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How do I use Search?

  • "Terms in double quotes" — the terms have to be matched in sequence to return results.
  • AND, OR, NOT. The query john OR jon matches documents containing either of the two names. The query java NOT javascript matches documents containing java and not containing javascript.
  • Parentheses ( ) are useful for grouping terms.
  • Prefix a field with a colon (:) to restrict your search to that field:
    • author:C matches authors having the initial “C” in their names (but not books about C).
    • author:“John Smith” matches authors named “John Smith” unless they have a middle name.
    • author:John Smith matches authors called “John” whose books contain the word “Smith” anywhere.
    • publisher:Bantam matches publishers called “Bantam”.
    • publisher:O’Reilly Media Inc (no quotes) matches publishers called “O’Reilly” where "Media" and "Inc" occur anywhere in the same document.
    • title:(chicken soup code) matches titles with all three words chicken, soup, and code. A book titled “Code Soup: when developers play chicken” would match, for example.
    • title:“chicken soup code” matches books with those three words in sequence such as “The Chicken Soup Code Manual”.
    • publisher:O’Reilly text:java matches books published by O’Reilly having “java” in their text.

How do I use the O’Reilly app?

The O’Reilly app allows you to take your online learning with you on the go. Download as many books and videos as you would like. Start reading on one device, and pick up where you left off on another, with effortless syncing of highlights and position. Discover new content to add to your playlists.

The O’Reilly app offers the full breadth of videos and books available with your O’Reilly subscription. O’Reilly interactive trainings such as Orioles, Live Online Trainings, and some Learning Paths are supported only through a web browser.

You must have an active O’Reilly account created after July 2014. If you are an O’Reilly customer who joined before July 2014, please use our Safari To Go app, also available in the App Store and Play Store.

How do I use the Playlists feature?

The Playlists feature helps you organize lists of content from anywhere in your online learning experience. For our Enterprise customers, you can share a playlist with anyone in your organization once you’ve created it. As of Summer 2019, Enterprise and Individual customers have a Public share setting that also lets them share their playlist across all of O’Reilly’s online learning members. Playlists that are shared can be discovered utilizing the Global Search feature or through an O’Reilly Member’s “Discover” page within their Playlists experience.

To create or manage a playlist from the Playlists page:

  • Select “Playlists” from the left navigation. That will take you to the Playlists page.
  • Click the red “New” button in the upper right corner.
  • Add a name and an optional description of your playlist.
  • Once you’ve created a playlist, you can add to it by using the Playlists icon as you’re engaging with content, anywhere across O’Reilly.
  • From this page, you can also choose to edit the details of an existing playlist, delete a playlist, or reorder and remove titles from your playlists.

To create or manage a playlist from anywhere:

  • Click on the Playlists icon from any content (except Case Studies and Orioles) you’d like to add to an existing playlist, or that you’d like to use to start a new playlist.
  • Add a name and optional description if you’re creating a new list, or if you’re adding to an existing list, just click on the name of the list and the content will be added automatically.

To share a playlist:

  • Sharing a playlist is easy. Start by selecting the “Share” button from your playlist.
  • Enterprise Only Customers: Once you select a playlist to be shared with {Your Organization}, anyone in your organization with the URL can access and follow it; as well as find it via the Global Search feature and on their Discover page. No one outside of your organization will be able to see it.
  • To participate in O’Reilly’s broader member community, selecting the “Public Playlist” setting will ensure all of O’Reilly’s members (including colleagues from your organization) will be able to discover and follow it.
  • Now click “Send email” which will conveniently open and pre-populate an email with subject/body and an included link to the playlist. Alternatively, you can click “Copy link” to copy the URL for your playlist and share in the way that works best for you—through email, Slack, or a preferred internal communications app.

To find new playlists:

  • Select “Playlists” from the left navigation. That will take you to the Playlists page.
  • Click the “Discover” tab. This will show you a selection of our Expert Playlists as well as playlists in any topics you follow.
  • Enterprise Only Customers: The “Discover” tab will also have a module that contains a selection of playlists that have been shared within your enterprise.
  • All modules on this page have a “See All” link that will lead you to global search.
  • You can alternatively go straight to global search and see all relevant shared playlists within any of your search queries. You can filter by Playlists as a content type, and can further refine to see only enterprise-shared (enterprise only customers), publicly-shared, or expert-created playlists.

To follow a playlist:

  • If you would like to follow a shared playlist, click on the “Follow Playlist” button underneath the playlist.
  • Your followed playlists will show up in your list of playlists.
  • If you’d like to unfollow a playlist, just click on “Unfollow Playlist” underneath the playlist at any time.

From the O’Reilly app:

  • Your created and followed playlists will auto sync with your mobile app—so you’ll always have the content you want at your fingertips.
  • You can also discover and follow new public playlists or Expert Playlists from the “Discover” (search feature within the app) or scrolling the “Explore” tab from within the Playlists section.

You can update your playlists at anytime, from anywhere in your experience. And don’t forget to keep your app up-to-date to ensure you’re always seeing the latest Playlists experience.

Why can’t I find the exercise files for a book or video?

Books or videos that refer to working/exercise files will often mention the location of these files in a chapter at the beginning or end of the book, or in an early clip if it’s a video. If you can’t find those files, please check the publisher’s website (for example, O’Reilly hosts all exercise files on our media site), or get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to find them for you.

We’re aware this a less-than-ideal solution and are working on providing you with these links directly in O’Reilly online learning.

Why can’t I find the Tutorial I had started?

  • Tutorials have been removed from our platform in favor of a newer, more robust content format - Learning Paths.
  • We understand a change like this can be difficult but we're committed to bringing you the best learning experiences we can and think you’ll find more value in our Learning Paths format, which in addition to covering much of the same content, also cover new and emerging topic areas as well.
  • Learning Paths are similar in that they’re built for structured, immersive learning but with many Learning Paths, you'll also get more recent content across a variety of both text and video, plus formative self-assessments to help you better retain new information and develop your skills fast.
  • To find a Learning Path that meets your needs, you can search for a subject area or keyword and then filter by Format. Or, you can browse the Learning Paths landing page.

Can I access content while I’m offline?

Yes, the O’Reilly mobile app for iOS and Android allows for offline reading and caching.

What’s a Jupyter Notebook?

Jupyter Notebooks are documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Integrating the Jupyter Notebook into O’Reilly online learning as a content format means our authors and editors are able to develop or adapt our market leading learning content into rich, interactive learning experiences.

Now, you can apply the skills you're reading about in real time with interactive Jupyter Notebooks.

  • Practice while you learn with right-sized interactive examples and exercises
  • Input, edit, run code, and render live results inline with the author’s explanation
  • Start learning fast—there’s no software to install
  • Download notebooks to read, review, and practice with later

How do certifications work?

The certifications experience provides complete sets of the official preparation materials to help get you ready for the industry’s most sought-after certifications. You can easily filter by vendor name (e.g., AWS), certification name (e.g., CISSP), and format (e.g., Pearson practice exam) to find the materials for the exam you’ll be taking. Then dive into the official supporting materials from the certifying vendors themselves.

Pearson practice exams—discoverable under the “Formats” filter—are a helpful way to study for your certification exam by going through an actual test. They’re interactive and customizable, so you can track your performance on a module-by-module basis and get immediate feedback to help you focus on areas for improvement. Each exam offers three modes designed to help you prepare.

Study Mode This mode works as a study guide to evaluate your knowledge. There are answers and full explanations for each question, and you have the option to NOT time yourself so you can study at your own pace.
Practice Exam Use this mode to take a simulated timed practice exam.
Flash Cards This mode provides the questions WITHOUT multiple choice answers for a true test of your mastery.

Certification guides are also selectable from the “Formats” filter of the certifications home page. They’re great for identifying exactly the materials you’ll need to help you prepare for your certification of choice. Each guide contains:

  • Official prep materials for tech’s most sought-after certification exams—from the vendors themselves
  • A variety of content formats including self-paced books to instructor-led videos, so you can learn on your own time
  • Interactive practice tests that verify when you’re ready to sit for the real exam

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