Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, January 25

Ryan Simpkins plug at ryansimpkins.com
Fri Jan 25 13:20:31 MST 2008


For your enjoyment...

Someone out there might be interested in the review offer they are making -
kinda tempting. Get a free book if you promise to write a review about it on
plug.org. Get with me if you are interested.

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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
January 25, 2008
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***Ajax: The Definitive Guide
ISBN 10: 0596528388
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596528386>

***The Art & Science of JavaScript (SitePoint)
ISBN 10: 0980285844
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780980285840>

***Augmented Reality @ Home (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
ISBN 10: 1934356034
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781934356036>

***The Book of Wireless (No Starch)
ISBN 10: 1593271697
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781593271695>

***Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5
ISBN 10: 0596510500
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596510503>

***Facebook: The Missing Manual
ISBN 10: 0596517696
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596517694>

***iPhoto '08: The Missing Manual
ISBN 10: 0596516185
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596516185>

***Learning ActionScript 3.0
ISBN 10: 059652787X
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527877>

***Programming C# 3.0, Fifth Edition
ISBN 10: 0596527438 
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527433>

***The Ruby Programming Language
ISBN 10: 0596516177
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596516178>

***Visualizing Data
ISBN 10: 0596514557
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596514556>

***Wikipedia: The Missing Manual
ISBN-10: 0596515162
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515164>


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***Money:Tech, New York City, New York--Feb 6-7, 2008
The inaugural O'Reilly Money:Tech conference will raise the level of
conversation around technology advances in the investment industry,
bringing together innovators with established players to increase
adoption and awareness and push the technology forward.
<http://conferences.oreilly.com/money/>


***Dru Lavigne and Allison Randal Speak at Southern California Linux
   Expo,Los Angeles, CA--Feb 8-10
Authors Dru Lavigne (BSD Hacks) and Allison Randal (Perl 6 & Parrot
Essentials) will be speaking at the Southern California Linux Expo from
February 8-10, 2008. Located in Los Angeles, the conference draws many
qualified speakers and exhibitors, and Dru & Alison will be speaking as
part of the Women in Open Source Track.
<http://socallinuxexpo.org/scale6x/conference-info/schedules/>


***Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC), New York City,
   New York--Feb 11-13
The Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC) Conference explores how
technology is influencing the future of publishing, sparking creativity
and inspiring conversation for leading change in the industry.
<http://www.toccon.com>


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Conference News
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***OSCON 2008 Call for Participation
O'Reilly Media is seeking proposals from people in tune with the
heartbeat of open source.
<http://en.oreilly.com/oscon2008/public/cfp/13>


***Ubuntu Live 2008 Call for Participation
This is your opportunity to present your experiences of working with
Ubuntu to a knowledgeable audience that is keen to learn more and
participate.
<http://en.oreilly.com/ubuntu2008/public/cfp/12>


***O'Reilly GSP West Conference--San Diego, CA--March 3-4
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****Web Expo SF Registration is Open, San Francisco, CA--Apr 22-25
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***Registration for ETech Open, San Diego, CA--March 3-6
Body hacking. DIY spectrum. Crowd visualization. Sensor games. ETech
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<http://conferences.oreilly.com/etech/>

Use code "et08usrg" when you register and receive 15% off
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***Registration for TOC Open, New York, NY--February 11-13
Technology is transforming publishing. Are you ready for the future?
This conference is a must attend event for anyone interested in shaping
the future of the business of books.
<http://www.toccon.com>

Use code "toc08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off
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***2008 MySQL Conference & Expo Registration is Open--
   Santa Clara, CA--April 14-17
The largest gathering of MySQL developers, users, and DBAs worldwide,
the event reflects MySQL's wide-ranging appeal and capabilities. The
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-Linux/Unix System Administration
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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
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UG News
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******Call For Makers: Maker Faire Bay Area 2008--Entry deadline is
      March 12, 2008
Make Magazine is now accepting entries for the Maker Faire Bay Area, May
3 and 4 at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. Entries are due March 12,
2008. Space is limited, please submit your entry early! Maker Faire
tryouts are February 17 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco noon&#8211;
4pm. Accepted entries will be notified by March 19. Entry form, tryout
details, and more can be found online.
<http://makerfaire.com/bayarea/2008/callformakers/>


***PyCon registration opening soon--Looking for Python-related projects
   for Expo Hall
For those projects working with or using Python, registration for PyCon
is open. There was a record turnout for tutorial and talk
proposals--this looks to be the best PyCon yet.

If your project uses Python, now would be a great time to get involved.
This year's PyCon will feature a two-day Expo Hall with free booths for
non-profits and open source projects. If you would like to get in on the
fun, more information is at <http://us.pycon.org/2008/>. If your group
would like to participate in the Expo Hall, email
pycon-sponsors at python.org for more information.


***Greg Wilson at Amazon
Amazon features a Video of "Beautiful Code" Editor Greg Wilson giving
a presentation at Amazon.
<http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Code-Leading-Programmers-Practice/dp/0596510047>


***O'Reilly and Safari Books Online are JOLT Award Finalists
Safari Books Online and O'Reilly Radar are two of the six finalists in
Web Sites/Developer Networks category. Finalists in General Books
category include, "The Myths of Innovation" and "Beautiful Code" (both
in Safari Books Online) category and "Head First SQL" is finalist in
technical books category.
<http://www.joltawards.com/finalists.html>


***New Rough Cuts Community Features in Safari Books Online
Safari recently upgraded our interactive publishing service, Rough Cuts
manuscripts-in-progress, to include online community features such as
comment viewing and posting. Available to Safari Library subscribers,
Rough Cuts enables you to stay at the forefront of technology innovation
and the ability to engage with peers and world-renown authors.  Check
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<http://www.oreilly.com/roughcuts/>


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***How to Tell Your Perl Story (at OSCON)
Have you done something stunningly cool or staggeringly useful with Perl
in the past year? Conference season will be here soon; it's time to
consider giving a talk to your local monger group, a regional
conference, or even OSCON. Perl track committee member brian d foy gives
several guidelines to help you decide what to talk about and how to
present it.
<http://www.perl.com/pub/a/2008/01/18/how-to-tell-your-perl-story.html>


***Creating Games in Ruby
Nearly every developer fosters a secret desire to create cool video
games, but for most of us, the barriers to entry (knowing how to create
performant graphics code) has kept us out of the game. But there are
several toolkits for Ruby that can get you on your way without a Ph.D.
Part 1:
<http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/ruby/2007/12/04/creating-games-in-ruby.html>

Part 2:
<http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/ruby/2007/12/18/creating-games-in-ruby-part-2.html>


***Administering MySQL Using Flex
Adobe's Flex offers a rich client-side user experience, but how do you
use it to create practical applications. In this article, you'll see how
to hook Flex up to a PHP backend to do some simple MySQL administration.
<http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2008/01/15/administering-mysql-using-flex.html>


***Joe Schorr on Leopard & Apeture
Derrick Story interviews Senior Product Manager Joe Schorr, on some of
the most enticing and useful features for Aperture photographers.
<http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2008/01/08/joe-schorr-on-leopard-and-aperture.html>


***Less is More: Steve Jobs' Macworld 2008 Keynote Address
Steve Jobs opened the Macworld surprise envelope at the 2008 keynote
address and out slid a sleek notebook computer: the Macbook Air. Daniel
Steinberg was on hand for the unveiling and files this report about all
the new hardware, iPhone updates, and more.
<http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2008/01/17/macworld-2008.html>


***LILO and GRUB: Boot Loaders Made Simple
LILO and Grub are the most popular Linux bootloaders. Usually, your
Linux distribution chooses and configures one or the other for you, but
this article provides a handy comparison of the two, and offers some
troubleshooting and configuration tips if you ever want to do it by
hand.
<http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2008/01/22/lilo-and-grub-boot-loaders-made-simple.html>

***The Art & Science of JavaScript
In this tutorial, we'll look at a technique for using CSS and JavaScript
to build a first-person-perspective maze, in homage to old-school
adventure games like Dungeon Master and Doom.
<http://www.sitepoint.com/article/art-science-javascript>

For more articles, go to:
<http://www.oreillynet.com/>

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Blogs
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***A Year in O'Reilly Books (2007) from Tim O'Reilly
<http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2008/01/a_year_in_oreilly_books.html>

***HF JavaScript: Learn Outside the Book
<http://www.oreillynet.com/headfirst/blog/2008/01/hf_javascript_learn_outside_th.html#more>

***Scott Kelby--Katrin's New Book is a Winner, and I Know Eight People
   I'm Sending a Copy to This Week.
<http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2008/archives/939>

***Freaking Multitudes of .htaccess great balls of fire
<http://blogs.oreilly.com/digitalmedia/2007/12/freaking-multitudes-of-htacces.html>

***Windows Mobile Weekly Roundup
<http://www.oreillynet.com/windows/blog/2008/01/windows_mobile_weekly_roundup_71.html>

***TMTOWTDI -> The Right Way to Do It
<http://www.oreillynet.com/onlamp/blog/2008/01/tmtowtdi_the_right_way_to_do_i.html>

***PhoneValet & iPhone: Instant Landline Voice Mail
<http://blogs.oreilly.com/digitalmedia/2008/01/phonevalet-iphone-instant-land.html>

***Thoughts on Firefox 3.0
<http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2008/01/thoughts_on_firefox_30.html>

***What Do You Want to Read from Head First Authors?
<http://www.oreillynet.com/headfirst/blog/2008/01/what_do_you_want_to_hear_from.html#more>

***Presents for Under Your Tree (for next year)
<http://www.oreillynet.com/headfirst/blog/2007/12/presents_for_under_your_tree_f.html>

For more blogs, go to:
<http://www.oreillynet.com/blogs/>




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