Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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


Learning Center: Books and Courses Learning Center: Other Resources

Register for April 30 Talk with 2014 Turing Winner Michael Stonebraker
If you haven't yet done so, register now for "The Fast Data Challenge and Picking the Right Database: Why One Size Doesn�t Fit All", presented on April 30 at 11:30 AM ET by Michael Stonebraker, co-founder of VoltDB and winner of the 2014 ACM A.M Turing Award. In this talk, Michael will explain the fast data stack, why traditional RDBMSs fall short, and how a modern in-memory SQL, ACID-compliant database with a scale-out architecture is the right choice for enabling fast data applications. Then watch VoltDB software developer John Hugg provide the �proof in the pudding� with a step-by-step review of his Unique Devices application, which performs real-time analytics on fast moving data. Aaron J. Elmore, Michael's Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, moderates.

You can view our entire archive of past ACM Learning Webinars on demand at http://learning.acm.org/webinar/.

On-Demand Webcast: "Extreme Scaling and Performance across Diverse Architectures"
"Extreme Scaling and Performance across Diverse Architectures", presented by Salman Habib of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago, is now available on demand. In this talk, Habib provides an introduction to basic issues in performance and scalability for large-scale applications on parallel supercomputers. Attendees will learn why code "ports" are difficult across architectures, if performance is a major criterion; differences in future architectures and what they mean for code design and optimization; the key role played by understanding of the domain science as well as the algorithmic implementation; and the importance of layering the code to allow for easy implementation across architectures.

Rajeev Thakur, of Argonne National Laboratory and ACM SIGHPC, moderates. Make sure to check out the extended Q&A, where Salman answers more audience questions offline: http://learning.acm.org/webinar/hpc-habib.cfm.

New Skillsoft Courseware
Recently, we updated our collection of Skillsoft online courses, with significant enhancement to coverage of software and web development skills. New course packages include AngularJS, Building Apps with jQuery Mobile, C++11 Programming Essentials, Developing with Kendo UI, Developing With Python, Fundamentals of Eclipse, Java Hibernate, JavaScript Essentials, JavaScript - Ember.js, JavaScript Sencha, JavaScript Single Page Apps, MySQL Essentials, Programming in C#, Programming in C++, Ruby On Rails, Ruby Programming, Selenium Automated Web Testing, and Software Development Fundamentals.

To access these courses, log into Skillport while logged into the Learning Center with your ACM member credentials and browse the course catalog. See all the newly added titles at http://learning.acm.org/skillsoft_exchange.cfm.

Learning Center: Books and Courses

Featured Syngress Title: The Basics of Web Hacking
The Basics of Web Hacking introduces you to a tool-driven process to identify the most widespread vulnerabilities in Web applications. The process set forth in this book introduces not only the theory and practical information related to these vulnerabilities, but also the detailed configuration and usage of widely available tools necessary to exploit these vulnerabilities. The Basics of Web Hacking provides a simple and clean explanation of how to utilize tools such as Burp Suite, sqlmap, and Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP), as well as basic network scanning tools such as nmap, Nikto, Nessus, Metasploit, John the Ripper, web shells, netcat, and more. Author Dr. Josh Pauli teaches software security at Dakota State University and has presented on this topic to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the NSA, BlackHat Briefings, and Defcon. You can find more than 360 other Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress titles in the ACM eBook catalog.

Featured Skillsoft Course: EMC ISM v2: NAS, Object-based Storage, and Unified Storage
EMC ISM v2: NAS, Object-based Storage, and Unified Storage focuses on benefits and components of three types of storage: Network-Attached Storage (NAS), object-based storage, and unified storage. It covers NAS file-sharing protocols, different NAS implementations, and file-level virtualization. The course also covers the function of the key components of object-based storage and two examples of its uses: content-addressed and cloud-based storage. The function of the key components of unified storage and the process of data access from unified storage are also covered. This course is part of a series that cover the objectives for EMC Proven Professional certification exam E10-001 Information Storage and Management Exam Version 2. See ACM Learning Center's Skillsoft course catalog for our collection of IT courseware.

Did you know that ACM's Skillsoft collection includes the Department of Defense Knowledge Center, with dozens of courses tied to some of today's most popular certifications in information security? Downloade this content spreadsheet for the latest content catalog: http://www.acm.org/education/dod_kc_0315.xlsx. For more on the DoD KC, visit http://learning.acm.org/courses/index.cfm.

Recent Additions to Skillsoft IT and Desktop Video Library
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: Apache Spark Fundamentals, ASP.NET MVC 4 and MVC 5, Cisco Networks, Cisco SIMOS 1.0, CompTIA Mobility+, CSSLP, Data Science Fundamentals in R, DCICN 1.0 (Cisco Data Center Networking), DCICT 1.0 (Cisco Data Center Technologies), Git Fundamentals, Google Apps, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, Microsoft Security Fundamentals, Microsoft SQL Server 2014, MySQL, MongoDB, Node.js and .NET, RavenDB, SharePoint 2013, Swift Programming Fundamentals, Software Testing Fundamentals, UX Foundations, VMware Workstation 11 Fundamentals, and Windows 8. See http://learning.acm.org/books/skillsoft_video.cfm for more information.

Learning Center: Other Resources

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 Interview with Markus Kummer
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.

This month's featured interview is with Markus Kummer, Senior Vice-President, The Internet Society. Markus discusses the intersection of public policy and technology policy, the role of government in regulating the Internet, his experience chairing the preparatory process for the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and 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 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 EMC courses page.

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