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Learning Vagrant

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 20:00
Vagrant is a command-line program that's used in combination with a configuration file to define, configure, and run virtual machines. Vagrant is compatible with most of the major hypervisors, including VirtualBox, Hyper-V, and VMware. In this course, instructor Dave Swersky helps you get started with this powerful, easy-to-use tool by helping you build your understanding of Vagrant components and the ecosystem that Hashicorp—the makers of Vagrant—provides to support Vagrant. Dave goes over the primary use cases for Vagrant, and explains how it can simplify the usage and deployment of virtual machines. He discusses how to work with boxes—including how to create boxes of your own—and discusses Vagrant Cloud, an online box repository. He also shares tips and tricks that can help you work more efficiently with Vagrant. (Author: David Swersky)

Managing a Cross-Functional Team

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 20:00
A cross-functional team is a group of people with different functional expertise working toward a common goal—and can include people from finance, marketing, operations, and human resources. Because everyone has their own priorities, cross-functional teams can be challenging to lead. Team demands compete with the day-to-day demands that team members face from their own departments, and the team leader often has to rely more on influence than direct control. In this course, leadership trainer and executive coach Mike Figliuolo outlines the skills needed to successfully manage a cross-functional team, explains how to communicate effectively with team members, and shares how to resolve conflict when it arises.

ASP.NET Core: Converting Synchronous Calls to Asynchronous

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 20:00
Review key concepts that can help you gain a more practical understanding of asynchronous programming. Join instructor Reynald Adolphe as he covers how to switch from synchronous programming to asynchronous programming. Reynald explores the principles behind the await and async keywords, and provides synchronous and asynchronous demonstrations with a desktop app. He then goes over how to convert synchronous code to asynchronous code—and vice versa—in ASP.NET Core and Entity Framework Core, and explores how to test an application to confirm that the conversion was done successfully.

Java EE: Design Patterns and Architecture

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 20:00
Discover how to prevent common design issues and increase programming efficiency using design patterns and architecture in Java EE. In this course, instructor Alex Theedom dives into the fundamental topic of design patterns and software architecture, equipping you with the knowledge you need to choose the right architecture for your application. Alex covers the Gang of Four classic patterns, discussing the unique way they are implemented in the Java EE platform. This includes the Singleton, Facade, Observer, and Decorator patterns. He then goes over some of the most important architectural patterns used by the platform, including Filter, model-view-controller (MVC), Front Controller, and Interceptor. After diving into design patterns, he moves on to the topic of architecture, discussing the motivation and need for architecture and introducing some of the best-known structures. Alex finishes the course with a discussion of monolithic and microservice architectures.

SQL Server Performance for Developers

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 20:00
Developers face an array of challenges when trying to develop performant applications for Microsoft SQL Server. In this course, instructor Joey D'Antoni shares concepts and strategies that can help you enhance your app's performance on SQL Server. Throughout this course, Joey walks through best practices for building efficient, scalable database applications. He covers an array of topics, including execution plans, columnstore indexes, datatypes, temporary objects, and what not to do with SQL Server. He also goes over indexing, and shares how best to create temporary objects.

Social Media Marketing: Managing Online Communities

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 20:00
Online communities are the quickest way to find new customers and reach like-minded people. With platforms such as WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter, it's easier than ever to create an online community of your own. But it's important to know how to engage visitors in the right way. Your online audience can be your best advocates—and help you attract more fans and followers. In this course, Megan Adams explores how to turn an online audience into a true community. She walks you through strategies for the most popular social media tools, like Facebook and Twitter, and free and paid tactics for gaining followers and growing your community. Plus, get tips on creating and sharing content that keeps your audience engaged.

This course is part of a Learning Path approved by the American Marketing Association.

Gain the skills you need to become an AMA Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) in Digital Marketing by using the industry-leading courses and resources in the Learning Path. Take the AMA certification exam to show that you have what it takes to lead the digital transformation.

InDesign CC: Designing a Magazine Layout

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:00
Building a great magazine layout can be a time-consuming and difficult process. In this course, graphic designer Nigel French shares effective design techniques that can help you create dynamic magazine layouts using Adobe InDesign CC. From setting up a document to working with images and typography, Nigel takes you through the whole process of designing a magazine spread—from concept to completion. Learn how to tidy up and finesse the layout of your document, prepare your final document for print, and more.

Particular 3 for After Effects Essential Training

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:00
Red Giant Trapcode Particular—an industry-standard particle generator—is one of the most important plugins for Adobe After Effects. In this course, join Ian Robinson as he helps you get up to speed with using Particular 3 for After Effects. To begin, Ian shows how to create a basic emitter and particle system. He then examines different kinds of emitters and particle attributes; shares how to create custom particles; looks at how lights and cameras are integrated with particle systems; and explains how to build complex particles using multiple systems. After building a solid foundation for working in Particular 3, he dives into some short projects, showing how to stop time with Time Factor, create secondary particle systems from other particles, create light streaks, and more.

Executive Presence for Women

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:00
Executive presence—communicating confidence, polished professionalism, and authenticity—is a key skill for any aspiring leader, manager, or executive. Women face unique challenges in the workplace due to gender norms and expectations, stereotyping, and their own questions about what behaviors help or hinder them. This course can help aspiring female executives by providing practical strategies that can help them build and sustain their executive presence, and overcome common pitfalls. Discover how to sell your ideas to both your peers and C-suite executives, how to effectively promote yourself, and how to find a sponsor or mentor. To wrap up, learn tips and strategies that can help women in the C-suite strengthen their ability to command a room and connect with others in the executive suite. (Author: Roberta Matuson)

Microstation: AccuDraw

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:00
Discover how to work efficiently with AccuDraw, a collection of aids for positioning and drawing precisely in MicroStation V8i. In this course, learn your way around this essential MicroStation feature, and discover how to leverage it for a more productive workflow. Explore how to use AccuSnap for precise placement and use basic AccuDraw features for working in 2D and 3D. Plus, this course covers custom shortcuts, advanced techniques, and how to configure AccuDraw to suit your unique needs. (Author: Jeanne Aarhus)

InDesign CC: Designing a Magazine Layout

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:00
Building a great magazine layout can be a time-consuming and difficult process. In this course, graphic designer Nigel French shares effective design techniques that can help you create dynamic magazine layouts using Adobe InDesign CC. From setting up a document to working with images and typography, Nigel takes you through the whole process of designing a magazine spread—from concept to completion. Learn how to tidy up and finesse the layout of your document, prepare your final document for print, and more.

AWS Machine Learning by Example

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:00
Take a deeper dive into machine learning with Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this practical course, instructor Jonathan Fernandes helps to familiarize you with common machine learning tasks, demonstrating how to approach each one using key techniques: binary classification, multiclass classification, and regression. Throughout the course, he walks through several examples, using Kaggle datasets for hands-on exploration. Plus, he reviews some essential machine learning concepts and helps to familiarize you with other AWS capabilities, including SageMaker and Deep Learning AMIs.

Learning SQL Server Development on Linux

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:00
The release of Microsoft SQL Server 2017 introduces a wide range of new features for developers—including the ability to leverage the power of the SQL Server engine on Linux operating systems. In this course, get up to speed with all of the exciting new features available in this platform, and learn about SQL Server on Linux. Instructor Joey D'Antoni also covers adaptive query processing, discussing batch mode adaptive joins, interleaved execution, and automatic tuning. He wraps up the course with a discussion of SQL Operations Studio, an open-source tool that you can use to manage SQL Server and Azure SQL Database from any platform.

Microsoft Azure: Disaster Recovery

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:00
The most important components of disaster recovery are proper planning and the proper tools. This course shows IT admins how to protect system resources before disaster strikes using the comprehensive backup, restore, and site recovery solutions in Microsoft Azure. Instructor Sharon Bennett—a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert—shows how to configure backups of virtual machines, files and folders, and Microsoft SQL Server, and restore data from those backups. She covers features such as Azure Backup, Recovery Services, Backup Server, and the System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM). There is also in-depth coverage of Azure Site Recovery (ASR), which allows businesses to fail over to systems at a secondary location. In that chapter, Sharon shows how to use ASR to protect Hyper-V and Azure virtual machines, test your ASR configuration, and fail over to and fail back from the replicated VMs.

Learn LinkedIn Sales Navigator 2018

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:00
Find more leads and build out your social sales strategy with the power of LinkedIn Sales Navigator. LinkedIn is a natural platform for modern selling, and with Sales Navigator you can increase your opportunity for successful connections. In this course, Donna Alexander shows you how to find new leads, review lead suggestions, view member profiles and company accounts, and use shared connections to make introductions. She also shows how you can use InMail to increase your sales success with targeted messaging, and prospect on the go with the Sales Navigator mobile app. Plus, learn how to use PointDrive and updates to gain more insights into your buyers and the state of your sales pipeline.

CySA+ Cert Prep: 2 Vulnerability Management

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:00
Are you currently pursuing the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification? If so, this course—the second installment in the CySA+ Cert Prep series—can help you approach the exam with confidence by covering key concepts that can prepare you for the Vulnerability Management domain of the CySA+ exam. Instructor Mike Chapple includes coverage of how to create a vulnerability management program, configure and execute vulnerability scans, and remediate vulnerabilities. He also goes over common server, endpoint, and network vulnerabilities and explains how to analyze scan results.

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Animation Pipeline Production

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:00
Losing files is terrible for anyone but losing animation-work that you've spent 500 or 1,000 hours on-can be crippling. In this course, David Andrade introduces a production workflow that will help you mitigate disasters and get projects done on time. He covers the creative and technical aspects of animation, including scripting, storyboarding, layout, file management, and rendering. Each step is shown in context in the production pipeline, allowing you to see how software like After Effects, Maya, and Blender fit together. Use the pipeline to solve your unique creative and technical challenges and develop a customized production workflow to suit your personal style.

Penetration Testing: Advanced Kali Linux

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:00
Kali Linux is the pen-testing professional's main tool, and includes many hundreds of modules for scanning, exploitation, payloads, and post exploitation. In this course you can learn how to use Kali for advanced pen testing, including stealthy testing, privilege escalation, tunneling and exfiltration, and pivoting. Learn how to use the basic toolset and extend Kali, integrating native exploits into the Metasploitable environment. Find out how to generate and maintain a variety of shells, including Python and C++, and discover how to collect and use credentials. Get an introduction to the online Hack The Box lab where you can practice your pen-testing skills. Instructor Malcolm Shore focuses on the advanced customization of exploits and achieving root access through a sustainable shell. He has designed the course to help the learner advance as a professional pen tester, and learn key objectives needed to pass the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) exam. The training will appeal to all ethical hackers and pen testers, as well as general IT professionals.

Programming for Non-Programmers: Android & Kotlin

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:00
Anyone can learn programming with the right tools and training. Android is a great place to start. It's free and easy to adopt and the programming language, Kotlin, is built on the world's most popular language, Java. Join Todd Perkins for this training course, which teaches the most important concepts about Android app development in a visual way that people of any background can understand. You can build a functional app in a few hours and figure out if programming is right for you, without a lengthy time commitment. By the end, you'll have a basic understanding of the building blocks of the Kotlin development language, including variables, methods, and control flow, and the essentials of good interface design. You'll also put together a complete real-world app—a usable calculator—that can run on any Android device.

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