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Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester
|6:30 PM||Tutorial||XML and e-commerce by G. Hussain Chinoy|
Granularity Information Architecture Inc.
|7:00 PM||Call For Help||(An opportunity for you to ask technical questions of the group)|
|7:15 PM||Social, off-line conversations, & book sales|
|7:30 PM||Presentation||Future Technologies by Dr. Barry Flashbart|
Union Pacific Technologies
Biography: Dr. Barry Flachsbart is Director, Emerging Technologies, for
Union Pacific Technologies. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of
Computer Science at the University of Missouri-Rolla's Engineering
Education Center here in St. Louis. Prior to joining Union Pacific, he was
with McDonnell Douglas, in the Information Systems Group (Advanced
Technologies), the Research Laboratories (the Applied Mathematics and
Computer Science Laboratory, specializing in Artificial Intelligence
Research), and numerous other jobs.
Barry holds a B. S. degree from St. Louis University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University (a long time ago).
XML 210: XML and the Real World: Electronic Commerce
Hussain Chinoy of Granularity Information Architecture, Inc., an e-commerce development firm, will briefly go over what XML is and why everyone's so excited about it. Following that, if there is time, he might explore some examples of practical applications in industries that will rapidly benefit from XML (EDI, legacy systems, etc.), describe some of the standards developing around electronic commerce and XML. Hussain also attended the XML '98 Con- ference proceedings in Chicago in November.
Title of the Month
(it'll be a surprise!)
All regularly priced titles are 20% off retail cost at meeting.
Excludes specially priced items or promotional items
The O'Reilly and Associates line of books is available at each monthly meeting as a convenience to our members.
Each month features a book related to that month's presentation topic.
|Main Meeting||January 13, 1999 at 6:30 PM|
St. Louis, MO
|Steering Committee||January 19, 1999 at 6:00 PM|
One City Place (2nd floor)
Creve Coeur, MO
|Linux SIG||January 21, 1999 at 7:00 PM|
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive
|CTI SIG||Currently they have moved to a webboard format.|
The STL!/unix/usr/group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester Blvd, just east of Hanley on Manchester.
Directions From Downtown
(NOTE: A security guard from Sunnen is scheduled to be at the door from 6:20 PM to 7:20 PM to allow entry. After 7:20, the door will be unattended and attendees may not be able to enter.)
The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general 2nd Wednesday meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur.
The SLUUG Linux SIG (SLUUGLS) meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Indian Trails Public Library.
For our Linux SIG membership the December 1998 issue of _Network Magazine_ concentrates it's special report segments on Linux. Yes, still more on the sudden respectability of Linux.
Robert Richardson's article is a remarkable testament to dumping 50 costly Windows NT servers in favor of free and open source Linux. Tom Yager's article was most favorable except for a somewhat disappointing opinion of device driver availability and the word processing/general office suite arena.
For those that want more information to supplement Jon Elson's well received November 1998 SLUUG presentation on Tape & SCSI there is also an interesting article on DLT tape libraries.
The January 1999 newsstand issue of _Sys Admin_ magazine includes a very nice "What is Linux" poster supplement. Besides a cover featuring TUX the penguin on the inside there are two Linux specific articles "Linux and the Y2K Bug" and "Living on the Edge".
For those that want even more information to supplement Dave Dickerson's memorable December 1997 presentation on "Practical and Free Security Software Tools" the article "Freeware-Based Security" covers the same packages that he covered plus a few more.
Two Red Hat Linux books available from the St. Louis County Library that I have read this year may be of interest to our membership. One because I thought it rather disappointing and the other because I believe it to be exceptional.
I enjoy technical books that are well written. I collect them. I generally like the IDG "dummies" series of books and overlook the disparaging title in favor of content. In my personal library I have no less than eight IDG "dummies" books and I also have seven "Linux" books from various other publishers. A few were even purchased after I had read them for free from the public library because I thought they were excellent.
I was most hopeful when I first saw "Linux for Dummies" by Craig Witherspoon from IDG ( ISBN: 0-7645-0275-1 STLC: 005.446/W824L ). At last (I hoped), a high visibility publication that will increase the ranks. The glaring disappointment of the book was that it glossed over installation even though this is the most likely point of failure for anyone new to Linux. It read like a first draft. Not recommended for purchase. Although still worth reading I didn't think it worth adding to my personal collection.
In contrast "Using Linux" by Bill Ball from QUE Corporation seems to be a must have book for me ( ISBN: 0-7897-1623-2 STLC: 005.4469/B187U ). The first appendix covers installing Red Hat Linux rather well in my opinion. Everything else is up hill from there. After a general scan of the books contents and reading the first chapter I knew it was a winner and put it on my want list.
Strangely, QUE Corporation has another book "Special Edition - Using Linux" ( ISBN: 0-7897-0742-X STLC: 005.4469/T118U ) that is already in it's second edition. The similar title may be a problem if you are look for the book by Bill Ball. It was a worthwhile read but didn't appeal to me as much as the book from Bill Ball.
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As our membership grows, we have had some inquiries about the possibility of having Special Interest Groups in several areas. If you are interested in starting or participating in a SIG for System Administration, Networking, C, Object Oriented Programming, a specific vendor, etc., please call Dave Mills at 230-5151, extension 103, or contact any officer of the group.
Visit the Linux SIG home page (http://www.stllinux.org/) for the latest meeting details.
Indian Trails Public Library
8400 Delport Drive
|From 170:||Exit Page east to North-South Rd., go left on North-South Rd. to Midland, go left on Midland one block to Delport, the Library is on your left (see map at http://www.stllinux.org/directions/).|
For more information on SLUUGLS refer to the WWW home page for the group at http://linux.feldt.com or contact Matthew Feldt at email@example.com.
The CTI SIG is no longer having regular meetings and is currently using a webboard format.
The Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) Users Group is a non-profit organization open to developers, end-users, sales people, and others who share the common interest of melding the telecommunications and computing worlds.
For more information on SLUUG CiTI contact Tony Zafiropoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314)878-9855.
The Digital Alpha SIG is for those interested in Digital UNIX and the DEC Alpha architecture. Visit the Digital Alpha SIG's home at http://www.sluug.org/~newton/asighome.html for more information.
The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general 2nd Wednesday meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur. The guard can direct you to the meeting location. Anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to become more involved in the planning of SLUUG, feel free to join us at the next Steering Committee meeting. Meetings usually last 1.5 to 2 hours.
For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, contact Ed Wehner email@example.com.
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SLUUG is looking for volunteers to help with presentations, web page development, managing corporate sponsorships, and many other tasks. If you would like to help out, contact Chris Wanta at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.sluug.org/~cfw1/help.html.
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