Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Welcome to the June 2013 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.


Learning Center Tech Packs

July 17 ACM Webcast: William Gropp and John West, "Changing How Programmers Think about Parallel Programming"
Register today for "Changing How Programmers Think about Parallel Programming," presented by William Gropp, Director of the Parallel Computing Institute at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a member of the SIGHPC Executive Committee. John West, Director of the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program, and a fellow member of the SIGHPC Executive Committee, moderates.

Attendees will get an introduction to parallel execution models, focusing on how programmers think about writing programs. You will learn what an execution model is; the difference between an execution model, programming model, and programming system; how an execution model influences how a programmer thinks about implementing parallelism; and common parallel programming approaches and how they can lead to poor scalability.

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.

On-Demand: Adam Lally and Will Tracz, "IBM Watson: Beyond Jeopardy!"
Now available on-demand: "IBM Watson: Beyond Jeopardy!", presented by Adam Lally, who worked on Watson's system architecture and natural language processing algorithms.

You will learn about the architecture of the Watson Question Answering System; using the Apache UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) framework for building natural language processing systems, and new challenges for Watson in the healthcare domain, and how IBM is addressing them. The talk was followed by a live question and answer session moderated by Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT. And check out the extended answers to questions Adam did not have time to answer during the live webcast.

Click here to register for this free webinar—and feel free to share the link with interested friends and colleagues.

New Courses Added to ACM Skillsoft Collection
The ACM "Course Exchange" is now complete, updating our collection of Skillsoft courseware. This "refresh" adds several cutting-edge courseware packages to our collection. Notably, we are now offering a full suite of project management courses aligned with the latest Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition) that will prepare you for brand new PMP and CAPM exams to be offered after July 31 and July 1, 2013, respectively. Other notable courseware:
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) 2012
  • Cisco Routing, Switching, Troubleshooting, Voice (aligned with CCNA, CCNP, and CCDP certifications)
  • CompTIA Network+ 2012
  • Java Programming (Hibernate framework)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Development
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Querying
  • Mobile Programming (Android, iOS)
  • PHP
  • Project Management (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition; aligned with CAPM and PMP certifications)
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Six Sigma and Lean Management
  • Software Testing
Click here to see the full list of courses that have been added to our collection and get more information on the course exchange. You can leave your course suggestions in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.

Learning Center

ACM Online Books from Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress
There's more to ACM's e-book library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as Fast SOA, from Morgan Kaufmann publishing. Author Frank Cohen, a leading authority for testing and optimizing software developed with service-oriented architecture (SOA) and web service designs, explains how to apply native XML technology to SOA to increase service and application scalability and performance.

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).

Morgan Kaufmann is a well-known and respected publisher of computer science titles spanning Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networking, Computer Architecture, Computer Graphics and Game Development, Data Management and Business Intelligence, Software Engineering, and User Experience and Human Computer Interaction. Syngress specializes in books on Digital Forensics, Hacking and Penetration Testing, Certification, IT Security and Administration, and more. See the ACM eBook Catalog for all available titles, including books from Morgan Kaufman and Syngress.

Safari Videos
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 interested in building Windows applications, web applications and web services and have a background in an object-oriented language, check out C# 2010 Fundamentals I, II, and III LiveLessons. This LiveLesson applies Paul J. Deitel's live-code approach to teaching programming and explores Microsoft�s C# 2010 language and .NET 4 in depth. The video is updated for Visual Studio® 2010 and C# 4, and presents C# concepts in the context of 200+ fully tested programs. It starts with an introduction to C# fundamentals using an early classes and objects approach, then moves on to more advanced topics, including multithreading, .NET 4, LINQ, WPF, ASP.NET 4, WCF web services and Silverlight®.

ACM Podcasts: Exclusive Interviews with ACM Turing Award Winners
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.

Recently, Stephen spoke with Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali, Principal Investigators at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), and recipients of the 2012 ACM Turing Award for advances in cryptography. Shaffi and Silvio chat about a partnership that began when they were graduate students together and culminated in one of the top honors in computing.

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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