Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Welcome to the September 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

Sept 25 Webcast: "The Security Impact of IPv6"
On Tuesday, September 25, 2013, at 12 noon ET (11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT/4 pm GMT) ACM presents "The Security Impact of IPv6", an ACM Learning Webinar with Dr. Johannes B. Ullrich of the SANS Technology Institute. Thomas A. Limoncelli, a member of the ACM Case Study Committee, moderates.

You will learn about the critical features provided by IPv6, IPv6 addresses and how they can be used to solve current network design issues, uncontrolled IPv6 use and how it will put an organization's information at risk, and the IPv6 tunneling mechanism and transition mechanisms an attacker may use to breach networksor exfiltrate information. The talk will be followed by a live question and answer session.

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.

"Never-Ending Learning to Read the Web" Webcast with Tom Mitchell Available On Demand
"Never-Ending Learning to Read the Web", presented on August 27 by Tom Mitchell of Carnegie Mellon University's Machine Learning Department, and moderated by Yolanda Gil, Chair of SIGART, is now available on demand. Tune in to learn about Tom's research to build a Never-Ending Language Learner (NELL) that runs 24 hours per day, forever, learning to read the web.

Featured ACM Skillsoft Courses: Virtualization with VMware
If you or youre organization is looking to virtualize your work environments, start with Virtualization with VMware: An Overview. This course examines the history of virtualization, the concepts behind virtualization, and how virtual machines and virtual infrastructures are used in today's evolving IT world. It also covers the benefits of virtualization and how to evaluate whether virtualization should be implemented in your organization. The course provides an overview of VMware desktop, server, and datacenter technologies. See ACM's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Learning Center

Featured MK Book: HCI Beyond the GUI
There's more to ACM's e-book library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as HCI Beyond the GUI, from Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. Dr. Philip Kortum gathers contributions from leading human factors designers to present a single reference for professionals, researchers, and students interested in developing new and creative interfaces that adapt to meet human needs and technological trends.

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: Javascript Fundamentals I and II
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.

Web developers looking to learn JavaScript should take a look at JavaScript Fundamentals I and II. This course, taught by Paul Deitel, begins with JavaScirpt basics, including control statements, functions, arrays, objects, events, CSS, DOM, and more. You'll move on to through master scripting with XML and RSS and finish by learning to build rich Ajax applications. The video course utilizes the Deitels' signature "live-code" approach, analyzing complete working programs rather than trivial code fragments.

ACM Podcasts: Interview with Dr. Mathai Joseph
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 Dr. Mathai Joseph, an internationally renowned author, executive, researcher, and technology advisor. Dr. Joseph talks about his new book on the rise of IT in India, his work on ACM India Council, and his view on disruptive innovations.

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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