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Building Mobile Apps with the PhoneGap Command-Line Interface

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Griffith

Released On: 10/23/2014

PhoneGap's command-line interface (CLI) is a great way to build mobile apps, whether you want to use it to initialize projects or take apps all the way through testing. In this course Chris Griffith offers a thorough overview of building, emulating, and deploying Android and iOS apps with this powerful tool. He'll show you how to configure your development environment, and create brand-new projects with the PhoneGap CLI as well as the Apache Cordova CLI (the framework PhoneGap is built on). Then he'll demonstrate how to test your app, customize and extend the platform to suit your workflow, and compile your app with either PhoneGap Developer or PhoneGap Build. Start watching and learn how to kick-start your apps from the command line now, with the PhoneGap CLI.


In-App Purchasing with iOS

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Kristian Secor

Released On: 10/23/2014

Increase your app revenue with in-app purchasing. Kristian Secor discusses the different types of in-app purchases you can include, reviews the Store Kit framework, and shows how to implement nonconsumable, consumable, and subscription-based items, using Swift in iOS 8. The last chapters cover iAds, which offer another opportunity for generating revenue, and review the process for submitting your optimized app to the App Store.


Creating Textures: Metals and Metal Cladding

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Crespi

Released On: 10/23/2014

Learn to draw metal textures from scratch with Photoshop and Illustrator. Join author Adam Crespi as he walks through generating galvanized and brushed steel textures, fashioning realistic screws and fasteners, and implementing your work in a flat galvanized framework, complete with vents and rust. Then, when your texture is complete, see how to link it to a metal material in 3ds Max and refine it with specular and diffuse maps.


Teaching Fundamentals: Data-Driven Instruction

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Riyaz Gayasaddin

Released On: 10/23/2014

Use data to point your classroom in the right direction. Learn how to collect and analyze student data and truly measure learning. Riyaz Gayasaddin explores setting class goals and tracking the results with tools such as the Excel Mastery Tracker, included for free with this course. He then walks through gathering and analyzing the data, and using it to strategically plan reteaching and remediation efforts. Plus, learn how to get buy-in and share your plan with students and their parents.


Type Project: Bauhaus Book Cover

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Nigel French

Released On: 10/23/2014

Welcome to another installment of Type Project. In this short course, designer Nigel French provides a historical background on Bauhaus—the influential German art school that operated from 1919-1933—and then takes you through a step-by-step process to create a new design inspired by the original style, with Adobe Illustrator. The essence of this technique is distilled in the letterforms you'll create, based on Bauhaus leader Wassily Kandinsky's signature primary-colored shapes.


SEO for Local Visibility

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Brad Batesole

Released On: 10/23/2014

Search engine optimization (SEO) is crucial to the success of every business, and this course will help businesses of all sizes achieve maximum local visibility on search engines like Google. First, get an overview of the local landscape, tips for evaluating and optimizing your site, and advice on setting up analytics to track before-and-after results. Author Brad Batesole also shows how to acquire crucial local citations, get accurately listed in key Internet directories, and make sure your name, address, and phone (NAP) information is consistent across the web.

Want to appear in Google Maps and local search results? Find out how to make sure your listing shows up, by setting up your Google Business page, and learn how to incorporate links and reviews. Finally, discover how to secure backlinks from reputable sources and handle SEO for a business that has multiple locations. If you want to boost your ranking, understand the competition, or just understand how search engines like Google operate at a local level, this is the course for you.


Up and Running with the Standard PHP Library

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: David Powers

Released On: 10/22/2014

The Standard PHP Library (SPL) is a collection of useful classes for traversing, filtering, and sorting data and objects. One of its main features is the iterator, which provide easy access to arrays, trees, and directory listings. In this course, David Powers reviews using these iterators to explore the file system, and combining iterators in order to edit and manage specific types of files. He'll show how to load XML and JSON data, convert arrays into nested lists, and work with data structures such as doubly linked lists, queues, and heaps. Start learning how to put SPL into practice, and extend the power of your PHP applications.


ArcGIS Essential Training

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Wilbert

Released On: 10/22/2014

Learn to create and manage data, maps, and analytical models with ArcGIS. Author Adam Wilbert shows how to get around maps and start adding your own data and importing data from existing databases. He demonstrates how to select and edit individual map elements, and connect to advanced geospatial data sources. He explains the finer points of working with vector vs. raster data, and then shows how to style your map so it's easy for others to interpret, including finishing touches such as a legend, scale bar, and annotations. Plus, learn how to use ModelBuilder to sequence workflows and share them with the rest of your organization.


Mergers and Acquisitions Fundamentals

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Tim Galpin

Released On: 10/22/2014

Companies spend more than $2 trillion on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) every year, yet over 70 percent of these growth measures fail. In this course, professor and M&A expert Tim Galpin first explains why mergers and acquisitions occur, why they fail, and how to avoid making common mistakes. He then helps you craft your M&A strategy and outlines the eight stages of a merger. Finally, because integration is critical to M&A success, Galpin explains how to create work streams to ensure efficiency, and how you can measure whether your efforts have been successful.


Screencasting Fundamentals

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: David Rivers

Released On: 6/16/2014

Discover the principles and tools companies around the world use to share and record their screens and create engaging elearning content. Get an overview of screencasting and elearning, design considerations for your screen-capture training, and the most popular tools on the market, including Captivate, Articulate Studio, Articulate Storyline, Lectora Inspire, and Camtasia Studio. David Rivers will not only help you capture what's on your screen, but also show you how to add interactivity, heighten visual interest, and build quizzes with each program. Watch now to compare these applications and decide which one is right for you.


Shooting Aerial Panoramas with a Quadcopter

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Eric Harris

Released On: 10/21/2014

Today's compact quadcopters make aerial photography more accessible than ever. This course shows how to shoot and post-process aerial panoramas shot using a DJI Phantom Vision 2 quadcopter. Author Eric Harris reviews the steps in a standard preflight checklist, including balancing propellers and configuring your camera and DJI app settings to get the best photographs. During flight, Eric provides pointers on improving stability and shares tips for shooting great images. After landing, he shows how to post-process your images, focusing on exposure, color, and lens distortion corrections, and introduces a technique for stitching your images together to create an awesome panorama.

Note: Please remember to follow all safety precautions and respect the no-fly zones in your region when operating a DJI Phantom or any other quadcopter.


Advanced Topics in MySQL and MariaDB

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Sheeri Cabral

Released On: 10/21/2014

MySQL and MariaDB are powerful database solutions that operate in slightly different ways. In this course Sheeri K. Cabral compares and contrasts MySQL and MariaDB, and shows you how to perform advanced tasks in each system. First, learn how to install and configure the Sphinx storage engine and HandlerSocket plugin. Then find out how to set up GTIDs (global transaction identifiers) and make replication even easier, especially for failover. Finally, discover how to install and use authentication and audit plugins, and learn how MySQL and MariaDB store geometric and geographical information. These tutorials will help you evaluate these database management systems and find useful new tools and techniques to add to your administrative arsenal.

Want more information about MariaDB? Check out Understanding MariaDB for MySQL Users.


Using Java to Program Google App Engine

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Patrick Royal

Released On: 10/21/2014

Google App Engine offers a development platform and hosting solution in one, and can be programmed with Python, Go, PHP, or Java (the most popular option). Patrick Royal shows you how to get up and running with Google App Engine, and how to program your own simple apps. Learn to set up an account and custom domain name to build, test, and release two simple projects: one developed in Java and the other in Python. In addition, you'll learn how to separate your app's functionality into efficient and secure modules, optimize your code, and evaluate your app with usage data and statistics from Google Analytics. Get started programming scalable, cloud-based projects with this powerful new platform.


Up and Running with Apple Pay and iOS 8.1

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 10/21/2014

Get a quick look at the two highly anticipated features in the iOS 8.1 update: Apple Pay, which gives iOS users a new way to make purchases, and Instant Hotspot, for one-click Internet sharing with an iPhone. In this short course, Nick Brazzi shows you how to set up Apple Pay using a credit or debit card from a participating bank, and start making purchases in stores and online. Plus, learn how to set up an Instant Hotspot with your iPhone for when you fall out of Wi-Fi range.

Note: Apple Pay works only with late-model iOS devices, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and the Apple Watch.


Corporate Finance Fundamentals

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jim Stice, Kay Stice

Released On: 10/20/2014

At its core, finance is about deciding what to buy, getting the money you need to buy it, and efficiently managing your resources after making the purchase. In this course, Brigham Young University business professors Jim and Kay Stice provide a comprehensive overview of finance, and touch on everything from reading a balance sheet to understanding derivatives and securities. They tackle questions such as "What is the difference between short-term financial management and long-term financing?" and "What is the difference between a traditional bank, an investment bank, and an investment fund?" Along the way, you'll get a look at financial reports from companies such as Walmart and Toys "R" Us, and even analyze the data that go into personal financial decisions, such as deciding whether to buy a car and ensuring long-term financial success.


Migrating from Joomla! 2.5 to Joomla! 3.3

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jen Kramer

Released On: 10/20/2014

In Migrating from Joomla! 2.5 to Joomla! 3.3, Jen Kramer walks through migrating a typical Joomla! site to Joomla! 3.3—a move that will be obligatory once version 2.5 is retired in December 2014. Jen shows how to prep your site for migration, upgrade Joomla! and its extensions, start the migration, and then test your site functionality once the migration is complete. She also demonstrates how to tweak an existing template to work with Joomla! 3, or install a different template altogether.


Up and Running with the Nikon D5200 and D5300

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 10/20/2014

Get up to speed quickly with the essential features and controls of the Nikon D5200 and D5300—two great DSLR cameras that balance image quality and connectivity with ease of use. Explore the shooting modes that go beyond "auto," find out how to take bracketed photos and videos, and learn to adjust camera settings like ISO for specific situations, such as mixed lighting, fast movement, and low lighting levels. If you understand your gear, you can get consistently better photos, so keep your camera close by as we explore its many features and controls.


Lighting and Photographing a Still Life

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: John Derry

Released On: 10/20/2014

Learn techniques for lighting a still-life scene and processing the images using Adobe Photoshop, in this "mini" course from John Derry. John demonstrates a lighting technique drawn from the theater stage, using light to direct attention and invoke emotion, drama, and mystery—without a lot of expensive equipment. In fact, you don't need much more than the timer on your camera, a tripod, and a flashlight. Once you've learned how to light and shoot your still life, watch the follow-up chapter to learn how to enhance the image with Adobe Photoshop.


Foundations of Typography: Choosing and Combining Typefaces

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Ina Saltz

Released On: 10/17/2014

With the hundreds of thousands of typefaces that are now available, knowing which to choose and how to combine them (or not) can seem intimidating and complicated. Art director and typography expert Ina Saltz demystifies the process in this course. She'll show you how to choose the right typeface for the job, considering factors such as readability, typographic anatomy, and historical context. She'll then demonstrate how to combine your chosen fonts effectively and harmoniously, based on contrast, similarity, or mood. Finally, knowing there's always an exception to the rule, Ina explains how breaking these guidelines might make sense for your design. Watch and start learning how to simplify your selection process, while taking advantage of the powerful visual arsenal typography can provide for your designs.


Getting Started in the Business of Songwriting

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Garrick Chow

Released On: 10/17/2014

When it comes to making money in songwriting, writing great songs is only part of the equation. In this course, author Garrick Chow introduces you to all of the major organizations, rights, and procedures that songwriters have to deal with in the music business. First, he'll start with understanding performance and mechanical rights, covering topics such as split letters, copyright, performance rights organizations (PROs) like ASCAP and SESAC, SoundExchange, Harry Fox, master recording licenses, and synch licenses.

The second half of the course is geared toward the DIY musician. Garrick discusses ways to self-distribute and promote your music with TuneCore, CDBaby, Topspin, Bandcamp, and ReverbNation. Plus, learn the importance of websites, social promotion, and music placement, as well as making music videos, signing with a record label, and building a solid team.


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