Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Welcome to the November 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 December 3 Webcast with Terry Coatta, "Data Access and Entity Framework"
There's only a few days left to register for "Data Access and Entity Framework", presented live on Wednesday, December 3 at noon ET by Terry Coatta, CTO, Marine Learning Systems. An active ACM volunteer, Terry serves on the ACM Practitioners Board and Queue Editorial Board, and chairs the Case Study Committee. This webinar will look at the issue of building a data access layer, and will focus on situations in which a more traditional SQL database makes a reasonable foundation for a data access layer. We will then go a step further and look at the use of Object Relational Managers (ORM) within the data access layer and provide some specific guidance with respect to making use of Microsoft's Entity Framework. The webcast will be moderated by Erik Meijer, Founder and CEO, Applied Duality; ACM Queue Editorial Board.

Register for December 18 Webcast with Ron Woerner, "Getting Cyber Safety Through to Employees (and anyone else)"
Register for "Getting Cyber Safety Through to Employees (and anyone else)", presented live on Thursday, December 18 at noon ET by Ron Woerner, Director of Cybersecurity Studies, Bellevue University. This session discusses people skills, influence, and social engineering in security education. Attendees will learn about human motivation and interaction, how security controls may be bypassed by a person�s intentional or unintentional acts, and methods for reducing the cyber risks associated with people. It concludes with online references that can be immediately used to inform on simple steps for cyber safety.
The webcast will be moderated by Karla Carter, Associate Professor, College of Science and Technology at Bellevue University; Vice Chair, ACM SIGCAS.

Watch "Develop Hybrid Mobile Applications with Apache Cordova and PhoneGap Enterprise" On Demand
Our October 30 webinar "Develop Hybrid Mobile Applications with Apache Cordova and PhoneGap Enterprise", is now available on demand. In this webinar, Andrew Savory, Mobile Services and Solutions Evangelist at Adobe, provided an overview of the hybrid mobile app ecosystem, with a technical deep dive into building apps with Apache Cordova and PhoneGap Enterprise. Attendees 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. The webinar was moderated by Terry Linkletter, Senior Lecturer and Advisor at Central Washington University, and a member of the ACM Professional Development Committee.

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

Featured MK Title: Letting Go of the Words
Letting Go of the Words: Web site design and development continues to become more sophisticated. An important part of this maturity originates with well-laid-out and well-written content. Ginny Redish is a world-renowned expert on information design and how to produce clear writing in plain language for the web. All of the invaluable information that she shared in the first edition is included with numerous new examples. New information on content strategy for web sites, search engine optimization (SEO), and social media make this a valuable book to optimize your writing for the web.

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: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) v8: Hacking and Penetration Testing
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) v8: Hacking and Penetration Testing: Hacking involves gaining unauthorized access to a computer system. Penetration testing is performed by ethical hackers using the same hacking techniques as an attacker would use, in order to uncover real and potential security vulnerabilities. In this course we discuss hacking concepts, methods, and penetration testing. An ethical hacker is a person who attacks an organization's security on behalf of its owners in order to discover vulnerabilities. Instead of taking advantage of these vulnerabilities, the ethical hacker reports them to the organization who can then put in place the appropriate countermeasures to protect themselves against malicious hackers. This course is the first in a series of courses which can used in preparation for the Certified Ethical Hacker v8 312-50 exam. The course has been developed in partnership with the EC-Council and is based on their Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures V8 course materials and labs. See ACM Learning Center's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Featured Safari Video: CISSP video course
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.

CISSP Video Course is the fast, powerful way to prepare for your CISSP exam, with 30+ hours of personal video training from leading security expert Shon Harris. In this video, one of the world's leading CISSP trainers brings her legendary five-day boot camp to your computer screen. Packed with over 30 hours of instruction adapted from Shon's classes, this video course includes realistic labs, scenarios, case studies, and animations designed to build and test your knowledge in real-word settings. Master the skills and concepts you need for all ten CISSP common body of knowledge domains: Access Control; Application Security; Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning; Cryptography; Information Security and Risk Management; Legal Regulations, Compliance, and Investigations; Operations Security; Physical (Environmental) Security; Security Architecture; and Design Telecommunications and Network Security.

Featured Books 24x7 IT Video: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013: Applications � Capturing and Viewing Campaign Responses
"Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013: Applications � Capturing and Viewing Campaign Responses" provides an overview on how to capture and view campaign responses in Dynamics CRM 2013. In this video, you will: identify three ways of creating a campaign response, open an existing campaign, specify the description, promotion code, channel and outsourced vendor for the campaign response, promote an existing campaign activity to a campaign response, and convert the campaign response to a lead in order to track return on investment. 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 Robin Raskin, ICT and CES Legend, Digital Pioneer
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 Robin Raskin, ICT and CES Legend, Digital Pioneer. Robin has won numerous prizes for her coverage of technology. She has authored six books about parenting in the digital age, for publishers including Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Hyperion. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in such magazines as RedBook, Real Simple, FamilyCircle, PC World, PC Week, InfoWorld, Working Mother, Working Woman, Child, and Newsday, and on websites such as Mashable and the Huffington Post. Her most recent book, A Parents' Guide to College Life (Random House, 2006), provides parents with practical answers to 180 "must ask" questions. She's written six other books on raising kids in a digital world.

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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