Addison-Wesley/Prentice Hall/SAMS Launch New Ubuntu, AJAX and Ruby Books at OSCON: Prentice Hall Announces Publishing Alliance with SourceForge, Inc.

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Addison-Wesley Professional (AW), Prentice Hall Professional (PH) and SAMS Publishing today announced the release of new cutting-edge books for the open source community, including The Official Ubuntu Book, second edition, and new titles for AJAX and Ruby programmers, including Enterprise AJAX: Strategies for Building High Performance Web Applications, RailsSpace: Building a Social Networking Website with Ruby on Rails(TM) and The Professional Ruby Collection. The announcement was made at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), in Portland, Oregon.

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    Anticipated forthcoming 2007 titles also being previewed at OSCON include: The Rails Way, by Obie Fernandez; AJAX Security, by Billy Hoffman and Bryan Sullivan; The Official Damn Small Linux(R) Book: The Tiny Adaptable Linux(R) That Runs on Anything, by Robert Shingledecker, John Andrews and Christopher Negus; and Google Web Toolkit Solutions: More Cool + Useful Stuff, by David Geary, with Rob Gordon. The Rails Way, Google Web Toolkit Solutions and The Official Damn Small Linux(R) Book are currently available as final draft manuscripts through the Safari Books Online Rough Cut service,

AW, PH and SAMS will display samples of new books and hold promotions for OSCON attendees at their booth, #319. The first 500 booth visitors will receive a complimentary 3-day Safari pass (, and one grand prize-winner will receive a complimentary six-month Safari account. AW, PH and SAMS books also will be available for purchase on-site at the Powell's Bookstore booth.

The Official Ubuntu Book, second edition, by Benjamin Mako Hill and Jono Bacon, with Ivan Krstic, David J. Murphy, Jonathan Jesse, Peter Savage and Corey Burger - all leading Ubuntu community leaders - covers everything there is to know about how to make the most of Ubuntu 7.04 (a.k.a. "Feisty Fawn"), including installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management and support. A sample chapter is available at:

The Professional Ruby Collection: Mongrel, Rails Plugins, Rails Routing, Refactoring to REST, and Rubyisms, by James Adam, David Black, and Trotter Cashion, brings together eight breakthrough primers on today's most valuable Ruby and Rails technologies -- including five new digital Short Cuts on CD-ROM. For more information please visit:

Enterprise Ajax: Strategies for Building High Performance Web Applications, by David Johnson, Alexei White and Andre Charland, explains why AJAX offers such great promise in large-scale development and systematically introduces today's key AJAX techniques and components. A sample chapter is available at:

RailsSpace: Building a Social Networking Website with Ruby on Rails(TM), by Michael Hartl and Aurelius Prochazka, teaches how to build large-scale projects with Rails by developing a real-world application: a social networking website like MySpace, Facebook, or Friendster. A sample chapter is available at:

The Practice of System and Network Administration, second edition, by Thomas Limoncelli, Christina Hogan and Strata Chalup, revises the classic text that introduced a generation of system and network administrators to a modern IT technology. A sample chapter is available at

Pearson Education last year launched an entirely new product group called Digital Short Cuts, succinct, to the point, digital quick-reads on new and existing technologies, delivered in Adobe Reader PDF. Recently published titles include: Adobe Apollo in Flight (Digital Short Cut), by Michael Givens; Rails Routing (Digital Short Cut), by David A. Black; and Rails Refactoring to Resources (Digital Short Cut): Using CRUD and REST in Your Rails Application, by Trotter Cashion. More information is available at or

For more information about the titles mentioned in this release, please visit,,; for more information on Short Cuts and Rough Cuts, please visit, respectively: and and

In a separate OSCON press release, Prentice Hall also announced a publishing alliance with SourceForge, Inc. SourceForge Community Press will serve as the official source for information on open source projects hosted at ( For more information, please visit:

Pearson's New OnPodcast Network

Pearson Education's new OnPodcast ( Network features weekly interviews with the most respected Information Technology professionals and best-selling authors in the industry. It is comprised of six channels representing Pearson Education's core technology publishing areas, including OnOpenSource, scheduled to launch in late August. Each week, OnOpenSource will deliver a new interview with an open source community leader discussing a wide range of topics including Linux programming and administration and Web and application development with Ruby, Python, PHP, and Ajax. For more information, please visit:

Pearson Conference Series- Voices That Matter: Google Web Toolkit Conference

Pearson Education recently announced the Voices That Matter: Google Web Toolkit Conference. The conference will take place December 3-6, 2007, in San Francisco. Attendees can meet and learn directly from the Google staff members who have built GWT as well as the developers who are building GWT applications. The Voices that Matter conference series, produced by Pearson and founded by Pearson's imprint New Riders, serves its reader communities and authors -- the thought-leaders, industry influencers and superstars in their fields -- with another forum for learning and collaboration. Please link here for more information on speaking, attending and exhibiting: prweb532624.htm

About Pearson Education

Addison-Wesley, Prentice Hall and Sams Publishing are respected publishers of quality computer science and engineering books and software for technical professionals. They are units of Pearson Education, the global leader in educational publishing, providing scientifically research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson's primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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