***Podcasting Pocket Guide
Whether you’re a listener or an aspiring podcaster, “Podcasting Pocket
Guide” is a non-technical guide for the non-geek who wants in on this
revolutionary new medium. This handy guide shows you how to tune into
unique and interesting podcasts and download them to your favorite
portable device and contains an introduction to creating, recording,
publishing, and finding an audience for your own, professional-quality
***Learn to Program
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
It’s now easier to learn to write your own computer software than it
ever been before. Now everyone can learn to write programs for
themselves–no previous experience is necessary. Chris Pine takes a
thorough, but light-hearted approach that teaches you how to program
with a minimum of fuss or bother. Starting with small, simple one-line
programs to calculate your age in seconds, you’ll see how to have your
web page send you email, to shuffle your music more intelligently, to
rename your photos from your digital camera, and more. You’ll learn the
same technology used to drive modern dynamic websites and large,
***Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction
Whether you’re an absolute beginner or you’re switching web design
programs, “Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction” gets you up to speed
quickly and efficiently. With speed as its watchword, Marc Campbell’s
practical hands-on guide focuses on rapid prototyping techniques for
constructing both interactive and static web sites. Clear and thorough,
it emphasizes learning by doing with short, task-oriented chapters that
use screen shots, illustrations, and sample layouts to demonstrate
theory through design solutions.
***C# Cookbook, Second Edition
Completely revised for C# 2.0, this updated bestseller offers more than
100 new code solutions to common problems that you’re sure to face as a
C# programmer. Nearly every solution or “recipe” contains a complete,
documented code sample showing you how to solve the specific problem.
Covers .NET Framework Class Libraries, interoperability, design
patterns, and much more.
Whether you’re a fantasy baseball fanatic, casual fan, or just a
statistically inclined mathematician, “Baseball Hacks” has something
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.
***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.
***Learning Windows Server 2003, 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
has also been completely updated for Service Pack 1 and release R2.
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***Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop with Stephen Johnson,
Pacifica, CA–January 28-29
Photographer and author Stephen Johnson (“Stephen Johnson on Digital
Photography”) presents a two day class designed to provide you with the
background and understanding to transition your work into the digital
realm. The digital basics are covered here, in real world terms, with
care to make sure the concepts are understood and the complications
simplified. Those basics are built on to tackle the thorny issues of
camera design and choice, data storage, color management and printing.
***II Conferencia Internacional de Software Libre,
Malaga, Spain–February 15-17
“Innovation and Freedom” is the theme of the Second Open Source World
conference organized by both the Andalucia and the Extremadura Regional
Governments. Stop by our booth to check out our new titles and get 30%
discount on all purchases.
***Derrick Story at NCMUG, Rohnert Park, CA–February 21
Author Derrick Story (“Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition,”
“iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual,” and “Digital Photography Hacks”)
“Dumb DigiPhoto Tricks” to the North Coast Mac Users Group. There are
many serious things to do with you Mac that sometimes we forget to
Join Derrick as he shows you how to entertain yourself (and friends)
with digital photography toys and your Mac.
***Upcoming 2006 O’Reilly conferences
-O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, March 6-9 in
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-MySQL Users Conference, April 24-27 in Santa Clara, California–early
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-O’Reilly Open Source Convention, July 24-28 in Portland, Oregon–
Call for Participation ends February 13; registration opens in April
-O’Reilly European Open Source Convention, September 18-21 in
Brussels, Belgium–Call for Participation ends March 6; registration
opens in May
-Web 2.0, November 7-9 in San Francisco, California
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***MySQL Users Conference Registration in Open
Join us at the 2006 edition of the MySQL Users Conference, the largest
gathering of MySQL developers, users, and DBAs. It is the only event
where you will be able to join the core MySQL development team and over
1000 users, open source innovators, and technology partners under one
MySQL Users Conference, April 24-27, 2006
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
User Group members who register before March 6, 2006 get a double
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***Register for O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
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digital data, filter it, remix it, and access it in meaningful ways?
coming technical challenge is not about generating digital content-we
more than enough already. It’s time to do something with that data.
to build The Attention Economy.
O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, March 6-9, 2006
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News From O’Reilly & Beyond
***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. You’ll even
have the chance to shape the final product by sending feedback to the
author and editors. The beta version just debuted with four
works-in-progress covering Ajax, Ruby, and Flickr. For more
Titles now available:
Ajax Hacks: Rough Cuts Version
Flickr Hacks: Rough Cuts Version
Ruby Cookbook: Rough Cuts Version
Ruby on Rails: Up and Running: Rough Cuts Version
Rough Cuts FAQ
***What Are Syndication Feeds?
O’Reilly recently commissioned Shelley Powers, a specialist in
technology architecture and software development, to create a
comprehensive PDF document that would help webmasters manage their
incoming and outgoing feeds. Shelley produced nothing short of a
must-have reference for online publishers, titled “What Are Syndication
Feeds?” You can download it today from the O’Reilly shopping cart.
***Hacking Online Applications for Location Awareness
Based on his work developing a stable wireless mesh platform that
true peer-to-peer multi-hop network connectivity, Chris Ngan discusses
some proof-of-concept applications that demonstrate the power of this
network infrastructure and the ease with which text/chat, voice, and
video applications can be made location-aware.
***PHP Easter Egg
The Easter Bunny has come early. Kevin Yank uncovers a little-known PHP
***Simplify PHP Development with WASP
Where are the all-in-one PHP frameworks that make building
and maintainable applications as easy as building simple sites? Brian
Fioca shows how to make a simple database-backed site with WASP in just
a few lines of code.
***Running Commercial Linux Software on FreeBSD
One intriguing feature of the BSDs is their ability to run binaries for
Linux distributions. This can be very useful for running commercial
software. Michael W. Lucas demonstrates how to configure and use the
Linux compatibility layer on FreeBSD.
***Putting Google Video onto Your iPod
There’s some pretty interesting stuff on Google Video. In this article,
Erica Sadun shows you how to download videos, convert them to an
iPod-friendly format, and load them onto your new 5G video iPod.
***Adding a New Style Preferences Window to Your App, Part 1
In this first of two articles, Martin Redington shows you how to add a
new style preferences window to your application that behaves in all
respects exactly like the Apple preferences windows.
***Using the Windows Mobile 5.0 Emulators in Visual Studio 2005
Emulators are a must-have for anyone developing mobile applications. To
get you started, Wei-Meng Lee shows you how to use the emulator tools
that shipped with Windows Mobile 5.0 and Visual Studio 2005.
***An Inside Look at IPSec in Vista
IPSec management tools are not particularly intuitive in XP. But things
are going to be better in Vista. Mitch Tulloch, author of “Windows
Server Hacks,” takes a look at IPSec support in Vista, and clues you in
on what you can expect.
***What’s Your Link Reputation?
Forget Pagerank: as Gord explains, this measure no longer allows us to
accurately or consistently predict how a page will perform in the
results. Here, he unravels the concept of link reputation, explaining
why it’s important and what it means for your site’s ranking.
***Building a Web Community with Bribes
Building a community on the Web is one of the hardest things to do.
Chris explains some shortcuts that you can take to drastically speed up
***Help Choose a Cover Model for the Next Head First book
JavaRanch is hosting a contest to choose a cover model for the next
First book (“Head First Objects”), due out this Spring. Examine seven
wannabe photos, decide which would work best, then craft an essay or
describing why. Try your luck at winning one of five fabulous prizes,
including the chance to have your name appear in the new book. Deadline
for entries is January 29th.
***Using Lucene to Search Java Source Code
Most uses of the Java-based Lucene search engine are for searching
typical text documents. But what if you want to search Java code
Renuka Sindhgatta argues that this would be a boon for finding reusable
code, and shows how to adapt Lucene to parse Java code for maximum
***Spring: Integrating iBATIS
iBATIS is one of the object-relational (OR) frameworks embraced by the
Spring framework, and it’s an ideal choice for those seeking a middle
ground between full-blown OR and hand-written JDBC. In this excerpt
“Spring: A Developer’s Notebook,” Bruce Tate and Justin Gehtland show
how to integrate iBATIS with Spring.
***O’Reilly’s New Podcasting Site
Check out our latest podcasting shows and selections:
“Distributing the Future” hosted by Daniel Steinberg
O’Reilly Media’s weekly podcast show features the technology and the
people behind what you’re using now–and what you’ll use next. This
hour program includes interviews and commentary on science, technology,
related social issues, and is good fun, to boot.
“MAKE Audio and Video” hosted by Phil Torrone
Each week MAKE magazine delivers audio and video of amazing Makers,
inventions, do-it-yourself projects, and lab tours. Phil also showcases
how all kinds of things are made, from wireless microphones to
“FOO Casts”–Podcasts from Friends of O’Reilly
FOO Casts feature great audio interviews from O’Reilly’s editors,
authors, conference presenters, and other friends. Get a whole new
perspective by hearing an author explain a concept in a new way, or
speak on new tech topics, gadgets, and tips and techniques.
“In Our Ears & Pick of the Week Selections”–Highlights what O’Reilly
editors, authors, and readers recommend.
***Connect the Video iPod to TV
Did you know you can use your Video iPod with your TV? Best-selling
author Derrick Story details how you can connect the Video iPod using
standard cables and share your content on a TV any time you visit with
friends and family.
***Jack Herrington Interviews Founder of Fake Science
James Polanco, founder of Fake Science, chats with Jack about his
popular radio show and how he started podcasting to cover digital music
news, reviews, and to showcase favorite artists. James reveals his gear
setup for recording and editing the show.
***MAKE Contest on Digg
MAKE and Digg.com are testing the delivary of the latest news and top
stories from Digg using MAKEbot. On AIM/iChat, just add MAKEbot to your
buddy list and then type “subscribe digg 1” or “subscribe diggall 1” to
get the latest/top stories from Digg every hour. (“1” is the number of
hours, but you can change that. You can also just type digg or diggall
at any time). MAKE will randomly pick a user of the MAKEbot and give
a high-speed flash photography kit, T-shirts, a year of MAKE, and our
new book, “Makers.” So add the MAKEbot and start Digging to win! If you
need help with the MAKEbot, just type “help”during your chat.
***Meet Your Fellow Makers
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talk at the O’Reilly Booth!)
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