O'Reilly 20% Discounts and Resources and Tomorrow @ 6:30 NYPHP Presents: Web Services and Security

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This will be another packed meeting, with a lot of material to cover.  Please
arrive on time, RSVP and see below for special offers and technical resources
from O'Reilly.

February 25th, 2003 @ 6:30pm at Digital Pulp, Inc.
"Implementing Web Services"
"Web Application Security Vulnerabilities"

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They will discuss two important PHP programming topics: "Implementing
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Tuesday, February 25th, 6:30pm
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220 East 23rd Street, Suite 900 (9th floor)
New York, NY

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