Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Welcome to the November 2015 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 Webinar speakers and topics, or just offer feedback, leave a note in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.


Learning Center: Books and Courses Other Resources and Announcements

SIGKDD Innovation Award Recipient Pedro Domingos Talks "The Five Tribes of Machine Learning (And What You Can Learn from Each)"
If you didn't catch "The Five Tribes of Machine Learning (And What You Can Learn from Each)" live earlier today, the webcast is now available on demand. Presented by Pedro Domingos, Professor of computer science at the University of Washington in Seattle and recipient of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the talk summarizes the five schools of thought in machine learning (symbolists, connectionists, evolutionaries, Bayesians, and analogizers) and describes Pedro's work toward unifying them, including in particular Markov logic networks. Pedro concludes by speculating on the new applications that a universal learner will enable, and how society will change as a result. Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, President of KDnuggets and Co-Founder of ACM SIGKDD, moderates. You can view our entire archive of past ACM Learning Webinars on demand at http://learning.acm.org/webinar/.

Available On Demand: Talk on Entrepreneurism for Computing Professionals, "Innovation Colonies; Disrupting the Fortune 500"
If you missed the live webcast of "Innovation Colonies; Disrupting the Fortune 500", you can now attend this webinar on demand. Dominic Holt, Co-Founder and CEO of Divine Intervention Software, Director of Advanced Concepts at Solute, Inc., and a member of the ACM Professional Development Committee (ACM-PDC), explores one individual's journey in trying to build an innovation colony at a Fortune 500 company and the many barriers faced bringing that vision into existence. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Past Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, moderates. You can view our entire archive of past ACM Learning Webinars on demand at http://learning.acm.org/webinar/.

Register for Dec. 2 ACM SIGHPC Big Data Chapter Webinar: �Social Network Analysis on Cray�s Urika to Discover Roles of Information Flow�
Wednesday, December 2, at 1 pm ET, the ACM SIGHPC Big Data Chapter is holding its first webinar, �Social Network Analysis on Cray�s Urika to Discover Roles of Information Flow.� Mike Hinchey, Solutions Architect for Cray�s Analytics Products Group, will discuss and demonstrate the use of new generation analytic techniques based on Hadoop and Spark on Twitter data to find communities of users that discuss certain topics (such as sports or consumer electronics) and identify key users that play a role in that community. See http://sighpcbd.acm.org/webinar/ for more information.

Learning Center: Books and Courses

New Titles from Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress
Recently, new titles have been added to the Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Books collection, with coverage spanning Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Computer Human Interaction, Computing for Engineering, Computer Organization and Architecture, Data Management, Development Tools and Programming, Embedded Systems and Computer Engineering, Information Technology Networking, Professional and Career Development, Security, and Software. In total, 180 new Morgan Kaufman and Syngress titles have been added to the Learning Center catalog in 2015. Below are just some of the highlights from the recently added titles:
  • Business Espionage
  • Cloud Data Centers and Cost Modeling
  • Communicate Science Papers, Presentations, and Posters Effectively
  • Computer Animation Complete
  • Corporate Security Management
  • Digital Picture Processing
  • Handbook of Constraint Programming
  • Handbook of Knowledge Representation
  • HCI Models, Theories, and Frameworks
  • Heterogeneous Computing with OpenCL 2.0
  • Mathematical Optimization in Computer Graphics and Vision
  • Real-Time Systems Development
  • Systems Programming
  • Understanding Your Users
  • Workplace Security Essentials
See our full collection of eBooks at http://learning.acm.org/books/ebooks_catalog.cfm.

Explore the New Skillsoft Learning: More Online Books and Courses, Mobile Platform, Deep Focus on Software Development
ACM's recently updated offering, Skillsoft Learning Collections, is hosted in our newly upgraded LMS, Skillport 8, and features more than 1000 online courses, with integrated virtual labs, TestPrep exams, expert mentoring, and other resources; over 3,000+ eBooks from leading academic/professional IT publishers such as Apress, Cambridge University Press, For Dummies, McGraw-Hill, Oracle Press, Packt, Sybex, Wiley, and Wrox; thousands of short "on-the-job" task-based videos covering the latest IT, business, and desktop skills/software; and AnalystPerspectivesTM, comprehensive reports from leading analyst firms from around the world on cutting-edge topics such as cybersecurity, big data, cloud computing, IoT, mobile computing, and more.

The new Collections focus deeper than ever on software development, and expand coverage of cybersecurity, big data and databases, networking, and project management knowledge areas. Automatic content updates ensure that ACM members stay current with the latest technologies, standards, and frameworks. The new platform, Skillport 8, integrates all assets (books, courses, videos, etc.) inside a single learning environment, with enhanced search, navigation, and usability. Significantly, Skillport 8 is fully optimized for mobile-friendly access to eBooks and short videos, including access to Skillsoft mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. Also of note, ACM's Skillsoft Library no longer requires Java (except for offline course downloads).

To start exploring ACM's new Skillsoft Learning Collections, visit the ACM Learning Center, log in with your member credentials, and click on Skillsoft Learning in the top right corner. To jump directly to particular subject areas, visit the Skillsoft Learning Collections page. For more on these changes and new features in Skillport 8, see our Skillsoft FAQ/Support page.

New Skillsoft IT and Desktop Videos: Advanced AngularJS, Docker, Ruby on Rails 4.2, More
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 added significant video content in the following knowledge areas: Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015, Android for .NET Developers, CLDFND, Creating Web Applications with Sinatra, Defensive Programming in Java, F# Fundamentals, Generic Design and Modeling Databases, Hadoop Operations, Juniper Networks Junos Essentials, Microsoft SQL Server 2016 First Look, Microsoft Windows 10 End User, NopCommerce, Oracle Database 12c, Ruby on Rails 4.2, and Windows 10. See http://learning.acm.org/skillsoft/index.cfm for more information.

Featured Safari Books Online Title: A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
Did you know ACM Members have access to 700 books and videos from Safari Books Online? This month's featured title is A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, by Mark G. Sobell. Packed with hundreds of high-quality, realistic examples, it presents Linux from the ground up, with explanations about everything from filesystems to shells, editors to utilities, and programming tools to regular expressions. This edition covers busybox, Midnight Commander, screen, and sshfs/curlftpf. This 295-page reference covers 98 utilities, including Mac OS X commands and the tools particular to the Mac OS command line. For use with all popular versions of Linux. See our full collection of eBooks at http://learning.acm.org/books/ebooks_catalog.cfm.

Learning Center: Other Resources

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: ACM Podcast: Interview with Bryan Johnson
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 a recent ACM Podcast Stephen Ibaraki interviewed Bryan Johnson, founder of the OS Fund, where he invests in and advises entrepreneurs who are developing quantum-leap discoveries that promise to rewrite the operating systems of life. Bryan talks about how early experiences informed his worldview and professional goals, his founding of online and mobile payments provider Braintree, the promise of synthetic biology, and more.

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.

Save 15% on EMC Courseware
ACM has partnered with EMC to bring members a 15% discount on practical training in some of today's most vital IT knowledge areas, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Information Storage and Management, Virtualization, and more. These EMC courses focus on technology, not products, to teach technology topics applicable to any vendor environment. Training is available in various modalities, including eLearning, instructor-led (ILT), online ILT, video ILT, and video ILT-stream. For the list of eligible courses and the discount code, visit the EMC courses page.

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