Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Welcome to the December 2015 ACM Learning Center Bulletin, keeping you current on the many online learning tools ACM offers to help extend our members' skills and knowledge. To suggest addition of books, courses, future Webinar speakers and topics, or just offer feedback, leave a note in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.


Learning Center: Books and Courses Other Resources and Announcements

Register for Jan. 11 Talk with Award-Winning Author Steve McConnell: �Measuring Software Productivity�
Monday, January 11 at 12 pm ET, join us for our first ACM Learning Webinar of 2016, "Measuring Software Productivity", with Steve McConnell, award-winning author and CEO and Chief Software Engineer of Construx Software. McConnell summarizes the results of more than 20 years of research, discussion, and application in measuring productivity of software organizations, teams, and individuals and presents surprising conclusions that are more effective and more readily available than you might think. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Past Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, moderates. You can view our entire archive of past ACM Learning Webinars on demand at http://learning.acm.org/webinar/.

2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner Matei Zaharia, "Making Big Data Processing Simple with Spark"
If you didn't catch "Making Big Data Processing Simple with Spark" live on Dec. 17, the webcast is now available on demand. Presented by Matei Zaharia, Co-Founder and CTO of Databricks and recipient of the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the talk covers the main ideas behind the Spark programming model, the popular open-source tool for parallel applications intended to be as easy to use and versatile as those for single machines. Reynold Xin, Co-Founder of Databricks, moderates. You can view our entire archive of past ACM Learning Webinars on demand at http://learning.acm.org/webinar/.

SIGKDD Innovation Award Recipient Pedro Domingos Talks "The Five Tribes of Machine Learning (And What You Can Learn from Each)"
If you didn't catch "The Five Tribes of Machine Learning (And What You Can Learn from Each)" live on Nov. 24, the webcast is available on demand. Presented by Pedro Domingos, Professor of computer science at the University of Washington in Seattle and recipient of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the talk summarizes the five schools of thought in machine learning (symbolists, connectionists, evolutionaries, Bayesians, and analogizers) and describes Pedro's work toward unifying them, including in particular Markov logic networks. Pedro concludes by speculating on the new applications that a universal learner will enable, and how society will change as a result. Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, President of KDnuggets and Co-Founder of ACM SIGKDD, moderates. And check out the extended Q&A session with Pedro in the ACM Learning Center.

January 12 Swap to Refresh Safari Books Online Library
We periodically change the composition of the ACM Collection to reflect current trends in computing and update existing editions, as well as meet requests we receive from our members. Our next book swap is scheduled for January 12, 2016. Titles marked for removal will be removed after January 12 and titles marked for addition will appear on January 13. Below are just a few of the new books and full-length video courses that will be added:
  • Advanced Analytics with Spark
  • Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 2nd Edition
  • Building Microservices
  • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Complete Video Course
  • CISSP (Video Course)
  • Data Science from Scratch
  • Docker: Up & Running
  • Effective Modern C++
  • The Go Programming Language
  • Hadoop: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition
  • How Linux Works, 2nd Edition
  • iOS 9 Programming Fundamentals with Swift
  • Java 8 in Action: Lambdas, streams, and functional-style programming
  • Learning Spark
  • Learning Tableau
  • Living Clojure
  • Python Machine Learning
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) Complete Video Course
  • Software Architecture Patterns
  • Spring in Action, 4th Edition
For a list of all the books and videos being removed from and added to our eBook library visit http://learning.acm.org/safariswap.cfm. See our full collection of eBooks at http://learning.acm.org/books/ebooks_catalog.cfm.

Learning Center: Books and Courses

Featured Skillsoft Course: Implementing OpenStack
This month's featured Skillsoft course is Implementing OpenStack. A collaboration between cloud technology experts and developers, resulting in a highly scalable open standard cloud operating system, OpenStack cloud environments can be used for both private and public clouds and depend on a set of core components. This course introduces the OpenStack Cloud offering, cloud service features, and provides some background on the OpenStack Project and Release Cycle. The course presents the logical architecture and provides an introduction to the various project components that work together as part of the OpenStack cloud. This course also looks at the planning and deployment of OpenStack, including components such as OpenStack Block Storage, images, instances, OpenStack Compute, installation packages, Controller Services, database services, and orchestration services.

To access this and more than 1,000 Skillsoft Learning Collections courses, visit the ACM Learning Center, log in with your member credentials, and click on Skillsoft Learning in the top right corner. To jump directly to particular subject areas, visit the Skillsoft Learning Collections page. For more on these changes and new features in Skillport 8, see our Skillsoft FAQ/Support page.

New Skillsoft Books
New books covering the latest IT skills and technologies are always being added to the ACM Skillsoft Learning Collections. In December, the following titles were added:
  • Actian Matrix (Formerly ParAccel): Architecture and SQL
  • Agile Data Warehousing for the Enterprise: A Guide for Solution Architects and Project Leaders
  • Amazon Fire Phone For Dummies
  • Android Application Development for Dummies, 3rd Edition
  • Automatic Text Summarization
  • Beginning Big Data with Power BI and Excel 2013
  • Beginning Design for 3D Printing
  • Build your own 2D Game Engine and Create Great Web Games: Using HTML5, JavaScript, and WebGL
  • Blender For Dummies, 3rd Edition
  • C++ 14 Quick Syntax Reference, Second Edition
  • Combining Pattern Classifiers: Methods and Algorithms, Second Edition
  • Companies Compatible with Third Platform
  • Digital Image Compositing Fundamentals
  • Doing Math with Python: Use Programming to Explore Algebra, Statistics, Calculus, and More!
  • Elementary Number Theory with Programming
  • Expert SQL Server In-Memory OLTP
  • Extending SSIS with .NET Scripting: A Toolkit for SQL Server Integration Services
  • HSPA+ Evolution to Release 12: Performance and Optimization
  • Human-Computer Interaction: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications Volumes I-IV
  • Innovative Research in Attention Modeling and Computer Vision Applications
  • Introducing SQL Server
  • Java I/O, NIO and NIO.2
  • JavaScript Frameworks for Modern Web Dev
  • Learn Pixi.js: Create Great Interactive Graphics for Games and the Web
  • Mastering Data Structures through 'C' Language
  • Microsoft Access 2013 Inside Out
  • Microsoft Mapping: Geospatial Development in Windows 10 with Bing Maps and C#, Second Edition
  • Middleware Solutions for the Internet of Things
  • Numerical Python: A Practical Techniques Approach for Industry
  • Pivotal Certified Spring Enterprise Integration Specialist Exam: A Study Guide
  • Product Lifecycle Management: 21st Century Paradigm for Product Realisation
  • R for Dummies, 2nd Edition
  • Robot Building for Beginners, Third Edition
  • Swift 2 for Absolute Beginners
  • Troubleshooting Xcode
  • Unstructured Data: Growth and Challenge
  • Using the C++ Standard Template Libraries
To access this and more than 3,000 Skillsoft Learning Collections eBooks, visit the ACM Learning Center, log in with your member credentials, and click on Skillsoft Learning in the top right corner. To jump directly to particular subject areas, visit the Skillsoft Learning Collections page. For more on these changes and new features in Skillport 8, see our Skillsoft FAQ/Support page.

New Skillsoft Short Videos
Did you know that ACM members have access to thousands of IT and productivity videos from Skillsoft? Covering a variety of today's hottest topics, these videos offer "on-the-job" support and solutions for busy practitioners.

Recently, Skillsoft added significant video content in the following knowledge areas: A+ Essentials, A+ Practical, Adobe Flash Professional CC 2015, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, Advanced Architecting on Amazon Web Services, Advanced PowerShell Desired State Configuration, Android for .NET Developers, AngularJS and MVC 6 Web API, Automating Tasks with Grunt, Automating Web Development Tasks with Gulp.js, AWS Certified Developer, Big Data Marketing Perspective, Building Apps with MEAN Stack, CISSP, F# Fundamentals, Generic Design and Modeling Databases, Ionic Framework, Introduction to SQL, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft SQL Server 2016 First Look, Microsoft Windows Performance Monitoring, Oracle Database 12c, Ruby on Rails 4.2, SCCM 2012 - Exercise, Software Programming Fundamentals, Universal Windows Platform - App Architecture and UX/UI with C#, Windows 10. See http://learning.acm.org/skillsoft/index.cfm for more information.

Featured MK Title: Understanding Augmented Reality
According to author Alan B. Craig, technology that supports augmented reality will come and go, evolve and change. The underlying principles for creating exciting, useful augmented reality experiences are timeless. Understanding Augmented Reality addresses the elements that are required to create compelling augmented reality experiences, covering core conceptual issues regarding the medium of augmented reality as well as the technology required to support compelling augmented reality. By addressing AR as a medium at the conceptual level in addition to the technological level, the reader will learn to conceive of AR applications that are not limited by today�s technology. At the same time, ample examples are provided that show what is possible with current technology.

This is just one of more than 400 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress in ACM's eBook collection, covering the most bleeding-edge topics in computing, such as Big Data, Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, and more. The books are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and are downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular eBook reader on your mobile device. All members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center eBook catalog as well as the ACM Digital Library.

Other Resources and Announcements

Tech Packs: Expert-Curated Readings on Hot Computing Topics
Have you looked at a Tech Pack yet? These innovative, integrated learning packages covering today's hottest topics in computing are created by subject matter expert committees who curate essential readings, such as foundational journal papers, conference proceedings, keynotes, and more. TechPacks available to members include: ACM Podcast: Interview with Moira de Roche
Tune in as the leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs advancing computing as a science and a profession discuss their background, experience, and career highlights, all while providing invaluable insights and lessons learned for future computing professionals in this ongoing series of exclusive interviews conducted by Stephen Ibaraki, Chair of the ACM Professional Development Committee.

In a recent ACM Podcast Stephen Ibaraki interviewed Moira de Roche, independent e-learning consultant, serial social entrepreneur, and Vice-Chair and Director of IFIP IP3 Global Industry Council. De Roche talks about her time with SkillSoft, the power and promise of social media in online learning, work with the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), goals for IFIP IP3, and much more.

Discounts on CompTIA Certification Exams and Training Materials for ACM Members
Did you know that ACM members are now eligible for discounts on CompTIA certification exams (including A+, Network+, and Security+) as well as learning content and training materials that prepare learners for these certification exams? Members can save 15% on CompTIA Exam Vouchers/Bundles (including CertMaster) and 10% on Training Content/Materials using coupons found at http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm. New certifications include Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), Healthcare IT Technician, Linux+, Mobile App Security+, Mobility+, Project+, Server+, Storage+, Strata+ (IT fundamentals), and more.

CompTIA is a leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications worldwide with popular exams in security, network administration, computer repair, and server administration. See http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm for the new discount codes and more information.

Save 15% on EMC Courseware
ACM has partnered with EMC to bring members a 15% discount on practical training in some of today's most vital IT knowledge areas, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Information Storage and Management, Virtualization, and more. These EMC courses focus on technology, not products, to teach technology topics applicable to any vendor environment. Training is available in various modalities, including eLearning, instructor-led (ILT), online ILT, video ILT, and video ILT-stream. For the list of eligible courses and the discount code, visit the http://learning.acm.org/courses/emc.cfm.

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