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PHP: Object-Oriented Programming with Databases

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
Learn how to interact with databases using object-oriented PHP code. In this intermediate course, Kevin Skoglund teaches powerful PHP techniques that streamline interactions with MySQL databases. PHP developers will benefit from the efficient, well-organized, reusable, and easy-to-understand code that object-oriented programming (OOP) offers. Kevin shows how OOP techniques can optimize database queries, help manage sessions, and simplify user logins. He provides practical examples and tips to create objects that interact seamlessly with database rows, to build a content management system with HTML forms, to authenticate users, and to break up long lists of database data into smaller pages.

Note: This is an intermediate-level training course that assumes you have existing knowledge of PHP. To refresh your skills, check out PHP Essential Training and PHP: Object-Oriented Programming. (Authors: )

React VR: Interactive Multimedia

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
Once you've learned the basics of virtual reality, you can create immersive, interactive experiences that enable users to play and learn. With React VR, developers can add multimedia, including video, 3D models, and animation, and use the component state to dynamically re-render content. This course teaches you how to go beyond the basics and combine these elements into a single immersive VR project: a space-themed environment for NASA Earth Science. Instructor Emmanuel Henri also teaches you how to structure and test your projects, letting you safely explore more complex possibilities with React VR. (Authors: )

Mobile Photography Weekly

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
Mobile photography can mean everything from iPhone and Android snapshots to sophisticated image editing on a phone or tablet. Mobile Photography Weekly is the weekly series that covers it all, from Instagram to Photoshop Fix, from camera phone tripod mounts to add-on lenses. Tune in each Tuesday to learn a new tip or technique, discover new apps and add-ons, and get the most out of the mobile photography revolution. (Authors: )

Learning Python

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
Python—the popular and highly readable object-oriented language—is both powerful and relatively easy to learn. Whether you're new to programming or an experienced developer, this course can help you get started with Python. Joe Marini provides an overview of the installation process, basic Python syntax, and an example of how to construct and run a simple Python program. Learn to work with dates and times, read and write files, and retrieve and parse HTML, JSON, and XML data from the web. (Authors: )

CSS Shorts Weekly

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
CSS Shorts is a weekly series covering all aspects of CSS, including properties, preprocessors, positioning, floats, and the most up-to-date styling techniques. Instructor Chris Converse returns every Tuesday, bringing you short and timely tips that will help new and experienced web developers alike create more beautiful websites and more efficient code. Tune in and learn how to take more control over the style, layout, and even the user experience of your web designs.

Note: There will be free exercise files for most episodes, which will allow you to follow along with author Chris Converse, as you explore all the possibilities CSS has to offer.

Learning iPhone and iPad Security

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
In a mobile world, security is more important than ever. Learn to keep your iPhone and iPad—and your data—safe and secure. In this course, staff instructor Nick Brazzi demystifies security concepts and shows how to enable helpful features, so that iOS 11 users can mitigate the most common security and privacy risks. Discover how to create stronger passwords, secure location and backup data, protect yourself from malware, avoid scams, and locate and disable devices when they are lost or stolen.

React VR: Interactive Multimedia

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
Once you've learned the basics of virtual reality, you can create immersive, interactive experiences that enable users to play and learn. With React VR, developers can add multimedia, including video, 3D models, and animation, and use the component state to dynamically re-render content. This course teaches you how to go beyond the basics and combine these elements into a single immersive VR project: a space-themed environment for NASA Earth Science. Instructor Emmanuel Henri also teaches you how to structure and test your projects, letting you safely explore more complex possibilities with React VR.

Intermediate Bot Framework for Developers

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
Chatbots are the first wave of practical and commercially viable artificial intelligence, prevalent in ecommerce and service-oriented applications. For chatbot development, Microsoft Bot Framework is one of the most popular tools. In this course, Mithun Prasad, PhD (applied data scientist at Microsoft) reveals advanced features and best practices for developing intelligent bots with the Bot Framework. Learn how to implement conversation logging for advanced analytics, perform rapid development and testing with ngrok, conduct unit testing, and set up Direct Line communication from clients such as mobile apps and web services.

Wireshark: Malware and Forensics

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
Security devices on a network scoop up traffic and then analyze the field values to allow or deny specific traffic. As smart as the devices are, there are times when some threats slip through the cracks. Wireshark is a free protocol analysis tool that is used to baseline a network, actively monitor changes, identify common attack signatures, build firewall rules, detect issues, and quickly remove threats from the network. This course covers how to use Wireshark for deep packet analysis, capturing, and forensics. Learn how to keep your networks secure against malware and cyberattacks by implementing solutions that detect and handle unusual traffic. (Author: Lisa Bock)

CISA Cert Prep: 2 Information Technology Governance and Management for IS Auditors

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
Earning a CISA certification validates your ability to audit, control, and monitor information systems. The CISA Cert Prep series prepares you to tackle this exam and acquire the skills you need to confidently manage IT security audits. This course—the second in the series—teaches the concepts of IT governance and management that the CISA candidate needs to know.

Instructor Michael Lester starts out with a description of IT governance and the role of IT policies, processes, and standards, providing examples of many of the most common types. He reviews three key areas for auditing: risk management, business continuity, and disaster recovery planning. He also explains how an IT department and its auditing team should be organized. At each stage, he explains how the auditor would address these topics in a typical audit environment.

SOLIDWORKS: Advanced Simulation

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:00
Before parts can be manufactured, SOLIDWORKS designers need to perform advanced stress analysis using simulations. This process is called finite element analysis or FEA. Join instructor Tony Abbey in this course, as he teaches this vital skill using the rich simulation features in SOLIDWORKS Premium 2018. Learn how to break up and mesh models, set loads and boundary conditions, and fix and re-mesh geometry. Explore the 3-2-1 and plane strain methods for measuring stress and displacement. After optimizing each design, Tony runs an analysis and compares the before and after results so you can see how the stress is reduced.

Using Character Animator in Production

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:00
Adobe Character Animator boasts tools and functionality that allow you to create striking real-time animation. In this course, discover how to leverage this fun and powerful software throughout the production process—from pre-production to post-production and delivery. Instructor Mark Simon shows how to tackle pre-production tasks such as storyboarding and budgeting. Mark also goes over ways to add value to your production, explaining how to make your characters walk, how to best capture eye movement, and how to create actions that build off other actions. Plus, he demonstrates how to deal with common production issues; shares some cool production tricks; and explains how to handle the delivery of your final product, including how to set up a live-to-presentation production and export to Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

Learning Headshot Photography

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:00
Making headshots for businesspeople can be fun and lucrative. In this course, instructor Levi Sim covers the essentials for making great business portraits, from lighting and camera choices to interacting with your subjects and helping them look their best in front of the camera. Levi explains how to find your unique style, select lenses that are flattering to your subjects, position your lights, and pick the right backdrop. He also shares tips for posing your subject for a headshot in a way that looks natural, and shows how to efficiently retouch headshot images.

Migrating from AutoCAD to Fusion 360

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:00
AutoCAD users who are migrating to Fusion 360 will encounter tools, terminology, and workflows that may differ from what they're used to. Although both are Autodesk products, AutoCAD and Fusion 360 are dissimilar in several ways. This course explores the key elements of Fusion 360 that every experienced AutoCAD user needs to know before moving their work to Fusion 360. Instructor Jomarc Baquiran helps to prepare you to make the switch by going over similarities and differences between AutoCAD and Fusion 360, how to model and assemble 3D components, how to create 2D drawings, and more.

SketchUp: Shadow Studies

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:00
Shadow studies are essential, as the play of light and shadow on architectural surfaces informs aesthetic perceptions, correlates with solar heat gain, affects how we use public spaces, impacts neighboring properties, and influences why we might choose a particular site. In this course, learn how to approach shadow studies using SketchUp, the popular 3D modeling application. Instructor Scott Onstott starts by examining how sunlight illuminates the earth at different latitudes and hemispheres, and explaining why solstices and equinoxes are the key times of year to analyze. Then, he demonstrates how to create a set of 3D helper tools based on a site's particular solar altitudes and azimuths. He goes on to use these tools to design an awning that provides shade during the summer and lets light in during the winter. In addition, he shows how to geolocate and reorient a massing model, save scenes at key times of day and seasons of the year, and output an animated time-lapse shadow study.

Learning Lectora Inspire 2017

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:00
Start creating stunning, interactive, and responsive elearning courses with Lectora Inspire. In this course, instructor David Rivers shows you how to get up and running with Lectora Inspire, the suite of rapid elearning authoring tools. Learn how to set up a new title by designing it from scratch, using the wizards, or importing a PowerPoint presentation. Then learn how to add text, tables, graphics, and video; apply new page layouts and themes; use effects; add branching and interactivity with actions; and build quizzes and surveys. Finally, discover how to publish your title so it can be viewed on the web, or in a SCORM-, AICC-, or xAPI-compliant format for learning management systems.

Learning Headshot Photography

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:00
Making headshots for businesspeople can be fun and lucrative. In this course, instructor Levi Sim covers the essentials for making great business portraits, from lighting and camera choices to interacting with your subjects and helping them look their best in front of the camera. Levi explains how to find your unique style, select lenses that are flattering to your subjects, position your lights, and pick the right backdrop. He also shares tips for posing your subject for a headshot in a way that looks natural, and shows how to efficiently retouch headshot images.

Making Your Own CocoaPod with Swift

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:00
Having the ability to make your own development tools separates advanced programmers from the rest. CocoaPods is a great platform to share your work with others. A package dependency manager, CocoaPods also acts as sharing hub for Apple developers. In this course Harrison Ferrone shows how to create a simple utilities file that you can package and deploy as a public pod. Learn how to upload and release the project through GitHub, and validate and publish the pod using CocoaPods Trunk. In the last step, you download the pod for use in a test project, and learn how to keep your pod up to date. By the end of the course, you will have an accessible CocoaPod of your own making that can be reused in any iOS project.

Data Analytics for Business Professionals

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:00
What can data analytics do for your business? Take a lesson from companies like Xerox and UPS. Data analytics can help cut costs, speed up delivery, generate forecasts, and make better decisions. In this introductory overview, economist and author John Johnson shows leaders and executives how to use analytics to make data-driven decisions and gain competitive advantage. First, see examples of real-life analytics in action. Then explore the differences between predictive and prescriptive analytics, and find out how to formulate questions—a process that can be almost as revealing as finding the answers. John then shows how to collect, clean, and aggregate data from different sources across your organization, and identify when data is flawed. Then learn how to plan and deploy an analytics strategy for your business, starting with a variety of simple techniques: averages, sampling, cherry picking, forecasting, and correlation and causality. Finally, John closes with some resources and next steps to advance your analytics knowledge.

Building an Online Portfolio

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:00
Successful creative professionals know that great gigs start with a great portfolio. An online portfolio site can market your services to clients around the world. It helps explain your vision and your process, and showcase examples of your best work. In this course, SCAD professor Jason Fox shows how to build an expertly curated portfolio that reveals who you are as a designer and the value you can offer clients. He explains how to set your mission, establish your narrative, and tell your story. A strong emphasis is placed on selecting a diverse range of work. Jason also shows how to demonstrate your collaborative skills. By the end of the course, you will understand how to build out a portfolio that best represents your artistic brand.

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