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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #10 - June, 2001


Newsletter for Computer Education,
Training & Tutorial Resources

*** ISSUE #10 - June, 2001 ***

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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 10th 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 65 computer and 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.


- This issue has plenty of Free IT Book Sites that are very interesting, be sure to check them out.

- Here is a new free subscription service for computer and technology newsletters:
We are asking everyone to please sign-up for one of these free newsletters. Our web site receives 30 cents for everyone who does - these funds enable us to further help you and everyone else find the best free computer training and tutorials on the web today.

You can also 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.

Happy Computing,
Jeff Love
Newsletter Editor and Webmaster


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Our Members' Site contains the web's best computer and IT training resources and tutorials. This content is individually linked and presented in a way to expedite and facilitate your IT learning experience. We have done all the web research and presentation work for you so you can concentrate solely on your computer training. For a short FAQ, please see the end of this newsletter.

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 Training & Courses page at and our Free IT Tutorials and Guides page at in the coming weeks.

East-West Project:

A collaborative venture of four Canadian Provinces to put on line a full course on information technology. The course offers 5 modules: Web Publishing, Graphic Design, Telecommunication Networks, Telecommunications, and Computer Applications.


Telelogic Webinars:

A series of free interactive, web-based conferences which enable you to attend live seminars, training sessions, product launches, demonstrations and briefings in a virtual auditorium right from your own desktop


SparkNotes: Computer Science:

Free computer and IT online study guides and notes. This is an excellent learning site written entirely by Harvard students and teachers.


Download sample chapters to review, From CarrigLearning:

Database Fundamentals:

Web Design:

Java Programming Essentials:


Two More Help Sites where you can ask and receive help and answers to your technical questions:
- Get Help - where you can ask and get expert answers to tough development questions
- Provides technical support to computer users for free. All their support techs are volunteers, and many have been recognized in media publications. If you have a computer problem - anything from hardware to HTML problems - then submit your question to them. They support nearly everything: PCs, Macs, Unix and PDAs.

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Black Sun Tutorials:

Many tutorials in several areas such as Unix/Linux, Windows, networking, programming, security, hardware, viruses, and encryption.


Windows NT Admin Tasks Bookshelf:

This bookshelf contains Lab Screenbooks which are short task descriptions useful for classroom practice.


FCC Office of Engineering and Technology:

Previous Tutorials and Downloads on the Impact of Convergence, Wireless Access to the Internet, Voice and Data Transmission Over Powerlines, Optical Transmission in the Network, Voice Over IP, Internet Interoperability and Third Generation Digital Mobile.


Free sample self-study training manuals in these topics: ASP, CGI/PERL, ColdFusion, DreamWeaver, DreamWeaver UltraDev, HTML, JavaScript, Paintshop Pro, VBScript and XML.


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These tutorials cover HTML, Advanced HTML, Java, and Home Networking.


Database Services - Data Modeling:

This site provides excellent documentation about relational database design, the relational database model, and relational database software.


EPCC Training and Education Course Materials:

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) accelerates the effective exploitation of high performance parallel computing systems throughout academia, industry and commerce. All of this material has been offered at EPCC courses. This page offers free documents and online books about high-performance computing, message passing, and parallel computing:

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

These web sites will be added to our Free IT Books page at Keyword Search:

A search on keyword "computer" yields 222 results (change 'maximum number of responses' to 300).


A search on keyword "Java" brings back 622 matches to free books, "programming" returns 281 matches.


The Universal Library:

Five free IT books: Computer Engineering, Computer Structures: Readings and Examples, Designing Computers and Digital Systems, High Tech Ventures, and SBN Computer Structures.


Computer Animation - Algorithms and Techniques:


Technical Writing: Online Textbook:

This free online technical writing textbook is used by students in online technical-communication courses worldwide.


4) University Computer Science Course Sites
Free to Browse and Study:

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


Here is all the Computer Science Instructor Supplied Course Information for Western Ontario University:



This personal page from Dr. Choi Yiu Kuen contains free learning materials for these courses he teaches: Computer Architecture and Operating Systems, Data Communications and Networking Fundamentals.

Operating Systems and System Software:

System Software course with excellent notes, etc. - it being replaced by this course:


Computer Science 305:

This course's goal is to impart sufficient understanding of operating system design to allow you to understand how it impacts application design and performance. Great notes are freely available, and here is an older course page with good notes also:


Undergraduate Courses About Programming Languages:

A linked list of courses online teaching principles and concepts of programming languages. Here is the graduate course list:


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:

Java Skyline: Your Java Server Portal

Intro to Java database programming, performance guidelines, JDBC servlet programming, plus tutorials:

Intro to servlets - what makes them work. Best practices, database servlet example, plus tutorials:

Intro to EJBs - what they are and why they exist - writing an EJB client - an annotated example plus tutorials:

Introduction to Java servers (J2EE) and server core technologies:


iSavvix Java Community:

Lots of information and articles on Java related topics - excellence in emerging Java technology based solutions.


Ed's Excel Pages:

Pivot Table tutorial and Excel charting samples - provides some Excel sample code and tutorials.


Free articles and tutorials for learning HTML, CGI/Perl, Javascript. Here are their HTML tutorials:


6) New Computer & IT Training & Tutorial Link & Resource Sites:

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

This site bills itself as 'the ultimate development related links collection available on the Internet."


Top Certification Sites from


Totally Free resource for computer study and certification. Many free tests and study materials are available at this site.


Tutorial links in many IT areas.


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 MS Office 2000 Free Training page here:

Computer Training Materials:

Free Computer Training Materials in MS Office and other desktop applications (pdf format).


AskIT: IT Training Program:

A series of 2-hour modules on specific software packages in Word Level 1, Word Level 2, Excel, and PowerPoint

- Free tutorials in MS Office Applications
- Free Tutorial Archive for all MS Office applications, plus many more apps, such as photoshop, dreamweaver, corel draw, act, fireworks, flash, internet, paint shop pro, lotus 123, visio, windows, zip files, and word perfect.


Office 2000 Bookshelf:

Excel and MS Word 2000 Tutorials. Here is their Windows 2000 Basics tutorial:


Animated Powerpoint Tutorials:


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:

View Source Code Online - all programs found here are free for personal and commercial use, compatible with Unix and/or Windows, and are written in C/C++, Java, Perl, or Visual Basic.


Free Programming Resources: compilers, editors, installers, developer tools, libraries, debugging aids, version control, source code, etc.


This site's objective is to improve communication about Software Engineering and to create a Community for Software Engineers. This website is dedicated to the free information sharing between software engineers.


A Documentation Sharing Consortium for staff members at higher education institutions dedicated to producing computer-related documentation and newsletters


File Format Standards and more:


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.

June 2001 FAQ: Where are the best free A+ Training & Tutorial Resources on the Web?

There are many free learning and training resources on the web for studying and preparing for your A+ Certification exam. This article shows you where some of the best ones are.

Start with the online courses here, they are some of the best beginning computer training on the web:

First go to Life Long Learning on the WWW:
and review and study these courses:
- Hardware Introduction I
- Hardware Introduction II
- Internet and WWW
- Networks: An Introduction
- Operating Systems
- Windows 95
- Windows 2000 Server

Then, go to at this url:
and study these training tutorials online:
- Basic Windows Training and Tutorials
- A+ Certification Core Tutorial
- A+ Certification DOS/Windows

Check out this free online book:
'A+ Certification: How to Pass Your Exams':
-This free book walks you through all the skills tested in the A+ Certification exam -- both the Core exam and the DOS/Windows exam.

To get the latest news and updates on the A+ Certification Exam you should check out CompTIA's A+ page. This is the organization responsible for the exam and its contents. It has recently been updated and you need to know what has been added and changed. Here's the url:

If you want to pay for A+ training, here is their search page for finding training centers:

The following are more of the best web resources that offer you free study materials, guides and notes:

CompTIA certification study guides and cramsessions:
-A+ Core Technologies - This Cramsession helps you
to prepare for the CompTia Exam 220-101, A+ Core
Technologies certification exam.
-2001 A+ Core Hardware Service Technician - Free
study guides and practice tests for New A+ Exam.

Microcomputer Technology:
-A course that is patterned after the Core Exam
Module of the A+ Certification Exam.

Links to A+ study and preparation sites:

A+ Central:
- Free online A+ quizzes, study guides, study forum.

A+ Tutor:

A+ Study Guide:

A+/Network Webring List:;list

Rooster's A+ Certification Page:

A+ Certification page from
-Offers study materials and a quick preparation
guide for experienced PC technicians who are
pursuing A+, Network+, or i-Net+ certification.

Here are the best web resources that give you
Free Practice Test Questions:

Free Test DownLoads For A-Plus:

153 A+ Questions by Phillip Evans:

Free A+ practice tests (including Network+):

Neil's good practice questions and test information:

Redward's 300 A+ Study Questions:
-These questions are intended to be a study guide

Free A+ Exam Practice from

Marcraft offers free A+ practice exams:

A+ Practice Test:
-Select A Bank...
A+ Hardware Bank or
A+ Operating Systems Bank

Also, listed on the next page at this location are some of the best free hardware tutorial sites on the web:

And the 2 best free hardware tutorials on the web are linked in detail on this page:

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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