User Groups Newsletter
In this issue:
l New Releases
l Your reviews
l Upcoming Events
l O’Reilly Conferences News
l School of Technology
l News from O’Reilly & Beyond
Don’t forget to use your user group promo code, when buying O’Reilly, Pragmatic Bookshelf, Rocky Nook or YoungJin
books directly from www.oreilly.com using the UK shopping cart.
Did you know you can request a free book or PDF to review for your group? Ask your group leader for more
Book review - writing tips and suggestions
O’Reilly and the UKUUG have organized a series of tutorials to benefit all user Groups members and more. These
one-day London-based tutorials are taught by the most knowledgeable speakers in their field, among them, you will
find – Dave Cross, Jesse Vincent, Jim Reid etc.
l Request Tracker (RT) training l Perl Tutorials
11 August 2009 Introduction to Perl - 24th November 2009
l Advanced DNS training Intermediate Perl - 25th November 2009
13th October 2009 Advanced Perl Techniques - 26th November 2009
Android Application Development
Art of Concurrency, The
Automating System Administration with Perl, 2E
Geek Atlas, The
Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual
Head First Networking
iWork ‘09: The Missing Manual
Java Message Service, 2nd Edition
Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 18
Mastering the Nikon D700
Passionate Programmer, The
Regular Expressions Cookbook
Twitter Book, The
Using Google App Engine
Version Control with Git
Web 2.0 Architectures
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l Head First Rails
l Bash Cookbook
l Building Embedded Linux Systems
l Visualizing Data
l Pragmatic Version Control Using Git
l Learning WCF
l Apache 2 Pocket Reference
l Flashcamp, Birmingham, 16th June
Flash Camp Birmingham is a completely free event organised by the Midlands Flash Platform User Group. Over an
afternoon and evening, experts in Flash, Flex and AIR will share their knowledge through presentations and talks.
Come and meet the some of the Adobe team, Community Leaders and network with fellow developers and designers.
Whether you’re just getting started with the Flash Platform, or consider yourself a pro, there’s something for you!
l Erlang Factory, London, 22-26 June
Following the success of the Erlang eXchange last year, the Erlang Factory offers unrivalled Erlang-focused talks,
training and networking in Central London. Aimed at Erlang Architects, Programmers, Project managers, Software and
Platform Innovators, existing Erlang users as well as Erlang newbies and anyone interested in Erlang, concurrent and
sequential programming, the Erlang Factory promises to be an event not to be missed!
l EuroPython, Birmingham, 28 June - 4th July
Come and listen to: * Bruce Eckel - prolific computer programming author and communicator,
* Cory Doctorow - science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist,
* Professor Sir Tony Hoare - renowned computer scientist,
* Jim Hugunin - originator of Jython and IronPython.
and many more.
l OpenTech, London, 4th July
Back for 2009, OpenTech promises a day of thoughtful talks and conversations with friends. One of the strands we’d
like to see running through the day is “working on stuff that matters”, whatever you work on.
O’Reilly Conference News
June 22-24, 2009 in San Jose, CA
Attending Velocity makes you competitive immediately because it is
rooted in practical application, sending you back to work with a deeper
understanding of how the technology and applications you deploy can
accelerate performance and deliver a better front end experience.
Use code “vel09usrg” when you register, and receive 20% off
the registration price. Early registration ends on May 3.
July 20-24, 2009 in San Jose, CA
The 2009 O’Reilly Open Source Convention Moves to San Jose, CA--
Registration Now Open, So Make Your Plans
Use code “os09usrg” when you register, and receive 20% off
the registration price. Early registration ends on June 2.
O’Reilly School of Technology
O’Reilly School of Technology Courses:
UG Members Receive a 30% Discount
By enrolling in the O’Reilly School of Technology, you can stay competitive in Information Technology without the
high cost or huge time commitment. Our courses work around YOUR schedule, not the other way around. And within
months, not only will you have the University of Illinois Certificate to display on your resume, you’ll also have a
portfolio of projects that are sure to impress in your interviews!
OST’s full-price tuitions are already lower than comparable continuing education or community college courses.
However, as an O’Reilly User Group member, you save an additional 30% on all the courses in the following University
of Illinois Certificate Series:
l New - Databasee Administration Certificate l Web Programming
l Java Programming l Open Source Programming
l PHP/SQL Programming l .NET Programming
l Linux/Unix System Administration l Client-Side Web Programming featuring AJAX
To redeem, use Promotion Code “ORALL1” good for a 30% discount, in Step #2 of the enrollment process. Each
course comes with a free O’Reilly book and a 7-day money-back guarantee. Register online. (This discount may not
be combinable with other offers.)
News from O’Reilly & Beyond
Interview of Michael “Monty” Widenius, founder of
MySQL and much more.
Why $9.99 Won’t Always Be an eBook Pricing Ceiling
Have you stumbled across any of those Kindle owners who get angry anytime they see an ebook price over $9.99?
How about publishers who insist on maintaining their print list price for the e-version? Btw, for the record, at O’Reilly
we typically fall somewhere in between; our “digital list price” is generally less than the print list price and, of course,
Amazon is free to discount to an even lower price. As a consumer, when I see a Kindle price over $9.99 I’m highly
likely to skip it.
More Geo-Games: Ship Simulator on Google Earth
At Google I/O 2008 the Google Earth API was released. It brought Google Earth’s 3D capabilities to the web (with the
help of browser extensions). Since that release they’ve started supporting Macs. One really nice part of the Google
Earth API is the ability to create games in the 3D world.
Ruby Learning Interview:
Author DavidGriffiths, “Head First Rails”
Scribd Store a Welcome Addition to Ebook Market (and 650 O’Reilly Titles Included)
The document-sharing site Scribd has launched a new “Scribd Store” selling view and download access to documents
and books. As part of the launch, there are now more than 650 O’Reilly ebooks now available for preview and sale
in the Scribd store, and all include DRM-free PDF downloads with purchase. (Scribd will soon be adding EPUB as a
format, and we’ll make that available as soon as possible.)
Being a Suggested User Leads to Thousands of Twitter Followers
Ever since Twitter started suggesting accounts to new users, it was clear that those on the suggested users list were
gaining thousands of followers. Setting aside the fact that number of followers is a poor gauge of influence (see our
Twitter report for details), I wanted to know how many followers a suggested account gains by appearing on the list.
Announcing InsideRIA Conference
Yep, you heard correctly in association with the 360Conferences guys, InsideRIA is having its first conference August
23-24, 2009 in San Jose, CA at the eBay facilities. This 2-day event will get into the nitty gritty of developing for the
Rich Internet Application (RIA) space. Sunday will be hands-on workshops to get you familiar with a few of the RIA
platforms. Monday will be a full day of sessions with 3 distinct tracks: Development, Design/User Experience and
Business Development. All 3 tracks will be aimed at the RIA platform in general.