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…

O’Reilly News for User Group Members
October 22, 2003
Book News
-PC Annoyances
-STL Pocket Reference
Upcoming Events
-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
-Registration Is Open for ETech 2004–San Diego, CA
-Last Week to Register for the O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference
-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

Book News
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
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***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.

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.

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

Upcoming Events
***For more events, please see:

***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

Conference News
***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

News From O’Reilly & Beyond
General News
***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
Open Source
***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

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

***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
***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
***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
***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
***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–


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