Kathryn Barrett

Kathryn Barrett

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Kathryn Barrett is dedicated to the cause of promoting O'Reilly's books and authors to the world at large, while also indulging in her personal crusade of making the task of those who have to read press releases less arduous and more entertaining. Part PR mastermind, part closet nerd, she really enjoys writing about things like bash, Knoppix, ASP.NET--you name it. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and backpacking in the wilderness areas of Northern California. She lives with her husband and cats in Northern California, with periodic visits from the demon spawn.

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Reporting for ARRA Transparency - Reporting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

May 11 2009

On Tuesday, May 12, Dux Raymond Sy, author of SharePoint for Project Management, is presenting a webcast on Leveraging SharePoint for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Transparency. We had a chance to ask Dux why the ARRA is so important for today's business. According to Dux, SharePoint is… read more

What Can You Do with XMPP?

May 04 2009

XMPP: The Definitive Guide covers everything you need to know about Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). This open technology for real-time collaboration, social networking, microblogging, lightweight middleware, cloud computing, and more. This excerpt provides a high-level overview of the technology and introduces you to the ways it's being used.… read more

Favorite Linux Book of All Time: Linux in a Nutshell

May 01 2009

The Linux Journal's annual Readers' Choice Awards take the pulse of the Linux community, allowing readers to choose their favorites in a number of categories, and write-ins also are accepted. This year, more than 6,000 individuals voted for their favorite Linux solutions—one of the biggest turnouts in in Linux Journal… read more

What's new in Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory?

April 21 2009

Bring your Active Directory questions and come learn what's new in Active Directory for Windows Server 2008 R2. In this free webcast, taking place Friday, April 24, Active Directory MVPs and authors Brian Desmond (Active Directory, 4th Edition) and Laura E. Hunter (Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition) discuss exciting new… read more

Cloud Computing - an Excerpt from Cloud Application Architectures

April 09 2009

The hallmark of any buzzword is its ability to convey the appearance of meaning without conveying actual meaning. To many people, the term cloud computing has the feel of a buzzword. In this excerpt from Cloud Application Architectures, author George Reese explains just what the cloud is—in terms anyone can… read more

Guess the Book, Episode Two - Back on the Streets of Sebastopol

April 06 2009

This second episode of Guess the Book leads Sara Peyton and her trusty videographer, armed with a copy of Programming ASP.NET 3.5, to the offices of a local newspaper where one willing volunteer attempts to decipher the book's cover. Now it's your turn to help out—which book we should use… read more

Read an Excerpt from High Performance MySQL: Winner of a Productivity Award at the 19th Annual Jolt Awards

March 17 2009

We're delighted to announce that High Performance MySQL, Second Edition, was awarded a Jolt Productivity Award in the category of Technical Books. The Jolts are the Oscars of the software development industry, showcasing the books, tools, and other products that have "jolted" the industry. Congratulations to the authors of this… read more

Guess the Book, Episode One: O'Reilly Media on the Streets of Sebastopol

March 10 2009

We're so used to the funny animals on our book covers that we don't give them a second thought, but what about the rest of the world? Especially the non-geek world? In this first episode of Guess the Book, we took to the streets of Sebastopol, CA—the world headquarters of… read more

A Rapidly Changing Threat Landscape

March 03 2009

We've heard it before: "gone are the days of script kiddies and teenagers out to wreak havoc just to show off." The late 1990s and early 2000s produced a staggering number of DoS attacks. Malware, the engine for the DoS attack, has progressed from simple programs that attack a single… read more

WCF RESTful Programming Model

February 24 2009

In the first chapter of RESTful .NET, author John Flanders introduces the concepts fundamental to using REST to build services. WCF in .NET 3.5 includes a sophisticated built-in mechanism that allows .NET developers to build RESTful services using the WCF programming model. In this excerpt from his book, John reveals… read more

Contest: share advice for a chance to win 3 free books

February 23 2009

We're looking for your advice for software archictects: some wisdom you've gleaned through your experience or an observation that you can share. 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know is a book of advice for software architects, written by leading experts. But "experts" aren't the only ones with valuable advice.… read more

Getting Started with Silverlight 2

February 18 2009

You've learned how Silverlight can produce stylish interfaces and highly interactive applications in a variety of browsers, and now you want to build a Silverlight application. Not just a bouncing ball, an embedded video, or a spiffy-looking series of buttons, but a walking, talking, fully functional line-of-business application. Of course,… read more

Introducting the ADO.NET Entity Framework

February 14 2009

Julia Lerman, the leading independent authority on Microsoft's Entity Framework, claims that this technology changes the game for .NET developers so that they no longer have to be concerned with the details of the data store as they write their applications. Now they can focus on the task of writing… read more

What do you think every software architect should know?

February 11 2009

97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know is a collection of short essays—only two pages each—by four dozen leading software architects such as Neal Ford, Michael Nygard, and Bill de h ra. It's a book of advice that deals with all sorts of development issues, some that go way beyond… read more

Communicating Interactive Gestures

February 06 2009

Nintendo's Wii, Apple's iPhone and iPod touch have made gestural interfaces wildly popular, but have created a new set of challenges for designers who want to move beyond traditional interface design. Dan Saffer's Designing Gestural Interfaces covers the subject exhaustively, but also shows how carefully we need to look at… read more

The Relational Model Is Much Misunderstood

February 02 2009

When it comes to relational theory, there is arguably no greater authority than C.J. Date. His newest book, SQL and Relational Theory presents a relational approach to SQL. As he says in the first chapter, "Of course, to treat such a topic adequately, I need to cover relational issues as… read more

It's Twitter, right? What else do you need to know?

February 02 2009

Want to make sure people find you on Twitter? Do you know the best tools for monitoring your buzz? In this preview of Friday's webcast, Advanced Twitter for Business: Conversation, Community, and Profit—140 Characters at a Time, Sarah Milstein (that's @SarahM ) gives you tips for doing both of those.… read more

Want to make your taxes less taxing?

January 22 2009

Maybe you're thinking of doing your own taxes this year. A lot of people are. But how can you make sure that you're doing it right--keeping up with the tax laws, entering expenses correctly, and getting the deductions you deserve? It's easy: financial expert Bonnie Biafore shows you how in… read more

Juval Lowy explains Service-Orientation

November 18 2008

Juval Lowy's Programming WCF Services is considered to be the most definitive treatment of Microsoft's WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) available. In it, Juval provides both the guidance and insight needed to master the skills for building maintainable, extensible, and reusable WCF-based applications. Juval's talent as a teacher—that for tackling vast… read more

Relational Database Technology: A Crash Course

November 07 2008

The following is an excerpt from the newly released Programming ASP.NET 3.5 by Jesse Liberty, Dan Maharry, and Dan Hurwitz. According to them, ASP.NET 3.5 is possibly the fastest, most efficient, most reliable, and best-supported way to create interactive web applications today. Combined with the development tools available from Microsoft… read more

What will the night reveal to your digital camera?

October 13 2008

You may be surprised! The advent of digital photography has revolutionized the practice of night photography because a digital sensor can record the spectacular colors of the night. These colors are created by light waves in spectrums that are invisible to the naked human eye. For the first time we… read more

Can you make a living creating iPhone apps?

October 08 2008

There's been rapid change in the iPhone development world, leaving many would-be iPhone app developers wondering where they stand. In this free, one-hour live webcast, Bill Dudney and Raven Zachary, co-chairs of O'Reilly's upcoming iPhoneLive Conference on November 18 in San Jose, share a preview of the presentations they'll give… read more

How much do you love your technology?

October 01 2008

Enough to wear it on your body? Leif Madsen, one of the authors of Asterisk: The Future of Telephony sports the animal from the cover of his book on the back of his leg. Now, that's commitment! Read more. read more

Learn to tell your stories -- Nancy Duarte's presentation available for viewing

September 24 2008

According to Nancy Duarte, author of slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations, we're often afraid to unleash our natural storytelling instincts because we're afraid to be different—afraid to stand out from our corporate norm. And this leads to presentations that put our audiences to sleep—or worse—fail to… read more

Video now available - iPhone Forensics 101: Bypassing the iPhone Passcode

September 18 2008

Last week, Jonathan Zdziarski, author of the just-released iPhone Forensics, delivered a much-talked about presentation on bypassing the iPhone 3G passcode, in which he revealed some little known "security" issues pertaining to that device. Most notable was the fact that the iPhone captures and stores screenshots of any place you… read more

You are a Natural Born (Visual) Storyteller - live webcast by Nancy Duarte

September 10 2008

We live in the most innovative time in history. That, coupled with pressure from a global economy, means our corporate stories need to be told well and resonate deeply. In this free, live webcast, presented by Nancy Duarte, author of slide:ology, you'll learn how to step away from your traditional… read more

Learn how to bypass the iPhone 3G's Passcode - iPhone Forensics 101 Webcast

September 08 2008

In this free, live webcast, iPhone hacker and data forensics expert Jonathan Zdziarski guides you through the steps used by law enforcement agencies to bypass the iPhone 3G's passcode lock by creating a custom firmware bundle. The presentation is aimed towards law enforcement and anyone else who has a need… read more

Huge iPhone Security Risk? It's nothing new, says Jonathan Zdziarski

August 27 2008

"There's a huge security problem in the latest iPhone 2.0.2," writes Jesus Diaz in a story onGizmodo, "a very simple trick gives anyone full access to your cellphone private information in Mail, SMS, Contacts, and even Safari." But this is nothing new, says iPhone hacker Jonathan Zdziarski, author of the… read more

The Mind of Damian Conway: Science, Computer Science, the Future of Perl 6, and Advice for Today's Aspiring Programmers

August 21 2008

At this year's OSCON, Terry Camerlengo, sat down with Damian Conway, author of Perl Best Practices and Perl Hacks, to get his thoughts on a wide variety of subjects, including the what-and-when of Perl 6 and what he thinks is important for the next generation of computer scientists. Watch the… read more

What developers should know about IP

August 12 2008

Author Van Lindberg is both software engineer and practicing attorney. His new book, Intellectual Property and Open Source tackles the slippery subject of intellectual property. In this interview, Van explains why intellectual property law is so important to developers—any developers—and shares his most important tips for developers starting out in… read more

Rick Sammon shares his secrets

August 05 2008

Last month photographer Rick Sammon, author of 18 books on digital photography, including his latest, Face-to-Face: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Photographing People gave a live webcast, sharing some of his top tips for taking great digital photos and answering questions from the audience. His pictures—including some from his latest… read more

Toxic Dojo Sex

July 01 2008

"Need Press? Repeat: 'Green,' 'Sex,' 'Cancer,' 'Secret,' 'Fat'" Joanne Kaufman's story in yesterday's New York Times reveals some of the tricks PR people use to get their stories noticed, including the strategic placement of certain words in their press release headlines— which immediately gave me the idea for the title… read more

Give our authors Safari access? What next?

June 25 2008

An anonymous geek recently mused on the fact that O’Reilly authors were no longer being given free Safari accounts... read more

New webcast: Rick Sammon's 10 Key Ingredients

June 25 2008

you’ve had the chance to see Rick Sammon’s work, then you know how utterly stunning his photos are. The stories that accompany them are pretty amazing, too. read more

Webcasts worth watching

June 25 2008

We’ve just posted the recordings of two of our recent webcasts, both of which are on fascinating topics. The first was presented by Shelly Farnham, Ph.D., author of the recent O’Reilly Radar report The Facebook Application Ecosystem: Why Some Thrive—and Most Don’t. The seco read more

What are we doing?

June 25 2008

To keep up with news and other goings-on at O’Reilly, follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/oreillymedia. read more

What makes a good project manager?

June 23 2008

A couple weeks ago I wrote about Scott Berkun’s new book, Making Things Happen, and I asked people to post their ideas about what makes a good project manager. I said I’d arbitrarily select one winner from among those who posted and give away a free copy of Scott’s book. read more

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