Thursday, May 29, 2014

Welcome to the May 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 topics; or just offer feedback, leave a note in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.


Learning Center Tech Packs

Register for June 17 ACM Learning Webinar: "The Marriage of BI and Big Data�Business unIntelligence"
Register TODAY to attend our next free ACM Learning Webinar, "The Marriage of BI and Big Data�Business unIntelligence," presented on June 17 at 12 pm ET (11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT/4 pm GMT). Barry Devlin, Founder and Principal of 9sight Consulting and co-editor of the ACM Tech Pack on Business Intelligence and Data Management, will cover business drivers and results of the emerging biz-tech ecosystem; modern conceptual and logical architectures for information; and process and people positioning of all forms of business analytics and big data. Peter Aiken of ACM SIGMIS, Founding Director of Data Blueprint and Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University, moderates.

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.

Watch "Lessons from the ACM Risks Forum" with Peter Neumann on Demand
Our May 22 webcast (and our first webcam event!) "Lessons from the ACM Risks Forum" is now available on demand. Peter Neumann, ACM Fellow and Principal Scientist at the Software Research Institute (SRI) led a free-wheeling discussion of lessons learned from almost 30 years of the ACM Risks Forum. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, moderated the lively event, which was heavily driven by audience questions and comments.

ACM Podcast: Interview with 2013 ACM Turing Award Winner Leslie Lamport
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, 2013 Turing Award Winner Leslie Lamport joins Stephen as they cover Leslie's seminal work on the theory of distributed computing (including his 1978 paper "Time, Clocks, and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System," one of the most cited of all time), his current research around the TLA and TLA+ languages, major influences on his work, and more.
Learning Center

Featured MK Title: Software Engineering: Architecture-driven Software Development
There's more to ACM's eBook library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as Software Engineering: Architecture-driven Software Development. Richard Schmidt, a IEEE Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) standards expert, explains the traditional software engineering practices recognized for developing projects for government or corporate systems.

This is just one of 225 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress in ACM's eBook collection, now with greater and fresher coverage of 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 catalogue as well as the ACM Digital Library.

Featured Skillsoft Course: Junior Level LPIC-1 Exam 101: Linux System Architecture
Linux beginners and all learners pursuing studying for the CompTIA Linux+ exam LX0-101 and Linux Professional Institute (LPI) LPIC-1 Junior Level Administrator exam 101 should start with Junior Level LPIC-1 Exam 101: Linux System Architecture, which describes the BIOS configuration of integrated hardware as well as the configuration of external peripherals, such as USB flash drives and covers basic software administration, including the setting of runlevels and the methods for shutting down a system gracefully. See ACM's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Featured Safari Video: An Introduction to MapReduce with Pete Warden
Are you taking advantage of ACM's collection of IT learning videos from Safari Books Online? Our library includes dozens of 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.

In An Introduction to MapReduce with Pete Warden you'll learn how to build simple MapReduce jobs, using concrete use cases and descriptive examples to demystify Google's "secret weapon" for dealing with enormous quantities of data. To get started, you need basic knowledge of Python and the Unix shell.
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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