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AWS for Architects: Network and Storage Design

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 20:00
Discover how to properly scale applications on the Amazon ecosystem. This course shows IT pros how to use AWS network and data storage design scalability services, techniques, and tools. Throughout the course, instructor Lynn Langit covers scaling networks around server-based and serverless application architectures, as well as scaling files and data. Learn how to use migration tools such as Server Migration Service, explore scaling considerations for hybrid scenarios, and review how best to scale common architectures. This course can also prepare you for the Network Design domain in the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional exam.

Writing with Flair: How To Become an Exceptional Writer

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 20:00
Have you ever pored over a beautifully-written article and wished you could write with the same kind of flair? If so, this course is for you. Join Shani Raja—a former editor for the Wall Street Journal—as he shares practical techniques for making your writing sparkle. Shani dives into the mindset of an elite writer, spelling out the key principles that help great wordsmiths keep their writing purposeful, concise, and pleasurable to read. Learn how to avoid common issues that can weaken your prose, such as careless repetition and out-of-focus ideas. Plus, learn strategies that can help you craft elegant paragraphs and transitions, add freshness to your writing, and more.

Editing Mastery: How to Edit Writing to Perfection

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 20:00
Most editors can capably fix the spelling, grammar, punctuation, and typos in a piece of writing. It takes a different skill set to turn dry, disorganized prose into writing that is beautifully organized and bursting with life and energy. In this course, instructor Shani Raja acquaints you with a powerful technique—deep editing—that can help you transform nearly any piece of nonfiction writing into magnificent, sparkling prose. The deep editing technique forces you to consider every aspect of a document, ensuring that quality gets embedded into each pore of the writing. Discover how to fine-tune the content, structure, style, and presentation of a document so that the final product shines.

Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 20:00
Truly great nonfiction writers do more than just clearly communicate their ideas—they dazzle. These elite professionals have the uncanny ability to craft taut, elegant sentences that flow together in a way that's almost musical. In this course, instructor Shani Raja—a former editor for the Wall Street Journal—shares tactics that can help to take you to the summit of flawless writing. Here, Shani explains how to tap into the power of the four levels—narrative, paragraphs, sentences, and words—to sharpen your writing so that it stands out from your peers. Discover how to craft impactful intros that grab your reader's attention, choose evocative words, and avoid common mistakes. Whether you're tasked with writing a marketing email, an essay, or a cover letter, this course can help you communicate with style.

Construction Drawings: BlueBeam for the iPad

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:00
Bluebeam Revu for the iPad lets you "access, navigate, and annotate your PDF files from anywhere, anytime." It comes with a library of industry-standard symbols, and markup and measurement tools that let you edit documents right from the field. Plus, with the cloud collaboration features of Bluebeam Studio, you can share documents with colleagues and clients around the world—all with the iPad. So leave the blueprints behind. Join Jim Rogers as he shows you how to access and sync construction drawings, add comments, make redlines and as-built notations, integrate photos and videos, measure and scale drawing elements, and participate in Bluebeam Studio sessions right from the job site.

Video Writing: Using Humor to Communicate and Persuade

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:00
Anyone who uses video to communicate a business message of almost any kind can use humor to make that message go down smoother and stick longer. The trick is in knowing how to use humor precisely and effectively—or the laugh might be on you. In this course, join Oscar-nominated writer Roger S.H. Schulman as he covers critical concepts for creating videos that reach an audience with humor. Discover when humor is—or isn't—appropriate to use in your messaging, explore objective and subjective comedy, and learn what type of comedy will best bolster your unique message. Plus, Roger spells out how to leverage humor in videos of varying lengths and budgets.

Design Research: Enhancing the Designer-Client Relationship

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:00
The success of a design relies on an effective exchange of knowledge between the client and the designer. This course can help you create a more productive relationship with your client, earn more buy-in, and ultimately strengthen the knowledge base within your design process. Throughout the course, instructor Andy Schwanbeck steps through how to effectively bring your client into your design process. Andy shows how to utilize your knowledge base to help you understand what your client is really asking for and establish the right research questions. He also explains how to facilitate effective workshops. To wrap up the course, he covers how to harness your most significant findings to develop a stable foundation for decision-making throughout your design process.

Puppet Essential Training

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:00
Puppet helps to streamline the job of server administration by allowing administrators to standardize infrastructure and keep it in the desired state. In this course, join instructor Josh Samuelson as he takes a deep dive into this IT automation platform, covering both core concepts and advanced topics. Josh explains how to securely separate data from code using Hiera, test using rspec-puppet, automate tests using Travis CI, create a module, and more. Throughout the course, he includes practical exercises that can help you quickly get up to speed with this powerful set of tools.

Cryptocurrency Foundations

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:00
The digital revolution has impacted almost every aspect of our lives, including the way money is made, stored, and used. Cryptocurrency is the latest trend. It is a completely decentralized form of digital money, that is created and exchanged without the intervention of traditional financial institutions. Bitcoin, the most popular form, is on its way to becoming a legitimate global currency. This short course is for anyone who wants to understand the basics of how cryptocurrencies are created, traded, and mined. Dr. Jonathan Reichental reviews the underlying technology—blockchain databases, hashing, and cryptography—and explains how anyone can create a form of cryptocurrency and offer it for use. He also discusses the process of mining and the hardware and software needed to become a cryptocurrency miner.

Creating and Managing a YouTube Channel

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:00
By creating and curating a YouTube channel, you can build your online identity as you share your content with the world. In this course, learn how to set up a visually compelling new YouTube channel, build up your subscriber base, and convert clicks into action or commerce. Throughout the course, instructor Rich Harrington shares essential strategies for channel creation. Rich explains how to design artwork for your channel and shares tips for using YouTube cards and captions. He also dives into building a YouTube community, managing your channel in Creator Studio, live streaming, and more. (Author: Richard Harrington)

Windows 10: Troubleshooting for IT Support

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
Windows 10 is the most secure and reliable operating system ever from Microsoft. But when things go wrong, your users need your help to troubleshoot their issues. In this course, instructor Andrew Bettany provides a comprehensive guide to troubleshooting a range of Windows 10 issues commonly encountered by IT professionals—especially help desk professionals tasked with user support. Learn how to remotely help your users, troubleshoot hardware and software, and restore Windows 10 should you need to. You can discover how to resolve user account and permissions issues, and troubleshoot file access, networking and Wi-Fi problems, and Windows 10 startup issues. Plus, learn how to resolve app incompatibilities, diagnose and fix performance bottlenecks. Andrew wraps up the course with a look at essential maintenance tasks that will keep Windows 10 users from encountering problems in the first place.

Android App Development: Data Persistence Libraries

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
By persisting your data, you can provide users with a more seamless experience with your app—even when they go offline. If you're an Android app developer, you have many data persistence options to choose from. In this course, learn about various options for storing your app's data in a database.

To begin, Annyce Davis reviews using the de facto data persistence solution available on Android: SQLite. She takes you through basic SQLite concepts—such as how to create a database wrapper and insert data into a table—as well as a few more advanced topics. Next, she covers working with Cupboard, an open-source project dedicated to simplifying your SQLite interactions. To wrap up, she dives into working with Realm, an object database solution designed with mobile devices in mind. Throughout the course, Annyce discusses establishing relationships between database tables, creating and running queries, as well as performing data migrations.

Windows 10: Troubleshooting for IT Support

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
Windows 10 is the most secure and reliable operating system ever from Microsoft. But when things go wrong, your users need your help to troubleshoot their issues. In this course, instructor Andrew Bettany provides a comprehensive guide to troubleshooting a range of Windows 10 issues commonly encountered by IT professionals—especially help desk professionals tasked with user support. Learn how to remotely help your users, troubleshoot hardware and software, and restore Windows 10 should you need to. You can discover how to resolve user account and permissions issues, and troubleshoot file access, networking and Wi-Fi problems, and Windows 10 startup issues. Plus, learn how to resolve app incompatibilities, diagnose and fix performance bottlenecks. Andrew wraps up the course with a look at essential maintenance tasks that will keep Windows 10 users from encountering problems in the first place.

Using Questions to Coach and Lead

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
The one trait many successful leaders share is their natural curiosity and desire to learn. We are all innately curious—so why is it that some people seem to discover more answers and lead a more empowering life than others? Put simply, they tend to think critically and ask the right questions. In this course, learn how to leverage the power of questions to move your team, leadership, and career to the next level. Join Joshua Miller as he spells out the benefits of getting curious and shares how to empower yourself through questions. Discover social media's role in asking questions, why certain types of questions can lead to dead ends, how to effectively answer questions that are directed at you, and more.

So much is missed by not raising your hand, your voice, or your platform. Upon completing this course, you'll have a better understanding of how to use questions to seize opportunities and open doors.

CCNA Security (210-260) Cert Prep: 5 Cisco Firewall Technologies

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security certification indicates to potential employers that you have the required skills to secure a network. Join security ambassador Lisa Bock, as she prepares you for the Cisco Firewall Technologies section of the CCNA Security exam 210-260: Implementing Cisco Network Security. Lisa covers firewall technologies, diving into the concept of a firewall, firewall security contexts, and how to do a basic firewall configuration. She also compares different types of firewalls including stateless, stateful, and application firewalls. She also reviews implementing NAT on Cisco ASA along with zone-based firewalls. To wrap up, she takes a closer look at some firewall features on the Cisco ASA such as Access Management, Modular Policy Framework, and high availability.

Excel 2016: Setting Up a Database

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
Excel isn't just for flat files. You can use it to create a simple database and get even more insights into your data. Join instructor Dennis Taylor and learn how to create a simple database. Dennis explains the key strengths of Excel as a data-management tool—and what it can and can't do—and spells out the design considerations you'll want to keep in mind as you create your database. Dennis also shows how to simplify database creation with tables and manage data with the built-in Form and Data Validation tools.

DevOps Foundations: Monitoring and Observability

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
Monitoring is a key practice area of modern operations. In this course, explore techniques and tools for monitoring from a DevOps mindset. Instructors Ernest Mueller and Peco Karayanev spell out what monitoring is, what's unique about the DevOps approach to monitoring, and how to model your system so monitoring makes sense in context. Next, they examine the different types of monitoring instrumentation, including how to implement synthetic monitoring, end user monitoring, system monitoring, and network monitoring. They also cover best practices for architecting systems for observability and share how to overcome common obstacles.

Unit Testing for iOS Developers

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
Unit testing is a useful method for verifying functionality—both before and after development—and can help you catch and fix bugs. Xcode can automatically add unit test support to your projects. In this course, explore the fundamentals of unit tests in Xcode and discover how to add unit tests to your iOS projects. Instructor Bear Cahill provides an overview of unit testing and test-driven development. He explains how Xcode makes it easy to leverage unit tests to ensure that you're shipping a quality app. Learn how to write and execute unit tests, write performance tests, and configure and record UI tests.

Adobe Connect Essential Training

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
Get started with Adobe Connect, the popular web conferencing software from Adobe. Join instructor Garrick Chow as he demonstrates how to use Adobe Connect to bridge real-world gaps and help anyone with an internet connection link up online. Garrick begins by showing how to set up meetings, establish audio connections, and create users and groups. Next, he covers managing attendees, including how to manage passwords and assign user roles. Garrick also explores all the features of running a presentation, from using the Share pod to providing downloadable content and managing participant questions.

Excel and Visio: Generating Diagrams Automatically

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to create Visio diagrams automatically from your Excel data. Follow along with Visio MVP Scott Helmers as he shows how to leverage Data Visualizer, a Visio feature that automates the creation of Visio diagrams. You supply the Excel data and Visio does the rest. Scott begins the course by demonstrating how to locate the Excel Data Visualizer templates—whether you're working in Visio or Excel—and use them to create flowcharts and swimlane diagrams. He demonstrates that the resulting diagrams are linked to the data so that changes to one are synchronized to the other. He then shows how to build your own data source, create other types of diagrams, and package data and a diagram into a template package that can be shared with other people.

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