
the information to the sys admin via email, pager, SMS, or other
user-defined method. 

***PGP & GPG
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270712
"PGP & GPG" is an easy-to read, informal tutorial for implementing
electronic privacy on the cheap using the standard tools of the email
privacy field--commercial PGP and non-commercial GnuPG (GPG). The book
shows how to integrate these OpenPGP implementations into the most
common email clients and how to use PGP and GPG in daily email
correspondence to both send and receive encrypted email. 

***Pragmatic Ajax
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 0976694085
It used to be that you had to make a hard choice: the ease of 
of a web page, or the interactive features of a rich desktop
application. Now you can have it all. Ajax redefines the user 
for web applications. Using existing standards, your application can
provide a compelling user interface--delivered plug-in free--using
modern web browsers. This book shows you how to work the Ajax magic
easily, exploring both the fundamental technologies and the emerging
frameworks that make it easy.

***Programming Excel with VBA and .NET
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007663
Programming Excel isn't about adding new features as much as it's about
combining existing features to solve particular problems. With Visual
Basic for Applications (VBA), you can transform Excel into a
task-specific piece of software that will quickly and precisely serve
your needs. This single-source reference and how-to guide will teach 
to use the complete range of Excel programming tasks to solve problems.
Developers looking forward to .NET development will also find 
of how the Excel object model works with .NET tools including Visual
Studio Tools for Office (VSTO). 

***Programming PHP, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006810
As the industry standard book on PHP, all of the essentials are covered
in a clear and concise manner. Language, syntax, and programming
techniques are coupled with numerous examples that illustrate both
correct usage and common idioms. With style tips and practical
programming advice, this book will help you become a good PHP
programmer. "Programming PHP, Second Edition" covers everything you 
need to know to create effective web applications with PHP. 

***RFID Security
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1597490474
Wal-Mart was the main force behind the widespread adoption of bar codes
in the 80s; they have now started the conversion from bar codes to RFID
tags and are requiring all of their suppliers to switch to RFID tags or
lose their business. RFID will become a mainstream technology whether 
like it or not and anyone using barcode technology will need to have
their RFID solution in place quickly. This book teaches readers about
the security implications of RFID.

***Scripting VMware Power Tools
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1597490598
This book covers the native tools that VMware provides with ESX Server.
It discusses in detail the different scripting API's and how they
can be leveraged to provide useful, practical and time saving
tools to manage a virtual infrastructure. From virtual server
provisioning to backups and everything in between, all are covered
in detail with real world examples that have been tested and will work
either copied directly from the book or with slight modifications for
specific environments.

***SQL Pocket Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596526881
Now available in an updated second edition, our very popular "SQL 
Guide" is a major help to programmers, database administrators, and
everyone who uses SQL in their day-to-day work. The "SQL Pocket Guide" 
a concise reference for frequently used SQL statements and commonly 
SQL functions. Not just an endless collection of syntax diagrams, this
portable guide addresses the language's complexity head on and leads by
example. The information in this edition has been updated to reflect 
latest versions of the most commonly used SQL variants.

***Steal This Computer Book 4.0
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593271050
This offbeat, non-technical book examines what hackers do, how they do
it, and how readers can protect themselves. Informative, irreverent, 
entertaining, the completely revised fourth edition of "Steal This
Computer Book" contains new chapters that discuss the hacker mentality,
lock picking, exploiting P2P file sharing networks, and how people
manipulate search engines and pop-up ads. Includes a CD with hundreds 
megabytes of hacking and security-related programs that tie-in to each
chapter in the book.

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***Maker Faire, Apr 22-23, San Mateo, CA
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 authors, attend DIY Tutorials, explore DIY
projects and demonstrations, and see the Ultimate Workshop. This event
takes place at San Mateo County Fairgrounds.

***Digital Black and White with Stephen Johnson, Apr 22--Pacifica, CA
Photographer and author Stephen Johnson ("Stephen Johnson on Digital
Photography") presents this one-day seminar.

***Peter Morville at CHI 2006, Apr 22-27--Montreal, Canada
Author Peter Morville (Ambient Findability) is speaking at CHI 2006
"It's About the Information Stupid!"

***Collaborate 06, Apr 23-27--Nashville, TN	
Author Peter Robson ("The Art of SQL") is presenting at Collaborate 06,
the Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community, hosted
by the Independent Oracle Users Group, the Oracle Applications Users
Group, and Quest International Users Group.

***MySQL Users Conference, Apr 24-27--Santa Clara, CA
O'Reilly is teaming up with MySQL AB to present the largest gathering 
MySQL developers and users. The 2006 Conference will feature leading
industry keynote speakers, the latest MySQL open source technologies,
and interactive sessions and tutorials. Peruse the latest products and
services in the expanded Exhibit Hall, meet the MySQL development team,
and rub shoulders with fellow MySQL users.

***Niel M. Bornstein at the Desktop Linux Summit 2006, Apr 24-25, 
 San Diego, CA
Author Niel M. Bornstein ("Mono: A Developer's Notebook")is speaking
about desktop Linux in education.

***Stephen Few at the DAMA International Symposium, Apr 26--Denver, CO
Author Stephen Few ("Information Dashboard Design") conducts two
workshops: "Show Me the Numbers: Communicating Effectively with Charts"
and "Information Visualization for Discovery and Analysis."

***Dan Gillmor at Columbia University, Apr 27--New York, NY
Author Dan Gillmor ("We the Media") is giving a lecture and public talk
called "We the Media: The Rise of Grassroots, Open Source
Journalism"	At the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

***Peter Krogh at the Commercial Industrial Photographers of New
England, Apr 28--Boston, MA
Author Peter Krogh ("The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for
Photographers") will be discussing DAM at CIPNE's annual membership

***Dan Gillmor at We Media Conference, May 4--London, England
Author Dan Gillmor ("We the Media") is participating in a forum
discussing "We and the Media."

***Professional Exhibition with Stephen Johnson, May 6--Pacifica, CA
Photographer and author Stephen Johnson ("Stephen Johnson on Digital
Photography") presents this one-day seminar.

***Dan Gillmor at Harvard Law School, May 12-13--Cambridge, MA
Author Dan Gillmor ("We the Media") is participating in a forum
discussing "Beyond Broadcasting.

***Dan Gillmor at Future in Review 2006 Conference, May 14--
 San Diego, CA
Author Dan Gillmor ("We the Media") will be discussing "From 
Blogs to RSS to...the Future of News Reporting."

Conference News
***OSCON, July 24-28--Portland,OR
OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, is still where open source
rubber meets the road. OSCON happens July 24-28, 2006 in open source
hotspot Portland, Oregon, and registration has just opened. Hundreds of
sessions and tutorials. Thousands of open source mavericks, brainiacs,
hackers, activists, scientists, and their admirers, some in
business-casual disguise. Read all about it.

User Group members who register before June 5, 2006 get a double
discount. Use code "os06dsug" when you register, and receive 15% off
the early registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***Early Registration ending soon for the Where 2.0 Conference, 
June 13-14--San Jose, CA
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 at Where 2.0.

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, April 24-27--Santa Clara, CA
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

Use code "mys06dusg" when you register, and receive 15% off
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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***O'Reilly Staff Picks
Now you can see what Tim O'Reilly, Phil Torrone, chromatic, and more
consider thier favorites.

***Fire Your Boss! A Guide to Successful Freelancing From Home
Sick of the commute? Want to establish your own freelance consultancy?
Here's the kick-start you've been waiting for! Neil and Jarvis help you
assess whether you're cut out to run your own business, and show you 
to recognize, understand, and address risk. 

Open Source
***Building a FreeBSD Build System 
Keeping a single BSD system up to date is relatively easy. Keeping a
whole business full of servers fresh with patches and new applications
and updates is more work--unless you take advantage of the ports 
Bjorn Nelson walks through the design and implementation of a build
system usable to push fresh binaries to as many servers as you have.

***The Software of Space Exploration 
Free software advocates often appeal to the open discovery, disclosure,
and discussion practices of modern science as justification for sharing
information. As software becomes more valuable for scientific research,
free and open source software continues to grow in popularity. David
Boswell looks at some of the software used in space exploration and
usable by armchair scientists.

***Mac FTP: A Guided Tour
(S)FTP has a special place in the hearts of web builders and
developers, and is still one of the most practical methods of getting
files from one place to another in a secure manner. In this article,
Giles Turnbull surveys six FTP clients for the Mac platform and shows
you the major characteristics of each.

***Macintosh Home Monitoring 
Want to learn a few simple home automation techniques to have your Mac
send you a message when your mail is delivered, your kids get home, or
your dog uses the pet door to go into the backyard? Gordon Meyer shows
you how.

***Programming Word from .NET 
Using .NET with Word can be a potent combination. Jesse Liberty shows
you how to take advantage of Word's formatting features and add the
power of .NET's programmability.

***An Overview of UAC in Windows Vista 
Vista's User Account Control represents a big step forward for system
security. But it's not that easy to understand. Mitch Tulloch shows you
how it works, and offers tips for making it better.

***The Best Structure For Your Flash Site
Few developers know how to use Keyframes, ActionScript, and MovieClips,
and can control the Flash playhead to their advantage. Optimizing your
use of these elements can help you reduce file size, minimize download
times, and create efficiencies that make altering your work easy. 

***Is AJAX Cross-Browser?
What does AJAX mean (if anything) for cross-browser compatibility? 
Yank takes a look at both sides of the argument.

***Implementing Mutual Exclusion for AJAX
AJAX programmers who come from the Java world should be concerned with
JavaScript's non-support for safely managing data structures in a
concurrent fashion. If one thread is changing the DOM while another is
reading it, problems are likely. Java developers can attack this with
tools from the synchronized keyword and the old Object wait()/release()
to the modern java.util.concurrent package introduced in J2SE 5.0. 
Wallace addresses the problem by introducing protection for critical
blocks of JavaScript code.

***Supporting Branch Office Environments 
Supporting the IT needs of branch offices that have limited or no IT
resources can be a challenge. What to do? Mitch Tulloch, author of
"Windows Server Hacks," interviews Richard Harrison, CISSP, principal
technologist for infrastructure and security at Content Master, who
offers his expertise on how to support branch offices using Windows.

***Scaling Games Up 
This week we're talking about games. Big games. Amy Jo Kim talks about
taking the lessons from game playing and applying them to your
applications. Jane McGonigal talks about scaling up intimate two player
games so that thousands of people can thumb wrestle. (DTF 04-18-2006: 
minutes 49 seconds)

***Patterns for Communication, Moderation, and Information Processing
We're finding patterns everywhere. Clay Shirky talks about patterns of
moderation strategy, Jon Udell makes recommendations for those of us
seeking attention, and George Dyson helps us understand the present by
looking back at Von Neumann. (DTF 04-03-2006: 31 minutes 05 seconds)

For more podcasts, go to:

Digital Media
***Aperture 1.1--Apple Listens 
With Aperture's new features, bug fixes, and universal compatibility
with PowerMacs and Intel Macs, it's now a serious contender for top
digital photo software. Scott Bourne reviews Version 1.1.

***Digital "Not Hot" at Sundance 2006
Digital cinema is no longer new or novel, but it is clearly and
inevitably, the wave of the future. Susan Boyer attended this year's
Sundance film festival and gives us a glimpse at how the cinematic 
landscape is

***Maker Faire, San Mateo County Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA--April 
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!

People and attractions we'll have at the Faire includes: a flying 
replica, a flock of whale blimps, a giant painting machine, DIY RFID
implants, model rocketry, breadboarding, trailer glass blowing, The
Crucible's welding workshops off the back of a fire truck, pinhole
photography, soldering, spud gun building, bubble machines and a bubble
guy that appeared on Johnny Carson in the seventies, Bunnie Huang, Joe 
William Gurstelle and his Backyard Ballistics, The Exploratorium, Zeum,
The Lunar Society (rocket builders), Graffiti Research Lab, Squid Labs,
biodiesel making, electric cars, a Linux supercomputer cluster running
on veggie oil, neon art, circuit bending, VJs, slide rules, pinball
restoration, the Phenomenauts, Satan's Calliope and much more. Quite 
an eclectic collection, not to mention Diana Eng of Bravo's Project 
Runway and the 50 craft booths in Bizarre Bazaar and the 

CNN, NPR's Science Friday's Ira Flatow, KPIX TV, Discover Magazine, CBS
News, The Discovery Channel, The New York Times, Kevin Rose of Digg and Films, and CNET will be covering the event. But hey why wait
to read it in a blog or see it on TV when you can be there in person?

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