[clug-talk] News From Our Sponsor - OReilly Media

Dave Watkins - CLUG President at CLUG.ca
Wed May 31 23:32:33 PDT 2006

This just in from our friends at O'Reilly.  

Have a look and give me a shout if anything pops out at you. Also, a
reminder that Tier 2 members are able to request, through either myself or
another Executive member, any book, pdf etc from O'Reilly for review. You'll
get a book to review and keep or donate to CLUG if you so choose.


Dave Watkins
V: 403.701.5746

Good. Fast. Cheap. O'Reilly Launches PDF Guides

As part of O'Reilly Media's commitment to delivering vital technology
information to people who need it, when they need it, O'Reilly is launching
an ongoing series of PDF publications to address cutting edge technologies.
O'Reilly's PDF guides are in-depth, immediate, timely, and authoritative.
Readers can purchase and download the PDFs through the O'Reilly online
store, with no restrictions on the ability to save, copy, or print them.

The advantages to readers are numerous. O'Reilly authors can disseminate
crucial information as the need arises, without having to wait for enough
material to fill an entire book. Production time is reduced dramatically,
giving IT professionals and others immediate access to the knowledge they
want. Plus, readers can easily search the text, copy and paste handy bits of
code into their applications, and take the PDF with them even when they're
offline. But most importantly, readers won't have to compromise in their
pursuit of timely information--these PDFs provide the high-quality content
for which O'Reilly has come to be known.

This month's PDF offerings are available now:

"Build Tag Clouds in Perl and PHP" by Jim Bumgardner First popularized by
the web sites Flickr, Technorati, and del.icio.us, these amorphous clumps of
words now appear on a slew of web sites as visual evidence of their
membership in the elite corps of "Web 2.0." This PDF analyzes what is and
isn't a tag cloud, offers design tips for using them effectively, and then
shows how to collect tags and display them in the tag cloud format. Scripts
are provided in Perl and PHP.
ISBN: 0-596-52794-2, 46 pages, $9.99 US, $12.99 CAN

"Web Services on Rails" by Kevin Marshall In recent years, web services have
become increasingly useful to smaller web site developers.  Thanks to
standards like SOAP and XML-RPC as well as frameworks such as Ruby on Rails,
developers can easily create web service clients and servers with fewer
errors. This guide looks at how Ruby on Rails makes building web service
clients and servers simple and fun, with plenty of working examples and code
details so you can see just how everything works.
ISBN: 0-596-52796-9, 32 pages, $9.99 US, $12.99 CA

"Atlas UpdatePanel Control" by Bertrand Le Roy and Matt Gibbs The key to
making ASP.NET applications more responsive to user input is the UpdatePanel
control. In this tutorial, you'll learn from the experts:
Bertrand Le Roy, UpdatePanel control's architect and developer, and Matt
Gibbs, Atlas dev team manager. This PDF document contains all you need to
get started implementing AJAX functionality in existing ASP.NET
ISBN: 0-596-52747-0, 56 pages, $9.99 US, $12.99 CA

"Search Engine Optimization" by Harold Davis SEO--short for Search Engine
Optimization--is the art, craft, and science of driving web traffic to web
sites. Whether your web site depends on broad, general traffic, or
high-quality, targeted traffic, this PDF has the tools and information you
need to draw more traffic to your site, and build your bottom line. You'll
learn how to effectively use PageRank and Google itself--effective use of
SEO means understanding how Google works:
how to boost placement in Google search results, how not to offend Google,
and how best to use paid Google programs. You'll also learn how to best
organize your web pages and web sites, apply SEO analysis tools, establish
effective SEO best practices, and much more.
ISBN: 0-596-52786-1, 41 pages, $9.99 US, $12.99 CA

Other PDFs from O'Reilly can be found in the O'Reilly Store at:

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