[Nottingham] [Fwd: O'Reilly UK User Group Newsletter issue 03-06]

Michael Erskine perl at tecspy.com
Sun Mar 12 18:03:17 GMT 2006


Here follows the latest User Groups newsletter from Josette garcia at 
O'Reilly UK.

Michael Erskine.

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Subject: O'Reilly UK User Group Newsletter issue 03-06
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 16:43:53 -0000
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Thread-Topic: O'Reilly UK User Group Newsletter issue 03-06
From: Josette Garcia <Josette at oreilly.co.uk>

O'Reilly UK User Group Programme
Issue 02-06

Within a week, this newsletter will be available to be downloaded in pdf 
format from the Developers Group web site at 
<http://www.richplum.co.uk/oreilly/0306.pdf>.  You are welcome to create 
a link to it for your members' use. Previous newsletters are available at -

Our aim is to have both formats available at the same time, but that 
might take us a little longer.


-A Secret Tip for Taking Great Digital Shots
-Quicken 2006 Missing Manual: Setting Up Your Quicken Environment
-Early Access to Cutting-Edge Technology
-Latest Titles available on O'Reilly Rough Cuts
-Introducing Lua
-Building a High-Availability MySQL Cluster
-Free Mesh Networking with Metrix Pebble
-What's New in iWork '06?
-Digitizing VHS Tapes with EyeTV
-Inside Look: Internet Explorer 7, Beta 2
-Creating an Application from Scratch, Part 3
-A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
-O'Reilly Learning Lab Offers Updated HTML/CSS Course
-Information Architecture: Why the Last Page Comes First
-Asynchronous Messaging Made Easy With Spring JMS
-Playing Together Nicely: Getting REST and SOAP to Share Each
  Other's Toys
-Attention Streams, Taking Pictures, Java in Brazil, and Presenting
-Pioneer Podcasters Share Insider Tips, Part 4: Top-of-the-Line Gear and
  How to Avoid and Fix Errors
-Walking the Talk with Julieanne Kost
-O'Reilly Photography Learning Center
-Speak Your Mind on Digital Media
-Calling All Makers!
-Meet Your Fellow Makers
- Books for review
- Coming soon


General News
***A Secret Tip for Taking Great Digital Shots
Want to impress friends and family with professional-looking photos? 
Professional photographer and best-selling author Derrick Story provides 
his favorite tip--using a flash setting--for taking great shots for 
better skin tone, reduced texture in the face, and adding a twinkle to 
the eyes.

***Quicken 2006 Missing Manual: Setting Up Your Quicken Environment
After you install Quicken, you're only a few steps away from 
experiencing the joys of electronic personal finance. Chapter 1 of 
"Quicken 2006 for Starters: The Missing Manual" gets you out of the gate 
running, guiding you through launch, set up and the intricate 
preferences. If you like this chapter, read the whole book (and up  to 
nine others) on Safari with a free trial subscription.

***Early Access to Cutting-Edge Technology
O'Reilly's Safari Books Online has just announced a new service called 
Rough Cuts that gives you early access to content on cutting-edge 
technologies months before it's published. Rough Cuts allows you to 
purchase work-in-progress manuscripts of selected titles.  For more 
information, go to:

Latest Titles Available:

Perl Hacks

Ubuntu Hacks

Ajax Design Patterns

Java and XML, 3rd Edition

Open Source
***Introducing Lua
Scripting is highly important to extensible applications. Not only is it 
easier to write logic in higher-level languages, but it's often safer. 
It can be effective, too--consider that World of Warcraft and other 
games embed the Lua language and use it for scripts, AI, configuration, 
and even user interface management. Why Lua? Keith Fieldhouse introduces 
the language and explains why it's so appropriate.

***Building a High-Availability MySQL Cluster
Serious business services really can't go down, whether due to hardware 
or software failures. If your necessary services rely on MySQL, 
clustering and high availability can prevent failures. Kris Buytaert 
shows how his group recently used MySQL Cluster and Heartbeat to provide 
redundant, failure-proof replication and availability of their data.

***Free Mesh Networking with Metrix Pebble
Metrix Pebble is a variant of the popular Pebble Linux distribution that 
adds a web-based configuration GUI, support for OLSRD and EVDO, 
automatic generation of network flows, wireless users, and radio link 
status graphs using rrdtool, and fits in just under 64MB of flash 
memory. Rob Flickenger describes how to use Metrix Pebble to set up a 
wireless mesh network.

***What's New in iWork '06?
iWork's tandem offering of Pages and Keynote provides a useful 
collection of tools for presentations, word processing, and layout. But 
how much has changed since last year's debut? Giles Turnbull walks you 
through Pages 2 and Keynote 3 to help decide if this upgrade is for you.

***Digitizing VHS Tapes with EyeTV
By digitizing your old VHS tapes, you can move them from taking up 
precious shelf space to more readily available disk space. In this 
article, Joe McMahon shows you a hack that lets you archive full-quality 
digital recordings from EyeTV to offline media, but still play them back 
easily in EyeTV.

***Inside Look: Internet Explorer 7, Beta 2
The long-awaited Beta 2 of IE 7 is finally here. What's new, good, and 
better? Wei-Meng Lee gives you a guided tour and an inside look.

***Creating an Application from Scratch, Part 3
Jesse Liberty is creating an application from scratch in ASP.NET 2.0 
while you watch over his shoulder. In part 3, he builds the engine and 
implements it.

***A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
Think ecommerce web sites on the cheap are impossible? Find out how to 
get a site off the ground for less than $2000.

***O'Reilly Learning Lab Offers Updated HTML/CSS Course
Keep on the cutting edge of web programming with our newly updated 
HTML/CSS course, part of our hugely popular Web Programming Certificate 
series through the University of Illinois Office of Continuing 
Education. Keep your free O'Reilly books for reference, and your 
Learning Lab account as an online portfolio. Pre-enroll in all six Web 
Programming courses and get HTML/CSS free. Offer good through February 28th.

***Information Architecture: Why the Last Page Comes First
When designing a site, are you still creating the frontpage first? Find
out why this is a mistake, and a better way to approach it.

***Asynchronous Messaging Made Easy With Spring JMS
Java Messaging Service (JMS) requires a lot of work to set up sessions 
and manage messages, work that can distract you from your 
application-specific logic. The Spring framework's SpringJMS offers a 
simpler solution that keeps the JMS administration out of your face. 
Srini Penchikala takes a look.

***Playing Together Nicely: Getting REST and SOAP to Share Each Other's
Convincing your colleagues and clients to consider a RESTful approach to 
SOAP is difficult when the accepted standard is SOAP-style services. In 
this article, Jason R. Briggs introduces a SOAP interface that can be 
used to deliver SOAP messages from REST resources.


***Attention Streams, Taking Pictures, Java in Brazil, and Presenting
Rael Dornfest and Tim O'Reilly continue their preview of next month's 
Emerging Technology conference, Bruno Souza talks to us about Java in 
Brazil, conference photographer James Duncan Davidson discusses his art, 
and "Why the Lucky Stiff" shows us that conference presentations can be 
much more creative than they tend to be. (DTF 02-17-2006: 28 minutes 37 

***Pioneer Podcasters Share Insider Tips, Part 4: Top-of-the-Line Gear
and How to Avoid and Fix Errors
Listen in as Jack Herrington, the author of "Podcasting Hacks," chats 
with pioneer podcasters Doug Kaye and James Polanco. Doug is the founder 
of IT Conversations, the influential site that features podcasts 
covering important events, programs, and interviews with industry 
luminaries. James is the founder of "Fake Science," the popular podcast 
radio show covering all things digital music--news, reviews, and 
profiles of digital artists.

Digital Media
***Walking the Talk with Julieanne Kost
In addition to over 150 full-color images, Julieanne Kost's new book, 
"Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking" 
includes details on such topics as how to make great-looking images of 
clouds, mountains, farmland, and water, while photographing through 
airplane windows. This excerpt from Kost's book explains how to do just 
that. Kost details some of the techniques she used to transform images 
captured from the skies above into the final images that appear in the book.

***O'Reilly Photography Learning Center
The O'Reilly Photography Learning Center is an evolving resource of 
tips, tricks, and techniques for photographers, both professional and 
amateur alike. Each month, we highlight a featured author, provide tips 
and techniques, and offer special discounts. Right now, check out Deke 
McClelland's tried and true teaching method for learning Photoshop CS2.

***Speak Your Mind on Digital Media
Fill out a short survey (less than 10 minutes) and help us bring you the 
most accessible, best-written, cost-effective, and useful digital media 
resources on Earth. And don't forget to give us your email address at 
the end of the survey for a chance to win several great prizes!

***Calling All Makers!

On April 22nd and 23rd at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, MAKE magazine, the 
first magazine devoted entirely to DIY technology projects, is hosting 
Maker Faire. This event is the first ever public gathering of tech DIY 
enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, 
authors, and exhibitors. Maker Faire will include 6 exposition & 
workshop pavilions, a 5-acre outdoor midway, over 100 exhibiting Makers, 
hands-on workshops, demonstrations, DIY competitions, and the latest in 
tools, kits and DIY resources. The Maker Faire will also be featuring 
The imate Garage (automative meets tech DIY), Robotics, Digital 
Entertainment/Gaming, Green Tech & Electronics Recycling, Ultimate 
Workshop, Weird Science, and the MAKE: Remix video film festival.
More info:

The Call for Proposals is now open. If you have an interesting project 
that you are bursting to share with your fellow Makers, here's your 
chance! You will have the opportunity to explain how the project works 
and to demonstrate it to an inquisitive and appreciative audience. Plus, 
you will have the opportunity to roam the Faire and spend some downtime 
with fellow Makers. Each Maker will be assigned to a half-day time slot 
on Saturday or Sunday.

Your proposal should include a short description of your project and a 
brief profile describing yourself. This information will appear in the 
Maker Faire program and on makezine.com. Also, please state any special 
requirements (power, connectivity, ventilation, etc.) you may have. 
Submit a proposal today:

Important Dates:

Maker Proposal Due: Midnight (PST) Feb. 27, 2006
Speaker Notification: March 15, 2006
Workshop and Presentations Files Due: April 10, 2006
Faire: April 22-23, 2006

***Meet Your Fellow Makers
Find and post events, exhibits, and more with Maker events listings:

***Try a Sample Project from MAKE:

Copies of our books are available for your members to review -- send me 
an email with the delivery address together with the book you would like 
to review. When the review is published, please send me a copy or the 
url. I would also appreciate if you could send a copy to 
www.amazon.co.uk <http://www.amazon.co.uk>

Latest books available for review -

	*	Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One 
	This unique, hands-on book comes with two hours of video instruction 
(hosted by McClelland himself) on DVD to get you working with InDesign 
right away, building relevant, real-world projects while mastering 
fundamental and advanced concepts, theory, best practices, and 
techniques for making the most of InDesign--to make the most of your 
page designs.
	*	Baseball Hacks  <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/baseballhks/>
	Whether you're a fantasy baseball fanatic, casual fan, or just a 
statistically inclined mathematician, Baseball Hacks has something for 
you. This comprehensive guide walks readers through the sport's core 
statistical categories, and then demonstrates how to use this data to 
truly understand baseball. Statistical analysis, data mining, 
probability, forecasting, and other valuable tools are examined.
	*	C# Cookbook <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/csharpckbk2/> (Second 

The C# Cookbook offers a definitive collection of solutions and examples 
for this new programming language. Recipes range from simple tasks to 
the more complex, and are organized with respect to the types of 
problems you'll need to solve as you progress in your experience as a C# 
programmer. Nearly every recipe contains a complete, documented code 
sample showing you how to solve the specific problem, as well as a 
discussion of how the underlying technology works and a discussion of 
alternatives, limitations, and other considerations where appropriate.
	*	Essential Microsoft Operations Manager 
This comprehensive tutorial gives system administrators a solid 
foundation for planning, implementing, and administering Microsoft 
Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. Learn how to program MOM so it automates 
burdensome and lengthy diagnostic tasks, making your life as a 
troubleshooter easier than ever. Features practical, real-world advice 
from MOM expert Chris Fox.
	*	Fixing Access Annoyances  <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/accessannoy/>
Access is one of the easier and more flexible database management 
solutions for organizing data. You could grab other books for help, but 
do they solve problems from page one? Meet a book of a different stripe 
where newcomers start off right and learn valuable methods for building 
databases while seasoned pros gain efficiency. Fixing Access Annoyances 
saves time and bouts of hair pulling.
	*	Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances 
Microsoft PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software on the 
planet and and an estimated 30 million PowerPoint presentations are made 
every day. So no matter how frustrating it gets, you're not about to 
chuck the program in the Recycle Bin. If you're vexed and perplexed by 
PowerPoint, this new guide presents a variety of all-too-familiar, 
real-world annoyances and smart solutions for every one of them.
	*	Learning C#  <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learncsharp2/>(Second 
With Learning C#, best-selling author Jesse Liberty will help you build 
a solid foundation in .NET and show how to apply your skills by using 
dozens of tested examples. You will learn how to develop various kinds 
of applications--including those that work with databases--and web 
services. Whether you have a little object-oriented programming 
experience or you are new to programming altogether, Learning C# will 
set you firmly on your way.
	*	Learning Windows Server 2003 
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/lwinsvr20032/>(Second Edition)
This compact guide provides the nuts and bolts for installing, 
configuring, securing, and managing Windows Server 2003. Topics include 
patch management, Active Directory replication, network access 
quarantining, server clustering, and more. Designed for system 
administrators of all levels, Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition 
has also been completely updated for Service Pack 1 and release R2.
	*	MAKE Magazine: The First Year 
>From out of nowhere, MAKE has rapidly become one of the hottest new magazines to hit the newsstands. Through the brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated magazine, podcasts and makezine.com website, the MAKE team has already won broad acclaim for their clear yet down-to-earth coverage and uncanny instinct for what moves Makers, and their ability to nail the curiosity, vibrance, and passion of the rapidly emerging "tech DIY" movement. In this special re-release, all 4-Volumes of MAKE's first year are combined in a special 4-Volume Collector's Set.
	*	Mind Performance Hacks  <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mindperfhks/>
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 your 
life requires hacking your brain. With this book, you'll cut through the 
clutter and tune up your brain intentionally, safely, and productively.
	*	Repairing and Upgrading Your PC 
Repairing and Upgrading Your PC delivers start-to-finish instructions, 
simple enough for even the most inexperienced PC owner, for 
troubleshooting, repairing, and upgrading your computer. Written by 
hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, 
this book covers it all: how to troubleshoot a troublesome PC, how to 
identify which components make sense for an upgrade, and how to tear it 
all down and put it back together. This book shows how to repair and 
upgrade all of your PC's essential components.
	*	Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell 
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/vb2005ian3/> (Third Edition)
Newly updated, this classic detailed reference to the Visual Basic 
programming language had been reorganized to cover all the ins and outs 
of Visual Basic 2005, including new features like Generics, My 
Namespace, and operators. An alphabetical reference to Visual Basic 2005 
statements, procedures, functions, and objects makes sure you follow 
along. Ideal for developers, programmers, and anyone learning VB as a 
first language.
	*	Web Design in a Nutshell 
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/wdnut3/>(Third Edition)
Our popular reference, Web Design in a Nutshell, has been completely 
rewritten and expanded to reflect the state of the art in web standards. 
In addition to being an authoritative reference for (X)HTML and 
Cascading Style Sheets, this book also provides an overview of the 
unique requirements of designing for the Web and gets to the nitty 
gritty of JavaScript and DOM Scripting, web graphics optimization, and 
multimedia production. It is an indispensable tool for web designers and 
developers of all levels.
	*	Web Site Cookbook  <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/websiteckbk/>
This handy guide provides a wide range of solutions to real-life 
problems that come up regularly when creating and growing a website. 
With recipes that teach both routine and advanced setup tasks, the book 
includes clear and professional instruction on a host of topics. Learn 
page design, visitor tracking, site promotion, and much more.
	*	Window Seat  <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/windowseat/>
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 describing 
her experiences and thought process, and a technical appendix that 
includes the details of the images were shot, manipulated, and prepared 
for printing.

****Coming Soon

	*	The Art of SQL <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/artofsql>
	*	Atlas: Rough Cuts Version <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/atlas>
	*	Best of Ruby Quiz <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/0976694077> 
(Pragmatic Bookshelf)
	*	Don't Get Burned on eBay <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/dgbebay>
	*	Fixing Windows XP Annoyances 
	*	Flash 8: The Missing Manual <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/flash8tmm>
	*	Flash 8: Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity 
	*	Google: The Missing Manual <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/googletmm2>
	*	Head Rush Ajax <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/headra>
	*	iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/iphotomm>
	*	iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual 
	*	MySQL Stored Procedure Programming 
	*	Photoshop CS2 RAW <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/photoshopraw>
	*	Practices of an Agile Developer 
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/097451408X> (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
	*	UML 2.0 Pocket Reference <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/uml2pr>
	*	XAML in a Nutshell <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/xamlian>


UKUUG Spring Conference 2006 <http://www.ukuug.org/events/spring2006/>
		22nd and 23rd March 2006 in Durham.
UKUUG/Apple Technical Briefing 2006. <http://www.ukuug.org/events/apple06>
20th April 2006.


*** Edinburgh pm reviewed - Learning Perl Objects, References and 
Modules - 

***Scottish ColdFusion Group reviewed - Head First Design Patterns

****Java Hellenic User Group reviewed -
	. Spring - 

	. Head First Design Patterns - 

****Nordest Perlmongers reviewed -
	. Wireless Hacks - 

****UG Armenia reviewed -
	. Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual - 

****SNUG reviewed -
	. Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with Nunit - 

****ULK reviewed -
  . XSLT Pocket Reference - <http://www.linux.org.ba/osvrti/index.php?l=16>
. Greasemoneky Hacks - <http://www.linux.org.ba/osvrti/index.php?l=17>
. Producing Open Source Software - 

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