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An Insider's Guide to Today's Music Biz: 9 Touring

Having a successful live tour is an important part of building a successful music career. Live performances are where artists, their songs, and their fans all come face-to-face. In the final installment of An Insider's Guide to Today's Music Biz, Steve Rennie explains how to turn those great performances into money. Discover who the players in the live music biz are, how you get paid, and what you can do to start building a great live show today. Then learn about booking gigs and venues, and some new tools you have at your disposal to help you plan and organize your own tour. It all starts with booking that first gig.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Ansible Essential Training

Ansible is an easy-to-use IT automation engine. It can transform and optimize tasks such as rolling updates with just a few lines of code. However, many organizations aren't using Ansible modules and playbooks in a reusable fashion; they are reinventing the wheel every time they automate. This training course introduces intermediate to advanced use cases for using the tool at scale. Instructor Robert Starmer shows how to reuse Ansible functionality with roles, encrypt secret data with Ansible Vault, support idempotence, and manage multiple groups of systems with Ansible Tower. He shows you how to string these concepts together to use Ansible in the most efficient way possible: variablizing resources, capturing your ideas into roles, and extending Ansible from simple server management to network management-and beyond.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Anthony Jones: Concept Artist

What does an artist with an unquenchable thirst do to learn? Teach! Anthony Jones is a concept artist and the founder of Robotpencil, an online school for up-and-coming digital artists. In this interview, he tells us what he's been working on, where he's finding inspiration, and how he sees the big trends in 3D and virtual reality developing. Anthony also shares some of the important life lessons he's learned about being laid off, filling his portfolio with passion projects, building a community, and even launching a Kickstarter campaign—the same lessons he shared with his students at Robotpencil.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apache Cordova: Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps

Cordova allows mobile developers to create native apps by leveraging a single reusable codebase across multiple platforms. You simply develop the app components using standard web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and use Cordova to create a native app. Cordova makes it easy to access OS-specific device capabilities. Learn more about the benefits of using Cordova for your next app development project, in these tutorials with Tom Duffy. Tom shows you how to create a modern, location-aware app that integrates with the Google Maps API, and style it to look like a native app. Then he uses the Cordova CLI to prepare it for deployment on iOS and Android (via Xcode and Android Studio). By the end of the course, Thomas completes a simple project with Cordova, and provides you with some ideas for improving the app with custom icons, a splash screen, directions, and pop-up info windows.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apache Spark Essential Training

Apache Spark is a powerful platform that provides users with new ways to store and make use of big data. In this course, get up to speed with Spark, and discover how to leverage this popular processing engine to deliver effective and comprehensive insights into your data. Instructor Ben Sullins provides an overview of the platform, going into the different components that make up Apache Spark. He shows how to analyze data in Spark using PySpark and Spark SQL, explores running machine learning algorithms using MLib, demonstrates how to create a streaming analytics application using Spark Streaming, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apache Spark Essential Training: Big Data Engineering

In order to construct data pipelines and networks that stream, process, and store data, data engineers and data-science DevOps specialists must understand how to combine multiple big data technologies. In this course, discover how to build big data pipelines around Apache Spark. Join Kumaran Ponnambalam as he takes you through how to make Apache Spark work with other big data technologies. He covers the basics of Apache Kafka Connect and how to integrate it with Spark for real-time streaming. In addition, he demonstrates how to use the various technologies to construct an end-to-end project that solves a real-world business problem.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apache Web Server: Administration

Quickly learn how to manage and configure an Apache web server. This course is designed for IT professionals, office managers, and anyone who's been saddled with an Apache server without any idea of where to start. Author Jon Peck describes what the Apache HTTP Server is and what it's used for, and provides practical information on configuration and logging. Then discover how to troubleshoot common problems and control the server, and learn what questions you should be asking when determining whether to delegate this responsibility to a third party.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Aperture 2 New Features

Photographers who want to upgrade from iPhoto, or who are simply ready to take control of the digital images accumulating on their hard drives, will find powerful and easy-to-use photo management tools in Apple's Aperture 2. In Aperture 2 New Features, instructor Derrick Story takes an introductory look at photo processing and manipulation, and explores Quick Preview, RAW 2.0, .Mac Web Gallery, and the many new features in Aperture 2. The course follows a professional photographer's workflow, showing viewers how to incorporate his techniques into their everyday practices.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Aperture 3.3/3.4 New Features Overview

The changes to Apple Aperture between versions 3.0 and 3.3/3.4 have been significant, and in this workshop Joseph Linaschke shows you what's new. Learn about the interface changes, support for the new Retina-display Macs, fast camera preview browsing, naming convention changes, iPhoto library compatibility, new white balance and Highlights & Shadows tools, Auto Enhance, the new Shared Photo Stream feature, and more. Plus, get a guide to terminology changes and see why the upgrade from iPhoto to Aperture is easier than ever before.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.

This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Aperture: Enhancing Product Photography

When you're creating images of products for advertisements, catalogues, and online stores like eBay, there's a balance between making the product look its best and representing it accurately online. Learn how to correct and enhance your product shots with Aperture and these lessons from Derrick Story. Learn to correct hue and saturation to reflect the product's true color accurately, correct exposure, and eliminate dust spots and imperfections. Then smooth unwanted texture from fabrics and other surfaces, change the backdrop's hue and intensity to match your product, and use highlighting to direct the viewer's attention to a specific feature. Plus, find out how to use plugins like Silver Efex Pro to expand your creative options.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Aperture: Portrait Retouching

Portraits require a subtle hand when it comes to retouching, and Aperture's toolset is just the ticket for performing natural-looking enhancements. Derrick Story shows how to choose your best shots, assess the composition, and start the correction process. Learn how to smooth skin, brighten teeth and eyes, adjust the color of clothing and backgrounds, and add a vignette that draws more focus to your subject. Plus, get creative by converting your portrait to black and white, adding sepia toning, or brushing in effects.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

API Design in Node.js Using Express and Mongo

Learning how to build an API with Node.js can sometimes be overwhelming. In this course, join Scott Moss as he explains how to design, build, test, and deploy a RESTful API using Node.js and Mongo. Scott covers topics such as working with middleware, testing in Node.js, application organization, data modeling, querying data with Mongoose, using JSON Web Token, securing routes, and deployment. After finishing this course, you'll have built and deployed a fully functional API for a blogging app with authentication, and you'll have the skills you need to build your own APIs.

This course was created by Frontend Masters. It was originally released on 12/30/2015. We're pleased to host this training in our library.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

API Development in .NET with GraphQL

GraphQL—a query language for APIs that was originally built by Facebook—helps developers build queryable APIs that drive data-driven apps. In this course, Glenn Block demonstrates how to use the GraphQL.NET framework to build a fully functional GraphQL endpoint. Glenn takes you through the entire process, explaining how to create a new GraphQL project, enable querying, configure the schema, allow updates through mutations, create subscriptions, and more. After completing this course, you'll have a better understanding of how to leverage your existing .NET skills—and the GraphQL.NET framework—to build efficient, modern apps.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

API Testing and Validation

Most API testing doesn't actually test the API. This course shows how to validate your API from the consumer's point of view, testing to confirm that problems experienced by your end users are being solved. Join Keith Casey as he focuses on how to approach API testing by implementing a behavior-driven development model. Keith uses Gherkin to set up a Behat environment so you can see how to write and run your first test. Then, he shows how to build API test requests, including how to introduce variables, authenticate requests, and validate responses. He also covers refactoring tests, establishing system states, using extensions for batch operations, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

App Center: Continuous Integration and Delivery for iOS

Think about the last time you released an app. How many sessions did your beta testers run? How often did your app crash? Where did users spend the most time? Visual Studio App Center automatically gathers this data for you and consolidates it into a single web-based dashboard. It also provides a complete continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) solution for your iOS and macOS applications. You connect your repo to App Center and it builds your apps on cloud-hosted agents, automatically runs unit and UI tests on real devices, and distributes them to beta testers and app stores. After deployment, App Center helps you monitor your apps with crash reports and advanced analytics. It even lets you send targeted push notifications to keep your customers engaged.

This project-based course shows how to automate your iOS development process using the features provided by App Center. Discover how to start with a provided iOS Swift application and gradually incorporate App Center services. By the end of the course, you will have a native iOS Swift app with a fully-integrated CI/CD pipeline.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

App Center: Continuous Integration and Delivery for iOS

Think about the last time you released an app. How many sessions did your beta testers run? How often did your app crash? Where did users spend the most time? Visual Studio App Center automatically gathers this data for you and consolidates it into a single web-based dashboard. It also provides a complete continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) solution for your iOS and macOS applications. You connect your repo to App Center and it builds your apps on cloud-hosted agents, automatically runs unit and UI tests on real devices, and distributes them to beta testers and app stores. After deployment, App Center helps you monitor your apps with crash reports and advanced analytics. It even lets you send targeted push notifications to keep your customers engaged.

This project-based course shows how to automate your iOS development process using the features provided by App Center. Discover how to start with a provided iOS Swift application and gradually incorporate App Center services. By the end of the course, you will have a native iOS Swift app with a fully-integrated CI/CD pipeline.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

App Development for Microsoft HoloLens

Augmented reality (AR) is the next big frontier for app developers. The HoloLens is one of the first commercial devices available in AR. Luckily for developers, Visual Studio has built-in support for HoloLens, and the concepts and syntax are similar to developing for other Microsoft platforms. With Windows 10 Pro and a decent graphics card, you can start developing for mixed reality today.

Join instructors Dennis Vroegop and James Ashley for this introduction for HoloLens app development. They show you how to set up your development environment, including Unity and the HoloToolkit; how to deploy to HoloLens and the HoloLens emulator; and how to build apps that accept user input via gazes, tapping, and speech. Then discover how to use spatial mapping to detect your surroundings and analyze your environment with spatial understanding. Learn how to implement spatial sound that adds to the user's existing environment, and synchronize data to create shared experiences. Along the way, learn how it all comes together in two simple 3D apps: a visualization for enterprise business and a platform game.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apple Music First Look

Get started with Apple's new streaming music service. Learn how to find and listen to music, download songs, tune in to different radio stations (including the 24-hour Beats 1 station), and use the Connect feature to hear from your favorite artists. Plus, learn how Apple Music affects an iTunes Match subscription and the music libraries you have stored on iCloud.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apple Pay for Developers

Apple Pay gives users an easy, secure, and private way to pay for physical goods and services using payment information stored in their device running the iOS 8 app. By using Touch ID, users can quickly and securely provide all their payment and shipping information to check out with a single touch, expediting transactions like purchasing groceries, clothing, and tickets. As a developer, you may be curious which responsibilities you have to ensure the app works, and what is handled by Apple. In this course, Todd Perkins discusses integrations, best practices, and programming. He shows how to integrate with Stripe, provides guidelines for using Apple Pay buttons, and demonstrates how to write server code that handles finalizing purchases. He also helps you consider additional features you can incorporate that make the experience more efficient for your uses.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apple watchOS 2 New Features

Explore the new features and capabilities in this tour of the first Apple Watch OS update. Nick Brazzi covers the new watch faces, Siri integration, native app support, and the new Time Travel feature, which lets you take a look at future appointments, weather forecasts, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apple watchOS 3 New Features

Explore the latest Apple Watch update, watchOS 3. This short course reviews the new features and capabilities of watchOS, including the Dock-based interface, new watch faces, and the SOS feature for emergency calls. Author Nick Brazzi also takes a look at sharing activity and workout data with friends, and explores some of the other bundled apps, including Find My Friends, reminders, and messaging.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apple watchOS 4 App Development Essential Training

There are over 2 million iOS apps available in the App Store, but less than 1% work on the Apple Watch. This underserved market is a great opportunity for Apple developers. Learn how to use your existing skills—plus the tools in Xcode 9 and watchOS 4—to create apps for Apple Watch. In this course, Steven Lipton shows you how to build a simple watchOS app, and then demonstrates the key differences from iOS, such as the watch picker, haptics, and the digital crown. Along the way, he shows how to create quick layouts with Interface Builder, navigate between controllers, enable dictation for text controls, and build tables. With these tips, you can quickly transition from iOS to watchOS app development and start entering the world of programming for wearable devices.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apple watchOS App Development: Advanced APIs

What else can an Apple Watch app do? When it's paired with an iPhone, the Watch is capable of a whole lot more. If you've a developer who's mastered the basics, you may ready to take your watchOS apps to the next step. Luckily, there's a series of advanced APIs that allow you to easily add motion, connectivity, maps, animation, and gesture support to paired watchOS applications. This course shows how to expand your existing watchOS skills by transitioning an iPhone app to the Apple Watch. Learn how to control what happens when your app is dismissed to the background, use complications to show important information, scroll back and forward in a timeline, and add maps and 2D and 3D animation with MapKit, SpriteKit, and SceneKit. Plus, learn how to use gestures in your app to add interactivity and save valuable real estate on the Watch interface.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Apple Watch Tips and Tricks

Get the most from your smartwatch with these expert Apple Watch tips and tricks. This course shows viewers how to customize Glances, set haptic strength, customize and clear notifications, quickly silence the Apple Watch, arrange apps and quickly switch between them, and use Siri effectively. It also discusses how to use the fitness apps, play and manage music, use Passbook and Apple Pay, and send and receive calls, texts, and emails. And viewers will love the handy miscellaneous tips, like how to preserve battery life and use the Apple Watch to find your iPhone.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource



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