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Wednesday, September 8, 1999 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester
Introduction to Perl
by Don Ellis
|7:15 PM||Call For Help||(An opportunity for you to ask technical questions of the group) |
Admittance to building may no longer be possible
See Meeting Directions |
|7:30 PM||Social, off-line conversations, & book sales |
|7:45 PM||Presentation||Perl Highlights of the O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention by Sarah Burcham|
Perl is one of the hottest new UNIX utilities in years.
Perl is an interpreted language used for easily manipulating text, files, and processes. It provides a more concise and readable way to do many jobs that were formerly accomplished (with difficulty) by programming in the C language or one of the shells.
Perl combines the simplicity of shell scripting with the power of a full-fledged programming language. It is likely to be easily available at any UNIX site.
Perl has been ported to virtually every operating system and most Perl programs written on one platform will run without changes on another.
This tutorial will be given based on tutorial materail developed by Brent Michalski from MasterCard.
Don Ellis has a beard and a bunch of Apples. Sir Isac Newton started the same way. Don has more fun than Isac.
Don started with UNIX in the dark ages with a bag of seeds under the old apple tree where he was systems administrator for a very long time.
Don Ellis has worked for computer consulting firms since 1986, previously working in sales support for several prominent manufacturers. He has had assignments on Unix systems, DOS PCs, and Macintosh installations. He is currently between projects.
His last SLUUG tutorial was on "Web Scripting -- CGI & Beyond" at the December 1997 general meeting.
The key technologies covered were Perl, Linux, Apache, Python, sendmail and
Tcl/TK. Perl was the largest part of the Open Source Software convention.
Eventually she'll have a degree,
eventually she'll have enough time to bike the KATY Trail, eventually
she'll begin the 1000 years of peace. But for now, she's been to TPC.
For more info contact Sarah Burcham by sending
[ Editor's Notes: The O'Reilly and Associates line of books is available at each monthly general meeting as a convenience to our members.
Perl Highlights of the O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention
by Sarah Burcham
This year's O'Reilly Open Source Software convention ( 21-24 Aug) http://conferences.oreilly.com/ was held in Monerey, California. It combined six key technical conferences at one site with over 120 technically sophisticated presentations addressing the cutting edge of Open Source software.
Sarah went to The Perl Conference (TPC) which was held in mid August. She will give us the highlites of what new developements and directions were discusssed there.
Sarah Burcham is a web programmer for MasterCard's Internet Development group. She's been programming Perl since her college years at Washington University where she studied -- errr... is studying CS and worked as a system admin/programmer.
One of her favorite hangouts - http://stlouis.pm.org/ -- What else??? ]
Title of the Month
The 25% discount special this month is on any Java or Perl book. Get a free Tee Shirt with any $30 purchase.
All regularly priced titles are 10% off retail cost at the general meeting.
(Excludes featured, or specially priced or promotional items)
Each month features a book related to that month's presentation or tutorial topic.
The key technologies covered were Perl, Linux, Apache, Python, sendmail and Tcl/TK. Perl was the largest part of the Open Source Software convention.
Eventually she'll have a degree, eventually she'll have enough time to bike the KATY Trail, eventually she'll begin the 1000 years of peace. But for now, she's been to TPC.
For more info contact Sarah Burcham by sending mailto:email@example.com .
[ Editor's Notes:
The O'Reilly and Associates line of books is available at each monthly general meeting as a convenience to our members.
||Sept 2, 1999 at 5:30 PM |
( TOPICS: ) DVD demos, gourmet snacks and drinks
7th Floor, Taylor Building
Corner of Tucker Bulvd. and Washington Avenue
1129 St. Charles
St. Louis, MO
||Sept 2, 1999 at 7:00 PM |
( TOPICS: ) Discussing The Perl Conference with slide show,
Object Oriented Perl (part 2 of 3), with a Q&A session
CAIT, Training Room 024,
5 N Jackson Ave at Forsyth Blvd,
[St. Louis UNIX Users Group stuff]
|SLUUG General Meeting
||September 8, 1999 at 6:30 PM|
St. Louis, MO
|COBOL Legacy Nulls
||September 9, 1999 ||Steering Committee
||September 14, 1999 at 6:00 PM|
One City Place (2nd floor)
Creve Coeur, MO
||September 16, 1999 at 7:00 PM|
( TOPIC: ) Java Swing by Cindy Pilling, Anderson Technologies
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive
||October 7, 1999 ||SLUUG General Meeting
||October 13, 1999 ||Atlanta
||October 12-16, 1999 |
Register at http://www.linuxshowcase.org/
Third annual Atlanta Linux Showcase
||October 19, 1999 ||Linux SIG
||October 21, 1999 ||San Jose
||October 26-28, 1999 |
Register at http://www.ispcon.com/registerfall.html
ISPCON Fall '99 - CLECexpo
The Largest & Longest-Running Event for Internet Service Providers
McEnery Convention Center
San Jose CA
||November 15-19, 1999 |
Register at http://www.linuxbizexpo.com/
Linux Business Expo Nov 15-19
Co-located with COMDEX Fall '99
Las Vegas Hilton
Las Vegas NV
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
See map at http://www.sluug.org/info/sunnen.html
(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 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.
See map at http://www.stllinux.org/directions/
As you may (or may not) be aware, the St. Louis UNIX Users group is currently in the process of finding a new permanent home for our BBS computer systems. Actually our systems are not a true BBS in the traditional sense; but, they are donated machines that allow us to provide user accounts with command line access using various flavors of UNIX. They provide users with electronic mail, personal file space, web pages and full Internet access,
Yes, the two main SLUUG computer systems are still at CTItek thanks to Tony Zafiropolus.
Yes, we are still operating with limited resources and must be careful not to over tax Tony's bandwidth.
Yes, we hope to move within the next month or so due to a number of potential leads. Steering Committee members are in discussion with each of those promising sites.
See last month's newsletter article at http://www.sluug.org/~editor/9908.html#Article1 for very detailed background and some good references to alternative resources.
Please contact Gary Meyer by sending mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more specific information on the hardware or other aspects of these SLUUG computer systems.
http://home.postnet.com/~ellisd/sluug - Alternate SLUUG home page, if our server goes down.
Below are results of the attendance & survey sheets collected at the...
SLUUG General meeting on 11 August 1999:
Results of each question on our OPTIONAL survey/questionaire:
1. Tutoral (only at General meeting):
2. Presentation: Single-line DSL Technology by Peter Roberts, et. al.
3. Linux SIG Topic: FreeBSD
The attendance & survey sheets got side tracked at the Linux SIG; so, only 10 responses were available. Not worth tabulating.
However, there were 60 people including the presenter at this session. With a live FreeBSD installation, handouts that included 3 pages of notes and 2 pages of configuration files most everyone seemed to think it was either a good or excellent presentation.
This was was a unusually large turn out (48) for the August general meeting, compared to past years.
We may continue to forego more survey questions over the next month or so.
You can't spell accident without "NT".
To keep up with NET events:
http://www.linuxtoday.com- daily news of mostly (but not only) Linux events.
http://www.slashdot.org- news for nerds - stuff that matters!
http://www.freshmeat.net- daily updates of Internet software releases. (check out the "appindex" button).
http://www.32bitsonline.net- Because There's More Than One Way to Compute.
http://www.lwn.net- Linux Weekly News.
http://www.webwatcher.org- Tracks when numerous WWW pages were last updated.
http://linuxtoday.com/stories/8789.html- Linux Journal: The Coming Software Patent Crisis: Can Linux Survive?
http://linuxtoday.com/stories/8190.html Richard Stallman -- U.S. Congress Threatens to Establish a New Kind of Monopoly
For the Paranoid:
http://linuxtoday.com/stories/9042.html InfoWorld: Justice department proposes system break-in rights
http://linuxtoday.com/stories/6276.html- Careful, they might hear you. http://www.fcw.com/pubs/fcw/1999/0531/web-nsa-6-3-99.html - Congress, NSA butt heads over Echelon
http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/9927/features-gunn.shtml - The war over your personal privacy is over. You Lost!
http://slashdot.org/articles/99/07/16/1025259.shtml - Britain Tapped Communications
http://slashdot.org/articles/99/08/21/0316212.shtml Sun buys maker of StarOffice http://www.sun.com/jini/overview/ Jini Connection Technology Executive Overview
http://linuxtoday.com/stories/9221.html ComputerWorld: M$ Tightens Developer Testing Rules for Win2000 http://linuxtoday.com/stories/9259.html IT-Director: Windows 2000 Confusion May Delight Linux http://linuxtoday.com/stories/9292.html PC Week: Windows 2000 to provoke domain game http://linuxtoday.com/stories/9339.html CNN: Web site provided access to millions of Hotmail messages http://linuxtoday.com/stories/9025.html ZDNet: 'Christmas' virus can destroy PCs
http://linuxtoday.com/stories/9070.html IT-Director: Developers Demand Linux Port of Delphi And Get It
http://linuxtoday.com/stories/9262.html The Retreat: The Loss of the Portability Battle http://www.dreamscape.com/afasoldt/texts/linux071899.html - Why Linux matters: An admiring essay ( quite long )
For the Linux beginner:
http://www.linux.org/ - What is Linux?
http://www.linuxberg.org- Useful info and easy downloads.
http://www.linuxplanet.com/ - ...for newbies.
http://qlink.queensu.ca/~3srf/linux-admin/ - Linux Administration Made Easy" (LAME) Pre-Release
http://metalab.unc.edu/LDP/ - The Linux Documentation Project
http://www.msnbc.com/news/290531.asp#BODY - Unix/Linux Printing HOWTO Support Database
The Linux Documentation Project has a new home. All the goodies you have come to expect from LDP can now be found at http://www.linuxdoc.org All of the LDP mailing lists will be moving to lists.linuxdoc.org as well.
http://training.eklektix.com/talks/lw99-SystemAdmin/img0.htm Linux System Administration in a Large Network Environment
http://stommel.tamu.edu/~baum/linuxlist/linuxlist/linuxlist.html - Linux Software Encyclopedia
To configure a Linux machine:
http://www.monitorworld.com- Specs on over 2100 monitors from 150+ manufacturers.
http://www.monitorservice.com- After Monitor FAQ page follow Performance Parameters link.
http://www.hercules.com/monitors- The monitor data base that had the one that I wanted!
http://www.o2.net/~gromitkc/winmodem.html- Knowlege base of Linux compatible modems!
The following is a quick talk about Dual Booting, with specific steps for using the WinNT boot loader, and mounting NT file systems under Linux:
http://ext2.org/99/06/newbieville/062099-newbieville1.shtml - Linux and Windows on one computer http://linuxtoday.com/stories/8987.html ILUG: Dual-booting Windows and Linux, a tutorial for beginners
http://linuxtoday.com/stories/8990.html LinuxForum: VMware Review - A virtual machine in Linux to run your Windows programs
http://www.davecentral.com/ - Shareware, Freeware, Demos and Betas for M$-Windoze and Linux
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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.LOCATION DIRECTIONS:
Indian Trails Public Library
8400 Delport Drive
|Follow 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 by mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 by mailto:email@example.com 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, send mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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