In this course, ZDNet’s Big Data correspondent Andrew Brust teaches you all about Big Data. This course will get you up and running with the definitions and technologies you need to know, and the vendors you need to know about. By the end of the course, you’ll know what Big Data is, how it can integrate with conventional database and Business Intelligence (BI) technologies, and how to devise a strategy for adopting Big Data in your organization. No Big Data or NoSQL knowledge is required, but a lot will be imparted. This course is aimed at executives and business decision makers, and is actionable for technologists as well. Click here to go directly to the table of contents to get started learning. We hope you enjoy the course!
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This course could be for beginners, intermediate and advanced user. The principles in this video apply whether you are CEO of Me, Incorporated, or growing your current business or product awareness. Over two hours of instruction on the how, but more important, the why of using LinkedIn.
As you watch the videos on your Profile, try making changes to YOUR Profile. Now is a great time to follow Jason’s instruction on how to write a strong Profile. The two reasons he gives for spending time on the Profile are key.
Once your Profile is strong you’ll want to determine how proactive you can be on LinkedIn. Whether you are using it to share and enhance your personal brand, make new contacts, or nurture current relationships, find out how to use tools like Answers and Groups. These powerful tools allow you to get in front of a lot of people in a relevant, non-intrusive way.
Click here to start learning how to use LinkedIn (and other social tools) to share your brand and enhance your networking. Happy learning!
Microsoft’s Windows 8 Love-fest feels less like a traditional technical conference and more like a backyard camp out with 2500 of your nerdiest friends. The Day 1 keynote featured CEO Steve Ballmer doing a good job of showing the consistency of experience across a range of form factors from an 80 inch touch screen to the latest Windows Phones 8 devices. He was followed by various Microsoft executives showing the latest in Windows 8 (desktop and phone) apps as well as some brief and not particularly convincing demos of how easy it is to develop for either platform. But the packed crowd left happy with news that each attendee would receive a new 32G Surface tablet and a new Nokia Lumia 920 phone in return for their promise to fill the Windows App Store.
It would be impossible to describe this event without talking about the logistics. Hosted on the Microsoft campus, the keynotes are being delivered in a gigantic tent erected on what was the athletic fields complete with stage, projection screens, and thankfully heaters. The rest of the event is being held in two parts of the campus separated by a mere mile including a major interstate. Shuttles run between the two locations during the breaks between sessions. The atmosphere is then made even even more Redmond-like by a constant rain fall which was held off by hundreds of community umbrellas bearing bright orange Build logos. Perhaps the intent was to have shared inconvenience bring the crowd closer together or maybe it was just some incredibly poor planning.
Is the glass half empty or half full? The choice between optimistic and pessimistic concurrency is much the same question, particularly when using distributed caching. In this video excerpt from Jon Flanders’ new course Windows Server AppFabric Cache you’ll see how to choose the glass is half full option by implementing optimistic concurrency for your applications caching. In the full course Jon covers the other side of the equation in pessimistic concurrency as well as other key topics such as using local caches, high availability, and ASP.NET session state.
In this week’s newsletter check out these recently released courses: Top 10 Cool PowerShell v3 Features with Windows Server 2012 by Thomas Lee, SQL Server: Deadlock Analysis and Prevention by Jonathan Kehayias, Windows Server AppFabric Cache by Jon Flanders, SharePoint 2010 Administrator Ramp-Up: Part 5 and Part 6 by Ted Pattison.
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In today’s episode of our Meet the Author podcast series, Fritz Onion talks to Thomas Lee about his course Creating PowerShell Modules. In the interview Thomas explains what PowerShell modules are and how they can improve the portability and reusability of your PowerShell functionality. He also describes some of the differences between PowerShell version 2 and version 3 as well as how PowerShell modules can be distributed.
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[Fritz] Hi, this is Fritz Onion. I’m here today speaking with Thomas Lee about his new course Creating PowerShell Modules. Thomas is an IT industry veteran of over forty years. He’s been involved in Microsoft products since the very beginning of the IBM PC and DOS. He provides consultancy and training around a range of Microsoft products concentrating recently on PowerShell and Lync Server. Thomas has been a Microsoft MVP for sixteen of the past seventeen years and runs PowerShell training courses around the world. Thanks for joining me Thomas.
[Thomas] Thanks Fritz, nice to be here.
Using Microsoft’s new Fakes framework for creating mock objects isn’t always as straightforward as you might think. In this video excerpt from Jim Cooper and Donald Belcham’s new course Microsoft Fakes Fundamentals you’ll see how to create a stub for a generic type using some unusual syntax. In the complete course the duo covers other topics such as the properties of a good unit test, using stubs to control program flow, and using shims.
A family of Bobcats spent the entire day in CTO Keith Brown’s California backyard. Keith’s home office has a view of the ducks, rabbits, lizards and squirrels that are regular visitors to his yard.