O’Reilly News – December 4, 2003

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O’Reilly News for User Group Members
December 4, 2003
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Book News
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-Dancing Barefoot
-Mac OS X Unwired
-The Best of The Joy of Tech
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Upcoming Events
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-O’Reilly at Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco, CA–January 6-9
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Conferences
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-The Buzz from 2003 Emerging Technology Conference
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News
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-O’Reilly to Handle Distribution for Fellow Computer Book Publishers
-Wil Wheaton to Write Three Books for O’Reilly
-Free Exhibit Hall Pass for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo,
New York, NY–January 21-23, 2004
-BIND DoS Attack
-RouteWord: An Interesting Diversion
-Introduction to the Peer-to-Peer Sockets Project
-Java vs. .NET Security, Part 1
-Five XSLT Basics
-Creating Your Own Code Snippets with Whidbey
-Free Exhibit Hall Guest Pass for Macworld Conference & Expo,
San Francisco, CA–January 6-9
-iPod as Digital Photographer’s Best Friend
-Collaborative Editing with Rendezvous
-Animal ASCII Art–Do You Have Some?
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Book News
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Did you know you can request a free book to review for your
group? Ask your group leader for more information.

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***Dancing Barefoot
Order Number: 6748
Wil Wheaton–blogger, geek, and Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wesley
Crusher–gives us five true tales of life, love, and the absurdities of
Hollywood in "Dancing Barefoot." Far from the usual celebrity tell-all,
"Dancing Barefoot" is a vivid, personal account of Wil’s search for his
true self. If you’ve ever fallen in love, attended a Star Trek convention,
or pondered the meaning of life, you’ll find a kindred soul in the pages
of "Dancing Barefoot."

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/barefoot/

***Mac OS X Unwired
Order Number: 5083
"Mac OS X Unwired" is a one-stop, wireless information source for
technically savvy Mac users. The book provides a complete introduction to
all the wireless technologies supported by Mac OS X, including Wi-Fi,
infrared, Bluetooth, and GPRS. If you’re considering wireless as an
alternative to cable and DSL, or using wireless to network computers in
your home, office, or on the road, this book will show you the
full-spectrum view of the wireless capabilities of Mac OS X, and how to
get the most out of them.

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/macxunwire/

Chapter 4, "Wi-Fi on the Road," is available online:

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/macxunwire/chapter/index.html

***The Best of The Joy of Tech
Order Number: 5784
Frustrated and frazzled by technology? Or perhaps your cynicism is
starting to wane? This book is a collection of the very best from The Joy
of Tech online series. It also features several new, never-before-seen
comics, exclusive notes from the artists about their work, an appendix of
the JoyPolls, a lexicon of JoyWords, and an introduction by David Pogue.
"The Best of The Joy of Tech" is an oasis of top-notch humor and images
sure to refresh the mind’s page and reboot the will to live.

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/bestjoytech/

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***For more events, please see:

http://events.oreilly.com/

***O’Reilly at Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco, CA–January 6-9
In addition to all of our fabulous new Mac titles, authors David Pogue
("Missing Manual Series," and Derrick Story ("iPhoto 2: The Missing
Manual," "Digital Video Pocket Guide," and "Digital Photography Pocket
Guide") will grace our booth with presentations during the show.
We are in booth #2143 this year.
Moscone Convention Center San Francisco, CA

http://macworldexpo.com/macworldexposf/V40/index.cvn

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Conference News
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***The Buzz from 2003 Emerging Technology Conference
Check out the O’Reilly Network’s news coverage and blogs from the 2003
Emerging Technology Conference to help you decide for 2004.

http://www.oreillynet.com/et2003/

You can also download presentation and multimedia files from 2003.

http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/22/presentations.html

The 2004 O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
February 9-12, 2004
Westin Horton Plaza San Diego
San Diego, CA 92101

http://conferences.oreilly.com/etech/

User Group members who register before January 9, 2004 get a double
discount. Use code DSUG when you register, and receive 20% off the
"Early Bird" price.

To register for the conference, go to:

http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/28/register.html

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News From O’Reilly & Beyond
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General News
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***O’Reilly to Handle Distribution for Fellow Computer Book Publishers
We will be providing distribution, sales, and fulfillment services for
three other leading independent publishers–No Starch Press, Paraglyph
Press, and Syngress Publishing–starting January 1, 2004. We’ll be sending
UGs information and review copies for our new partners.
For more information check out our press release:

http://press.oreilly.com/pub/pr/1124

Here’s a recent article from our local newspaper, "The Press Democrat":

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/news/03oreilly_e1.html

***Wil Wheaton to Write Three Books for O’Reilly
Any honest computer geek will admit that his obsessive coding is, at
heart, a futile attempt to create a world as cool as those depicted in
science fiction. New evidence of the symbiotic relationship between Sci Fi
and geekdom surfaced, as O’Reilly, the geek publisher-of-record, announced
plans to publish three books by Wil Wheaton, blogger, geek, and the actor
who portrayed Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wil’s
first two books, "Dancing Barefoot" and "Just a Geek," are almost
unbearably honest tales of life, love, and the rigors of being an ensign
on the Starship Enterprise.

Take a look at Wil’s December 2 blog announcement:

http://wilwheaton.net/

And you can read our press release:

http://press.oreilly.com/pub/pr/1125

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Open Source
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***Free Exhibit Hall Pass for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo,
New York, NY–January 21-23, 2004
Register online with Priority Code PC0260 by December 19, 2004

http://www.linuxworldexpo.com

***BIND DoS Attack
Noel Davis looks at a denial-of-service attack against BIND and problems
in KDE, GnuPG, screen, Ethereal, FreeRadius, mod_gzip, Pan, detecttr,
OpenCA, EPIC, and libnids.

http://linux.oreillynet.com/pub/a/linux/2003/12/01/insecurities.html

***RouteWord: An Interesting Diversion
Graphs–loosely connected, unordered collections of nodes–are highly
important to computer science. Visualizing graphs is even more important:
think of maps, routes, webs, and any other interconnected relationships.
O’Reilly author Andrew Odewahn explains how he accidentally created a new
type of word puzzle while playing around with graph visualization.

http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2003/11/26/routewords.html

Throughout the month of December, we’re running daily RouteWord puzzles
from Andrew Odewahn. Here’s today’s puzzle:

http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2003/12/routeword/index.html

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Java
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***Introduction to the Peer-to-Peer Sockets Project
The Peer-to-Peer Sockets project reimplements Java’s standard Socket,
ServerSocket, and InetAddress classes to work on the JXTA peer-to-peer
network rather than on the standard TCP/IP network. Brad Neuberg shows how
to configure and set up the P2P Socket libraries to run on your system,
how to create and run P2P server and client sockets, and how to work with
the P2P InetAddress class, and discusses security issues and limitations
in the framework.

http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2003/12/03/p2psockets.html

***Java vs. .NET Security, Part 1
Java and .NET address similar code security issues, but which one offers
the best security implementation? Denis Piliptchouk’s series starts with a
side-by-side look at how each performs configuration, code verification,
and memory isolation.

http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2003/11/26/javavsdotnet.html

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XML
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***Five XSLT Basics
This article by Michael Fitzgerald introduces newbies to the five basics
of XSLT 1.0, from what it is to how to get it to work–information you’ll
also find in the first chapter of Michael’s book, "Learning XSLT."

http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2003/11/26/learnXSLT.html

Learning XSLT
Order Number: 3277

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnxslt/index.html

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.NET
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***Creating Your Own Code Snippets with Whidbey
One of the new features found in Visual Studio .NET Whidbey is Insert
Snippets. The Insert Snippets feature allows you to insert commonly-used
code blocks into your project, thereby improving the efficiency of your
development process. Wei-Meng Lee shows you how to add your own snippets
to Whidbey.

http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2003/12/01/whidbeysnippets.html

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Mac
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***Free Exhibit Hall Guest Pass for Macworld Conference & Expo,
San Francisco, CA–January 6-9
Register online by December 8 with Priority code PC0211

http://www.macworldexpo.com

***iPod as Digital Photographer’s Best Friend
Yes, the iPod can store thousands of songs. But now you can use it to
upload thousands of pictures too, directly from the memory card. And
thanks to Panther, that’s only the beginning of what is sure to become an
indispensable tool for many digital photographers.

http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2003/12/02/photo_ipod.html

***Collaborative Editing with Rendezvous
Apple’s adoption of Zeroconf networking (branded as "Rendezvous") has
opened the door to new ways of sharing information on local networks. In
this article, Wei Meng Lee shows you how to use two collaborative editing
tools: SubEthaEdit and iStorm.

http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2003/12/02/rendezvous.html

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Fun
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***Animal ASCII Art–Do You Have Some?
If you are an artist with you keyboard, please let me know. I am looking
for ASCII versions of our famous O’Reilly animals. Please send an email
to marsee@oreilly.com with your original rendition.

Until next time–

Marsee

O’Reilly News October 22, 2003

There is an interesting article in this month’s O’Reilly newsletter:

The PHP Scalability Myth

Perhaps the most interesting is that it is in their Java site.

Read on for More…

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O’Reilly News for User Group Members
October 22, 2003
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Book News
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-PC Annoyances
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Upcoming Events
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-User Group Event at the O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference
-Tim O’Reilly, OOPSLA 2003, Anaheim, CA–Oct 26-30
-Rael Dornfest ("Google Hacks," "Mac OS X Hacks"),
Portland Linux/Unix Group, Portland, OR–November 6
-ApacheCon, Las Vegas, NV–Nov 16-19
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Conferences
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-Registration Is Open for ETech 2004–San Diego, CA
-Last Week to Register for the O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference
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News
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-All Software Should Be Network Aware
-Two New Book Brochures Available Online
-Open Source Goes to COMDEX
-Most Indispensable Linux Books
-OpenOffice Irritation
-Upgrading a MySQL Application
-The PHP Scalability Myth
-Creating an Online Help System with JavaHelp and DocBook -Filtering HTTP Requests with .NET -Sizing Up Windows Server 2003 -Start Me Up: Writing and Understanding OS X StartupItems -I Dig Mac OS X

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Book News
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Did you know you can request a free book to review for your group? Ask your group leader for more information.

For book review writing tips and suggestions, go to: http://ug.oreilly.com/bookreviews.html

Don’t forget, you can receive 20% off any O’Reilly book you
purchase directly from O’Reilly. Just use code DSUG when
ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938. http://www.oreilly.com/

***Free ground shipping is available for online orders of at
least $29.95 that go to a single U.S. address. This offer
applies to U.S. delivery addresses in the 50 states and Puerto
Rico.
For more details, go to: http://www.oreilly.com/news/freeshipping_0703.html

***PC Annoyances
Order Number: 5938
Don’t give up on your PC yet; help is at hand. This easy-to-read, accessible book covers the waterfront of PC gripes and gremlins, with fixes for everything from Windows glitches to browsers that won’t browse. These tips and tricks are served up in bite-size portions for quick reading and even quicker fixing. Plus, you get access to more than 100 utilities that will help you squash bugs, enhance your email, untangle system snarls, and much more.

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pcannoy/

A sample excerpt on "Email" is online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pcannoy/chapter/index.html

*Come meet "PC Annoyances" author Steve Bass at the upcoming APCUG Fall 2003 Conference in Las Vegas!

***STL Pocket Reference
Order Number: 5563
Programmers familiar with the Standard Template Library (STL) need a small, lightweight memory aid. The STL encompasses containers, iterators, algorithms, and function objects, collectively representing one of the most important and widely used subsets of standard library functionality. "STL Pocket Reference" describes the functions, classes, and templates in the STL, and it is chock-full of information that you can take in at a glance, so you can get on with your work.

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/stlpr/

A sample excerpt on "Containers" is online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/stlpr/chapter/index.html

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***For more events, please see:

http://events.oreilly.com/

***User Group members attending the O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference– Come meet up with Marsee Henon (O’Reilly User Group Coordinator) and Lorene Romero (Apple User Group Advisory Board Vendor Relation
Coordinator and North Coast Mac Users Group Past President) on
Tuesday, October 28 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the bar (no-host)
in the lobby of the Westin Santa Clara. We can swap stories, ideas,
or just hang out. And afterwards, we can attend the "Building
Virginia Tech’s G5 Supercluster" talk. http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/macosx2003/view/e_sess/4824

The O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference is October 27-30, 2003 at the Westin Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA For more info or to register for this conference, go to: http://conferences.oreilly.com/macosxcon/

***Tim O’Reilly, OOPSLA 2003, Anaheim, CA–Oct 26-30
Tim O’Reilly is a keynote speaker at the 18th annual ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications. Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. http://oopsla.acm.org/oopsla2003/files/index.html

***Rael Dornfest ("Google Hacks," "Mac OS X Hacks"), Portland Linux/Unix Group, Portland, OR–November 6 Author and editor Rael Dornfest will be speaking about O’Reilly’s new "Hacks" book series.The meeting starts at 7:00pm at the Portland State
University, Smith Memorial Center room 294/296, Portland, OR. http://www.pdxlinux.org/meeting/

***ApacheCon, Las Vegas, NV–Nov 16-19
Authors Brian Aker ("Running Weblogs with Slash"), Stas Bekman ("Practical mod_perl"), Rich Bowen and Ken Coar ("Apache Cookbook"), Will Iverson ("Mac OS X for Java Geeks"), Rasmus Lerdorf ("Programming PHP), Doug Tidwell ("XSLT" and "Programming Web Services with SOAP"), and Adam Trachtenberg ("PHP Cookbook") are all speaking at this gathering. Alexis Park Resort Las Vegas, NV. http://www.apachecon.com/2003/US/index.html

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***Registration Is Open for ETech 2004–San Diego, CA
Gather with lead users, forward thinkers, and technology activists at O’Reilly’s third annual Emerging Technology Conference to vet the projects and ideas that will radically alter not just the future of computing, but the way we live and work. ETech is slated for February 9-12, 2004 in San Diego, California. Take advantage of our Early Bird discount when you register before January 9, 2004. http://conferences.oreilly.com/etech/

User Group members who register before January 9, 2004 get a double discount. Use code DSUG when you register, and receive 20% off the "Early Bird" price.

To register for the conference, go to: http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/28/register.html

***Last Week to Register for the O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference October 27-30, 2003 Westin Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA http://conferences.oreilly.com/macosxcon/

To register for the conference, go to: http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/macosx2003/create/ord_mac03

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***All Software Should Be Network Aware
Apple’s original Human Interface Guidelines laid out the company’s vision for a set of consistent approaches for GUI applications. Now that we’re moving into the era of "software above the level of a single device," we need something similar for network-aware applications. Here are some of the things Tim O’Reilly would like to see universally supported. http://tim.oreilly.com/p2p/netaware.csp

***Two New Book Brochures Available Online
We have included these in the Graphics section of our user group page http://ug.oreilly.com/

*Sample Hacks (PDF)
Test out hacks from our newest titles "Wireless Hacks," "Ebay Hacks," "Windows XP Hacks," and "TiVo Hacks." http://ug.oreilly.com/banners/ug_sample_hacks.pdf

*Gifts for Geeks (PDF)
Not sure what to give your geek for the holidays? We have a few suggestions. http://ug.oreilly.com/banners/Geek_Holiday.pdf
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***Open Source Goes to COMDEX
O’Reilly is working with COMDEX to organize an Open Source Innovation Area on the COMDEX exhibit floor. We’ve nominated 21 projects and we’d like you to help us select the six projects we’ll send to the show. Contest ends October 31. Vote today. http://www.oreillynet.com/contest/comdex/

Here is a graphic promoting this contest if you would like to post it on your site: http://ug.oreilly.com/banners/comdex/

***Most Indispensable Linux Books
Over 7,500 readers visited the Linux Journal web site and voted on 28 categories in the 2003 Readers’ Choice Awards. The number three pick for most indispensable Linux book is O’Reilly’s "Running Linux." And the winner is "Linux in a Nutshell." http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=7029

Running Linux, 4th Edition
Order Number: 2726

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/runux4/

Linux in a Nutshell, 4th Edition
Order Number: 4826

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/linuxnut4/

***OpenOffice Irritation
Noel Davis looks at problems in OpenOffice, slocate, fetchmail, GDM, Tomcat, ircd, HPUX’s dtprintinfo, and Openserver’s Xsco. http://linux.oreillynet.com/pub/a/linux/2003/10/20/insecurities.html

***Upgrading a MySQL Application
Application upgrades aren’t always easy. Throw in a database backend and a schema change, and you’re in for a world of hurt–unless you’ve planned well. Russell Dyer explores techniques for taking the pain out of upgrading database-backed applications. http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2003/10/16/mysql_app_upgrades.html
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***The PHP Scalability Myth
Java scales…but so does PHP. That’s the argument Jack Herrington puts forth in comparing how each can be used to create web applications with modern architectures. http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2003/10/15/php_scalability.html

***Creating an Online Help System with JavaHelp and DocBook
JavaHelp offers a full-featured help system for Java applications, but creating and maintaining help content can be tricky. Austin King offers an alternative workflow, based on DocBook and XSL. http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2003/10/15/javahelp_docbook.html
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***Filtering HTTP Requests with .NET
ASP.NET has a number of extensibility points that developers can use. One such point is response filtering, accessible via the Filter property of the HttpResponse class. Ben Lowery shows you how to use HTTP filters in your own code. http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2003/10/20/httpfilter.html
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Windows
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***Sizing Up Windows Server 2003
It’s been almost six months since Windows Server 2003 was released. Microsoft touts it as being able to do things "faster, more securely, and at lower cost." Has it lived up to its promises? Mitch Tulloch, author of "Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell," looks at whether and how Microsoft has delivered on these promises. http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2003/10/21/sizingserver2003.html

Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell
Order Number: 4044 http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/winsvrian/index.html
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Mac
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***Start Me Up: Writing and Understanding OS X StartupItems StartupItems are easy to set up and extremely flexible in managing the startup process. Andrew Anders shows how StartupItems fit into the OS X startup process, what you need to do to create a StartupItem, and an example of a StartupItem that will run the Tomcat Java servlet engine. http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2003/10/21/startup.html

***I Dig Mac OS X
With O’Reilly’s Mac OS X Conference just around the corner, we’re introducing a brand-new T-shirt depicting our trademark Mac OS X German Shepherd–just the thing to wear at the show. Not attending but you still dig Mac OS X? This is the tee for you. Check out all of O’Reilly’s cool swag at Think Geek. http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/oreilly/tshirts/63fc/

Until next time–

Marsee

PHP and Scalable Vector Graphics

If you are looking for a great way to dynamically generate complex graphics with PHP, look not further than scalable vector graphics (SVG). For those not familiar with SVG images they are essentially a XML structured image file (currently with the help of an SVG viewing plugin from Adobe). Here is a little article regarding PHP and SVG from Zend.

http://www.zend.com/zend/trick/tricks12apr.php

php-con West extends Early Bird to Oct. 10th!

From our Friends at PHP{CON:

php-con West 2003′s early bird deadline has been extended till Friday, October 10th. It’s not too late to sign up tutorial, technical session or full conference packages at reduced fees. Register online at http://www.php-con.com or download and fax one of our registration PDFs.

** Additional Savings and Special Promotion **

Kansas City PHP User Group members also get an additional 10% off registration! Register online today!

Read on for more!!

- Just click on http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=52261

- Fill in your registration and payment information

- Select “PHP User Group” when asked “Which organization offered you this promotion?”

- Type in priority code: “kscphp” when prompted

** Why you need to be at php-con West 2003 **

Why is php-con the destination of choice for PHP and web developers? Because php-con is about three things: Community. Code. Solutions.

Our entire program is filled with speakers selected as much for their contributions to the community as for their expert knowledge of PHP. Joining us at php-con West 2003 are:

* Keynote Speakers Zeev Suraski of Zend Technologies and Author Sterling Hughes

* PostgreSQL Core Team member Josh Berkus

* Yahoo! PHP Guru Michael Radwin

* MySQL evangelist Zak Greant

* Apache.com’s Jim Winstead

* PHP.net’s James Cox

* PostNuke’s Vanessa Haakenson

* Industry experts George Schlossnagle, Wez Furlong and new speakers John Neil, Allie Micka, Frank Kromann, and Aaron Stone

* Authors Christian Wenz, John Coggeshall, Luke Welling and Laura Thomson

Whether you’re new to PHP or dig your hands into it everyday, this is where you want to be.

php-con West 2003: Community. Code. Solutions.

October 21- 24, 2003
Biltmore Hotel
Santa Clara, California

http://www.php-con.com

September 20th – Mark Your Calenders

I was hoping for a few more votes before I did this, but I’m sure people are just getting tired of me asking. (At least I haven’t seen any emphatic NOs yet. )

Yes, for those of you anxiously waiting….we will be meeting on the third Saturday again this month, so please update your calenders.

Saturday, Sep. 20th @ 2:30p
Daily Dose – 135th St. and Quivira Rd.

I’ll be sending you all (anyone with a valid email account either here or on the boards) a reminder the week before …just to help out.

My apologies to all for the delay. I’ve really been neglecting my “head pug” duties… Hey! How did I get this job, anyway??? ;-)

See you at the PUG!

August – Templates Revisited

Well, its official…the Saturday experiment was a complete success! Thanks to all who attended! For those who didn’t you can read up on what you missed.

First off…my apologies on the delay. I finally have some time from my sister’s place in Maryland. Apparently I have to leave town to update the pug. ;-)

Originally, we were going to extend on our Design Patterns talk by discussing the Article: Industrial Strength MVC by Jason Sweat. Instead, we mostly just focused on a re-introduction to the smarty templating engine.

We focused on the smarty crash course from the smarty site. We also hashed over the pros and cons of templates vs. includes vs. just plain embedded php.

If you are interested in templates in general, there is a very interesting blog entry Template Criteria written by Jason at phpcomplete.com. Smarty is only one of many, so if it is just too much for your project, feel free to look at others such as the PEAR template classes. If you have a favorite, be sure to add it as a comment!!

Great News!! We can be found at kcpug.org

Thanks to the generosity of Noah Dunker, you can now use http://kcpug.org to get to the site. I’ll be updating the apache config shortly to change the ServerName. You can continue to use the pug.jccc.net address, but kcpug.org is just so much cooler. THANKS NOAH!!

Noah also pointed out the dirt cheep regestration prices at godaddy.com Just incase you are like me and wanting to carve out some personal space on the web.

php{con West 2003

We also announced the php{con West 2003 (as you can see now on the site). If you go out tp their sponsors page, you can see the KC PUG add that Mark Zolton created for us. Thanks for the excellent and amusing take on our little pug.

Door Prize Giveaway

We also did our random drawing (a little more organized this time, mind you) and through pure luck of the draw Noah’s number was picked. He selected the copy of the PHP Cookbook donated by O’reilly’s User Group Program. Way to go Noah!

Final Time and Place

Last but not least, we of course discussed the new meeting time and place. I don’t want to ask php.net to move our time until we are sure…but after this last meeting….we seemed pretty sure. Please vote and comment with the poll on the main page.

That’s all for now. See you at the next PUG Meeting!!

Online Registration opens for php-con West 2003, October 21-24, Santa Clara, California

From our Friends at php{con:

php-con returns to the San Francisco Bay Area with new sessions, the gurus of PHP and a whole new day of PHP-intensive learning. Log on to http://www.php-con.com today for program details and online registration.

php-con West 2003: Community. Code. Solutions.

Why is php-con the destination of choice for PHP and web developers? Because php-con is about three things: Community. Code. Solutions.

Community. PHP developers all share a common goal: Getting the most out of the Web. And php-con is the where the PHP developer community comes together to advance that goal.

Code. php-con program packs in full-day tutorials, three tracks of technical sessions and the all-day developer marathon: The php-con Code Sprint. Write, debug and test your code along side PHP’s finest.

Solutions. php-con is where you will find everything you need related to robust, rapid applications development, standards and best practices: MySQL, PostgreSQL, XML, PEAR, Webservices, PHP-Gtk, PHP/GD, testing and debugging, performance tuning, and extending PHP.

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