Thursday, January 30, 2014


Welcome to the January 2014 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 Tech Packs or Webinar topic; or just offer feedback, leave a note in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Learning Center Tech Packs
IN THE SPOTLIGHT

On-Demand Webcast with Don Gotterbarn and Keith Miller: "Computing Professionalism: Do Good and Avoid Evil..."
Did you attend Computing Professionalism: Do Good and Avoid Evil...and Why It Is Complicated to Do that in Computing last week? If not, this is your chance to enjoy the insights of one of the foremost experts on professionalism and ethics in computing, Don Gotterbarn, Director of the Software Engineering Ethics Research Institute. A very lively Q&A was moderated by Don's longtime collaborator Keith Miller, Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences in the College of Education at the University of Missouri St. Louis.

After watching the webcast, don't forget to fill out our quick webinar survey. If you attended live but did not get a chance to complete the survey, kindly take a minute to do so—it will help us improve your next webinar experience. And check out Don and Keith's answers to questions not covered during the live event, all answered offline.

Register for February 27 Webcast: "Achieve Massively Parallel Acceleration with GPUs"
Register TODAY to attend our next webcast, "Achieve Massively Parallel Acceleration with GPUs" at 1 pm ET on Thursday, February 27, 2014 (12 noon CT/11 am MT/10 am PT/6 pm GMT). Mark Ebersole, GPU Programming Educator at NVIDIA, will cover different ways of accelerating your code on GPUs, the current state of massively parallel programming with GPUs, and touch on future challenges and potential research projects.

Click here to register for this free webinar—and feel free to share the link with interested friends and colleagues. (If you'd like to attend but can't make it to the virtual event, you still need to register to receive a recording of the webinar when it becomes available.) You can stream this and all ACM Learning Webinars on your mobile device, including smartphones and tablets. And check out our past events, all available on demand.

Discounts on CompTIA Certification Exams and Training Materials for ACM Members
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 and 10% on Training Content/Materials using coupons found at http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm.

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 more information.

Upcoming Skillsoft Course Exchange: February 4
The next ACM "Course Exchange" will take place the week of February 4, 2014. Check out the list of courses and course series that will be added to and removed from our collection at http://learning.acm.org/skillsoft_exchange.cfm. Old courses will be removed on February 4 and new courses will be added to our Skillsoft library on February 7. If you are currently accessing any of the courses marked for removal or planning to start one, be sure to finish your training by February 4.

This "Course Exchange" refreshes our collection based on usage analysis and feedback from ACM members like you. In some cases, courses are being removed due to low usage; in others, older versions are being removed to make room for an update, or the content is being retired by Skillsoft. If you have a comment or suggestion, feel free to leave it in the Learning Center Suggestion Box, http://learning.acm.org/about/suggestion_box.cfm.

IMPORTANT: If you have started any of the courses marked for removal, make sure to complete them and log in to the Skillport website by February 4 to sync your progress and print the completion records. Transcripts will not be available after the courses have been removed. If you have downloaded or plan to download any of the affected courses into the Skillsoft Course Manager (SCM) for offline use, your progress will not be synced with Skillport after the course exchange.

New Book and Video Titles
Recently, ACM performed a major "Book Swap" of the Learning Center, adding nearly 200 new titles to our Safari and Books 24x7 collections. The updated collection offers new coverage of hot technologies like Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and skills in big data analytics and management, agile/test-driven development strategies, and more.

New titles in our Books 24x7 collection include the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK Guide with updated coverage for the new Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, as well as books on ASP .NET 4.5, Access and Excel 2013, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012. There is deeper coverage of algorithms, cybersecurity and hacking, data mining and warehousing, game programming, interaction design, PHP programming, systems analysis/design, and virtualization, as well as popular books on the Erlang, Haskell, and Lisp programming languages. Newly added certification training includes study guides for CBAP/CCBA, CISA, CISSP, CompTIA (A+, Healthcare IT, Networking, Security, and Strata), Cisco CWNA and ROUTING, ITIL, LPIC-1, MCSA, MCSD, Oracle OCA Java SE 7 and OCPJP 7, PMP, PRINCE2, and SAS.

Highlights from the updated Safari collection include coverage of the new Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 and CCNA ICND2 200-101 exams. Professional Members will also find new books on algorithms, agile/Scrum methodologies, Android and iOS 7, C++, data science and statistical analysis, data structures and design patterns, Hadoop, human-computer interaction, Linux and UNIX, machine learning, and web services. There is also brand-new coverage of currently popular software frameworks and libraries such as AngularJS, Clojure, Maven, and Node.js.

Log in through the ACM Learning Center or myACM to access these and other new books and videos.


Learning Center

Featured ACM Skillsoft Course: CompTIA Security+ 2011: Control Fundamentals and Security Threats
Understanding the types of threats that exist in an IT infrastructure is incredibly important when you are attempting to control access to network assets and secure an internetwork environment. CompTIA Security+ 2011: Control Fundamentals and Security Threats examines control types, authentication, authorization, and access control strategies, along with the various types of malware, social engineering and spam/phishing attacks that a network can face. It is aligned with CompTIA Security+ Certification SYO-301. See ACM's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Featured MK Book: Agile Development & Business Goals: The Six Week Solution
There's more to ACM's e-book library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as Agile Development & Business Goals: The Six Week Solution. Authors Bill Holtsnider, Tom Wheeler, George Stragand, and Joseph Gee describe a unique, state-of-the-art methodology that aligns the critical but often "silo-ed" software development process with core company goals. This book serves as a distilled learning guide for managing technical resources to directly boost the bottom line: building teams, defining roles, acquiring tools, and delivering software on time and on budget.

This and another 150 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular e-book reader on your mobile device. All members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center (click the eBooks link option under the Books & Video tab in the main navigation bar) as well as the ACM Digital Library (the eBooks link under Browse the Special Collections). See the ACM eBook Catalog for all available titles, including books from Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress.

Featured Safari Video: Working with Big Data LiveLessons (Video Training): Infrastructure, Algorithms, and Visualizations
Are you taking advantage of ACM's collection of IT learning videos from Safari Books Online? Our library includes nearly 100 titles for your streaming convenience, all from some of prominent authors and training experts, and publishers like InfiniteSkills, O'Reilly, Pearson, Prentice Hall, Que, Sams, and Wrox.

If you're lgetting started with big data and need a high-level overview of big data and how to use key tools to solve your data challenges, try Working with Big Data LiveLessons (Video Training): Infrastructure, Algorithms, and Visualizations. Paul Dix, a frequent speaker at Ruby and service-oriented design events, and the founder and organizer of the NYC Machine Learning Meetup, provides an introduction to the three big areas of big data: infrastructure (how to store and process big data), algorithms (how to integrate algorithms into your big data stack and an introduction to classification), and visualizations (an introduction to creating visualizations in JavaScript using D3.js).

ACM Podcasts: Interview with Martin Kratz
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.

Don't miss Stephen's recent interview with Martin Kratz, a leading legal expert in the fields of intellectual property, ecommerce, and technology law. Martin offers insights on the legal implications of disruptive innovations, privacy and security in the cloud, and discusses his longtime support of non-profit organizations.


Tech Packs

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: Other Tech Packs are in development on topics including Big Data, Bioinformatics, Computing Ethics and Professionalism, Machine Learning, Software as a Service, and Virtualization. Have a suggestion for another Tech Pack topic? Leave it in the Tech Pack Suggestion Box!


 
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