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O'Reilly UG Program News—Just for User Group Leaders
July 20, 2007

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July 20, 2007

New Releases: Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts

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Upcoming Events

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Ubuntu Live
Jul 22-24, 2007
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR
Ubuntu is the most popular Linux variant on the planet. Ubuntu Live is being launched to provide a meeting place for Ubuntu users, contributors, and partners--and the Ubuntu-curious. Learn how Ubuntu can make a critical difference in a business or project and engage with the global open source community at the largest Ubuntu gathering yet.

O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Jul 23-27, 2007
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR
The O'Reilly Open Source Conventionl brings over 2500 open source professionals together to network, learn, and share the latest knowledge around open source software.

MAKE Magazine's Phil Torrone at Powell's Books
Jul 24, 2007
Powell's Books
Portland, OR
Powell's hosts Phil Torrone, blogger for MAKE Magazine, during O'Reilly's Open Source Convention in Portland. Join him as he talks about weekend projects from MAKE.

A Panel Discussion of "Beautiful Code" at Powell's Books
Jul 25, 2007
Powell's Books
Portland, OR
Powell's hosts Ward Cunningham as a moderator for a panel discussion on the newly released book "Beautiful Code." Taking place during O'Reilly's Open Source Convention in Portland, "Beautiful Code" authors Karl Fogel, Greg Kroah-Hartman, and Simon Peyton Jones will be present to discuss the difference between a serviceable solution and an extraordinary one.

Scott Berkun Discusses The Myths of Innovation at Powell's Books
Jul 26, 2007
Powell's Books
Portland, OR
Powell's hosts Scott Berkun for an evening of discussion about his newest book, The Myths of Innovation. Taking place during O'Reilly's Open Source Convention in Portland, it's sure to be a great night of conversation, insight, and knowledge.

O'Reilly at Linuxworld Conference
Aug 6-9, 2007
Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA
Linuxworld is the premier event for the Linux and open source community, bringing together industry leaders shaping the future of new enterprise technology in the largest single gathering of business and technical leaders deploying Linux and open source solutions. Stop by the O'Reilly booth (# 525) to say hi, and pick up some great new books.

Derrick Story at Stanford/Palo Alto Macintosh User Group
Aug 6, 2007
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Redwood Room
Menlo Park, CA
Author Derrick Story (Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition, iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual, and Digital Photography Hacks) presents to the "iPhoto 6: More than (Initially) Meets the Eye" and "Techniques for Great Pictures."

360Flex Conference - Seattle
Aug 13-15, 2007
The Red Lion on Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA
This 3-day conference is the place to learn about the Flex and Apollo technologies by speakers from Adobe and from the community. The first Flex conference was a hit, and the second version promises to be even better with a new centralized location approach.

Conference News

O'Reilly RailsConf EuropeRegistration is Open for RailsConf Europe
September 17-19, 2008
Berlin, Germany
Use code "re07usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the early registration price.

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News from O'Reilly & Beyond

General News

Maker Faire Austin Accepting Entries
We are accepting entries for Maker Faire Austin, which will be held October 20-21 at the Travis County Exposition Center. We are looking for all kinds of creative and unusual projects in the spirit of Make and Craft magazines. If you live in Texas, or in a nearby state, please consider participating in this fun event and tell your friends about it. The deadline for entries is August 15.

Work for O'Reilly as an Acquisitions Editor
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O'Reilly School of Technology has opened its virtual doors with educational offerings and certification for IT students looking to further their careers or to launch one. As an O'Reilly User Group member, you save on all the courses in the following University of Illinois Certificate Series:

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To redeem, use Promotion Code "ORALL1," good for a 30% discount, in Step #3 of the enrollment process. Each course comes with a free O'Reilly book and a 7-day money-back guarantee. Register online.

Open Source

HawkThe Power of Google Gears
Google Gears is a framework for development browser-based applications that can be used offline. In the second part of Jack Herrington's introduction to Gears, you'll see how to use Gears for data entry and batching, and learn more about how to leverage SQLite.

OpenGuides: City Wikis in Perl
OpenGuides is a Wiki that allows the contributors to build what are essentially open source guides to cities. Kake Pugh has been involved with the project and offers us a peek under the hood complete with source code in Perl. She looks specifically at how OpenGuides rejects spam postings and how its geographically oriented architecture makes it a better choice than other Wiki frameworks for this type of application.

Digital Media

lizarddekeBytes: A Taste of Vanishing Point 2.0 in Photoshop CS3
Deke McClelland takes a look at the new and improved Vanishing Point 2.0 Photoshop filter in Adobe's CS3. The Digital Media community can follow along with example files as Deke melds an image around a virtual DVD case!

Advanced Aperture Techniques with Joe Schorr
Have you tapped the power of Album Picks or mastered the Primary Only function? In this edition of Inside Aperture, Joe Schorr talks with Derrick Story and explains some of his favorite power techniques.

The Lightroom 1.1 Library Revealed
In Lightroom's 1.1 Library module, you can edit, rate and sort images, add keywords and perform basic image processing on one or multiple images at the same time. Join us for a quick tour of its key elements, including an explanation of the new "catalogs" (formerly known as libraries) concept.


IrishSetteriPhone: The Missing Manual Sneak Preview
David Pogue's Favorite iPhone Tricks, perfect for the Missing Manual fan who wants the inside scoop on how to get the most out of a new iPhone.

Smarter Ways to Work with PDFs
Giles Turnbull examines several methods and applications for managing your PDF collection.

QuickTime Web Movie Secrets
QuickTime is still the best-looking, most flexible way to present video on the web. Here's how to present multiple movies on a single page, launch a movie in fullscreen mode, and even play a sequence of movies automatically.


TunaEight Reasons Windows Administrators Should Learn JScript Instead of VBScript
When it comes to writing WSH scripts or HTML applications, system administrators can use either VBScript or JScript. Bill Stewart tells you why JScript is your best choice.

Windows Wireless LAN Security Primer
If you've got a wireless Windows network, you're at risk. This primer gives you a great introduction to what you need to know to keep it safe.


FoxGMF: Beyond the Wizards
Using the Eclipse Graphical Modeling Framework (GMF), this article takes the reader through a step-by-step creation of the construction of an application using GMF. Beyond the wizards, get an introduction to GMF 'under the hood.'

Enabling Peer-to-Peer BitTorrent Downloads with Azureus
BitTorrent is one of the more popular protocols being used for peer-to-peer file transfers, and enabling your Java applications to use this protocol has never been easier. With a little theory and a lot of working code, this article shows you how to add peer-to-peer protocols to your own apps.


beesInside Adobe's onAIR Summer Bus Tour
For blog posts, tips, photos, dates, and more.

iPhone: Test Your Site for iPhone Compatibility

Simply JavaScript
HTML and CSS alone can only achieve the static beauty of the department store mannequin. Here, Kevin shows you how, with JavaScript, you can combine the three layers of the Web to bring that awkward puppet to life.

Rich Developer, Poor Developer
A look at website flipping and the business of buying and selling.

Head First

sql-girlBoost Your PMP Score
The authors of "Head First PMP" just put together a new critical path drill.

200-Question Practice PMP Exam
Our practice PMP test is available for free from Head First Labs. Each answer includes an explanation from the authors.

Sneak peak of Head First SQL
Check out this exclusive sneak preview from chapter 7 that shows the relationships that make Relational Databases work.

Updated Code Samples for Head First Object-Oriented Analysis & Design
We've just put up new code on the book page for chapters 1-7 and Appendix II.

Until next time—
Marsee Henon
Spreading the knowledge of innovators.O'Reilly.com

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