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This has been a great year for astronomy buffs—from imaging Pluto to new Earth-like planets to a beautiful new look back at ourselves.  That’s why I’m so delighted to announce that NASA has selected Safari to provide custom training for their space and ground systems developers. The training, delivered through our Safari Tutorials platform, will help NASA engineers further their understanding of secure software and systems.

Secure Coding and Coding Standards

The “Secure Coding and Coding Standards” Tutorial distills essential content from top books and video courses in Safari’s extensive library. It gives learners the confidence to begin coding securely and provides them pointers to important resources to further advance their knowledge.

This Tutorial was hand-curated by Robert C. Seacord, noted security consultant and author of some of the best material on software security in the industry. Robert writes:

“Secure coding has been increasingly recognized as a critical discipline in the development of secure software systems. A tutorial is an effective way for developers to access the most important and timely information from leading industry experts.”

Start writing safer code—today

Browse all titles by Seacord available in Safari, and all of our coverage on software and hardware security.

Modernizing Legacy Systems: Software Technologies, Engineering Processes, and Business PracticesSecure Coding Rules for JavaSecure Coding in C and C++Professional C Programming

More about Tutorials

We’ve been partnering with many subject matter experts who have crafted Tutorials on anything from Big Data to Presentation Skills. Check out O’Reilly author Neal Ford’s hand-selected path on a journey From Developer to Architect. Or dive into an Introduction to Python, which I put together myself as a way to help our new developers or those transitioning from other languages learn more about the technology that powers Safari.

Get Tutorials for your business

To learn more about custom Safari Tutorials, reach out to our Director of Strategic Accounts, Mike Tuckerman, or to your Safari representative if you’ve got one. You can also always ping us on Twitter and we’ll get you started.

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Safari has just loaded in a terrific collection of short articles from new publishing partner Harvard Business School Working Knowledge. Working Knowledge is an online-only periodical that gives a practical focus to new research and ideas from Harvard Business School faculty.

We’ve curated a special collection of Working Knowledge content specifically for Safari’s audience. Check out the full collection, which spans all the major management topics. And here are a handful of recommendations to get you started:

Horrible Boss Workarounds: Bad bosses are generally more inept than evil, and often aren’t purposefully bad, says Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter. She discusses common bad-boss behaviors, and how good colleagues can mobilize to overcome the roadblocks.

It’s Not Nagging: Why Persistent, Redundant Communication Works: Managers who inundate their teams with the same messages, over and over, via multiple media, need not feel bad about their persistence. In fact, this redundant communication works to get projects completed quickly. Read more »

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You may recall that we launched Safari Tutorials a few months ago, with a handful of Beta Tutorials for you to check out. If you need a reminder (or if you’re new to Safari), our Tutorials are learning paths that help you get the most out of Safari by connecting you to the right content right away. We’ve hired experts to hand-select these learning paths through our library on topics that matter to you. (They’re like Safari courses, based on the content you already trust and love!)

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Well, thanks to your input and some additional elbow grease, we can now invite you to check out our new set of complimentary Tutorials. We’ve been partnering with many subject matter experts who have lovingly crafted Tutorials on anything from Big Data to Presentation Skills. Check out O’Reilly author Neal Ford’s hand-selected path on a journey From Developer to Architect. Or dive into an Introduction to Python by our very own Liza Daly.

Why are you still sitting here reading this? Head on over to Safari and check out Tutorials! Oh, and let us know what you think. We love it when you do that.

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For nearly 15 years, Safari has helped technologists solve real-world problems and master their craft. Almost every software engineer or IT administrator can point to technical books that were formative in their careers (mine was Programming Perl), and we’re proud that many of those people read those books using Safari.

But people learn technology in many more ways than just from books these days, and we’ve changed with the times, by adding tens of thousands of hours of video courses, exclusive conference sessions, and even audio books. With leading titles in business, communications, management, design, marketing, leadership, sales, and operations, we’ve got something for everyone in your organization—not just the IT department.



Starting in July 2014 we began offering a new product
, designed from the ground up to serve a broader audience and to adapt itself to each individual. If you’re a Java developer and you use Safari actively, the product will learn your preferences and surface ever more relevant content to you. If you’re in sales and use Safari to improve your skills in communication, leadership, and negotiation, you’ll forget we ever were “just a tech resource.”

One thing we haven’t changed is the original “blue” Safari Books Online for any current customer. Although we’re excited about where we’re going with the reimagined Safari, if you’re happy with our “classic” product, you’re free to keep using it. If you’re already a “classic blue” Safari Books Online customer and want to try out the new version, you can—just start a free trial and cancel your legacy account when you’re ready to switch. Read more »

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We’ve taken the Android version of Safari Queue out of beta, and it is now available for everyone in the Google Play Store. The Android version of Queue is the newest addition to our lineup of native apps, joining the recently launched iOS version.

The Safari Queue app syncs with your new Safari queue, granting you offline access to books and videos. In previous apps, we’ve imposed limits on the number of items you could read/watch offline, but with Safari Queue, we’ve removed those restrictions. Many of our customers asked us to give them the freedom to read and watch things offline, so this app was designed to support as many titles as your device can hold. Read more »

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It’s amazing the amount that managers have to learn when they begin a new position. Whether it’s a big promotion within the company or a new job with a new employer, new leaders rarely have a meaningful grasp of the circumstances they will be entering until they are already there. That’s a problem: unknown politics, misunderstood expectations, and relationships that often need to be built from scratch all stand in the way of anyone’s ability to be effective in a new leadership role. It’s a challenge even experienced leaders face, often time and again throughout their careers.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  In his Safari Original short ebook, Your Critical First 10 Days as Leader, leadership scholar and author Eric McNulty lays out a simple action plan for any leader to hit the ground running — or least jogging — right away. Eric’s focus is on relationships; after all, managing people is what leadership is all about. Read more »

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One of the big challenges our customers are asking us to help them solve is developing a new generation of leaders and managers — especially those moving from technology into their first leadership roles. Many of those managers are literally part of the next generation. Millennials are now a plurality in the workforce, and as a group value (and expect) training and development support from their employer (obligatory Mary Meeker reference below).

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When business leaders hear the word “sustainability,” they often think “expense.” Sustainability feels like the right thing to do, but only once all other business needs have been met. Unfortunately, this perspective misses the more important issue: sustainability is a core strategic asset.

Not only can a focus on sustainability generate cost savings and drive revenue growth, it provides the opportunity for key organizational investments and innovations. Perhaps nowhere is this more the case than in the area of energy reduction.

Companies of all different sizes and industries are now realizing the value of investing in energy reduction strategies. Consider DuPont’s Bold Energy Plan, which helped the chemical giant reduce costs by hundreds of millions while helping to transform its reputation from massive polluter to innovator.

So, how does a company get started on reducing energy and cutting costs? Here are three steps to developing an effective energy reduction program: Read more »

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The Hardware Startup Cover

Over the past five years, we’ve begun to witness the emergence of Maker pros: entrepreneurs who started out as hobbyists and now want to turn their creations into full-fledged companies. The difference between a project and a product is the difference between making one and making many.

To turn a project into a company, the product has to be scalable. “Making many” has traditionally been a problem of cost and accessibility; it’s historically been both expensive and difficult to manufacture. Growing a company further requires keeping costs low enough to profit, setting up distribution channels, and managing fulfillment. Over the past few years, several trends have combined to create an environment that’s mitigated those problems. This has resulted in the growth of a hardware startup ecosystem.

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