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Drawing Simplified Maps in Illustrator

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:00
Mapping is a common design task. Designers are asked to reinterpret map data to make a location—think a theme park or college campus—seem friendlier or more approachable. In this course, Tony Harmer teachers you how to create a simple, easy-to-read map in Illustrator, using the ArcGIS plugin and other basic reference tools. Tony explains what you should consider before drawing your map, including its purpose, audience, and destination (print or digital), and then shows how to build a map that is scaled correctly and includes important topographical features and landmarks, such as roads and buildings. He enhances the map with dynamic markers, perspective, and labels, and then he shows how to add motion and interactivity to make your maps more useful in today's connected world.

CAD Presentation Techniques

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:00
CAD has revolutionized the design process, and computer graphics empower designers and artists to visualize their work in ways never before possible. Design visualization applies to many different fields, including architecture and interior design, manufacturing, engineering, science, media, and entertainment. In this course, learn the core concepts and methods for presenting computer-aided designs in their best light. Instructor Aaron F. Ross provides an overview of aesthetic and technical best practices for visualizing 3D designs in print, video, and the web. He covers general techniques of computer graphic imaging relevant to design visualization, including lighting, virtual photography, image manipulation, and animation. Discover how to present 3D models effectively and with aesthetic appeal, helping your designs stand out in presentations, reviews, and marketing or advertising materials.

Introduction to the PHR Certification Exam

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:00
HR pros must remain current on HR trends, best practices, and legislation. Certification is one way to demonstrate that commitment. The Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI®) Professional of Human Resources (PHR) certification is the industry standard. If you're interested in PHR certification and the exam process, this course is the place to start. Joanne Walters reviews the exam format and the six major topic areas: business management and strategy, HR development, compensation and benefits, workforce planning and employment, employee and labor relations, and risk management. She also explains how the exam is scored and what you can expect after you receive the preliminary pass or fail on the day of the exam.

Disclaimer: This course is not produced nor endorsed by HRCI®. (Author: Joanne Simon-Walters)

ZBrush and SubD: Design for 3D Printing with SLA

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:00
Not all CAD packages excel at the same tasks. But moving models between them can be difficult. In this course, you can learn a workflow for moving models between ZBrush and CAD packages that use SubD (subdivision surfaces), such as Rhino. Instructor Jean Gorospe shows how to build incredible designs that take advantage of both their strengths-and prepare for an exciting 3D printing process known as stereolithography (SLA). Follow along and discover how to build a modern task chair in Rhino, transfer the model to ZBrush for high-res detailing, send the mesh back to Rhino to convert it to NURBs, and finalize the design for printing. Jean even shows you what the results look like coming straight off an SLA printer, and after they've been washed and cured.

SharePoint Framework for Developers: 2 Authoring and Debugging Solutions

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:00
SharePoint Framework (SPFx) allows developers to extend SharePoint Online and SharePoint on premises, via web parts or extensions. This course shows you how to write those web parts and extensions using SPFx. It also demonstrates how to create application and field customizers and list view command sets. Instructor Sahil Malik shows how to write client-side web parts and extensions, and how to debug your SPFx projects. Plus, learn how to leverage third-party and Office 365 content delivery networks (CDNs) for SPFx deployment.

React for Web Designers

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 14:00
You don't have to start from scratch with React. This super popular JavaScript framework can make your existing websites and apps even better, with very little overhead. Learn practical ways to incorporate React in real-world web designs, in this course with Joe Chellman. Joe introduces three small projects that benefit from React: a product manager that showcases React state, props, and events; an employee directory using React forms and animation; and a status board that uses React to make external API calls. Each project demonstrates what makes React most interesting and useful to web designers and provides solutions for dealing with the few unique challenges, such as working without a build tool.

Sales: Selling Financial Products and Services

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:00
Financial services sales representatives face a set of unique challenges. They sell intangible products or services that involve an element of risk. To succeed, you need to build trust and connect your services with your clients' needs—and their dreams. This course helps you approach the financial services sale in a way that inspires your client's confidence and helps them realize their goals. Learn how to understand the importance of your role, engage financially active customers, and match products to their needs. Business strategist and instructor Meridith Elliott Powell also helps you have great sales conversations and create relationships that last a lifetime. (Author: Meridith Powell)

Creating Accessible PDFs

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:00
Accessibility means making sure your content is available to as many people as possible. When you make your PDFs accessible, it means adding tags, bookmarks, alt text, and other information that makes the files readable and navigable to users who are visually or mobility impaired. Using the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat DC, Microsoft Word, and Adobe InDesign, it's now much easier to create valid, accessible PDFs. In this course—completely revised for 2018—Chad Chelius shows how to take an existing PDF file and remediate it for users of assistive software. He then introduces two workflows for creating accessible PDFs from scratch—one in Word and one in InDesign—with some special considerations for Excel and PowerPoint. Along the way, he offers techniques, tips, and tricks to make accessibility easy to incorporate in every document you publish.

Wireframing for Product Managers

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:00
Kick start the project management process. Learn how to conceptualize your ideas with simple sketches, and refine them into interactive wireframes, mockups, and prototypes. Instructor Evan Kimbrell explains how to build out ideas for a website and a mobile app using nothing more than a pen and paper. Then he turns to tools like POP and Balsamiq to communicate more complex features and interactions. Finally, he reverse-engineers one of the world's most popular sites—YouTube—so you can see how effective sketches translate into first-class products.

SharePoint Framework for Developers: 1 Understanding the Toolchain

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:00
SharePoint Framework (SPFx) allows developers to extend SharePoint Online and SharePoint on premises, via web parts or extensions. Before diving into SPFx, you need to master the toolchain—technologies such as Node.js, npm, Gulp, TypeScript, webpack, Yeoman, Sass, and more. Instructor Sahil Malik uses this introductory course to explore the toolchain. He shows how to write basic Node.js code; bundle images, CSS, and apps with webpack; use Yeoman generators; and integrate TypeScript and Sass. Developers who are already familiar with these tools can jump to the end of the course, where Sahil shows how to set up a complete SPFx development environment.

Learning SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:00
Get started with SOLIDWORKS Electrical, a design package that can help make the work of designing and developing electrical systems a bit easier. Join instructor Justin Flett as he covers the fundamentals of SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and explains how to use this software to generate electrical engineering design schematics and reports. Justin kicks off the course by discussing the overall process of generating an electrical design project, including how to work with the user interface and build a custom project template. He then explains how to generate electrical schematics and components; create, customize, and use wire styles within your schematic drawings; create your own custom symbol from scratch; edit a PLC; generate final reports for your electrical projects; and more.

V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Essential Training

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:00
Master features of the V-Ray 3.0 rendering engine and learn how to extend the range of 3ds Max with V-Ray's state-of-the-art tools, such as progressive sampling, skin and hair shaders, and stereoscopic 3D rendering. This course covers critical V-Ray concepts such as basic material creation, image sampling, color mapping, subdivs, and lighting, as well as creating in-camera effects such as depth of field, motion blur, and caustics. Author and 3D expert Brian Bradley will help you add amazing and lifelike materials and effects to your 3D models with this powerful plugin.

Managing Email Marketing Lists and Campaigns

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:00
Effective email marketing campaigns require robust mailing lists. But how do you build your subscriber base? How do you keep your campaigns focused as your lists grow? Learn how to build and manage your email marketing lists and run more effective campaigns in this course from digital marketing expert Megan Adams. Megan walks through the basics of selecting an email marketing platform from choices like MailChimp, adding contacts to your list, and segmenting and maintaining that list so the right emails are sent to exactly the right audience. She then covers writing compelling emails and calls to action, reducing bounce rates, testing different versions of an email via A/B testing, and automating your efforts. These strategies will help you find, engage, and convert new customers directly from their inbox—while keeping your messaging on track.

C# Framework Design

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:00
Discover how to design C# frameworks for personal, enterprise, and open-source projects. In this course, join instructor Jesse Freeman as he discusses key framework design concepts, how to organize your code, and how to document and share your frameworks online. Jesse covers code encapsulation and modular classes. He also explains how to extend a framework and enforce an architecture pattern.

jQuery: Building an Interface

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:00
Create an interactive user interface that uses the strengths of jQuery, Bootstrap, Underscore.js, and the vast library of jQuery plugins. Instructor Ray Villalobos shows how to use the jQuery selector engine to select DOM elements, and how to manage actions with jQuery events. He accesses external data with AJAX methods, and extends jQuery with plugins for templating webpages and formatting data. He also shows how to sort and search through data with the Underscore.js library and add and edit form data. This hands-one project will strengthen your jQuery skills and help you build more sophisticated and responsive user interfaces.

Body Language for Women

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:00
Body language is important for all professionals, but it's particularly critical for women, whose self-presentation is often scrutinized more closely than men. In this course, learn how, as a woman, you can be aware of how you're communicating with your body language, and how you can use your body language to convey power, authority, and interest in what others have to say. Instructor Dorie Clark discusses how body language is different for men and women, and how to choose appropriate clothing that matches the situation and your brand. She dives into the components of body language, explaining what to do with your feet, hands, face, and voice when interacting with others at work. Plus, she shares strategies for using body language to signal that you're really present in a situation.

SharePoint Online: Surveys

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:00
Surveys can be a meaningful source of information, as they reveal what people actually think about a particular topic. In this course, learn how to create and review surveys directly inside of SharePoint Online. Join Bill Kulterman as he explains how to create a survey using the survey app, and then add different types of questions—including radio button and drop-down menu choice questions—to your survey. Bill also covers how to set the permissions for a survey, create a branching logic survey, and review survey results.

Launch Your Product to the Press

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:00
When you're ready to launch your product or service, garnering positive press coverage is key. The right media coverage can validate your product or service in the eyes of the general public, driving potential customers to your website. In this course, join instructor Andrea Holland as she shows how to successfully launch your product to the press. Andrea explains how to prepare for a launch by creating basic messaging, writing a press release, and conducting media outreach so that reporters want to write about you. Then, she covers how to execute a successful launch, including how to sound natural when speaking with the media. To wrap up, she shows how to keep the cadence going by leveraging the launch for additional media opportunities.

Docker: Continuous Delivery

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:00
Continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) allow developers to work more collaboratively and catch bugs earlier in the development lifecycle. Docker—a leading software container platform—can greatly simplify continuous deployment by allowing for safer, more reliable deployment and testing environments. In this course, join Arthur Ulfeldt as he explains how to use Docker to build deployment systems. Arthur steps through how to build your CI/CD toolbox, including how to build a minimal Jenkins installation and build Docker images for CI. He also covers essential continuous deployment and integration concepts; shows how to build a simple example of continuous deployment with Docker; discusses integration testing; and more.

Dive Into Orchestration with Docker Swarm

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:00
Docker swarm mode provides native clustering for Docker containers. This means you can manage containers running across multiple servers as a single group—a swarm. Swarms offer a reliable, repeatable, and fast way to build and deploy applications. Plus, you reap all the benefits of an architecture that can scale with a single command and handle updates with no downtime. In this course, Packt instructor Randall Smith shows how to create and manage swarms, build and deploy services to swarms, and create and deploy multi-service applications with Docker Compose.

First, learn how to connect containers running on multiple hosts via shared storage and overlay networks—forming the backbone of your first swarm. Then discover how to initialize the swarm, add and group nodes, and enable backup protection. Next, find out how to add, start, and stop services in the swarm; proxy web services with the load balancer Træfik; and use rolling updates to perform zero-downtime updates. Finally, Randall shows how to use Docker Compose to create, configure, and deploy multi-container apps.

Note: This course was created and produced by Packt Publishing.

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