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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #7 - March, 2001


Newsletter for Computer Education,
Training & Tutorial Resources

*** ISSUE #7 - March, 2001 ***

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is available in early April, 2001 on the web at

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In This Issue:

1)... Editor's Greeting

2)... The Best New Free I.T. Training & Tutorial Sites

3)... New Free I.T. Books & Book Sites

4)... University Computer Science Course Sites

5)... The Best Suggested Sites from Website Users

6)... New I.T. Training & Tutorial Link Sites

7)... New Desktop and Office Application Training Sites

8)... I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning

9)... Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training

10)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission


1) Editor's Greeting:

Welcome to our 7th issue of our free monthly email newsletter for Computer Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources. We are a non-profit web site and our mission is the training of those less fortunate who are seeking to become computer literate, both technically and from a user's perspective.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, or feedback about this newsletter, feel free to email us at mailto:. We appreciate your feedback. Also, please send this to your friends and colleagues, if you think they would like it. It contains highly valuable information for anyone who is an I.T. professional or desiring to become one.

In this issue we describe and link to a total of 58 computer IT education and learning web sites. By means of this email newsletter, you have knowledge of and access to these sites before our web site visitors do.

Latest News:

- We are sad to see one of the best free IT Book sites go away. ceased their web site as of 2/28/2001.

- Free online courses start at Barnes and Noble University on March 5, 2001.

Please help support our IT training mission by visiting any of our sponsors in this newsletter or on our site at . Good luck with your computer studies and learning.

Warm Regards,
Jeff Love

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The total price to join as a member is only $15.00 total for 2 months, $25.00 for 4 months or $34.00 for 6 months. The funds generated will assist us to help all those seeking IT education and application development training. Here's the link to see what's available on our member's site and to sign up:


2) The Best New Free I.T. Training & Tutorial Sites:

This section of our newsletter contains the best new free IT training and tutorial sites that we have found and researched in the last few weeks. These web sites will be added to our Free IT Courses and Books page at and our Free IT Tutorials and Guides page at in the coming weeks.

These first two sites are 2 more of our new 'single topic' free training pages that we are adding to our web site. Here are the pages, I hope you enjoy them:

Free Adobe Photoshop Training:

Free Microsoft FrontPage Training:


Free Training Viewlets:

This is a large collection of high quality training videos made by authors from across the Web and around the world. Categories include: Business, Internet, MP3/Video, Web services/Portals, Web Design, Operating Systems, Linux, Utilities, and Network/Databases.


The Beginner's Magazine:

This site is a Free Learning resource for those seeking excellent tutorials in over 20 different categories, including Java, Javascript, Visual Interdev, Visual Basic, Web Development, Linux, Flash, Director, Fireworks, Photoshop, Perl, XML, ASP, SQL, WAP, and E-Commerce.


Java Lessons:

Here are 19 free Java training lessons on these topics: Simplest Applet, Mouse click, Mouse coordinates, TextArea, Button action, Button and TextArea, Which Button, Numerical Limits, Repetition and Painting, Using an Array, Language, Continue, Break, Timing, Environment, Strings, String Methods, String Buffer, and Instances.


MOREnet Training: Introduction to Java (pdf):

This 53 page guide is for non-programmers. Components of the Java platform, including Object Oriented Methodology, are discussed.

Good Web Page Design (pdf):

This 82 page guide covers all the key quality standards for developing and maintaining a Web site.

Here are more free training web guides from this site:

Basics of Good Web Page Design (pdf):

Good Web Page Design Resources (pdf):

Beginning HTML Tutorial (pdf):

HTML Storyboard (pdf):

Samples of HTML Tags (pdf):


Using Java:

A series of tutorial articles published in ;login:. To quote Rik Farrow from the first article: " not a beginning tutorial. It assumes that you know something about Java, while still covering some of the basics for getting started."


Devguru's Tutorials:

These free tutorials deal with a wide variety of topics of interest to developers. These tutorials were made to be "How To" manuals that are easy to navigate. They have clear, precise explanations and useful, understandable examples of code.

Devguru's KnowledgeBase:

Knowledge Base Articles are available in the following topics: ADO (1), ASP (10), Browser Compatibility (6), HTML (11), JavaScript (14), Jet SQL (2), Miscellaneous (4), Style Sheets (1), and VBScript 4).


Computer Science Technical Tutorials from the University of Saskatchewan:

Nicely presented tutorials on these programming topics: Stacks, Queues, Sorting Techniques, Trees, Searching, Hashing, Number Theory, Encryption, Project Planning, Estimation, and Graphs.


E-Business ECOstructure:

EMC, Oracle, and Cisco are delivering joint e-business solutions in the form of free infrastructure Blueprints, which provide easy-to-use, integrated guidelines that document the design, implementation, operation and support of the EMC/Cisco/Oracle high availability Internet platform. There are now two Blueprints available:

Resilient Blueprint:

The design of the Resilient Blueprint solution focuses on providing an e-business with a highly available data center platform for the Internet. Based on the concept of a single data center site that is reliable and available with high performance, the design includes redundancy of hardware and software. In addition, this solution provides nondisruptive backup of the database using business continuance volumes (BCVs), and server-based I/O channel load balancing and failover.

Recovery Blueprint:

The second Blueprint, Recovery, extends the core high availability foundation of Resilient to include multi-site disaster recovery. This blueprint documents infrastructure design and technology enhancements that minimize downtime and potential data loss by: 1) Improving Availability (reduce unplanned downtime) through fast failover and failback of E-Business IP traffic and database information to a protected, standby data center, and 2) Building for Disaster Protection (minimize potential data loss) through integrated solutions that deliver "no data loss" of archive, redo logs, and data files as well as efficient failback to the primary data center.


Linux-Mandrake's Demo & Tutorial Center:

With the release of Linux-Mandrake 7.2, many new web pages have been posted in the Demo & Tutorial Center that feature various aspects of Linux-Mandrake 7.2 including the CUPS printing system, the updated graphical installer, new configuration utilities, a KDE2 tutorial and more.


TCT Technical Training:

TCT's courseware library is now web-deliverable. Free demos are available for these online courses: Functions of Internetworking, Technical Overview of Frame Relay, Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND), and Managing and Upgrading to Microsoft Windows 2000.


Excellent study site for MS, Cisco, and CompTIA certifications. CertNotes brings you useful, top-notch notes to help you pass your exams. These notes are brought to you by leading industry professionals.


Free Windows 2000 certification preparation exams, as well as weekly series for people writing the MCSE upgrade exam. Links to popular certification sites and Windows 2000 resources.


Microsoft SQL Server 7 White papers:

Accessing Heterogeneous Data:

How to Install SQL Server 7.0 Enterprise Edition on Microsoft Cluster Server:

SQL Server 7.0 Distributed Queries: OLE DB Connectivity:

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Security:

Replication for SQL Server 7.0:

SQL Server 7.0 Storage Engine:

Many More Microsoft SQL Server White Papers:

Free sample chapters are available from 6 SQL Server books here:


How to Build a Computer Network:

This site teaches you how to set up a computer network.


Virtual Dr:

Online Tutorials - A very comprehensive collection of online "how-to" tutorials on the Web. Select from the following topics: At Home, Handhelds/PDAs, Hardware, Internet, Operating System, Software, Linux. Also check out their discussion forums and tips area covering Windows, Linux, and Hardware.


Shelly Cashman Series Interactive Labs:

Free Computer Tutorials (using Shockwave), including these subjects: Understanding the Motherboard, Scanning Documents, Setting Up to Print, Configuring Your Display, Maintaining Your Hard Drive, Connecting to the Internet, The World Wide Web, Evaluating Operating Systems, Designing a Database, Choosing a Programming Language, and Understanding Multimedia.


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Hone your skills with these handy tutorials: Computer Basics, Macintosh, Software, Internet, Windows 95/98NT/2000, Linux.

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ZDNet's Tech Infobase:

Browse through more than 300,000 articles and abstracts from over 200 of the most influential computer-related magazines, journals and newspapers


Embedded Linux Reference Guides from

The Embedded Linux Overview Quick Reference Guide:

The Embedded Linux Distributions Quick Reference Guide:

The Real-time Linux Quick Reference Guide:

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The Linux-friendly System-on-Chip Quick Reference Guide:

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The Linux-friendly Embedded SBCs Quick Reference Guide:


Training Course from

A Unix Tutorial and Quizzes in Unix and Networking with grading of answers dynamically presented.


PowerPointers: helps you become a better speaker, presenter, trainer, sales person, manager, educator or designer with a site full of articles and tips to help you communicate more effectively. Topics covered include:
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- Building a Presentation
- Planning a Presentation
- Communicating in Your Specialty


3) New Free I.T. Books, Publications & Book Sites

These web sites will be added to our Free IT Courses and Books page at

The XML Files: Using XML for Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer Applications:

By Luis Ennser, et al., IBM Redbook (Free registration required)


USENIX Online Library and Index:

A collection of abstracts and full text from past USENIX events. Papers from conferences of preceding years are now freely available to everyone. Conference Proceedings are indexed by date and conference title from 1993 to the present.


Advanced Programming for the Java 2 Platform:

To help you navigate the Java APIs and fast-track your project development time, this free book includes the design, development, test, and deployment phases for an enterprise-worthy auction application. The example application explores many common situations and the discussions leave you with a solid methodology for designing and building your own solutions. This book is for more experienced Java developers. The example application is written with the Java 2 platform APIs and explained in terms of functional hows and whys.


Using Samba:

O'Reilly's Open Content book, Using Samba, provides all the details concerning how to install and configure Samba on your Unix or Linux system as a server for file sharing and printer sharing on a Windows network. Samba is now able to function as a Primary Domain Controller on a network of Windows 3.1/95/98/NT systems, and in many environments is preferable to using Windows NT for the same purpose. You can read the enhanced HTML version or download a PDF version.


4) University Computer Science Course Sites

These web sites will be added to our Free University IT Course Webs page at


UW Computer Training - Online Course Notes:

Many UW Computer Training courses have online course notes posted on this site, including: Introduction to Unix, Unix Shell Programming, Intermediate HTML Lab, Tour of Web Technologies , An Overview of Languages for the WWW, Introduction to JavaScript for the Web, An Introduction to XML, and Intermediate Graphics for the Web.


Computer Science Teaching Materials for Class and Lab:

These CS courses at the University of Regina cover many topics and contain excellent notes, assignments, etc. (some links are local only). Also look at their Department Research page here:


CS E61 342S: Object-Oriented Software Development Laboratory:

Focuses on practical aspects of designing, implementing, and debugging object-oriented software. Topics covered include reusing design patterns and software architectures and developing, documenting, and testing representative applications using object-oriented frameworks and C++. Here is the directory containing all the instructor's courses:


Computer Science 5:

This is another very good class on introducing the Java Programming Language. Class lecture notes, assignments, homework, and review for final exam are all available. Here are more lecture notes for this class from another instructor:


5) The Best Suggested Sites from our Website Users - Every month we feature the best suggested IT training and tutorial sites from our website visitors. Here are this month's sites:


Free Educational Opportunities from Webmaster Frank's Web Pages:

Learn computer skills such as Java, JavaScript, Perl, C++ and more using free educational resources now available on the internet


Learn To Subnet:

A free, lecture-based educational course on IP addressing and subnetting. This is an educational resource for those interested in the Internet, TCP/IP and Subnetting.


Unix Network Programming:

Free online training course in socket programming (contains audio). If you do not want to register for free, use 'guest' for both user id and password.



Free IT related certification exams - "Free skills testing that stretches the limits of the IT pro's brain with a workout that acknowledges the strong and sends the weak scurrying back to their workbooks."


6) New I.T. Training & Tutorial Link & Resource Sites

These web sites will be added to our IT Links and Resources page at

Programming Tutorials for Beginners:

Come on in and find the tutorial you are looking for. This is a very good link site for IT Tutorials, covering many technical development areas.


Oingo Meaning Based Search:

A highly detailed database of over 1,000,000 words and meanings, linked by millions of relationships in a semantic network

Many Programming Links:

More Programming Links:

General Computer Links:

Computer Science Links:


Use their search box to search for "free", many good results are returned. Also look at their Certification Study Help Sites:


Links to free online computer courses and tutorials.


Top IT Certification study sites:


7) New Desktop and Office Application Training Sites

These web sites will be added to of Free Office and Desktop Training page at . Also, check out our new MS Office 2000 Free Training page here:

The Digital Toolbox:

The Digital Toolbox enables you to create digital content easier, faster, and smarter. Their free tutorials cover: Learning HTML, MS PowerPoint, MS FrontPage, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Shockwave, Gathering Images, Hunting for Sounds, and Harvesting Video.


Office 2000 Articles From Microsoft Insider:

An archive some of their favorite and most helpful informational articles.


The Access Web:

This FAQ site is designed to help Microsoft Access developers find answers for some common questions. All code, utilities, and addins provided here are free and you are allowed to use them as part of your own applications.


Free Office Courses from

Excel Course:

Word Course:

PowerPoint Course:


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:


Programming Languages: Research Articles:

Research Articles By Topic: Assembler, Basic/Visual Basic, C++, COBOL, FORTRAN, HTML, Java, Pascal, Perl, and Unix. Also community boards and chat rooms.


Computer Science: Standards & Specifications:

This site has links to all the important Computer Science Standards and Specifications web sites.


Collected Algorithms:

Software associated with papers published in the Transactions on Mathematical Software, as well as other ACM journals are incorporated in this collection of algorithms. This software is refereed for originality, accuracy, robustness, completeness, portability, and lasting value. Most of these algorithms can be freely downloaded.


9) Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer one of the frequently asked questions we receive about computer and technical training and career development. They will be archived on a separate FAQ page on our website after several months.

March 2001 FAQ:

What is the best way to find a job for new or recent college grads who have little to no experience outside of the academic realm?


If you have had any experience working in your academic environment (such as a graduate assistant) then you need to highlight that on your resume, over your education. You need to describe any and all job experiences that you have had in your life. As a matter of fact, even volunteer experience would be helpful to describe on your resume. You need to show your future employer that you are not a risk to hire as an employee and that you will be a productive, engaged worker bringing knowledge and some experience to the job. You may want to attempt to target certain types of positions that you could work at for a period of time until you are ready to move into your chosen technical career. These could be jobs such as technical writer, tester, proofreader, helpdesk, operator, or business analyst.

You should also to look at the jobs sites that cater to recent college grads. The best ones are listed under this site's Jobs for Grads section: Some of these sites list IT Internships, which is a great way to get into the IT field. Here are more of the best IT internship job sites:

IT Internship listings at

Internship postings at

Rising Star's links of Computer Programming Internships:

Ernst & Young Internship Page:'s College Community:
- For Keywords type "Internship or Intern"

CyberLab Internships:
- Available to students who are interested in areas that may include, but are not limited to: multimedia, computer technology, computer programming, and educational design. They welcome students from all institutions and all nations to apply.

I hope this helps you.
intelinfo - Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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