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Visual Studio 2015 Essentials 13: Data Tools

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Walt Ritscher

Released On: 8/26/2016

Database connections separate rich, enterprise-level applications from the rest. If you're developing with Visual Studio, you have a variety of tools available for managing database connections, manipulating tables, querying data, and deploying projects. Plus, you have your choice of platform. Visual Studio 2015 supports SQL Express LocalDB and the full edition of SQL Server, as well as Azure cloud-based data services. Join Walt Ritscher as he walks through your integration options and tools for working with data in this powerful IDE. Learn how to manage connections with Server Explorer, manage individual database elements with the SQL Server Object Explorer, and create custom queries, views, and stored procedures within the Visual Studio environment. Plus, find out how to deploy projects to Azure and integrate Visual Studio with Entity Framework, an object relational mapper that "enables .NET developers to work with relational data using domain-specific objects."


Ethical Hacking: Social Engineering

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Lisa Bock

Released On: 8/26/2016

Social engineering is a technique hackers use to manipulate end users and obtain information about an organization or computer systems. In order to protect their networks, IT security professionals need to understand social engineering, who is targeted, and how social engineering attacks are orchestrated.

In this course, cybersecurity expert Lisa Bock discusses the methods a hacker might use, including embedding malicious links and attachments in emails and using mobile devices and social media to deploy an attack. She discusses the concept of "misuse of trust"—how hackers use charm, power, and influence to penetrate an organization—and why you need to be extra cautious with the disgruntled employee. Finally, Lisa discusses countermeasures security professionals can take to address these attacks.

Note: This course maps to the Social Engineering competency of the Certified Ethical Hacking exam. Review the exam objectives at https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/.


Photoshop Restoration Techniques: Scanning Oversized Photos

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Neil Rhodes

Released On: 8/26/2016

Oversized prints present a unique challenge when it comes to photo restoration: They don't fit most home scanners. By scanning the photo in two or more passes and stitching the image back together, you can create a composite that accurately captures the dimensions of the original photograph. In this course, master restorationist Neil Rhodes shows how to evaluate an oversized photo, scan it in sections, and merge the resulting images with Photoshop's Photo Merge command. He then shows how to repair areas of damage, retouch any seams and tonal differences, and sharpen the final composite.


Learn REAPER 5: The Basics

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brian Block

Released On: 8/26/2016

Get up and running with REAPER, the lightweight and flexible DAW for Windows and OS X. Sound designer Brian Block demonstrates all the major features of the software and prepares you to use them on real-world projects—multitrack recording, audio editing, effects processing, and mixing and mastering. First, get comfortable with the most important parts of the REAPER interface. Brian then dives into recording a brand-new project, demonstrating the record modes, input settings, and auto-punch features. Next, he discusses editing techniques, such as trimming, ripple editing, creating fades, and looping. Finally, he looks at REAPER's mixing features, including applying effects, using folders to create submixes, adding automation, mixing down the final track, and exporting.


Bluebeam: On the iPad

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jim Rogers

Released On: 8/25/2016

Bluebeam Revu for the iPad lets you "access, navigate, and annotate your PDF files from anywhere, anytime." It comes with a library of industry-standard symbols, and markup and measurement tools that let you edit documents right from the field. Plus, with the cloud collaboration features of Bluebeam Studio, you can share documents with colleagues and clients around the world—all with the iPad. So leave the blueprints behind. Join Jim Rogers as he shows you how to access and sync construction drawings, add comments, make redlines and as-built notations, integrate photos and videos, measure and scale drawing elements, and participate in Bluebeam Studio sessions right from the job site.


Yammer 2016 Essential Training

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Gini von Courter

Released On: 8/25/2016

Yammer is an enterprise social network for businesses to get work done smarter and faster. It's built by Microsoft but powered by employees like you. In this course, Gini von Courter takes you through all the essential features of Yammer 2016. Learn how Yammer works, and find out how to join or create a Yammer network at your organization. Communicate with posts, messages, and chat; collaborate on files; and create and administer groups. Plus, learn how to get and give feedback with polls and praise. Start now and find out how to foster the kind of collaboration that makes a positive impact on productivity with Yammer.


AutoCAD Facilities Management: Occupancy

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Shaun Bryant

Released On: 8/25/2016

Computer-aided facilities management (CAFM) is a three-step process. Once you have 1) defined the available area and 2) developed areas into usable spaces, it's time to 3) identify the people and equipment that will occupy each room. AutoCAD, Autodesk's flagship CAD platform, is the world's most popular tool for this job. Join Shaun Bryant as he shows how to use AutoCAD to specify occupancy in your CAFM drawings. He shows how to set up drawings, create occupancy blocks and polylines, define occupancy areas, set up tables to house your occupancy data, and annotate drawings with that data. By the end of the course, you'll be able to export the information to applications such as Microsoft Excel, so you can analyze the data in a tabular format.


Piano Lessons with Hugh Sung: Playing Songs

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Hugh Sung

Released On: 8/25/2016

Learn how to play piano while you learn how to perform classics from the catalogs of great composers such as Strauss, Beethoven, and Chopin. Music professor and acclaimed accompanist Hugh Sung has created a comprehensive video library of piano lessons and clear, over-the-shoulder shots of performances of classic tunes. Watch at your own pace as Hugh breaks down classics like "Spring Dance," "Blue Danube Waltz," "Ode to Joy," and "Minute Waltz." Each song is demonstrated at different tempos, so you can slowly increase your pace as you get more comfortable at the keyboard, and overlaid with notation, so you can read each line of music as it's taught. With this training, all levels of pianists learn to play the music they love! Hugh's enthusiasm for piano is contagious and his lessons emphasize learning to play popular songs using a step-by-step method that any level of player can follow.

Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.


Rock Guitar: Teach Yourself to Play

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jared Meeker, Nathaniel Gonud, L.C. Harnsberger, Ron Manus

Released On: 8/25/2016

Rock Guitar: Teach Yourself to Play provides a completely new approach to learning guitar, for students who want to play in the rock style. By starting on the 6th string, you are immediately able to play riffs and licks—the kind of progress that inspires you to continue learning. The videos feature clear well-paced instruction along with close-up examples of fingering and strumming. Find out how to hold your guitar, read music and tablature, play simple and advanced chords, and play different strings and notes together. Instructor and guitar virtuoso Jared Meeker also demos some popular rock and blues licks and tricks, and introduces the E minor and A minor pentatonic scales—5-note scales that are critical to playing rock guitar. Learning guitar has never been easier or more fun. This course is a great choice for today's beginning guitar students.


Piano Lessons with Hugh Sung: Fundamentals

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Hugh Sung

Released On: 8/25/2016

Learn how to play piano. Music professor and acclaimed accompanist Hugh Sung has created a comprehensive video library of piano lessons and clear, over-the-shoulder shots of performances of classic tunes. Watch at your own pace while you learn fundamentals like reading sheet music, finger placement, and posture, and practice playing melody and rhythm with the right and left hands. The piano exercises in this beginner-level course cover classics like "Greensleeves" and "Scarborough Fair" at different tempos, so you can slowly increase your pace as you get more comfortable at the keyboard. Hugh's enthusiasm for piano is contagious and his lessons emphasize learning to play popular songs using a step-by-step method that any level of player can follow.

Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.


Create Flipped Classroom Lessons with Office Mix

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Oliver Schinkten

Released On: 8/25/2016

Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that allows presenters to record slideshows with embedded video and audio. It's an amazing tool for teachers who run flipped classrooms—and it can empower students to create their own presentations. In this course, Oliver Schinkten explores how to use Office Mix to convert existing PowerPoint slideshows into flipped classroom lessons or create brand-new material from scratch, complete with voiceover and interactive features such as links, polls, and quizzes. He shows how to add lecture video, videos from third parties such as Khan Academy, and even science and math apps directly in your mixes. When your mix is complete, learn how to upload and share it via your Office Mix account and track student progress through the site.


Electric Bass Basics with Billy Sheehan

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Billy Sheehan

Released On: 8/25/2016

Now you can learn to play electric bass from one of the true masters. Join legendary artist Billy Sheehan as he reveals the techniques and secrets behind his success as one of the most respected players of all time. Billy has played bass on dozens of records (from David Lee Roth to Mr. Big) and toured all over the world for decades. Here he starts with the basics: right hand and left hand, slap and pop. He shows how to break down a lick, play in time, lock in with the drums, and adapt your bass playing to different styles, including country and heavy metal. Plus, get practical advice on amplifying your sound, changing strings, and tuning your instrument. These are the absolute essentials any musician needs to know to play bass in any genre—as taught by an industry legend.


Piano Lessons with Hugh Sung: Sight Reading and Classical Pieces

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Hugh Sung

Released On: 8/25/2016

Learn how to play piano and sight-read sheet music, while you learn to perform classics from great composers such as Bach, Satie, and Chopin. Music professor and acclaimed accompanist Hugh Sung has created a comprehensive video library of piano lessons and performances of classic tunes shot from multiple angles. Learn at your own pace and build fluency in reading standard notation. Hugh breaks down classics like "Minuet in G Major," "Prelude in C Major," "Gymnopédie No. 1," and "Moonlight Sonata." These are some of the most beautiful songs ever written, and have been specially arranged by Hugh to maximize your learning and enjoyment.

Each song is demonstrated at different tempos, so you can slowly increase your pace as you get more comfortable at the keyboard, and overlaid with notation, so you can read each line of music as it's taught. This training builds on the rest of the Piano Lessons series and is designed for all levels of pianists who want to learn to quickly play the music they love.

Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.


Microsoft Azure for Developers

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ralph Reilly

Released On: 8/25/2016

Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables developers to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. If you have been wondering how you can take advantage of "the cloud" and integrate it into your development workflow, this course is for you. Professor Ralph Reilly covers the basics of signing up for a free Azure account and using the developer tools, and surveys all of Azure's unique capabilities for building cloud-based applications. Each chapter introduces exciting features like computing services (virtual machines, websites, app services, and more), storage, the Internet of Things, and content delivery networks (CDNs).


WordPress and Internationalization

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Carrie Dils

Released On: 8/25/2016

Want to take your WordPress site worldwide? WordPress's internationalization features allow developers to configure their code so they can be easily translated and localized. In this course, Carrie Dils introduces the specific functions and tools WordPress developers can use to make their code translation-ready. Learn how to use translation functions in WordPress and PHP, prep code for translation, adjust for special cases such as plurals, and internationalize your themes and plugins. Know another language? Find out how you can help the entire WordPress community by contributing to the WordPress translation project on GlotPress, an open-source platform used to translate WordPress.


Advanced Branding

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brad Batesole

Released On: 8/24/2016

How deeply have you thought about your brand? Is it intentional, or just an afterthought? What does each component—your logo, your website, your service, and even your culture—say to customers? Advanced branding means thinking about what distinguishes your company from the rest, and incorporating it into every single touchpoint of the business: design, messaging, marketing and PR, and company vision. Learn what branding really is, how it works, and how you can build and maintain a more competitive brand, in this course with marketing expert Brad Batesole.

Explore best practices for researching, developing, visualizing, and managing your brand, and learn about incorporating your brand throughout various customer touchpoints and keeping tabs on your brand as your company grows.


How to Hire, Retain, and Grow Top Millennial Talent

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Lisa Earle McLeod, Elizabeth McLeod

Released On: 8/24/2016

More than one-in-three American workers today are millennials. By 2020, millennials will form 50% of the global workforce. The war for the best and brightest of the millennial generation is on now. Companies all over the world are fighting to hire and retain the best talent. Mother and daughter Lisa and Elizabeth McLeod address the challenges of hiring, retaining, and growing millennial talent in this course. They provide an insightful guide to help managers and leaders separate the "entitled from the enlightened" in interviews, communicate job expectations, and understand what salary and benefit options are likely to have the most impact. They also highlight the importance of social learning to any learning and development program, and the best communication methods to help millennials grow. Lastly, they outline techniques for providing performance feedback, what incentive plans work best, and how to detect if it is time to let a dissatisfied employee go.


Houdini: Advanced Motion Graphics

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Scott Pagano

Released On: 8/24/2016

Procedural animation is a powerful way to create motion that would be both inefficient and impractical to animate manually. Houdini offers a range of procedural animation tools that complement the CINEMA 4D and Maya pipelines. Adding Houdini allows for the generation of highly complex motion with relative ease and gives animators a whole new toolkit of reusable techniques. The techniques shown here use wire dynamics, rigid body dynamics, and channel networks to create animation data that can be imported into C4D or Maya and assembled, lit, and rendered there. Author Scott Pagano shows how to create organic-looking strand movement, audio-reactive motion graphics, a vine-growing system, and dynamic simulations for fracturing and destroying objects. Houdini is a powerhouse for all realms of moving image creation; with these videos, it will be a significant addition to your motion graphics arsenal.


Real Estate Photography: Kitchens

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Scott Hargis

Released On: 8/24/2016

For real estate and architectural photographers, a kitchen can be the most challenging room to photograph. Shiny, reflective surfaces and tight confines are common conditions, increasing the complexity of shooting the room. In this course, photographer Scott Hargis demonstrates techniques you can apply to capture a kitchen at its best. He shows you how to set up, take test shots, assess the situation, and adjust your lighting and composition accordingly. He also covers how to style the kitchen and how to edit the photos.


Statistics Fundamentals - Part 1: Beginning

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Eddie Davila

Released On: 8/24/2016

Statistics is not just the realm of data scientists. All types of jobs use statistics. Statistics are important for making decisions, new discoveries, investments, and predictions. Whether the subject is political races, sports rankings, shopping trends, or healthcare advancements, statistics is an instrument for understanding your favorite topic at a deeper level. With these beginner-level lessons, you too can master the terms, formulas, and techniques needed to perform the most common types of statistics.

Professor Eddie Davila covers statistics basics, like calculating averages, medians, modes, and standard deviations. He shows how to use probability and distribution curves to inform decisions, and how to detect false positives and misleading data. Each concept is covered in simple language, with detailed examples that show how statistics are used in real-world scenarios from the worlds of business, sports, education, entertainment, and more. These techniques will help you understand your data, prove theories, and save time, money, and other valuable resources—all by understanding the numbers.


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