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Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu
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Issue 10 — November 2008

Pearson Education User Group Program Newsletter

Thank you for reading the Pearson Education User Group Program monthly
newsletter for official group members. Please pass this along to your
colleagues and share our news and offers.


News & Announcements

Welcome New Member Groups!
• Orange County .NET User Group
• Spokane/CDA Ruby Brigade
• The New York iPhone Software Developers Meetup
• Utah Mobile Developers Group
• BangaloreITPro
• MacPower
• SEMCO (Southeastern Michigan Computer Organization)
• Silicon Valley Agile
• CocoaHeads Stockholm

Save $200 — Voices That Matter: Crafting Software Conference
If you're a programmer, developer, analyst or project manager who takes
pride in your craft, don't miss this stellar opportunity to further your
expertise. Taking place in San Francisco, December 1-4, the Voices That
Matter: Crafting Software Conference offers unprecedented access to the
expert authors you've come to know and trust. Speakers like renowned blogger
Jeff Atwood (Coding Horror) join best-selling authors Kent Beck, Bob Martin
and Eric Evans to provide insight into the latest approaches to delivering
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opportunity to interact with thought leaders in small breakout sessions that
characterize the Voices That Matter conferences. SAVE $200 when you
register with this special User Group Priority Code: CSHUSER

Social Media Survey – Thank You!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent User Group Social Media
Survey. We look forward to examining your responses and better utilizing
social media tools to communicate with our end-users.

All survey participants were entered into a drawing for one of three print
book libraries (5 books of their choice) from InformIT. Congratulations to
the following winners! You will receive more information via e-mail.

   • Mark A., CocoaHeads
   • B.J.M., Nashville Cisco UG
   • Roland S., LRUG (London Ruby User Group)


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User Groups of the Month

Pennsylvania: Philly.Net Users Group provides a forum for the study and
discussion of key Microsoft .NET technologies including Visual Studio
development tools, servers, and web services. For more information, visit

Washington: Seattle Cisco Users Group (SEACUG) brings Cisco-oriented
network professionals together to study advanced technologies and emerging
trends in voice, video, and data networking. For more information, visit


Authors and Events: November

November 9-14 — LISA '08
Join us in San Diego for the 22nd Large Installation System Administration
Conference. New in 2008: Get 6 days of focused instruction by signing up for
the  Virtualization  Track  or  the  Solaris  Track. Don't miss out on
opportunities for peer interaction around the topics that mean the most to
you. For more information, visit

November 10-14 — Agile Development Practices
The Agile Development Practices conference at the Single Creek Resort in
Orlando, FL has what you need whether you're investigating or implementing
agile development practices. Learn the latest in agile methods,
technologies, tools, and leadership principles from thought leaders who
deliver inspiring keynote presentations, in-depth tutorials, and a wide
range of conference classes. Learn more:

November 17-20 — Voices That Matter: Professional Ruby Conference
Join  leading  Addison-Wesley authors in Boston for exciting keynotes,
stimulating conference sessions and case studies, with lots of time built in
for  informational discussions, networking and code sharing. Meet Obie
Fernandez, Blaine Cook, Pat Maddox, Hal Fulton and Giles Bowkett — don't miss
out on the conversation!

Don't forget — enter User Group priority code PRHUSER when you register to
save  $200  off  the  current price of any package, including the core
conference. For more details, visit http://www.voicesthatmatter.com/ruby2008.

Have a User Group event in your area? Let us know!
E-mail details to usergroups at informit.com for consideration in next
month's newsletter. Please include "User Group Event" in the subject line.


User Group Offers

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Save 40% on Select Microsoft titles_
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• Special Edition Using Microsoft Office 2003, Student-Teacher Edition
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