When:  THURSDAY, October 21th, 2004    (3rd Thursday)

     Where:  <<<< OUR NEW MEETING LOCATION >>>>
             Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
             Downtown Center
             104 Washington Street
             South West Corner of Wall Street Area
             Downtown, New York City
             ** Please RSVP (not mandatory) **

      Time:  6:15 PM - 6:25 PM  Registration
             6:25 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                Answers and Current Events
             6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
             7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

     Topic:  Internet Technology: WEB SERVICES.
             A Technical Talk and Developer Briefing
             covering XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, and other standards.

  Speaker:   Bruce Grant, Senior Director SCOx Engineering
             SCOx - The SCO Group 


   Unigroup has the following meetings planned over the next few
   months (no particular order):
     - Unix/Linux/BSD WiFi
     - OpenAFS - Jeff Altman (followup presentation)
     - Zope / Web Development - Zope Corporation
     - Repeat Field Trip to Sun, Post Solaris 10 Release

   Unigroup 3rd Thursday Meeting dates to hold open:
     October 21, 2004; November 18, 2004; January 20, 2005.



   To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
   Registration Page:
   This will allow us to automate the registration process.
   (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)

   Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
   for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
   registered for this meeting, please check your email for any
   last minute announcements as the meeting approaches.

   Please RSVP by Wednesday, 20-OCT-2004, so we can have the proper
   amount of food available.

   Note: RSVP is not mandatory for this location, but it does help
         us to properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
         seating, etc.).


   Outline of the Main Presentation:


   The objective of this presentation is to provide enough exposure
   to Web Services such that a professional in the computer industry
   will understand what Web Services are, what situations they are
   best used in, and have a general familiarity with the technologies
   and tools associated with Web Services.

   Target Audience:

   This presentation is targeted both at mid-level computer
   professionals (administrators, managers, etc.) and software
   engineers.  However, this is a working-level presentation that
   will include references to programming concepts and working code
   examples in both C and Java.

   Technologies for Discussion:

   The following lists the technologies and standards that will be
   discussed in detail: XML, SOAP, WSDL, HTTP, HTML, UDDI and others.


   The presentation is comprised of the following four sections:

   1) Why should I care about Web Services?

   Web Services have been portrayed as the solution to everything
   from software interoperability to bad coding practices to world
   hunger.  Web Services is not the answer for every solution.
   However, if you don't know enough about Web Services to understand
   when to use them you will quickly find yourself at a disadvantage
   with your competition.

   2) Exactly what is a Web Service?

   High-level introductions to the elements that comprise a
   "Web Service" will be followed with in-depth technical examples
   that explain the various standards that together comprise the
   Web Service landscape.  This section will also include an
   explanation of how Web Services are differentiated from similar
   software interoperability efforts of the last twenty years. 

   3) When should I use Web Services?

   This section will provide greater depth into the technical
   capabilities and short-comings of Web Services, explaining what
   situations Web Services are best suited for.

   4) How do I code a Web Service?

   By this final section, you should have been exposed several times
   to the high-level technical aspects of Web Services and it is time
   to dig into the details.  This section will make suggestions for
   tools that can be used to develop Web Services on nearly any
   operating system and actually walk through the process of
   creating Web Services step-by-step.  All examples will work most
   major operating systems.


   Web Resources:

   Apache Web Services Project    http://ws.apache.org
   Microsoft Web Services Center  http://msdn.microsoft.com/webservices
   Sun Java and Web Services      http://java.sun.com/webservices
   W3C Web Services Activity      http://www.w3.org/2002/ws
   Various links exist for Perl + Web Services (do a web search).


   Speaker Biography:

   Bruce Grant has approximately 10 years of experience in software
   engineering development and management.   He is currently
   responsible for all Web Services-related technologies at The
   SCO Group including the SCOx Web Services Substrate (WSS).  Bruce
   has acted as chief architect for the WSS product suite, as well as
   managing the team of software engineers that created it.  

   The WSS enables legacy applications to be "wrapped" as a set of
   Web Services, without requiring any modification to the legacy
   application.  Also, the WSS enables nearly any SQL database to be
   wrapped into a set of one or more Web Services.  Then, these Web
   Services can be used to create rich, graphical browser-based
   applications using another product within the WSS.  

   Prior to SCO, Bruce was a founding member and CTO of Vultus Inc.,
   where he pioneered the development of an innovative framework for
   the creation of Web Services-enabled web applications.  He has
   been a force for the adoption of open solutions and web standards,
   embracing technologies including Java, XML and SOAP.  Bruce
   remains a strong advocate of agile software development
   methodologies, implementing them successfully since 2000.

   SCOx's product offerings are designed to drive the creation of
   new UNIX-based products, by providing a unique framework for the
   development and delivery of Web Services enabled applications.



   O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
   books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

   Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
   enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
   continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

   Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
   provided by their User Group programs.

   Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
   our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
   (ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!


   Fee Schedule:
       Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
       Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
       Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
       Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
       Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.


   Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This includes
   sandwiches such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled
   vegetables as well as cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

   SCOx will be sponsoring the food for this meeting.  Thanks SCOx!



     Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
     Downtown Center
     104 Washington Street
     Wall Street Area
     Downtown, New York City

   This building is located on the West side of the street. Cross
   Streets: Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

   Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown,
   North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel,
   East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street.  Walking West
   on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then
   Washington Streets.

   There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between
   Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel
   and extending North for a number of blocks.

   Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector
   Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


   Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
   Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



   We have a series of meetings in the works:

   - Unix/Linux/BSD WiFi - Looking for Speakers
   - OpenAFS  - Jeff Altman - Planned
   - Zope / Web Page Development - Zope Corporation - Planned
   - Field Trip to Sun - Invited - Post Solaris 10 Release
   - Field Trip to HP  - Invited
   - Unix 35th Birthday Celebration
   - IPsec
   - DNS
   - iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies
   - Unix Clusters and Clustered Databases
   - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
   - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
   - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
   - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
   - PKI
   - GNU Development Environments

   Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
   interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix related technology topics
   should contact the Unigroup board at uniboard@unigroup.org.




   The Infosecurity New York Show will be at the Javits Center on:

     Wednesday  December 8, 2004
     Thursday   December 9, 2004

   For further information and online registration visit:



   July 2004:

   Unigroup would like to thank our speakers from Sun Microsystems
   (Ambreesh Khanna, Andrew Deally, Jarod Jenson) for putting on
   quite a show for us at our Solaris 10 Pre-Launch Field Trip Event.
   We would also like to thank Hal Stern, and the people from the
   NYC Sun Office, for helping to set this meeting up, and make it
   a great success.

   Sun provided us (actually surprised us) with a huge spread of
   food and drink, as well as a lively, entertaining and often a
   very energetic presentation (you really had to be there) about
   the new features of Solaris 10.  I believe its fair to say
   that most people left the meeting with one word on their
   mind... "WOW!"

   Topics discussed included: Solaris on various Intel/AMD and
   SPARC platforms, Solaris vs other Unix/Linux OS, Solaris 10
   vs older versions, as well as a sampling of the new
   "best in class" features seen in Solaris 10, many of them
   not available in other operating systems.

   Unigroup was invited back to Sun, after the official release,
   to continue the presentation in more detail, and to talk about
   certain things that needed to remain confidential till the
   official release.

   August 2004:

   Unigroup would like to thank NYeWin and their speaker Tony Iams
   of D.H. Brown Associates for inviting us to partake in their
   meeting on "Migrating From Windows NT 4.0: Linux or Windows

   Unigroup and NYeWin members were represented about 50:50 at the
   meeting, and the meeting went well.  We believe both groups
   shared ideas, benefited from the lively discussion, and learned
   new things at this meeting.

   It would seem that independent analysis shows that a migration
   from NT4 to Linux makes a lot of sense, specifically due to the
   age and feature set on NT4 (the Unigroup people in the audience
   already knew this).  There were also interesting comparisons
   leveled concerning post-migration self-support, and how there
   was a trend, or perception of a trend, of commercial enterprises
   moving towards self-support (rather than only using commercial
   support contracts), particularly in the Linux community.  I
   believe this comes from the fact that "community support" for
   Unix and Linux goes back before the Internet... back to UseNET
   and early User Groups, and far before Windows ever existed.
   The Unix/Linux community (and the Unix mentality) is well
   established and continues to thrive.  Also, a vast variety of
   highly professional Unix/Linux documentation, manuals and
   papers exists from a large variety of commercial,
   non-commercial, governmental (research labs) and educational
   (university) sources...  spanning the past 35 years!



   Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
   the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup
   is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer
   organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings
   throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix
   User Community.  Unigroup is also the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate
   of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

   Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
   THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip or
   Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have
   the ability to hold monthly meetings at our new downtown meeting location.

   Planned meeting dates are: 10/21/2004, 11/18/2004, 1/20/2005, ...
   Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
   as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
   software vendors.

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I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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