[buug] Fwd: Pearson Education User Group Program Newsletter -- October 2008

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu
Thu Oct 16 08:05:54 PDT 2008

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Issue 9—October 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.

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_User Groups of the Month_

_Virginia: Hampton Roads Adobe Users Group_ is a forum of support for
webmasters, developers, and designers using Macromedia technologies and
software. The group is open to members of all skill levels and meetings are
intended to merge technological expertise with news on existing and upcoming
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_Colorado/Wyoming: Rocky Mountain Cisco Users Group_ brings Cisco-oriented
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RMCUG community is the most educated, informed, certified and successful
user group in the country. For more information, visit


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CCNA Wireless Official Exam Certification Guide  
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Framework Design Guidelines [ http://www.informit.com/title/0321545613 ]
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More Effective C# [ http://www.informit.com/title/0321485890 ]
        By Bill Wagner

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MySQL, 4th Edition [ http://www.informit.com/title/0672329387 ]
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_Authors and Events: October_

_October 6—NBC, The Today Show_
Jim Stickley, author of The Truth About Identity Theft  
(http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0789737930), to  
appear on The
Today Show at 7:30 a.m. EST.

_October 11-12—MerbCamp_
Merb is a fast, light, and agile framework for building web applications
inspired by Ruby on Rails. This year's inaugural MerbCamp is organized by SD
Ruby, San Diego's Ruby community, and will feature keynotes from Engine Yard
co-founder and Merb's creator, Ezra Zygmuntowicz, as well as Merb developer
and maintainer Yehuda Katz. Visit www.merbcamp.com for more information.

_October 27-30—Microsoft PDC 2008: Professional Developers Conference_
Join top architects and developers at the PDC to explore the future of the
Microsoft platform and exchange ideas with fellow professionals. You'll
learn about upcoming products, meet Microsoft's leaders and top engineers,
write some code, and be inspired! Stop by booth #517 at the Los Angeles
Convention Center to get your free .NET 4 poster, while supplies last.

While you're there, check out the latest titles from Addison-Wesley and
Sams, including:

   * Concurrent Programming on Windows, by Joe Duffy:  

   * The C# Programming Language, 3rd Ed., by Anders Hejlsberg, et  
al.: http://www.informit.com/title/0321562992

   * Silverlight 2 Unleashed, by Laurent Bugnion:  

   * More Effective C#, by Bill Wagner:  

   * Framework Design Guidelines, 2nd Ed., by Krzysztof Cwalina, Brad
     Abrams: http://www.informit.com/title/0321545613

Visit microsoftpdc.com for more information. Also, stop by during the
last hour of the show to pick up _two free books for your user group_, while
supplies last!

_October 29—RSA Europe_
Cisco Press author Eric Vynke, of LAN Switch Security: What Hackers Know
About Your Switches, will present "Don't Be Blind, Use Network Telemetry and
Flow Analysis to Detect Attacks" at Europe's most comprehensive forum in
information  security. For more information, visit

_October 29—Software Development (SD) Best Practices_
Addison-Wesley authors Herb Sutter and Bjarne Stroustrup to lead a day-long
seminar in Boston highlighting programming information you can use today,
but also what's coming in the next version of the C++ Standard, C++0x and
related efforts. Visit http://tinyurl.com/6x4omp for more information.

_October 30—eMA Marketing Association Conference_
Simms Jenkins, author of _The Truth About Email Marketing_, will speak at
the eMA Marketing Association conference in Atlanta, GA in a session
called "The Truth (and Lies) about Email Marketing." Early bird registration
rate ends October 15!

_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.


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Pass this information on to everyone in your group. Remember, these links
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