[uug] [Fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, October 1]

Topher Fischer javert42 at cs.byu.edu
Wed Oct 1 17:50:38 MDT 2008

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Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, October 1
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2008 16:42:24 -0700
From: Marsee Henon <usergroups at oreilly.com>
To: library at uug.byu.edu

Hi there,

Thanks to everyone who requested a copy of slide:ology last month. Send
me a link to your slide presentation that uses Nancy's suggestions and
I'll share them in a future newsletter and blog about them on
oreilly.com. And just in case you want to see more from Nancy, here's
a recent webcast http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/1095.

Has an O'Reilly book, conference, or course helped you or someone you
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meeting and see if anyone wants to share their story with us by sending
me an email.

With Adobe's recent announcement of CS4, O'Reilly's been busy working
with our authors to keep you up-to-date. Soon we'll have new versions of
our One-on-One and Missing Manual series and we're adding a few
new books such as "Photoshop CS4 The Missing Manual," "The Photoshop
CS4 Companion for Photographers," and "Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks
One-on-One." Read this blog post for the full scoop.

And Deke McClelland has a new video called "Photoshop CS4: Buy or Die"
CS4 fliers are available for your group too. Do you need some?

I'm looking for people to read our new "Head First Statistics" and "Head
First Physics." These books are designed to be used as a supplement
study guide for the College Board's Advanced Placement exams. Do you
know students, teachers, parents, or anyone that might be interested in
looking over a copy?

Travel update: I'll be attending Austin Maker Faire October 18 and 19
in Texas, Professional Developers Conference October 27-30 in Los
Angeles, and Adobe Max November 16-19 in San Francisco. Are you going to
any of these events? Please let me know and we can try and meet up.

We've also got a new community page on O'Reilly at
http://community.oreilly.com/ Look for our "O'Reilly Spoken Here"
posters you can print yourself, read our featured review (maybe it's
yours), or see what's new in our blogs.


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Build Your Own ASP.NET 3.5 Website Using C# & VB, Third Edition (SitePoint)

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide: Rough Cuts Version

Head First Physics

How Wikipedia Works (No Starch)

iPhone Forensics

iPhone UK: The Missing Manual, Second Edition

Learning OpenCV

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MAKE: Technology on Your Time Volume 15

Maven: The Definitive Guide

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Upcoming Author Events
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Jesse Liberty Presents a Webcast: Exploring Deep Zoom in Silverlight 2
Oct 1, 2008
In this live presentation Silverlight Geek Jesse Liberty (Programming
Silverlight 2 and Programming .NET 3.5) delves into understanding and
using Deep Zoop and how it can be integrated into your Silverlight

Stephen Johnson -- Fine Art Digital Printing
Oct 2-5, 2008
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, CA
Join Stephen Johnson (Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography) for four
days of hands-on printing instruction.

Noah Gift at PyArkansas
Oct 4, 2008
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas
Author Noah Gift (Python For Unix and Linux Systems Administration) will
present a 3 hour tutorial on Python For Systems Administration, and sit
on a panel discussing the Python Standard Library.

Joey Lott at AS3 Apex in St. Louis
Oct 4, 2008
ST. Louis, MO
Author Joey Lott (Programming Flex 3) will be presenting Flex,
Actionscript, and Flash. Space is limited so please RSVP.

Sean Duggan Presents a Week-Long Seminar: "Real World Digital
Photography, Session 2"
Oct 5-11, 2008
Rockport, ME
Sean Duggan's (The Creative Digital Darkroom) week-long seminar is a
follow-up to the popular Real World Digital Photography Seesion 1 class.
Designed to take up where the previous class left off, this course
concentrates on more advanced topics relating to photography with
digital SLRs and improving images with Adobe Photoshop.

Java Power Tools Bootcamp in Brisbane
Oct 6-9, 2008
Brisbane, Australia
The Java Power Tools bootcamp is taught by John Ferguson Smart (Java
Power Tools). The bootcamp is an intense 4-day hands-on workshop
covering some of the best open source tools for Java development on the
market. The course takes you on a in-depth guided tour of some of the
best open source Java tools, showing how you can use them individually
and together to write code better and faster, and have fun while you're
doing it!

Julia Lerman at SDC Amsterdam
Oct 6-7, 2008
Leeuwenhorst Conference Centre
Noordwijkerhout , The Netherlands
Author Julia Lerman (Programming Entity Framework) presents Introductory
and Advanced sessions on Entity Framework at the Software Development
Conference 2008 in the Netherlands.

Nancy Duarte Presents "The slide:ology Basic Course"
Oct 6-6, 2008
Duarte Design
Mountain View, CA
Author Nancy Duarte (slide:ology) will be giving a full-day seminar
jam-packed with design fundamentals, tips and tricks, interactive
brainstorming and plenty of great visual examples to deconstruct. The
morning will kick off with an inspirational keynote and then delve into
content from the book slide:ology. You'll have your head around the
concepts at this point, so we'll facilitate interactive exercises that
will cement in you a new way of approaching your next presentation.

Stephen Johnson -- Fundamentals of Digital Photography: The Basics, and
Way Beyond
Oct 8-9, 2008
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, CA
Join Stephen Johnson (Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography) for a
workshop that includes the origins of electronic imaging, hardware,
input/scanning, digital cameras, and more.

FOWA, London
Oct 9-10, 2008
London Excel
London, UK
FOWA London is Europe's biggest Web 2.0 Event with over 3000 of Europe's
leading developers, designers and entrepreneurs attending to get
Carsonified and discover the latest company, platform and product
developments in web applications. Among the speakers, do not miss Kathy
Sierra who along with her partner created the Head First Series.

Joey Lott at Cleveland Flex User's Group
Oct 9, 2008
Cleveland, OH
Author Joey Lott (Programming Flex 3) will be presenting Flex,
Actionscript, and Flash.

Steven Pritchard and Tom Limoncelli at Ohio LinuxFest
Oct 10-11, 2008
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Author Steven Pritchard (LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell) will be
teaching a one-day LPI Certification "cram" class. Author Tom Limoncelli
(Time Management for System Administrators) will be presenting two
tutorials, "Time Management for System Administrators" and "Interviewing
and Hiring Great Technical People".

Joey Lott at Central PA Adobe User Group & Central PA Flash User
Oct 10, 2008
Harrisburg, PA
Author Joey Lott (Programming Flex 3) will be presenting "How To
Architect Flex Applications."

Dru Lavigne at NYCBSDCon in New York City
Oct 11-12, 2008
New York City, NY
Dru Lavigne (BSD Hacks) will at NYC BSDCon 2008 in Columbia University
in New York City. She will be giving a tutorial on system administration
as well as proctoring the BSDA exam. Keep an eye out for her!

Julia Lerman at DevConnections
Oct 11-13, 2008
Mandalay Bay Conference Center
Las Vegas, NV
Julia Lerman (Programming Entity Framework) will present a full-day
Entity Framework pre-conference workshop as well as two sessions during
the DevConnections conference.

Stephen Johnson -- Yosemite Valley in Autumn
Oct 11-14, 2008
Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite, CA
Join Stephen Johnson (Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography) for a
field workshop in Yosemite Valley. Enrollment limited to 12 people.

Rick Sammon Leads a Week-Long Photography Workshop in Maine
Oct 12-18, 2008
Join Rick Sammon (Face to Face) in Maine as he leads a photography
workshop on capturing the seasons. Following a day of shooting, the
classes will continue with Photoshop & Lightroom instruction in the
digital labs. The class size is limited to 15 participants, so register

Julia Lerman presents on Entity Framework at DevReach 2008, Sofia
Oct 13-14, 2008
International Exhibition Center
Sofia, Bulgaria
Julia Lerman (Programming Entity Framework) presents Introductory and
Advanced sessions on Entity Framework at the DevReach 2008 Conference.

Scott Berkun at User Interface Engineering
Oct 14-16, 2008
Cambridge, MA
Author Scott Berkun (The Myths of Innovation, Making Things Happen)
presents a full day workshop entitled "The Myths of Innovation: How to
Lead Breakthrough Projects".

Jesse Liberty Presents a Webcast: From DB to Display in the Data-Grid
with Silverlight
Oct 15, 2008
In this live presentation Silverlight Geek Jesse Liberty (Programming
Silverlight 2 and Programming .NET 3.5) will demonstrate how to extract
data from a SQL database using LINQ, make it available through a Web
Service, and create a Silverlight Application that consumes that data
and makes it visible to the user in a vivid and interactive way.

Christopher Schmitt at the Web Design and Developer Conference
Oct 15-15, 2008
Orlando World Center Marriott Resort
Orlando, FL
Web Designers feel comfortable with complex digital imaging software
such as Photoshop and Illustrator and marking up pages with XHTML CSS.
However, to break through a static Web page, today's Web designer needs
to work with JavaScript to add interactivity and custom usability
enhancements, which can be intimidating for right-brain thinkers. In
this session, author Christopher Schmitt (CSS Cookbook, Releasing CSS)
covers how JavaScript frameworks like jQuery can save time, hair loss
and still add the cool.

Douglas Crockford at the Bay Area Functional Programmers
Oct 15, 2008
Hi5, 55 2nd Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA
Author Douglas Crockford (JavaScript: The Good Parts) will be presenting
"Functional JavaScript."

Nitesh Dhanjani at Microsoft Blue Hat v8
Oct 16-17, 2008
Redmond, WA
Nitesh Dhanjani (Network Security Tools) talks about how your online
persona and activity can be tracked, correlated and used to influence
behavior at Microsoft's Blue Hat Security Conference.

Martin Nystrom at Triangle InfoSeCon
Oct 16-16, 2008
McKimmon Conference and Training Center at NC State University
Raleigh, NC
Author Martin Nystrom (SQL Injection Defenses) and Dave Schwartzburg
will present "Monitor the Monitors", based on a chapter from the
forthcoming O'Reilly book, "Practical Information Security Monitoring."

Dux Raymond Sy at PMI Global Congress North America 2008
Oct 19-19, 2008
Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Author Dux Raymond Sy, PMP (SharePoint for Project Management) presents
"Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success" at the
Exhibitor Educational Presentation (EEP) of the PMI Global Congress
North America 2008. The 90-minute presentation will showcase the
benefits of SharePoint in addressing critical project management
challenges in the areas of project communication, document management
and project team collaboration. Project Management Professionals (PMP)
can earn 1.5 Professional Development Units for participation if they
attend the full session.

Gordon Meyer at Magic & Meaning Conference
Oct 22-25, 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
Gordon Meyer (Smart Home Hacks) will speak about home automation at
Magic and Meaning 2008. The conference takes place at McBride's Magic
School, a leading center for training magicians.

Joey Lott at the Philadelphia Flex User Group
Oct 22, 2008
Philadelphia, PA
Author Joey Lott (Programming Flex 3) will be presenting Flex,
Actionscript, and Flash.

O'Reilly at PhotoPlus Expo
Oct 23-25, 2008
Jacob Javits Convention Center
New York, NY
Stop by the O'Reilly booth (# 448) and meet our editors, check out our
newest titles, and listen to live podcast interviews. While you're
there, enter our drawing for a chance to win $500 in O'Reilly books.

John Papa at Day of Silverlight 2.0
Oct 24-24, 2008
Microsoft Office -- 5426 Bay Center Drive, Suite 700
Tampa, FL
Author John Papa (Data Services with Silverlight 2) will be speaking at
this free event hosted by Microsoft. He will be speaking on the
following topics: Data Binding Foundations, Notifications, Modes, Lists, and
Value Converters:
- Consuming SOAP with WCF and ASMX, POX and REST services, and
- Building REST styled services with Silverlight to 3rd Party
- Using Visual Studio and Blend and to develop Silverlight

Conferences and Special Events
Maker Faire Austin Tickets on Sale--October 18 and 19, 2008
Travis County Event Center and Fairground
Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful people of
all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.

New this year, RoboGames bring battling bots to Austin for the first
ever texas cup.

Ticket information:

Web 2.0 Expo Call for Participation Is Now Open, San Francisco--March
31-April 3
Now in its third year, Web 2.0 Expo is for the builders of the next
generation web: designers, developers, entrepreneurs, marketers,
business strategists, and venture capitalists. We look not only for the
hot new thing, but for the failures to learn from, the innovations and
inspirations, the successes that will surprise you, and the practical
applications of all of the above. Call closes midnight 10/08/2008 PDT.

MySQL Conference & Expo Call for Participation Is Now Open, Santa Clara,
CA--April 20-23
The MySQL Conference & Expo is the largest gathering of MySQL
developers, users, and DBAs worldwide. For the 2009 edition, we'd like
to explore advanced development techniques, enterprise database
administration and security, VLDB and massive data warehouse
administration, advanced BI technology, pluggable storage engine
development, replication and scale-out solutions, and more. Call closes
midnight PST October 22. Early registration will open in December.

Register for iPhoneLive, San Jose, CA--November 18
iPhoneLive will be a gathering of the best and brightest participants in
the iPhone ecosystem today. Whether you're already building apps for the
iPhone or are a developer who wants to make a move to the iPhone
platform; if you're an entrepreneur or simply an enthusiast of the
emerging iPhone industry, this is the event for you. It's going to be a
mind-blowing day filled with information that you just can't get
anywhere else. We'll cover development issues from coding to release, as
well as general market information and lessons learned from leading
iPhone developers and entrepreneurs.

Use code "ip08gd20" when you register, and receive 20% off
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To register for the conference, go to:

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only
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the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their

Create your own Ignite in your area. Submit your proposal.

Or read the How To

Upcoming Ignite events:

Ignite Baltimore #1, Oct 16
12 W. North Ave.

Ignite Phoenix II, October 29
4747 N 22nd Street

Ignite Bangalore, November 11
The Royal Orchid in Bangalore (No 47/1,Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road)

Ignite Corvallis, November 13
725 SW 26th Street

Ignite Portland 4, November 13
3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
First Look: Photoshop CS4
Lesa Snider King, author for the upcoming "Photoshop CS4: The Missing
Manual" shares her thoughts on Adobe's latest release.

One Way to Become an O'Reilly Author
Interested in how to become an author for O'Reilly? One way is to make
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for Unix Geeks."

iPhone Forensics 101: Bypassing the iPhone Passcode Video
Recently, Jonathan Zdziarski, author of the just-released "iPhone
Forensics," delivered a much-talked about presentation on bypassing the
iPhone 3G passcode, in which he revealed some little known "security"
issues pertaining to that device. Most notable was the fact that the
iPhone captures and stores screenshots of any place you visit on the web
(using your iPhone, of course). The recording is now ready for viewing.

Work on Stuff That Matters--Tim O'Reilly @ Web 2.0
Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media, didn't mince words as he
addressed the crowd at Web 2.0 Expo in New York City. As CNET reported,
he said: "You have to conclude, if you look at the focus of a lot of
what you call 'Web 2.0,' the relentless focus on advertising-based
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Mine Kasapoglu on Location in Beijing
Derrick Story interviews Mine Kasapoglu who photographed her first
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Slashdot: Wall Street's Collapse Is Computer Science's Gain
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from students in computer science. Ditto at Boston College. Computer
science enrollments crashed after the dot-com bust as students turned to
hedge fund majors."

The Creative Suite Conference in Orlando, FL is coming up and they've
kindly offered a UG discount
Held in conjunction with the Web Design & Developer conference and
Create Chaos, The Creative Suite Conference, October 13-16, is the
premiere event for designers using Adobe Creative Suite. Experts will
deliver in-depth sessions covering print-based, web, and mobile
workflows, as well as XML and cross-media solutions. Whether you're
looking to create reliable PDF documents or deliver interactive Flash or
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Open beats Closed: Best Buy's new APIs

Photoshop Elements 7: The Missing Manual Sneak Preview: Barbara
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Organizing Your iPhone

A Creativity Category Is Born

Is Google Spreading Itself Too Thin?

Quicken Can Help During Troubled Times--Bonnie Biafore's Top 10 Tips

Black Monday, 2008

Fun comparisons of Flex and Silverlight

A Beginner's Introduction to Perl Web Programming

Facebook Growth By Age Group: Share of College-Age Users is Declining

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