O'Reilly.comUG Program Newsletter

Hi there—

viguy Hope your summer is off to a great start. I know mine is.

I had great fun at my first Tech*Ed in Orlando, FL. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi. I would also like to thank all the hard working INETA leaders for putting on another successful User Group Leader Summit. I look forward to visiting more. Here's a photo of the Florida UG leaders.

INETA with the Help of Culminis organized all the Birds of a Feather sessions at Tech*Ed this year.

Thanks to everyone who attened Ignite Boston last month. The event was a blast and we hope to plan more. Here's a list of speakers and some Flickr photos.

Do you have a Code Camp or other special event coming up? Don't forget to ask me for books and catalogs for your attendees. Just send me the list of books, the shipping location, and give me enough time to get them there.

Travel alert:

If you are going to be in Portland, OR for OSCON or Ubuntu Live the week of July 22 let me know (if I already asked you, no need to tell me again.) It would be great to find a time to meet you.

Lastly, if you would prefer to receive this email in text instead of HTML, drop me a line.

Thanks for your help!


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Stephen Johnson conducts workshop in Ireland
Jun 20-30, 2007
Join Stephen Johnson(Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography) and Anthony Hobbs for an unforgettable journey along the rustic West Coast of Ireland. This workshop will include hotel stays in several towns along our route from County Clare towards Achill Island. Along the way, participants will explore western Ireland's landscape with its rugged coast, lush greens, rocky islands, lake-filled valleys and remote castles. Enrollment is limited to 12.

Stephen Johnson -- From RAW to Print in One Week
Jun 25-29, 2007
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery and San Mateo Coast
Pacifica, CA
Join Stephen Johnson (Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography) for an intense immersion into digital photography. Topics include practical experience with digital exposure, RAW processing, image editing, color management and printing. Call to register: 650-355-7507. Enrollment limited to 10.

Michele Leroux Bustamante at the SoCal Code Camp
Jun 30-Jul 1, 2007
UCSD Extension Complex
La Jolla, CA
Michele Leroux Bustamante (Learning WCF) is offering two sessions "What is CardSpace and why should I care? " and "Building a Claims-Based Security Model with WCF" at this Southern California Code Camp

Guadec 2007
Jul 15-21, 2007
UCE Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham, England
In its 8th consecutive year; GUADEC 2007 is being held at the UCE Birmingham Conservatoire, in Birmingham, England, from Sunday 15th July, until Saturday 21st of July 2007. Jono Bacon (Linux Desktop Hacks) will be among the speakers. Visit the O'Reilly booth and where you can purchase our books at 35% discount.

Bruce Tate and Justin Gehtland at Enterprise Ruby Conference
Jul 16-18, 2007
Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH
Authors Bruce Tate (Ruby on Rails: Up and Running, Better, Faster, Lighter Java, and Beyond Java) and Justin Gehtland (Better, Faster, Lighter Java and Spring: A Developer's Notebook) will be presenting at the Enterprise Ruby Conference in Columbus, Ohio, a conference demonstrating Ruby?s place in the Enterprise.

Gordon Meyer at the Southeastern Wisconsin Windows User Group
Jul 18, 2007
Brookfield, Wisconsin
Author Gordon Meyer (Smart Home Hacks) makes an appearance at this month's meeting. Learn how to put your computer to work around the house.

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Results of a Survey Writing documentation is a thankless job when you're getting paid for it, so why in the world would people voluntarily do it for free? Andy Oram wondered just that, so he conducted a survey. Now he's here to present the results and some conclusions he's drawn.

David Pogue: Now a Badass
Gizmodo recently received over 100 entries to a challenge to make the NY Times tech guru (and O'Reilly author) cool. Sorry, the contest is over, but here's the photos.

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Open Source

HawkAn Introduction to Haskell, Part 1: Why Haskell
Most programmers spend most of their life writing programs using imperative coding. You tell the computer what to do in a step-by-step fashion. Haskell is a horse of a different color, it encourages functional programming. Don't know what that is? Adam Turoff explains all in the first half of an introduction to Haskell.

Good and Bad PHP Code
Kevin Yank discusses examples of good & bad PHP code, and how he tests people applying for programming positions.

A Holiday Gantry Web Application
Ruby on Rails may get all the attention as a quick and easy way to implement CRUD-type screens, but there are similar packages available for other languages. Phil Crow shows how Gantry, a Perl-based CRUD generator, saved Christmas.

Creating MyTube with Flex and PHP
Flex is Adobe's answer to the problem of finding a multi-platform environment for rich browser applications. Jack Herrington highlights some of the power of Flex by showing how you can combine it with PHP to produce a quick and easy video blogging site.

Digital Media

lizarddekeBytes: Palettes Aren't Panels (Vampires Aren't Zombies)
Deke McClelland Explains "With the release of its CS3 products, Adobe has once again ever so slightly shifted its official marketing and documentation language. The newest casualty? Palettes. Palettes no longer exist. The word 'palettes' has been struck from the Adobe lexicon. Those things that were palettes are now 'panels.'"

Joe Schorr on iPhoto to Aperture
Many photographers have scores of valuable images stored in iPhoto libraries. As Aperture becomes incorporated into the workflow, what's the best way to move those pictures to the Aperture environment? And what if you want to share your Raw files with both iPhoto and Aperture? In this podcast, Joe Schorr, senior product manager for Aperture, explains all of the inside tricks for working with both iPhoto and Aperture libraries.


IrishSetterWWDC Keynote: Oh Boy, Just What I Always Wanted
Learn about the new features announced in Leopard, Safari for Windows, and the way iPhone development is going to work. Daniel Steinberg reports from this year's WWDC keynote.

iPod Mic Shootout
Apple finally added "CD-quality" recording to the iPod. But how good is it really? Recording engineer Mark Nelson plugs in three leading add-on mics and records voice and guitar to find out.

Hit-and-Run: Launching AppleScripts with Keyboard Shortcuts
AppleScript automation is one of OS X's most useful features, and it can be made even better with the use of keyboard shortcuts. Jochen Wolters examines three ways to assign a keyboard shortcut to an AppleScript, and digs in to FastScripts and Quicksilver in this detailed tutorial.


TunaManaging Printing in Your .NET Application
The .NET Framework makes it easy to support printing. In this article, Wei-Meng Lee shows you the basics of printing in .NET 2.0, including how to configure page setup, print multiple pages, preview a document before it is printed, as well as let users select a printer to which to print.

Implementing and Understanding DHCP
Setting up DHCP on tens, hundreds, and even thousands of computers can be daunting. Here's how to do it easily with Windows Server 2003.


FoxAgile Database Refactoring with Hibernate
Your data model was near perfect when your application was first written. Since then, it has...evolved. In this article, we will show readers how to upgrade their faulty schemas and data models without affecting existing applications or processes.

Using the Lucene Query Parser Without Lucene
This article shows how to use the Lucene Query Parser to build search capability into your application, adapting it onto a legacy database rather than using the entire Lucene package.


beesGoogle Shuts Down Made-For-AdSense Sites
An overview of Google's new policies on arbirtrage and made-for-Adsense sites.

Breaking out of the Box with CSS
Paul explains how to test your web apps to ensure they can handle heavy user demand.

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