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[edlug] User Group Newsletter - Issue 04-04



O'Reilly UK User Group Programme
NEWSLETTER
Issue 04-04
 

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HIGHLIGHTS 
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EVENTS
	-	Tim O'Reilly in London
	-	FOSDEM with Tim O'Reilly, Dave Cross and many more.

NEWS FROM O'REILLY AND BEYOND
-Wireless Mesh Networking
-Interviews with Digital Democracy Activists
-The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 2
-The New Breed of Version Control Systems
-Why Run Free Software on a PDA?
-Troubleshooting with Postfix Logs
-What's New in Tomcat 5
-Effective Forms Authentication, Part 1
-Serialization in .NET, Part 1
-Smart File Sharing Between Macs and PCs
BOOK NEWS
- Books for review
- Coming soon
CONFERENCE NEWS
YOUR BOOK REVIEWS
YOUR NEWS

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***Tim O'Reilly in London
On Feb 19th, Tim will be giving a talk <http://www.ukcfug.org/index.cfm?objectid=8ED1C0D5-50DA-4D01-87FEB77EB879BD48> at City University at 7.30 pm. There is no entry fee but you need to register <http://www.ukcfug.org/index.cfm?objectid=34A5AE57-0AA2-93EF-B8EE09920B923A51> in advance.  Can you please let your members know? 

*** FOSDEM - February 21/22, Brussels - <http://www.fosdem.org>   
Don't miss among many
*The opening talk by Tim O'Reilly on Saturday between 10.30 and 12.00
*The Perl session by Dave Cross on Sunday at 15.00. Dave is the co-author of the newly publlished -The Perl Template Toolkit http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perltt/  (available for review now - see below)

***DevWeek 2004 - the leading European conference for software developers, London Feb 23-27th - <http://www.devweek.com/new/> 


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Spread the word to your members....

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General News
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***Wireless Mesh Networking
Tomas Krag and Sebastian Buttrich take a look at some of the principles of wireless mesh networking and they demonstrate how to install and run a mesh network on a Linux-based computer.
<http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/wireless/2004/01/22/wirelessmesh.html> 

***Interviews with Digital Democracy Activists
On a recent NPR "Fresh Air" program, Terry Gross interviewed William
Greene of RightMarch.com, as well as Wes Boyd and Eli Pariser of
MoveOn.org. William and Wes will both be featured speakers on February 9 at O'Reilly's Digital Democracy Teach-In.
<http://freshair.npr.org/day_fa.jhtml?display=day&todayDate=01/21/2004> 


***The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 2 
Ken Milburn follows up on suggestions he made in Part 1 of this two-part series about creating a minimally destructive workflow for the work you do inside image-editing software. Here he offers five nondestructive editing steps to take once you've downloaded your images. Then he provides some second-stage editing techniques to enhance the impact your images will have on your clients, or your friends and family. Ken is the author of the upcoming "Digital Photography: Expert Techniques."
<http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/javascript/2004/01/21/digital_photography.html> 

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Open Source
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***The New Breed of Version Control Systems 
CVS, part of the glue that holds open source development together, is showing its age. Many competitors have emerged recently, fixing
misfeatures and adding new ideas. Shlomi Fish explores several current open source version control systems that may be better for your needs  than CVS.
<http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2004/01/29/scm_overview.html> 


***Why Run Free Software on a PDA? 
As PDAs gain power and capabilities, embedded Linux is more and more attractive. Sharp's Zaurus is a popular Linux PDA. Why aren't more palmtop computers running free software? Guylhem Aznar explores and evangelises Linux on small devices.
<http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2004/01/29/zaurus.html> 


***Troubleshooting with Postfix Logs 
Kyle Dent, author of "Postfix: The Definitive Guide," discusses Postfix logging in general, how to find all relevant information in the logs, and how to increase the amount of logging when more information is needed. He also suggests a few configuration guidelines that might help prevent problems from the start.
<http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2004/01/22/postfix.html> 

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Java
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***What's New in Tomcat 5 
In December 2003, the Apache Tomcat developers released version 5.0.16 as the first stable release of Tomcat 5. Jason Brittain looks at the latest features and offers insight into the goals established for version 5.0, which had a direct impact on development.
<http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2004/01/28/tomcat5.html> 

Jason is a coauthor of "Tomcat: The Definitive Guide."
ISBN: 0596003188
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/tomcat/index.html> 

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.NET
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***Effective Forms Authentication, Part 1 
ASP.NET offers several possibilities for authenticating users, but when you come right down to it, there's only one reasonable alternative for most applications: forms authentication. Mike Gunderloy takes you step-by-step through creating a forms authentication project and helps you avoid the potholes.
<http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2004/02/02/effectiveformsauth.html> 


***Serialization in .NET, Part 1 
Serialization of data using built-in .NET support makes persistence easy and reusable. Dan Frumin reviews the support available for serialization and look at a couple of scenarios for using it.
<http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2004/01/26/serializationpt1.html> 


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Mac
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***Smart File Sharing Between Macs and PCs 
There are lots of ways to share files between Macs and PCs, and most of them are aggravating at best. Wei Meng Lee shows you a method that's much easier and cleaner than just about every other solution.
<http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2004/01/30/pc_share.html>


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BOOK NEWS
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****Latest books available for review

Review copies are available please send me your request  josette@xxx.xxx.xxx 
For quick delivery, please include your postal address - since I work often from home and do not have access to the database.

***C# Cookbook -
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.
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/csharpckbk/>

***Java Examples in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition 
This third edition covers Java 1.4 and contains 193 complete, practical examples: over 21,900 lines of densely commented, professionally written Java code, covering 20 distinct client-side and server-side APIs. It includes new chapters on the Java Sound API and the New I/O API. The chapters on XML and servlets have been rewritten to cover the latest versions of the specifications and to demonstrate best practices for Java 1.4. New and updated examples throughout the book demonstrate many other new Java features and APIs.
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/jenut3/> 

***Java Servlet & JSP Cookbook 
With literally hundreds of examples and thousands of lines of code, the Java Servlet and JSP Cookbook yields tips and techniques that any Java web developer who uses JavaServer Pages or servlets will use every day, along with full-fledged solutions to significant web application development problems that developers can insert directly into their own applications.
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/jsvltjspckbk/> 

***Perl CD Bookshelf, Version 4.0) 
Version 4.0 of this popular bookshelf includes the second editions of Perl in a Nutshell, and Mastering Regular Expressions; the third editions of Learning Perl and Programming Perl; and two new titles: Learning Perl Objects, References, and Modules, and the long-awaited second edition of Perl Cookbook. A paperback version of Perl in a Nutshell rounds out this incredible package. It also includes valuable content straight from the O'Reilly Network.
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlcdbs4/> 

***Perl Debugger Pocket Reference 
This little book provides a quick and convenient path to mastery of the Perl debugger and its commands. Written by a core member of the Perl debugger development team, it's an ideal quick reference to debugger commands, as well as a detailed tutorial on how to get started. The Perl Debugger Pocket Reference provides complete coverage in a conveniently small package.
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perldebugpr/> 


****Coming Soon

Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One - <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/adobephoto/>
Dancing Barefoot - <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/barefoot/> 
Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual - <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/dreammx2004tmm/>
Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks - <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/hardwarehks/> 
IPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition - <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/ipodtmm2/>
Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks - <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mpantherunix/>
Oracle Essentials, 3rd Edition - <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/oressentials3/>
Squid: The Definitive Guide - <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/squid/> 
WebLogic: The Definitive Guide - <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/weblogictdg/> 

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CONFERENCE NEWS
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 ***Last Chance--OSCON 2004: Call for Participation
Individuals and companies interested in making presentations or giving tutorials at next summer's O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland,
Oregon are invited to submit proposals. This year's theme is "Opening the Future: Discover, Develop, Deliver." Tracks of interest run the open source gamut from Apache to XML, and we're also looking for proposals for sessions that help attendees add open source to their companies. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 9. 

To submit a proposal, go to:
<http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/os2004/create/e_sess> 

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YOUR BOOK REVIEWS
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London pm reviewed - Information Architecture for the WWW - <http://london.pm.org/reviews/ia_for_www_2ed.html> 

 


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YOUR NEWS
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The UKUUG LISA Winter Conference will be held in Bournemouth on Feb 25/26th - <http://www.ukuug.org/events/winter2004/index.shtml> 




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