Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Welcome to the October 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 October 30 Webcast with Andrew Savory, "Develop Hybrid Mobile Applications with Apache Cordova and PhoneGap Enterprise"
There's only a couple days left to register for "Develop Hybrid Mobile Applications with Apache Cordova and PhoneGap Enterprise", presented live on Thursday, October 30 at noon ET by Andrew Savory, Mobile Services and Solutions Evangelist for Adobe, where he is responsible for guiding and evangelizing the vision of Adobe's mobile solutions. He provides a bridge between engineering and the wider world, ensuring everyone knows about the great new features and functionalities that are being built, and how best to use them, with a mobile focus.

This webinar will provide an overview of the hybrid mobile app ecosystem, and will then provide a technical deep dive into building apps with Apache Cordova and PhoneGap Enterprise. Participants will learn how to create a mobile application, how to use remote build systems to compile apps for popular mobile platforms, and how to test and distribute hybrid mobile applications. This session will provide participants with everything they need to know to get started in mobile app development using web technologies.

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 (http://learning.acm.org/webinar).

Watch "The Changing Nature of Invention in Computer Science" On Demand
Our September 30 webinar "The Changing Nature of Invention in Computer Science", is now available on demand. Dennis Shasha, Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of New York University and a 2013 ACM Fellow discussed the work of several inventors in computing and engineering, their inventions, and their process of creating these and future inventions. The ensuing discussion addressed the fundamental nature of invention in a world partly populated by intelligent machines. Eric Simon, Chief Architect at SAP, moderated 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 (http://learning.acm.org/webinar).

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 http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm. 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 http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm for the new discount codes and more information.

Learning Center

Principles of Big Data
With step-by-step instructions and exercises, Principles of Big Data helps readers avoid the common mistakes that endanger all Big Data projects. By stressing simple, fundamental concepts, this book teaches readers how to organize large volumes of complex data, and how to achieve data permanence when the content of the data is constantly changing. General methods for data verification and validation, as specifically applied to Big Data resources, are stressed throughout the book. The book demonstrates how adept analysts can find relationships among data objects held in disparate Big Data resources, when the data objects are endowed with semantic support (i.e., organized in classes of uniquely identified data objects). Readers will learn how their data can be integrated with data from other resources, and how the data extracted from Big Data resources can be used for purposes beyond those imagined by the data creators.

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: Managing Projects within Organizations (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition)
Managing Projects within Organizations (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition) provides an overview of the project management discipline as outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Specifically, it introduces the characteristics of a project, the responsibilities that accompany project management, and the differences between portfolios, programs, and projects. The course will identify key project management concepts and terms and provide information about the variables that can influence project outcomes. It will also cover the project stakeholders and the organizational influences on a project. This course provides a foundational knowledge base reflecting the most up-to-date project management information so learners can effectively put principles to work in their own organizations. This course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMI® certification exam. See ACM Learning Center's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Featured Safari Video: Learning Apache Hadoop
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 Learning Apache Hadoop, expert author Rich Morrow will teach you the tools and functions needed to work within this open-source software framework. This course is designed for the absolute beginner, meaning no prior experience with Hadoop is required. You will start out by learning the basics of Hadoop, including the Hadoop run modes and job types and Hadoop in the cloud. You will then learn about the Hadoop distributed file system (HDFS), such as the HDFS architecture, secondary name node, and access controls. This video tutorial will also cover topics including MapReduce, debugging basics, hive and pig basics, and impala fundamentals. Finally, Rich will teach you how to import and export data.

Featured Books 24x7 IT Video: Microsoft Azure and Web Services: Testing Web API Services
"Microsoft Azure and Web Services: Testing Web API Services" provides a step-by-step view on how to use Testing Web API Services in Microsoft Azure and Web Services. In this video, you will: execute proper unit tests against a controller, introduce dependency injection, use a repository type of pattern for testing purposes, retrieve items by ID,examine methods that return an IHTTP response message, and include the NuGet package for the actual Web API Call Libraries to enable the testing framework. To access the video log into Skillsoft and Books 24x7 with your ACM member credentials, then browse by IT and Technical Video Topics.

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.

Recently, Skillsoft has added significant video content in the following knowledge areas: Bootstrap, Cisco SWITCH 2.0, CompTIA CASP CAS-002, Debugging, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 with C#, Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and XAML, Microsoft WPF, and Software Testing with Visual Studio.

ACM Podcast: Interview with Tom Mitchell, Global Top Scientist shares deep insights on Machine Learning, the Brain, and Policy
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.

In this ACM Podcast Stephen Ibaraki interviews Tom M. Mitchell who founded and chairs the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is the E. Fredkin University Professor. His research uses machine learning to develop computers that are learning to read the web, and uses brain imaging to study how the human brain understands what it reads. Mitchell is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

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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