Thursday, September 25, 2014

Welcome to the September 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

Book Swap Adds Nearly 200 New eBooks and Videos to ACM Learning Center
In September, ACM added dozens of new titles to the ACM custom eBook and Safari video collections to update existing editions, fill coverage gaps, and introduce new coverage reflecting current trends in computing. In our refreshed Safari Books Online collection you'll find updated coverage of popular web and mobile programming toolkits such as AngularJS, Node.js, and MongoDB. For mobile developers, we have updated titles on Android and iOS application programming (including Objective-C). Java developers will find expanded coverage of the ever-popular programming language, with current books on Java EE 7 and SE 7 and 8. There are also a number of open-source tools receiving first-time coverage, including Camel, Flask, Gradle, Jenkins, OpenCV, OpenStack, Pentaho, PhoneGap, Pig, Puppet, and Selenium. Other web programming tools and technologies receiving attention are Drupal, JavaScript, jQuery, and PHP and MySQL. In our Safari video collection, you can find new videos on AngularJS, Android application development fundamentals (update), Hadoop, Java fundamentals (update) and advanced Java with SE 8, Java EE 7, and software achitecture.

You'll also find more than 120 new book titles in our Books 24x7 collection. New titles target tools and skills such as Akka concurrency, Apache Tomcat, Backbone.js, BeagleBone Black, DB2, data analysis with Tableau, DevOps for developers, embedded ARM development, Git, healthcare information systems, management information systems, Oracle Database 12C, parallel programming with Ada, PHP programming with the Zend framework, Windows 8, and Xcode 5. For learners seeking popular vendor certifications, we have updated preparatory guides for Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Cisco's CCENT and CCNA certifications for network associates and technicians, Linux Professional Institute (LPIC), Oracle Solaris 11 (OCA), Project Management Professional (PMP), RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux; as well as first-time coverage of ISACA's CRISC certification (Risk and Information Systems Control) and the Open Group's TOGAF framework standard for enterprise architects. For current and aspiring project managers, we have added titles on the implementation of agile Scrum principles with the lean Kanban methodology, as well as Toyota's lean office principles. The book swap also highlights new and emerging bodies of research in computer vision and image processing, ethical computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning in image steganalysis, recommender systems, and securing critical infrastructures and critical control systems.

Check out all of our newly added Safari books and videos as well as the new Books 24x7 books from Skillsoft.

Register for Sept. 30 Webcast with 2013 ACM Fellow Dennis Shasha: "The Changing Nature of Invention in Computer Science"
There's only a few days left to register for "The Changing Nature of Invention in Computer Science", presented live on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at noon ET by Dennis Shasha, Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of New York University and a 2013 ACM Fellow. Dennis will discuss the work of several inventors in computing and engineering, their inventions, and their process of creating these and future inventions. The ensuing discussion will address the fundamental nature of invention in a world partly populated by intelligent machines. Eric Simon, Chief Architect at SAP, will moderate the questions and answers session.

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 "Async JavaScript at Netflix" On Demand
Our August 29 webinar, "Async JavaScript at Netflix", is now available on demand. Jafar Husain, Cross-UI Team Technical Lead at Netflix, covered an impressive amount of ground in this highly acclaimed and technically oriented webcast. Jafar demonstrated how to use familiar JavaScript array methods to create surprisingly expressive asynchronous programs, exploring the Reactive Extensions (Rx) library. Erik Meijer, founder and CEO of Applied Duality as well as a member of the ACM Queue Editorial Board, moderated the lively questions and answers session.

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 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 for the new discount codes and more information.

Learning Center

Sketching User Experiences
With step-by-step instructions and exercises, Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook leads UX designers through various sketching methods that will let them express their design ideas about user experiences. The book offers a toolkit where you can choose the method most appropriate for developing your ideas, which will help you cultivate a culture of experience-based design and critique in your workplace. This practical guide features illustrated examples and standalone modules detailing methods and exercises for practitioners who want to learn and develop their sketching skills.

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: Database Systems and Relational Databases
Database Systems and Relational Databases discusses what database and Database Management Systems (DBMSs) are, the different database models and the database architectures. It also discusses relational databases, their components, and how relational databases were identified by Dr. Edgar Codd, including the 12 rules that were identified that a database should adhere to in order to be considered relational. See ACM Learning Center's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Featured Safari Video: Software Architecture Fundamentals Part 1
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 Software Architecture Fundamentals Part 1, notable software architects Neal Ford and Mark Richards examine the responsibilities of a software architect, specifically the knowledge and skills you need to be effective in that role. The first video, Understanding the Basics, not only focuses on development techniques, but also pinpoints the skills you need to be a successful team leader. You'll learn about the four main aspects of software architecture and quickly discover the difference between architecture decisions and technology decisions.

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. To access these videos log into Skillsoft and Books 24x7 with your ACM member credentials, then browse by IT and Technical Video Topics.

Recently, Skillsoft has added significant video content in the following knowledge areas: ASP.NET MVC 4, Cisco ROUTE 2.0, CompTIA Cloud+, Java-Spring, jQuery Mobile, Microsoft Azure and Web Services, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft SQL Server Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, and Oracle Database 12c.

ACM Podcast: Interview with Josh Hong, Successful Serial Entrepreneur and Innovator
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, Internet-media and gaming innovator Josh Hong joins Stephen as they discuss Josh's recent nomination at ACM Gaming TechPack Chair, recent trends in gaming (such as social, mobile, and virtual reality), developments in healthcare and telemedicine, Josh's interest in neuroscience, and more.

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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