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Learn Metadata for Book Publishing: The Basics

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joshua Tallent

Released On: 9/1/2016

Metadata is the backbone of the book publishing industry. Without it, publishers can't sell books to retailers, and book sales suffer tremendously. And with the rise of ebooks, it's even more important for publishers and self-published authors to understand how to create quality metadata to help make their books more discoverable online. In this course, you'll learn everything you need to know about book metadata, including how to create XML markup and ONIX files, "the international standard for representing and communicating book industry product information in electronic form." Joshua Tallent helps you understand how to create tags for titles, series, authors, categories, keywords, physical specifications, prices, and ISBNs. Plus, learn how to add information necessary for selling ebooks, and get real-world examples of how this data is used by retailers.


jQuery for Web Designers

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joe Chellman

Released On: 9/1/2016

JavaScript is the programming language of the web. But some problems are a little difficult to solve using 100% pure JavaScript. jQuery closes most of the gaps, and does it so well that a huge number of developers now use jQuery to create some of the coolest front-end plugins around. This course will help web designers learn how to use jQuery's core library and plugins to create richer, more usable sites—faster and more efficiently than with JavaScript alone. It features real-world examples and some easily learned best practices, while covering jQuery basics such as functions, classes, event binding, and data manipulation. Author and developer Joe Chellman shows how to install and customize popular plugins and offers some compelling use cases for jQuery-based (vs. CSS-based) animation.


Building Flexible Android Apps with the Fragments API

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: David Gassner

Released On: 9/1/2016

One of the most common challenges Android developers face is the variation in screen sizes among the thousands of phones, tablets, and other devices that run Android. The Fragments API (introduced in Android 3.0) provides an elegant solution. With fragments, you can build flexible layouts that adapt to any screen size—and do so dynamically, at runtime. In this course, David Gassner shows how to define a layout, add fragments to activities with Java or XML, create alternative layouts for different screen sizes, and use resource folder names to detect and select the right layout. He also shows you how to communicate between activities and fragments with arguments and callback methods, and use fragments to manage dialogs and shared preferences.


Introduction to Graphic Design

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley

Released On: 2/26/2016

What does it take to be a graphic designer? Design is a complex art that involves many different skills and tools, but by breaking down the core topics and software, Justin Seeley shows how you can get your start in the design world. First, he covers theory, including high-level concepts like layout, typography, and color. Then it's your chance to get hands-on, using Illustrator to build a custom logo from scratch and practice your vector-drawing techniques. Next, Justin takes you into Photoshop, where he shows you how to creatively adjust, repair, and retouch the kinds of images you'll use in design projects. Last, he visits InDesign for an overview of the layout and print preparation processes. By the end, you'll have a better grasp of what graphic designers do and what you'll need to learn next. It's a great jumping off point for any graphic design career.

Note: These tutorials were revised in 2016 to make sure they are current with the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud. Mini Bridge was retired this year, so Justin uses alternate methods to open and organize assets.


Learn Sketch: Creating Vector Graphics

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: John-Paul Ballard

Released On: 9/1/2016

Sketch makes vector design easy—especially for UX designers who aren't natural illustrators. Dive into Sketch for Mac and learn how to wrangle vector linework, fills and effects, and Bezier curves like a pro. Discover how to edit the different types of Bezier points and curves, and create simple and complex shapes with ease using the Boolean operations. Learn to recreate imagery in vector form, and use layers and symbols to simplify your vector art. Author John-Paul Ballard also shows how to export artwork from Sketch in a variety of formats, including JPG, PDF, and SVG. Challenges issued along the way help you practice creating common UX interface elements, such as toolbars and navigation icons.


Introduction to Data Governance

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jonathan Reichental

Released On: 8/31/2016

In the era of big data and data science, most businesses and institutions realize the power of data. Yet far too many fail to appreciate the legal and fiscal responsibilities and liabilities associated with it. The stakes are high, but a well-rounded data governance process can help ensure the consistent quality, availability, integrity, and usability of your data.

Here Dr. Jonathan Reichental explains how to begin to implement a data governance program within any organization. Learn the components of data governance, its strategic value, the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, and the overall steps that an organization needs to take to manage, monitor, and measure the program. Plus, get guidance on a set of next steps for building skills. As the data science domain grows, so does the demand for data governance expertise. Start here for your first look at this in-demand skill.


RoboHelp 2015 Essential Training

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Neil Perlin

Released On: 8/31/2016

RoboHelp is Adobe's powerful documentation authoring tool, commonly used for creating online documentation and online help systems for desktop and web-based applications. RoboHelp makes it easy to localize documentation for different markets and generate output for different destinations: web, email, mobile devices, print, etc. Join RoboHelp certified trainer Neil Perlin, as he shows how to use RoboHelp 2015 to create your own layouts and publish output in multiple formats, including HTML5, Word, and PDF. Explore the software's conventions and interface, and learn how to create "topics"—the basic unit of content in RoboHelp. Then discover how to add navigation with tables and links, format content with CSS and master pages, and understand how to use single sourcing to output in various formats from a single layout.


Technical Recruiting

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Barbara Bruno

Released On: 8/31/2016

IT talent is in high demand. If you are a recruiter, focusing on this niche market can be very profitable—if you know what you're doing. Expert recruiter and trainer Barbara Bruno explains how you can best build you presence in this community by providing advice on how to market to candidates, understand what motivates them, validate their credentials, and build a network of qualified applicants. In addition, she provides tips to help you negotiate and close more deals.

There's a shortage of top talent in Silicon Valley and every other tech hub. Recruiters have never been more important. This course will help you understand what is unique about recruiting technical talent, why these candidates are in such great demand, and help you make valuable connections between candidates and employers.


Data Visualization Storytelling Essentials

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Bill Shander

Released On: 5/9/2016

We are wired for story. We crave it. Storytelling has played an integral role in our ability to make progress. It should come as no surprise, then, that presenting data and information in story form maximizes the effectiveness of our communication. We can create deeper emotional responses in our audience when we present data in story form.

Join data visualization expert Bill Shander as he guides you through the process of turning "facts and figures" into "story" to engage and fulfill our human expectation for information. This course is intended for anyone who works with data and has to communicate it to others, whether a researcher, a data analyst, a consultant, a marketer, or a journalist. Bill shows you how to think about, and craft, stories from data by examining many compelling stories in detail.


Java Build Automation with Maven

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Peggy Fisher

Released On: 8/31/2016

Maven makes Java programming easier! It's referred to as a build tool, but it's so much more. Use Maven to manage the entire lifecycle of your project, generate reports, and store documents with its POM repository. And it's not just for Java; C/C++, PHP, and Scala programmers can use Maven, too. This course introduces Maven for build automation in Java, and reviews the other features and functions to consider adding to your development workflow. Staff author Peggy Fisher shows how to install Maven on Mac or Windows, work with the Project Object Model (POM), and use its extensive library of plugins for compiling, testing, deploying, packaging, reporting, and more. Plus, learn how to create a complete start-to-finish project using Maven and two different Java IDEs: NetBeans and IntelliJ.


Creating Expandable Panels with jQuery

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Converse

Released On: 8/31/2016

Learn to create content that is expandable with a single click. This technique is very popular for providing more on-demand information, such as FAQs, biographies, or additional product information. In this course, Chris Converse shows how to create the HTML, CSS, and jQuery code needed for an expandable content panel that hides and shows content at the user's request. Learn how to inject additional markup, style the different panel elements, set trigger states, and animate the panel to reveal the hidden content.


PowerPoint for Mac 2016 Tips and Tricks

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jess Stratton

Released On: 8/30/2016

Get tips and tricks for designing better presentations with PowerPoint for 2016. Find out how to customize PowerPoint by tailoring the interface and adding frequently used tools to the ribbon. Learn to create more engaging presentations by formatting images, designing custom layouts, and animating transitions with the Morph tool. Then prepare for a standout presentation with tips on rehearsing, adding speaker notes, and creating handouts. Author Jess Stratton also offers in-depth advice for working with Excel data in PowerPoint, including embedding charts and spreadsheets and dynamically updating text from Excel.


Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva: Expanding Your Range

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeannie Deva

Released On: 8/30/2016

Want to learn how to sing more challenging and dynamic songs? When your voice is your instrument, "tuning" it becomes a matter of practice. These singing lessons and vocal exercises from top vocal coach Jeannie Deva will help you expand your range and precision, providing instant and noticeable results. Part 3 of her Vocal Lessons series, this course takes Jeannie's years of experience coaching Grammy-winning singers, Broadway actors, and top recording artists and distills it into comprehensive online lessons. Watch from home, at your own pace, and learn practical techniques to expand your range over multiple octaves. Free your voice from preconceptions and strain, and practice exercises to eliminate register breaks and achieve the range you desire.

Note: Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.


Beginning Acoustic Guitar

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jared Meeker, Greg Horne

Released On: 8/30/2016

Learn how to play guitar at your own pace. These easy-to-follow videos features examples in TAB and standard music notation, and hands-on instruction by guitar virtuoso Jared Meeker. You'll learn how to hold the instrument, play with a pick, count time, read music, and play simple chords. After mastering these basics, you'll be introduced to fingerpicking, barre chords, improvisation, music theory, and a variety of styles, including blues, rock, country, and folk. Beginning Acoustic Guitar is a must-have for anyone serious about starting to learn acoustic guitar.


Learn Microsoft SQL Server 2016: The Basics

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Wilbert

Released On: 8/30/2016

SQL Server can be intimidating, especially for people who have never worked with databases before. A quick overview can go a long way to making you feel more comfortable digging into its powerful capabilities.

This course introduces the most important features of SQL Server 2016, and is designed to act as the student's very first look at how the server operates. Adam Wilbert shows how to install a local copy of SQL Server; demonstrates the working environment, SQL Server Management Studio; and walks students through their first hour creating tables, defining relationships, and writing and running queries with Transact-SQL commands. Everything you need to accomplish to create your first database is covered in just 80 minutes. Start watching to get up and running with this professional-grade database management system.


Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva: Warm Ups and Cool Downs

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeannie Deva

Released On: 8/30/2016

Learn how to sing with one-on-one vocal lessons from one of the world's top voice coaches. Jeannie Deva, originator of The Deva Method®, helped thousands of singers improve their vocal performance. Grammy-winning artists, Broadway actors, and amateur singers alike. Her entire body of knowledge has been distilled it into this series of comprehensive online lessons. Part 1 covers the mechanics of voice production and the basic warm-up and cool-down exercises you need to keep your voice in shape. Learn how to sing better and improve your range, tone, and resonance, while reducing dreaded vocal strain. Watch and practice from the comfort of your own home—with the same techniques Jeannie's own clients have used to keep their muscles limber and reduce vocal tension.

Note: Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.


Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva: Singing Songs Better

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeannie Deva

Released On: 8/30/2016

Learn how to sing—and sing better. Many top performers rely on vocal coaches like Jeannie Deva to help them perfect songs and improve their range and tone. Practice the techniques professional singers use in the comfort of your own home, with this set of breathing, pitch, and phrasing exercises, designed by Jeannie especially for her clients. Learn how to breathe correctly, relax the stomach and diaphragm, and maximize inhalations and exhalations. Find out how to warm up your voice with lip trills and nose buzzes. Discover tricks for improving pitch and increasing vocal resonance and "ease." Finally, Jeannie helps you to improve your delivery of a song with phrasing and dynamics. Each technique is demonstrated on a guest singer, so you can see and hear the corrections in action.

Note: The course is part 2 of the Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva series, recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.


Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva: Singing Embellishments

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeannie Deva

Released On: 8/30/2016

Taking your voice to the next level requires practice—and sometimes a bit of embellishment. Embellishments are extra notes that can enhance the emotion and connection of a song, and are characteristic of many top-10 pop, country, jazz, and R&B tunes. Learn how to sing to stylize your vocal lines to fit your personality and build your confidence as an expressive singer, with these online singing lessons from top vocal coach Jeannie Deva. Part 4 of her comprehensive series introduces popular embellishments for multiple genres. These techniques are the same ones used by Jeannie's clients—Grammy-winning singers, Broadway actors, and top recording artists—and are guaranteed to produce noticeable improvements in your vocal range, tone, and style.

Note: Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.


Excel 2016: Financial Functions in Depth

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Curt Frye

Released On: 8/29/2016

Analyzing financial data can seem intimidating, but Excel has a wide range of functions to perform these calculations quickly and easily. This course shows users how and when to use each of the financial functions available in Excel 2016. Author Curt Frye covers evaluating loan payments; calculating depreciation; determining rates of return, bond coupon dates, and security durations; calculating prices and yields; and more.


Power BI Pro Essential Training

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Gini von Courter

Released On: 8/29/2016

Microsoft Power BI has been replaced with a far more powerful version—Power BI Pro—which combines Power BI Services, Desktop, and Mobile into a formidable business intelligence and analytics package. In this course, Gini von Courter shows how and why to get the most out of this toolset, including Power BI Publisher and the Power BI mobile apps. In this course, Gini von Courter shows how and why to get the most out of this package: Power BI, Power BI Publisher, and the Power BI mobile apps. Learn how to connect to external data sources and upload CSV and Excel files, and then use Power BI Pro to create insightful reports, visualizations, and dashboards, complete with charts and maps. Get further insights from your data with Power BI Q&A and Microsoft Cortana, and then share the results with colleagues. Gini also covers the desktop and mobile versions of the software, which allow you to conduct analysis offline or on the go.


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