Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Welcome to the November 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

Register for Dec. 17 Webcast with Barry Boehm: "The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model (ICSM): Principles and Practices for Successful Systems and Software"
Register to attend "The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model (ICSM): Principles and Practices for Successful Systems and Software" at 12 noon ET on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT/4 pm GMT). Dr. Barry Boehm, TRW Professor in the USC Computer Sciences and Industrial and Systems Engineering Departments ACM Fellow, will cover the essential principles of ICSM, various process views and tools, and examples of successful ICSM use as well as pitfalls to avoid. LiGuo Huang, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Southern Methodist University (and a former student of Dr. Boehm), 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.

On-Demand Webcast: "Big Data Without Big Database�Extreme In-Memory Caching for Better Performance" with Kate Matsudaira
The on-demand video recording of "Big Data Without Big Database�Extreme In-Memory Caching for Better Performance" is now available, following live streaming on November 20, 2013. Kate Matsudaira, Founder & CEO of popforms, covers some strategies for caching large data sets through software and data design rather than expensive hardware. Kate provides a number of practical techniques for organizing and building caches for non-transactional data sets that can be applied to scale existing systems, or design new systems. Terry Coatta, CTO of Marine Learning Systems and member of the ACM Practitioners Board, moderates.

Learning Center Book Swap Adds New Titles to Online Collection
On November 21, ACM performed a major "Book Swap" of the Learning Center, adding nearly 200 new titles to our Safari and Books 24x7 collections. The updated collection offers new coverage of hot technologies like Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and skills in big data analytics and management, agile/test-driven development strategies, and more.

New titles in our Books 24x7 collection include the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK Guide with updated coverage for the new Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, as well as books on ASP .NET 4.5, Access and Excel 2013, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012. There is deeper coverage of algorithms, cybersecurity and hacking, data mining and warehousing, game programming, interaction design, PHP programming, systems analysis/design, and virtualization, as well as popular books on the Erlang, Haskell, and Lisp programming languages. Newly added certification training includes study guides for CBAP/CCBA, CISA, CISSP, CompTIA (A+, Healthcare IT, Networking, Security, and Strata), Cisco CWNA and ROUTING, ITIL, LPIC-1, MCSA, MCSD, Oracle OCA Java SE 7 and OCPJP 7, PMP, PRINCE2, and SAS.

Highlights from the updated Safari collection include coverage of the new Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 and CCNA ICND2 200-101 exams. Professional Members will also find new books on algorithms, agile/Scrum methodologies, Android and iOS 7, C++, data science and statistical analysis, data structures and design patterns, Hadoop, human-computer interaction, Linux and UNIX, machine learning, and web services. There is also brand-new coverage of currently popular software frameworks and libraries such as AngularJS, Clojure, Maven, and Node.js.

Log in through the ACM Learning Center or myACM to access these and other new books and videos.

Learning Center

Featured ACM Skillsoft Course: ITIL® and the Service Lifecycle
Organizations that provide IT services to internal or external customers need to provide excellent services to enhance value to the organization. The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) is a set of practices that can help organizations achieve these goals and increase external and internal customer satisfaction. To be successful, an organization needs to have the capabilities to manage these services and good practices to ensure these capabilities are fully utilized. ITIL® 2011 Edition Foundation: ITIL® and the Service Lifecycle addresses using service management as a practice for IT companies and assists learners in preparing for the ITIL® Foundation-level certification examination and is aligned with the ITIL® 2011 Edition syllabus. See ACM's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Featured MK Book: Computational Intelligence: Concepts to Implementations
There's more to ACM's e-book library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as Computational Intelligence: Concepts to Implementations. Authors Russ Eberhart and Yuhui Shi provide domain experts (who are not necessarily mathematicians) with the conceptual and practical knowledge necessary to develop solutions using computational intelligence tools. This comprehensive textbook focuses on evolutionary computation, neural networks, and fuzzy logic, exploring key themes; detailing metrics and analytical tools; presenting code samples (in C and C++), exercises, and review questions; and offering case studies illustrating successful applications.

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: Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl
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 interesting in learning Perl, start with Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl. In this 10+ hour video tutorial, Perl expert and co-author of the bestselling Learning Perl, Randal Schwartz, presents a sophisticated introduction to the language, with detailed descriptions, thorough examples, and eclectic wit. This video covers all the important aspects of the Perl language through version 5.10.

ACM Podcasts: Interview with Dr. Joseph Turner
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 Dr. Joseph Turner, Chair of the Seoul Accord, Team Chair for ABET (the U.S. accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology), Vice-President and Chair of the Publications Committee of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing), and a former Vice-President of ACM, among many other roles. Joe talks about the Seoul Accord, his work on domestic and international program accreditations through ABET, and IFIP IP3's mission to get computing as a recognized profession on par with accounting, medicine and law.

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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