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The Foundations of Fiction

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 19:00
Creative writing enthusiasts of all stripes—from accomplished novelists to novices struggling with their first screenplay—could benefit from a review of the basics. In this course, Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell dive into each of the key ingredients that make up great fiction, sharing tips that can help you conceive and write compelling novels, memoirs, short stories, or screenplays. Learn how to develop compelling characters, write sparkling dialogue, and decide on the right point of view for your tale. Plus, learn how to build memorable settings and turn story skeletons into rich, compelling plots.

Advanced npm

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 19:00
npm is a key part of every developer's toolbox. It's the package manager for JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks such as Node.js, enabling developers to easily share and re-use code. This course helps you build on your npm knowledge, teaching advanced concepts and skills, including how to publish your own packages so they can be used by the entire JavaScript community. Instructor Emmanuel Henri also covers working with private packages, executing audits, and troubleshooting common issues, including cache problems.

Ethical Hacking: Enumeration

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:00
Ethical hacking is one of the most desired stills for any IT security professional. White hat hackers can detect, prevent, and mitigate network intrusions and data theft: a critical liability for any company that does business online or in the cloud. This course introduces to the concept of enumeration—identifying the resources on a host or network, including user names, ports and services, policies, and more. It covers protocol, process, and service enumeration on Windows and Linux, and maps to the Enumeration competency from the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) body of knowledge. Malcolm discusses host profiling, enumerating protocols (such as SMB, RPC, and SNMP), and enumerating the Internet, and concludes with demos of third-party tools organizations can use to mitigate risk, including SuperScan, NetScan Pro, and JXplorer.

An overview of the CEH exam, blueprint, and eligibility criteria can be found at (Author: Malcolm Shore)

Sapphire for Video Editors

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:00
There are a lot of plugin packages available for video editors. The Sapphire suite is an all-in-one solution containing hundreds of effects, presets, and workflows that are aimed at taking professional video work to the next level. Join Nick Harauz as he takes you through the basics of working with effects, presets, transitions, lighting, backgrounds, textures, and more. Find out how to create unique and useful content to impress clients.

After Effects Weekly

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:00
During the last few years, After Effects has grown from a simple software program into an ever-evolving motion graphics ecosystem. New features are being added each quarter and it's getting hard to keep up. This weekly series demonstrates tips, tricks, and techniques to help you to stay on top of the changes and reveals undocumented effects and shortcuts that will blow you away. Learn how to reset tools, control animations, create effects, control layers, fix issues, and integrate with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Cinema 4D. Tune in every Friday for a new tip. (Author: Eran Stern)

ASP.NET Core New Features

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:00
Navigating all of the new features in each release of ASP.NET Core can be challenging. In this project-based course, Phil Japikse helps to simplify this process by laying out the new features in ASP.NET Core 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, and 2.1, and acquainting you with the benefits of each. Phil begins by providing a general overview of .NET Core and discussing migration considerations. He then dives into ASP.NET Core 1.0, discussing the updated project structure, new environmental awareness, view components, and other new features. He then moves on to discuss ASP.NET Core 1.1, 2.0, and 2.1, diving into helpful new features and functionality present in each iteration of the web framework.

Being an Effective Technical Communicator

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:00
Today's developers have numerous resources for learning the "hard" skills required to succeed in a technical role, but many are missing the soft skills required to excel in their careers. This course focuses on one of the most important: communication. Learn how to work with a diverse team, with different knowledge, backgrounds, and perspectives, and figure out which aspects of communication you can automate—and which need a more personal touch. Instructor Annyce Davis covers how to establish standards and processes, work and communicate as a team, hold effective meetings in an agile workspace, and handle common challenges to communication, from communicating across cultures to communicating across time zones. The skills you develop in this course will help you become a more effective technical communicator and take the next step in your career.

Java EE: JavaServer Faces JSF

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:00
The Java EE specification is the industry standard for building enterprise-level web applications. In this course, instructor Eyitayo Koleoso focuses on JSF and shows Java programmers how to use this platform to build robust, secure Java EE web applications. Discover how to set up a JSF project, build a JSF page using Facelets, use Ajax support in JSF, secure your JSF web app, combine JSF with other frameworks, and more.

Business Tax Foundations

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:00
Whether you're a professional accountant or a manager at a small-sized firm, navigating business taxes can be intimidating. Business taxes are an ongoing process for most businesses, with multiple due dates throughout the year. This course was designed to unlock the mystery around these forms and deadlines. Join professor Michael McDonald as he dives into the foundations of business taxes, detailing what needs to be submitted to the IRS, when it needs to be submitted, and the essentials of completing these tax forms. Upon completing this course, you'll have a deeper understanding of the government's rules and requirements, as well as how to save time and funds when filing business taxes.

Transitioning to a Career in Cybersecurity

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:00
Cybersecurity continues to be one of the fastest-growing fields. Thousands of job postings go unfilled. If you're eager to transition from your current job to a career in cybersecurity, this is the course for you. Learn how to leverage the skills and experience you already have—whether your background's in IT, security, or another tech field—to build a lucrative and successful new career. Find out how to identify the right cybersecurity specialization, pinpoint any skills gaps, and gain the skills you're missing. You can also explore different certifications to help jump-start your career and master the IT basics you'll need to land your first job. Plus, get powerful resume and interview strategies, tips, and resources for increasing the chances that your transition to cybersecurity will be a success. (Author: Marc Menninger)

Learning the iPad Pro

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:00
Learn how to set up and use the iPad Pro. Nick Brazzi offers a tour of the largest, fastest Apple tablet, explaining how it differs from standard iPads and how to leverage its unique features. Nick shows how to work with the Smart Keyboard and innovative pencil stylus, as well as how to use the USB-C port to charge the battery and connect to other accessories. Plus, he shares how to use the iPad Pro with popular creative and productivity apps, including OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Sales: Handling Objections

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:00
Even the most outstanding sales presentation can be met with objections. As a sales professional, your success hinges on your ability to respond to these concerns with confidence. In this course, instructor Dean Karrel digs into some of the most common objections that crop up throughout the sales process, explains how to prepare for them, and shares strategies for responding. Get a better understanding of the buyer and seller relationship, discover how to respond to buyers who object to the price of your service or product, learn what to say to a buyer who simply insists that "they'll get back to you," and more. Upon completing this course, you'll be better equipped to tackle this critical aspect of the sales process.

Securing Cryptocurrencies

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:00
Cryptocurrencies have exploded in popularity for both individuals and organizations. With billions of dollars at stake, ensuring that cryptocurrencies aren't stolen, that fraud is reduced, that hacking doesn't become a persistent threat, and that a host of other security challenges are addressed has become vitally important. This short, introductory course explores some of the basic security requirements for cryptocurrencies and provides guidance on how to lower security risks. Upon completing this course, you'll have a deeper understanding of cryptocurrency security, as well as some tools to reduce your own exposure to risk. (Author: Jonathan Reichental)

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:00
PowerPoint gets better with every update. The latest version has artificial intelligence (AI) and design features that help designers work smarter and visualize their ideas faster. Discover powerful tips and shortcuts that will help you leverage the latest features and take your PowerPoint game to the next level. In this course, Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Heather Ackmann shows how to create professional-looking transitions with the Morph feature, insert and edit 3D graphics in your presentation, use the new drawing features in PowerPoint, and take advantage of numerous AI-powered enhancements. She also shows how to add watermarks to your slides, benefit from a number of helpful add-ins, and record video of your PowerPoint presentation.

Note: This course was recorded in PowerPoint for Office 365. However, many of the tips will be useful to those working with Office 2019 and 2016.

Agile Software Development: Kanban for Developers

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:00
Kanban is a process improvement method originally developed for lean manufacturing, emphasizing efficiency, collaboration, and transparency. This course helps software developers and their teams use kanban principles and practices to improve their workflow and performance, while bringing out their best work. Developer and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Harrison Ferrone explains the basic concepts and techniques of kanban and shows how to implement them using a tool like Trello, a popular and free visual tool. He also shows how to iterate and evolve your agile processes while avoiding common pitfalls and "bad" kanban.

Creating a Product-Centric Organization

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:00
A lot of companies begin with the success of their first product. And a slew of factors—from good timing to opportune professional connections—can help a company take off. But to achieve staying power, companies must continue to create innovative products that customers love. In this course, instructor Jay Clouse shares strategies that can help you cultivate a product-centric organization by fine-tuning how you organize people, implement processes, and create your company's culture. Learn how to construct effective product teams, inspire your colleagues by creating a strong product vision and strategy, build a data-driven culture, measure your performance using key performance indicators, and more.

OneNote for Windows 10 Essential Training

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:00
Learn how to keep track of to-dos and other important information with OneNote, the popular Microsoft note-taking app. In this course Microsoft Certified Trainer and Office Apps and Services MVP Heather Severino shows you everything you need to know about using the Windows 10 version of OneNote. Heather covers how to set up and organize your notebooks, how to work with pages and sections, and how to format typed notes and lists. Heather also shows how to import content from other apps, such as Excel and Outlook, and create audio, handwritten, and other types of notes. Plus, learn how to find notes fast and use time-saving keyboard shortcuts.

Cloud Architecture: Advanced Concepts

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 19:00
State-of-the-art technology is changing the way we design for the cloud. New architectural patterns and concepts are emerging as a result of breakthroughs such as microservices, containers, and serverless computing. Want to know how these advanced and emerging concepts may affect your cloud architecture? This platform and cloud-neutral course provides a broad overview for IT professionals who want to understand the impact of new technologies on their business. Learn how independently deployable, modular services—microservices—affect the structure of cloud-based architectures; how serverless and composite architectures free up engineers to focus on features, not infrastructure; and how new high-performance solutions allow you to "lease" computing storage and power. Instructor David Linthicum also discusses DevOps integration and advanced architecture strategies, such as isolating change and volatility in a single domain.

Note: This course was revised for 2019.

Office 365 New Features

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 19:00
Microsoft is rolling out feature updates to Office 365 on a monthly basis. In this course, David Rivers summarizes the latest enhancements to all the Office apps, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Find out how to get writing and research assistance, turn data into maps with Excel, get someone's attention in Outlook, create better lists in PowerPoint, and visualize math concepts using the math assistant in OneNote. Plus, learn about new apps in the Office 365 suite, including To-Do and Forms. This course will be updated on a regular basis; check back often to get up to speed with the latest features.

WordPress Content Blocks: Working with Themes

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 19:00
Building and styling WordPress sites has changed drastically with the introduction of Gutenberg, the block editor. New and older WordPress themes can be updated and integrated with the block editor to create unique and customized user experiences for content creators and visitors alike. This course demonstrates how to add block editor support to themes and customize the new block styles in a safe way. Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen as he shows how to add support and styles for wide alignment, theme-specific colors and fonts, and features such as responsive embedding. Plus, learn how to extend block styles with CSS and add style variations to individual block elements.