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UX Design Techniques: Overview

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:00
Following a user-centered design technique puts you more in touch with your users' true needs, which helps you develop solutions that really work for your intended audience. The approaches described in this course help development teams pool their diverse perspectives and collaborate to understand how to turn thoughts, feelings, frustrations, and desires of users into the design for a product.

Join Chris Nodder as he provides a road map to his series, UX Design Techniques. Each technique in this series builds on the data and output from the previous techniques. The user data from observations is used to identify user pain points and create personas. The pain points and personas are used during the ideation phase to create multiple possible solutions. Scenarios and storyboards take these multiple possible solutions and narrow them down to a working set, from which you build a paper prototype that you can usability test with some more representative users. At any point, you can follow the trail all the way back to data you gathered from your initial observations.

Office 365: Troubleshoot Availability and Usage

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:00
If you're preparing for exam 70-346, Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements, or you just want to improve your Office 365 administration skills, then this course is for you. Instructor Brian Culp looks at three objectives in the Monitor and Troubleshoot Office 365 Availability and Usage section of the exam—analyzing reports, monitoring service health, and isolating service interruptions. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to tackle this section of the exam, and will have a better understanding of the troubleshooting and reporting tools available to Office 365 admins.

After Effects CC 2017: VFX Essential Training

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:00
Learn how to create stunning visual effects with one of the most widely-used and highly-regarded compositing applications on the market—Adobe After Effects CC 2017. Although this is an introductory course, if you're brand new to After Effects, check out After Effects CC 2017 Essential Training: The Basics; in that course, instructor Mark Christiansen starts from the very beginning, introducing you to the interface and other basic concepts to help you get up and running with the popular program.

In this course, Alan Demafiles dives into the fundamentals you need to start creating visual effects with After Effects CC 2017. Discover how to work with green screen footage, use rotoscoping to separate foreground from background, track footage, and add your own 3D elements to a scene. Learn how to use particles to create fire, use noise to replace the sky, and more. In the final, project-based chapter, reinforce your new skills by putting techniques into practice using real-world scenarios.

Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:00
This course describes how to install and configure Apache HTTP Server, MySQL database server, and PHP, known collectively as the AMP stack, on a local development computer. David Gassner covers different installation approaches, including installing the components separately on Windows, macOS, and Linux and installing the prepackaged WampServer and MAMP bundles. Plus, learn how to troubleshoot port conflicts and other AMP-related issues.

Microsoft Azure: Design and Implement a Storage Strategy

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:00
Learn the intermediate-level skills you need to implement storage in Azure, the cloud offering from Microsoft. This course covers the basics of Azure storage, as well as how to use and monitor the service. Explore topics like managing access, implementing Azure SQL databases, configuring diagnostics and analytics, and using Azure storage for your backup solutions. The course also helps you prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions. (Author: Sharon Bennett)

Swift: Delegations and Data Sources

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:00
Delegates can be tricky, even for seasoned iOS developers. If you've ever been frustrated getting data from one storyboard scene to another using delegates, then this concise course is for you. Get the foundation you need to understand delegates and the theory of how they work. View examples demonstrating the steps to build a delegate in both the iOS and watchOS context, and learn about the delegate's sister, the data source. The course wraps up with a demonstration of a factory method in iOS for two classes that use a data source. (Author: Steven Lipton)

Twitter Essential Training

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:00
Learning how to speak the language of the "Twitterverse" can help you tap into a worldwide conversation and express—in 140 characters or less—your own ideas and opinions. In this course, learn the ins and outs of Twitter, one of the world's most prominent social media platforms. Explore the conventions and lingo of the microblogging social network, including tweets, retweets, direct messages, follows, and mentions. Discover how to create an account, write tweets, include images and links in your tweets, find people you know or who have shared interests, download and install the Twitter app on a mobile device, and more. (Author: Jess Stratton)

Swift 3 Essential Training: Beyond the Basics

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:00
Advance your command of Swift 3 by going beyond the fundamentals. Scott Gardner helps you strengthen your programming skills by providing additional hands-on coding instruction. In this course, Scott covers playgrounds, operators, strings, sequences, collections, labels, reference types, protocols, generics, and access control. Prepare to exercise your skills as a developer as you follow along and explore using labels, defining properties, working with higher-order functions, subscripting, nesting, and more.

Fuji X-T2: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:00
You've been using your Fujifilm X-T2 camera for a while—but are you using it efficiently? This camera is packed with customization features that allow you to fine-tune everything from focusing to exposure. Its unique modeless design provides remarkable flexibility, but also requires experienced shooters to rethink how they approach certain kinds of shooting scenarios. In this course, photographer and educator Ben Long demonstrates a set of customization strategies aimed at making your Fujifilm X-T2 far more responsive and effective. That way, you can focus on composition and artistic expression, and let your camera handle the rest.

Game Art: Model & UV Map a Low Poly Character

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:00
Expand your game artistry know-how by becoming skilled in low-polygon modeling. Joel Bradley shows how to model and UV map low-poly assets in this course. Joel takes you through the process—using 3ds Max—of modeling a low-poly asset for use in in a game engine. He starts by providing an overview of tools and options to get you ready to set up a scene. Then he dives into the building and creation process, which includes shaping and using guide objects. Once the forms are established, Joel demonstrates how to detail, refine, and unwrap the finished model. He concludes the course by showing how to export the model and bake normal maps to get it ready for texturing.

NoSQL Development with DocumentDB in Azure

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:00
Microsoft has already had success using Azure DocumentDB internally with the MSN User Data Store—it supports 425 million MSN users around the world while still managing to deliver writes in under 15 milliseconds and reads in under 10 milliseconds. In this course, learn how to build fast and scalable NoSQL database applications using DocumentDB. Software architect and Microsoft MVP Chander Dhall covers the difference between SQL and NoSQL databases, scalability concepts, and programming model and architecture of DocumentDB. He also looks at different ways to query DocumentDB and work with the Node.js and .NET SDKs.

Computer Science Principles Lab: C#

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:00
C# is a versatile programming language used in many different ways. It powers many Windows and .NET apps for desktop, tablet, mobile, and web applications. Coders and programmers also use C# in cross-platform development, using Unity for games and using Xamarin for mobile apps. This course is designed to show how universal programming concepts specifically apply and work in the C# language.

Programming expert Doug Winnie starts by sharing the history of C# to give you context into its purpose and beneficial uses. Then he walks through a sample of code showing how to run a program using the Visual Studio IDE. After warming up with a sample, he dives into working with values, variables, methods, and custom functions. Next, he shows how to capture values input by site users, managing different variable types, building compound conditional tests, and using loops with arrays. In the final five videos, he covers the basics of object-oriented programming including classes, objects, and permissions.

Hiring and Developing Your Future Workforce

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:00
News headlines are full of stories about the dramatic changes in the world of work, fueled by automation and globalization. In the face of such constant change, how can managers and leaders grow and develop an organization's talent? Gary A. Bolles is the co-founder of eParachute, which develops software and strategies in partnership with his father, author of the bestselling book What Color is Your Parachute? This course draws on more than 40 years of career research to help leaders and managers understand the essential skills needed for a constantly-changing world, and how hiring and work need to be redefined in this brave new era. Gary walks through the critical steps needed to develop your current workforce, helps you understand the changing roles of the managers and leaders of today's workers, and offers new insights into planning for tomorrow's workforce needs. (Author: Gary Bolles)

Social Selling with Twitter

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:00
By leveraging ubiquitous social platforms like Twitter in your sales process, you can powerfully alter the course of your career. In this course, learn how Twitter can help you get in touch with your prospects, cultivate relationships, accelerate revenue, and close more deals. Discover how to optimize your Twitter profile to enhance your overall visibility and establish trust with decision makers. Review best practices and tools that can help you identify potential buyers, learn strategies for staying engaged with your buyers on Twitter, and learn which Twitter social selling metrics you should track to measure success. (Author: Gabe Villamizar)

Illustrator for UX Design

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:00
Work smarter and faster with Adobe Illustrator to design your next web or app project, starting with wireframes. Brian Wood shows how, in this course, building upon what you already know—making shapes, working with layers, and using guides—and focusing on the features needed to effectively work with text, symbols, libraries, and a lot more. Brian demonstrates how to set up your artboards and use grids, masks, and styles to fulfill common UX design needs, from organizing content and buttons to making a layout responsive. He concludes by taking you through the export process.

Learning the Python 3 Standard Library

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:00
Python libraries can cut your development time and reduce your frustration with coding. In this Python 3 course, follow Kathryn Hodge as she walks through the Python standard library. Discover how familiarizing yourself with its facilities can make writing code in this concise, elegant language a little easier. Familiarize yourself with the library's built-in functions, math modules, and input and output modules. Learn how to get information from the Internet with the HTTP module, and more.

Learning iOS Notifications

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:00
Notifications, when implemented correctly, can increase engagement by giving users an easy way to interact with your application. In this course, learn how to develop notifications for iOS using the notification framework introduced in iOS 10. Learn what a notification is, exactly, and explore how to add text content and triggers. Learn how to prepare and deliver a notification from your device, manage pending and delivered notifications, perform background actions from a notification, add audio, video, and images, and more. (Author: Steven Lipton)

Ethical Hacking: Perimeter Defenses

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:00
Ethical hacking—testing to see if an organization's network is vulnerable to outside attacks—is a desired skill for many IT security professionals. In this course, cybersecurity expert Malcolm Shore prepares you to take your first steps into testing client defenses. Malcolm provides you with an overview of firewall technology, and demonstrates the two main operating system firewalls. Next, he goes into web application firewalls and API gateway threat mitigation solutions. Learn about the Cowrie honeypot, how to use Security Onion to detect intrusions, and more.

Note: Learning about ethical hacking for perimeter defenses is part of the Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots competency from the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) body of knowledge.

BIM Manager: Managing AutoCAD MEP & AutoCAD Civil 3D

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:00
Discover how building information modeling (BIM) managers set up AutoCAD MEP and AutoCAD Civil 3D in a shared environment. To begin, learn how to automate your startup with LISP and create variable settings. Next, explore how to create text, create dimension and multileader styles, and make custom palettes using the content browser. This course walks you through deployments, content development, system management, and more. (Author: Eric Wing)

Customizing Macs for Accessibility and Ease of Use

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:00
If you have a new Mac or never got around to setting up your Mac to your liking, a little customization can go a long way. Create an easy-to-navigate and more personalized experience on your Mac with these tips and tricks.

Technology trainer David Casuto explains basic macOS conventions, and explores how to best resize and manage windows, change the way your mouse behaves, and customize the desktop, including the Dock. Need help finding files and applications? Learn how to search more effectively using Spotlight and Finder. If you have visual or audio impairments, your Mac's accessibility features are a great tool. Find out how to use the display options, zoom, and closed captioning to make macOS more user friendly. Last but not least, David shows how to save time with some helpful keyboard shortcuts. Apple's operating system is a powerful platform; with these tips, you'll find it even easier to use.