Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Welcome to the October 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

Business Intelligence/Data Management Tech Pack Update
Patricia Cupoli and Steven Petschulat, Chairs of the The ACM BI-DM Tech Pack Committee, recently completed an update of the Business Intelligence/Data Management Tech Pack. Log in with your ACM Web Account to check out updated books, articles, papers, and conference proceedings reflecting new research and development in BI Architecture, Data Warehousing, Master Data Management, Data Quality and Governance, Unstructured Data, Reporting and Analysis, and Data Mining. (Reminder: All ACM Digital Library resources cited in the Tech Pack are complimentary for ACM Members. No DL subscription required.)

Oct 29 Webcast: "3D on the Web � Introduction to WebGL" with Alain Chesnais
The on-demand video recording of "3D on the Web � Introduction to WebGL" will be available beginning Wednesday, Oct. 30. Alain Chesnais, Past President of ACM and SIGGRAPH, takes a look at the history of WebGL, introduces the viewer to the core concepts of the API, and presents several demonstrations to illustrate what you can do with it. We will also address issues related to current deployments and limitations. Eugene Fiume, Professor and Past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, moderates.

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.

"The Security Impact of IPv6" Webcast Available On Demand
"The Security Impact of IPv6", presented on September 25 by Dr. Johannes B. Ullrich of the SANS Technology Institute and moderated by Thomas A. Limoncelli, a member of the ACM Case Study Committee, is available on demand. Tune in to 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 networks or exfiltrate information.

Learning Center

Featured ACM Skillsoft Courses: Fundamentals of Software Testing
Software systems are increasingly ubiquitous in all aspects of our lives. Failures in these systems can be costly in terms of money, time, and business reputation. Some software failures can even result in personal injury or death. Effective software testing is integral to mitigating harm caused by software failures and providing confidence in software systems. Fundamentals of Software Testing introduces software testing methodology and principles. It explores why testing is necessary, the basic testing process, and the psychology behind testing. This course is part of a series intended to align with the Certified Tester Foundations Level Syllabus (the "Syllabus") and help learners prepare for the Foundation Certificate in Software Testing exam (BH0-010) provided by the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB), a globally-recognized testing body providing software testing certification. See ACM's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Featured MK Book: Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing, Exploit Development, and Vulnerability Research
There's more to ACM's e-book library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing, Exploit Development, and Vulnerability Research, from Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. This was the first book available for the Metasploit Framework (MSF), which is the attack platform of choice for penetration testing, one of the fastest growing careers in IT security. The book and companion Web site provide professional penetration testers and security researchers with a fully integrated suite of tools for discovering, running, and testing exploit code.

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: McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git
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 getting started with version control, take a look at McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Git. In this in-depth video course, experts Matthew McCullough and Tim Berglund help you explore the full spectrum of Git, from the foundations of how objects are hashed to the practical commands you need to be productive every day. You'll learn how Git not only incorporates the best features of existing source control systems, but also includes unique distributed capabilities that make version control commands available without connectivity.

ACM Podcasts: Interview with Terry Coatta
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 recent interview with Terry Coatta, member of the Queue Editorial Board, and a renowned entrepreneur, executive, and platform software architect and developer. Terry talks about his work on the ACM Practitioner Board, his current e-learning startup, his thoughts and recommendations on development tools and good architecture, and exciting emerging technologies.

Upcoming NYU-Poly Events
Nov. 13, 1 pm EST, NYU-Poly is conducting a Cybersecurity Webcast to provide an orientation on its cyber security program. And, on Nov. 11, the Graduate Advisor for Electrical and Computer Engineering is available all day to chat with prospective students. You can register for an individual session to learn more about online degrees in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Power Electronics and Systems, Systems Engineering, Telecommunication Networks, and Wireless Communications.

All of these programs are eligible for a 10% discount for ACM Members through our partnership with NYU-Poly.
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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