Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Welcome to the July 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

On-Demand Webcast: William Gropp and John West, "Changing How Programmers Think about Parallel Programming"
Now available on-demand: "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.

This webcast provides 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. Dr. Gropp also answered many audience questions offline.

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

20% off Cyber Security Conference Registration for ACM Members
ACM Members are eligible for a 20% discount on registration to the THREADS Conference and Competition Finals, part of NYU-POLY�s Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) 2013 Competition. At the THREADS conference you will hear from researchers who participated in DARPAS� Cyber Fast Track program about some of the best tools and products to come out of the program. CSAW includes talks by industry experts, a career fair for corporate partners, and the student competition. Ph.D students will present their research papers, master's students will compete in Embedded Systems, more than 10,000 undergraduates will participate in Capture The Flag, and high school teams will compete in a Forensics Challenge.

The conference and Competition Finals will take place November 14�16, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. Admission is $125. Use code ACM13 at registration for a special discount. For registration and more information about CSAW and THREADS, visit https://csaw.isis.poly.edu/.

Featured ACM Skillsoft Courses: PHP
If you're looking to harness the features of PHP 5.2.5 to create dynamic websites, try PHP: An Introduction, part of our Skillsoft online course collection. In this course, you will acquaint yourself with PHP by working with its common script elements, use the PHP script elements to create forms, address the stateless nature of HTTP by setting cookies and session variables in your scripts, and write the data entered in a form to a database. This course is designed for learners who are well versed in HTML, and have had at least some experience with scripting languages and SQL. Linux OS users can take PHP: An Introduction (Linux).

Learning Center

Featured MK Book: Effective Prototyping for Software Makers
There's more to ACM's e-book library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as Effective Prototyping for Software Makers, from Morgan Kaufmann publishing. Leading user experience designers Jonathan Arnowitz, Michael Arent, and Nevin Berger guide software developers, designers, and architects through various templates and techniques to build effective prototypes that convey enough information about the product at the appropriate time and set expectations appropriately.

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.

Featured Safari Video: ASP.NET MVC 4 LiveLessons
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 a web developer with interest in ASP .NET, check out ASP.NET MVC 4 LiveLessons. The video goes through the history of web applications on the Microsoft platform and dives into each part of this framework to show you how to leverage each piece to its fullest with code examples. You will learn how to create well-structured MVC web applications from scratch, add libraries and dependencies to the web application without creating unnecessary coupling, and create dynamic web pages and screens that accept, validate, and process user input. You will also learn how to expose complex data to the application users through screens, extend the MVC framework to create cross-cutting behavior with minimal code, and develop using HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery to create MVC web applications that function equally well on desktops, tablets and smartphones.

ACM Podcasts: Interview with Tadao Saito
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 interview with Tadao Saito, CHief Scientist and CTO of Toyota-InfoTechnology Center. Professor Saito discusses his research in future ubiquitous information services around automobiles and his role in designing the Tokyo Metropolitan Area Traffic Signal Control System, among other fascinating projects.

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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