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Learn System Center 2016: Virtual Machine Manager

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00
Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in Microsoft System Center 2016 allows system admins to deploy and control hosts and storage within a virtualized datacenter. In this course, learn how to create and manage virtual machines using VMM. Robert McMillen provides an overview of VMM, covering its history, features, and fabric, as well as how to install VMM. He explains how to work with VMM host groups, configure virtual networking and load balancing, add clustered storage, work with the VMM library, and deploy private clouds.

IoT Foundations: Monetizing IoT

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00
The Internet of Things (IoT) presents an array of fascinating possibilities—but is there money to be made? In this course, Bruce Sinclair discusses the business of IoT, and provides you with the vocabulary to talk about how to leverage this technology to make money. Bruce covers the four main ways of creating value with IoT, and explores various ways to monetize that value. He familiarizes you with the five main IoT business models on the IoT business model continuum: product, product service, service, service outcome, and outcome. Plus, he discusses how IoT can help you establish more meaningful relationships with your customers.

Android App Development: Design Patterns for Mobile Architecture

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00
Developers need to know how to manage an app's complexity. In this course, learn how to simplify your apps by applying simple architectural design patterns to your mobile code base. Discover how these design patterns can help you reduce bugs and maximize your development time by making your code easier to read and test. Jon Bott covers different architectural models such as MVC, MVP, and VIPER. In addition, he walks through the conversion process from MVC to a layered architecture, covering dependency injection, the coordinator pattern, and data binding.

Python Projects

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00
Strengthen your understanding of Python—the popular object-oriented language—by tackling a series of hands-on projects. In this course, Burkhard Meier explains how to work with Python 3.5 to create four distinct projects. To begin, Burkhard shows how to install the Eclipse IDE development environment with the PyDev plugin, as well as how to set breakpoints and use different debugging tools within Eclipse. He also shows how to translate classic design patterns into Python 3.5, create a GUI weather application with Tkinter, and write a Python Windows service that uses a scheduling mechanism to send out emails at set times.

Note: This course was created by Packt Publishing. We are pleased to host this training in our library.

Houdini Essential Training

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00
There's a multitude of tools for 3D content creation on the market, and each has its own advantages and merits. Houdini—a leading package for 3D content creation—offers a procedural workflow that allows for powerful experimentation, system reusability, and overall process efficiency in building an array of assets and animations.

While known for its VFX strengths, Houdini has powerful tools for end-to-end 3D production for projects ranging from photorealistic visual effects to stylized motion graphics. In this course, Scott Pagano starts from the ground up to provide you with a solid foundation in Houdini. First, he takes you through the interface, covering topics such as global animation options, nomenclature, and viewport and display nodes. Next, he covers core geometry and animation concepts, followed by lighting, shading, and rendering techniques using the Houdini Mantra renderer. Once you have those primary 3D skills under your belt, Scott moves on to particles and volumes—some of the package's most lauded strengths. He wraps up with an overview of the package's compositing context, where you can create procedural imagery useful for processes across all contexts.

IoT Foundations: Fundamentals

Lynda.com - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00
The Internet of Things (IoT) is more than just smart or connected devices. In this course, learn what IoT is, and how it works from a technical standpoint. Bruce Sinclair provides a broad overview of IoT, explaining each of its main components. He also goes into the software-defined product—the digital twin of the physical product—as well as the hardware-defined product, explaining how sensors and embedded systems help to gather data. Plus, he dives into the network fabric, and explains what external systems are and why it's important to consider them when designing an IoT product.

Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Mastery

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
Sharpen your Photoshop skills by tackling more advanced Photoshop techniques. This is the third course in a comprehensive Photoshop training series by industry expert Deke McClellandOne-on-One teaches you what you need to know about Photoshop, in the order you need to know it, on the schedule that works best for you. In this installment, Deke helps you attain mastery at the premiere image editing program by familiarizing you with some of its more advanced features. Learn new shortcuts, how to assign and convert color profiles, how to customize the Photoshop toolbox and menus, and how to create trendy, dynamic Twirl art. Plus, Deke explains how to turn a photo into a dot drawing, eliminate halos with the Minimum filter, edit videos in Photoshop, and much more.

After Effects Compositing: 1 Intro to VFX

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
Visual effects have gone from a secret craft to a well-known career path, and with today's software, and the right tutorials, anyone can make high-quality VFX. The After Effects Compositing Essentials series is designed to help mograph artists of any level master techniques such as matching, tracking, keying, and rotoscoping. This course is your introduction to the series: part tutorial and part inspiration. Mark Christiansen introduces the seven essential compositing techniques and some bonus tips to help enhance drama, correct color, and create transparency. He also explains the art of storytelling with VFX, and how the pros use After Effects to create convincing movie magic.

WordPress: Custom Post Types and Taxonomies

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
By default WordPress has five post types (posts and pages are the most popular), organized using built-in taxonomies like categories and tags. However, you can extend the functionality of WordPress and display different types of content according to your own rules by creating custom post types and taxonomies. In this course, Morten Rand-Hendriksen shows how to create a plugin for new post types and taxonomies, create new post types and taxonomies (hierarchal and nonhierarchal), and build templates that display the custom post types and taxonomies in new and effective ways.

Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Mastery

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
Sharpen your Photoshop skills by tackling more advanced Photoshop techniques. This is the third course in a comprehensive Photoshop training series by industry expert Deke McClellandOne-on-One teaches you what you need to know about Photoshop, in the order you need to know it, on the schedule that works best for you. In this installment, Deke helps you attain mastery at the premiere image editing program by familiarizing you with some of its more advanced features. Learn new shortcuts, how to assign and convert color profiles, how to customize the Photoshop toolbox and menus, and how to create trendy, dynamic Twirl art. Plus, Deke explains how to turn a photo into a dot drawing, eliminate halos with the Minimum filter, edit videos in Photoshop, and much more.

Wacom Essential Training

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
Wacom tablets are a popular alternative to the mouse for expressive painting, drawing, and navigating your computer with a pressure-sensitive pen. In this course, artist and teacher John Derry shows how to get you up and running with a Wacom tablet, from setting it up and getting accustomed to using the pen, to using the tablet with popular creativity and productivity applications. He also helps to familiarize you with the changes to the Wacom tablet over the past few years, including touch capability, and reviews the MobileStudio Pro pen computer, which offers a high-performance platform in a small package. Plus, learn about tablet ergonomics—which makes your Wacom even more compatible with your working conditions—and follow a few exercises to warm up your drawing arm.

Cert Prep: Unity Fundamentals

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
Demonstrate your proficiency at using Unity for game development by becoming a Unity Certified Developer. In this comprehensive course, learn how to get started with game design using Unity, and prepare for the Unity Certified Developer exam by exploring essential Unity concepts. Alan Thorn covers an array of topics, including how to work with the Unity interface, navigate viewports, create game content, and export and import assets. Plus, he shares some usability advice that can help you increase your productivity when using Unity.

Content Marketing ROI

Lynda.com - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
Content marketing campaigns with blogs, videos, and podcasts can help you connect with your audience in a meaningful way—but proving the ROI of such endeavors is one of the toughest challenges facing marketers today. In this course, learn how to move beyond vanity metrics such as likes and page views to definitively prove how content marketing affects your bottom line. Brian Honigman highlights the major challenges to measuring the value of content marketing, and explains how to set up the right metrics and content formats for your reporting system. He also explains how to use this information to produce actionable insights and drive continuous improvement for your business.

Practical Application Architecture with Entity Framework Core

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:00
To get the most out of Entity Framework Core—a cross-platform way to access data from an application—it's important to know how to make sound architectural choices. In this course, learn how to choose an application architecture to use with Entity Framework Core for several different scenarios. Richard Goforth covers why all of this architecture is necessary, and dives into design patterns with Entity Framework Core, discussing topics such as data access layers, DTOs, and exposing the queryable interface from Entity Framework Core. He also goes into error handling strategies, architectural strategies for using Entity Framework Core within ASP.NET, unit testing, and mistakes to avoid when architecting software with Entity Framework Core.

SketchUp: Tips & Tricks

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:00
Discover how to use SketchUp more effectively. In this weekly course, George Maestri covers a wide variety of topics and shares tips that can help you use this powerful application to efficiently and quickly create detailed 3D models. Tune in and start boosting your SketchUp skills.

WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce Plugins

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:00
Discover how to manipulate the inner workings of WooCommerce to deliver customized WooCommerce stores. In this course, learn how to tailor the functionality of your online store to match your existing business practices by creating a plugin that interacts with WooCommerce. Join WooCommerce expert Patrick Rauland as he explains how to create a settings page, hide the checkout page, and customize the edit product page. Plus, he covers how to customize the WooCommerce checkout, add custom order statuses, and send automated updates to customers.

Cert Prep: MCSA Windows 10

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:00
Earning a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 10 certification demonstrates that you have the skills needed to perform tasks related to installing, configuring, and managing a Windows 10 enterprise network and connected devices. In this short course, Microsoft MVP Joli Ballew helps you prepare for certification. She provides an explanation of what the exam is and who it's designed for, and outlines any prerequisites. She also explains how to prepare for the exam and what the exam experience is like, as well as how to understand your score report.

CompTIA A+ (220-901) Cert Prep: 5 Networking

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:00
Earning a CompTIA A+ certification validates you've obtained the foundational knowledge and skills needed for a career in IT. This six-course series is designed to both equip you as a technician for your role in IT support, and prepare you for taking the 220-901 exam.

The CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam is comprised of six key parts. The fifth, networking, is covered by this course. Instructor Mike Meyers provides an introduction to networking by exploring cables, network IDs, IP addresses, and ports. He explains how to deal with a DNS, configure a router, and set up a wireless network while applying security standards. He also discusses Internet connections, including dial-up, broadband, wireless, and more.

Note: The six courses designed for the CompTIA A+ (220-901) exam preparation include core processing, core hardware, peripherals and building a PC, displays and printers, networking, and laptops and mobile devices.

We are now a CompTIA Content Publishing Partner. As such, we are able to offer CompTIA exam vouchers at a 10% discount. For more information on how to obtain this discount, please download these PDF instructions.

Learning Confluence

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:00
Confluence is a tool for creating, organizing, sharing, and collaborating on work. It can be installed on your desktop or accessed from the cloud, making it a great solution for all types of teams—including remote employees and mobile users. In this course, instructor David Rivers explores how to configure and use Confluence to manage business and project data. He dives into creating pages and blogs, adjusting page layouts, adding content, enhancing your spaces with navigation, and sharing as well as restricting access to information. Start watching and learn how to use Confluence for project management, document retention, collaboration, and more.

Creating a BIM Execution Plan

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:00
BIM Execution Plans (BEP) can help to ensure that the information regarding a BIM project is effectively communicated to project participants. In this course, join Brian Myers as he takes you through the essential content you'll need in a BEP, and provides a structured procedure for creating and implementing your own BEP. Brian takes you through each section of a typical BEP, explaining what kind of information you need to provide. He also helps you design the BIM execution process, covering how to define the Level of Development (LOD) and determine the information that needs to be in the model. He also covers collaboration procedures, including defining the software to be used, specifying the file naming structure, and defining the coordination process.

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