AUUG Canberra Summer Workshops 98

Australian National University
Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th February 1998

The workshops will be held on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th February, 1998 between 9am till 12pm (morning session) and 1.30pm till 4.30pm (afternoon session) each day. The workshops are held at the Australian National University, with registration in the Manning Clark Foyer (building 26a). Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided. Lunch is NOT provided (except for those attending the Neil Gunther roadshow), but there are several luncheon spots within easy reach.

You can attend workshops without attending the conference. The size of each workshop is limited and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We reserve the right to cancel any workshop, in which case a refund will be arranged.

Neil Gunther Roadshow

W1. High Performance WEB and DATABASE Techniques (full day - Wed 11th Feb)

W2. High Performance WEB and DATABASE Techniques (full day - Thurs 12th Feb)

Dr Neil Gunther, Performance Dynamics

a one-day tutorial on "High Performance WEB and DATABASE Techniques" which discusses techniques for assuring high performance on UNIX servers that support web, intranet, and database applications. It is tailored for UNIX, DBAs and other technical staff involved in server procurement and application development, and will cover:

Sizing By Numbers
Rules-of-Thumb/Speeds and Feeds, Comparison of Prediction Methods, Gathering and Using Benchmark Data, SPEC Rates, NFS and SDM , TPC and Custom Benchmarks, Case Study: Replacing an IBM-600S.
Server Scalability
UNIX Server architectures, Scalability analysis, Clusters and parallelism
Queues For Those Who Can't Wait
Single server queueuing analysis, Multi server queueuing analysis, Parallel queueuing analysis.
Untangling Web Servers
Network Issues, Caching Techniques, Web Server Capacity Models.
Client/Server Applications
3-tier architectures, Oracle financials, SAP/R3 applications.

Note: The registration fee for this workshop includes a copy of Neil's latest book The Practical Performance Analyst, and lunch.

See the Roadshow page for further information.

Workshop details

W3. Introduction to Tcl/Tk (full day - Wed 11th Feb)

Steve Ball, Australian National University

Introduces the Tool Command Language (Tcl) and its associated windowing toolkit, Tk, version 8.0. Tcl/Tk 8.0 is a cross-platform scripting language which runs on all Unix, Windows 3.1/95/NT and Macintosh.

Participants will gain hands-on experience in writing Tcl/Tk scripts for WWW CGI applications, as well as "Tclets" - Tcl scripts which run as WWW

W4. Basic Java GUI Programming (half day - AM Wed 11th Feb)

Jan Newmarch, Univeristy of Canberra

This tutorial covers the fundamentals of user interface programming for the JDK 1.1 and 1.2. It uses both the older AWT and the new Swing components of the Java Foundation Classes. The intent is to write programs that will run now and in the future. The material covered includes:

A basic knowledge of Java will be assumed.

W5. Advanced Java GUI Programming (half day - PM Wed 11th Feb)

Jan Newmarch, Univeristy of Canberra

This tutorial covers more advanced features of the new Java Foundation Classes. It assumes a background in programming using the AWT. The material covered includes

W6. Tcl and Java (half day - AM Thurs 12th Feb)

Steve Ball, Australian National University

SunScript have recently released Tcl Blend and Jacl. These products allow Tcl to be integrated with Java, and are a boon to both Tcl/Tk and Java application developers - Tcl gets a cross-platform extension language and Java gets a mature, robust scripting environment.

This tutorial describes Tcl Blend and Jacl, and how to write applications that integrate both Tcl and Java, gaining the best features of each.

W7. Introduction to Perl (half day - AM Thurs 12th Feb)

Frank Crawford, ANSTO

Perl is an interpreted language optimized for scanning arbitrary text files, extracting information from them, and printing reports. It's also a good language for many system management tasks and has recently become very popular for implementing CGI scripts that provide advanced functionality in Web servers. The language is intended to be practical rather than beautiful. It combines some of the best features of C, sed, awk, and sh, so people familiar with those languages should have little difficulty with it.

W8. New Features of Tcl/Tk 8.0 (half day - PM Thurs 12th Feb)

Steve Ball, Australian National University

Tcl/Tk v8.0, released in 1997, has many new features to improve the capabilities of Tcl/Tk scripts. These new features include on-the-fly compilation, binary strings, namespaces, native look-and- feel, new menu and font mechanisms, application embedding and others.

This tutorial will explain the major new features, how to take advantage of them and how to avoid pitfalls.

W9 - A Cryptography Primer (half day - PM Thurs 12th Feb)

Lawrie Brown, Australian Defence Force Academy

Data encryption algorithms form an important technical component in providing secure and authenticated electronic security and communications. This workshop will provide an overview of the field of cryptography, from classical cryptography to modern private and public key encryption algorithms; their use in providing secrecy and authentication for data; to some of the practical systems that use these algorithms for authentication, key exchange and secure email.

W10. Advanced Perl 5 (half day - PM Thurs 12th Feb)

Frank Crawford, ANSTO

Perl has been around for a long time and has worked it's way into most systems, Unix and others. When Perl 5 was released last year, it was a complete rewrite and introduced a number of new features, including Object-oriented programming and nested data structures, while still preserving backward compatibility. This tutorial will go through many of these new features, giving examples of how to use them, allowing people already familiar with previous versions of Perl to make use of them. It will assume a familiarity with earlier versions of Perl, particularly Perl 4, and an understanding of programming concepts, such as Object-oriented programming.

W11. Introduction to Sendmail 8.8 (half day - PM Thurs 12th Feb)

John Barlow, Daedalus Technologies

This tutorial will look at the installation and configuration of sendmail 8. Included will be information applicable to configuring most releases of sendmail and a run-down of some of the problems you can encounter, a work through of some examples, and look at your sites specific problems.

Further information on the workshops offered will be advised when available.

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