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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #16 - Dec., 2001


Newsletter for Computer Education,
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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:

Hello, everyone! This 16th issue of our free monthly email newsletter for Computer Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources gives you the latest Free Interet IT Training Resources that we have recently discovered and researched. My hope is that these free resources help you with your computer education and training and are tools to advance your IT career. Our main 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 IT professional or desiring to become one.

In this issue we describe and link to a total of 65 computer, IT and programming learning and tutorial web sites. By means of this email newsletter, you have knowledge of and access to these sites before our web site visitors do.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season.

Best of luck with your computer studies and learning.

Warm Regards,
Jeff Love
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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 resources will be added to our Free IT Training & Courses page at, our Free IT Tutorials and Guides page at, or to our members' section.

The Programmer's Resource Centre:

Many categories of technical articles, including an archive section. A very good place to learn programming techniques.


VTC Online University:

You can try for free the first three chapters of most of their online courses. (You'll need to Download QuickTime 5.02.)


IT Tutorials from

Free IT Tutorials and resources covering databases, E-Commerce and Java.

************************************************************'s How-to Tutorials:

This 'tutorial' search gives over 500 results on's How-to web site.


Linux System Administration Refresher Course:

This is an overview of Linux system administration and provide a reference to most of the administrative commands.This material covers many, but not all, of the kinds of activities that a system administrator has to be concerned about.


Object Oriented Programming Web:

Here you will find a huge library of locally hosted programming tutorials, computer science lecture notes, references, guides and online books covering C/C++, Java, Algorithms &Data Structures, Operating Systems, Internet, Compilers and Artificial Intelligence.


Recent Tutorials section of Intranet Journal:

Tutorials about about information technology for intranets, extranets, web pages, ldap, xml, tcp/ip and thin client applications.


Web Resources Tutorials:

Currently there are 80 Tutorials in 8 Categories available on this site, including Javascript, PHP, CGI, HTML, CSSand DHTML.



XML Tutorial and IBM XML Certification Test Simulator - an example based XML Tutorial to help Learn XML and obtain IBM XML Certification. The Trial version includes 30 Questions with Tutorial Content: Introduction, Genesis, Related Tech's, XML Applications, Summary, Glossary, Quick Revision Tips. also has practice tests with answers explained for Java (30 Questions), C# (20 Questions), CORBA (20 Questions) and MCSE (30 Questions) at


Tutorials from

Tutorials in these areas: WML, Assembly, CISC, RISC, RAID, Cache Mapping and Associativity, Cache, Interrupts and DMA, Operating Systems and Basics, Data Structures and Trees, System analysis, System Designing, Basic Gates and Functions, Laws of Boolean Algebra, Karnaugh Maps, Pipelining


The CISSP Open Study Guide:

Free Study Guides relating to Computer Security in several areas. This site is about knowledge sharing and giving back to the community.


Java Tips:

The place to look for kernels of Java information. Each Java Tips installment presents short items on helpful tips and tricks to help you caffeinate your Java code.


Java, C++ and VB Programming Tutorials:

Learn how to program with these good tutorials from Planet Source Code:

Java and Javascript Articles and Tutorials:

C/C++ Articles and Tutorials:

Visual Basic Articles and Tutorials:


Legato SAN Academy:

A series of free, on-line courses that explore the fundamentals and the technical aspects of storage area network (SAN) technology. 4 free online courses in all.

************************************************************ Webcasts:

Free educational and informative webcasts from vendors such as IBM, Microsoft, Sprint, Storability and Compaq.


Mercury Interactive Cyber Seminars:

You can attend Mercury Interactive's Free Web-based seminars - these are live, one-hour presentations on enterprise testing, performance management and customer case studies. Also view past testing and application performance management Cyber Seminar presentations. And check out their free Virtual User Conferences at

************************************************************ Free Sample Courses: offers over 300 professionally developed online training courses delivered directly to your browser. Here are their free sample courses, each containing four chapters from the full course, for you to try.


ComputerPrep to Go Course Demonstration:

Try out these free multimedia demo courses in these areas: A+ Certification, Java 2, Cisco CCNA, C Programming, Relational Database, Windows 2000 Professional and some MS Office modules. Narration clearly introduces the topic of each screen. (Shockwave v.8 is recommended)


Ask the Security Experts:

This IT security site has a new security clinic. If you have a security question, post it on the site and it will be forwarded to a group of 100 experts from leading IT security consultancies around the world.


PC Resource Guide:

This site offers free tech support on all PC and Windows matters. They state on the site: "Simply Free, Easy-to-understand, Computer Support."


White Paper Library:

Up to date information from a variety of leading vendors and analysts. Search or browse to locate the whitepapers and reports that will help you understand the latest trends and technologies. Broadly covers eBusiness, Streaming Media Services, ISP, and m-Commerce.


White Paper Library in Information Technology:

Free White Papers from many vendors, free registration required. Areas covered are Enterprise Solutions, Application Enabling Technologies, Networking and Telecom, Computing Hardware, and Open Source


Hypermedia Image Processing Reference (HIPR):

This is an image processing learning resources site providing a set of computer-based tutorial materials for use in taught courses on image processing and machine vision. Contains on-line reference and tutorial information on a wide range of image processing operations with extensively illustrated actual digitized images.


Ecademy Free Downloads:

Free membership is available from where you learn, network, and develop your E-business. Many Reports, White Papers and Case Studies are available. As a thank you for joining they will give you a free downloadable copy of the the book The Battle of the Portals.


The Windows Registry Guide:

This site, formerly, provides an extensive range of registry tweaks, tricks & hacks for optimizing, enhancing and securing the Windows operating system.


Introducing Microsoft Windows XP:

This 1 hour online instructor-led seminar presents the Windows XP main features (professional and home edition) and walks you through Microsoft's Windows operating system history and future roadmap such as Windows .NET Server.


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

Some of these web resources will be added to our Free IT Books page at and some will be added to our members site.

Read Free eBooks:

The following ebooks are free to access and read once you register:

The Definitive Guide to Citrix MetaFrame XP:

The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Terminal Services:

The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Storage Resource Management:

The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Windows 2000 Security:

The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 and Exchange 2000 Migration:

The Definitive Guide to Active Directory Troubleshooting:

The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Group Policy:

The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Administration:

Tips and Tricks Guide to Windows 2000 & Active Directory Administration:


Linux Infobase:

Free Online Linux and Unix Books, including Unix Hints and Hacks, Linux: A Network Solution for Your Office, Sam's Teach Yourself Shell Programming, TCP/IP, and Samba in 24 Hours.


Online Papers and Documentation:

Lots of guides, documentation, etc. covering Java, HTML, DHTML, Javascript, Oracle, PHP, Unix, C/C++ and Networking.


Handbook of Information Security Management:

This book is an important reference used by candidates preparing to take the exam for the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).


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

CS117 Introduction to Computer Programming (C++):

This course is about data structures and programming, based on C++.


Object Oriented Programming:

This object oriented programming (OOP) course introduces the OOP paradigm and the related concepts in software engineering. Excellent lecture notes here:


Introduction to Programming with C++:

This is the Online Course/Slides page from this course.


Object Oriented Programming and Design with C++:

This is the Online Course/Slides page from this course. Here are all the C++ course sites for this instructor:


32521 Internetworking:

Free notes available for multi-protocol LAN design, IP and IPX addressing strategy, elements of WAN design, allowing LAN access to a WAN, and introduction of simple access control security to the network.


CSC 343 Sections 701 & 801: Introduction to Operating Systems: (4.1 mb) (2.4 mb)

This course is an introduction to operating system technology. It focuses on the following subset of a complete operating system: Operating system architectures, Operating system structures, Process and thread management (with an emphasis on scheduling), Memory management, File system structures. Be sure to check out Transparencies from the Text and Documents and Readings for the course.

************************************************************ (2.3 mb) (2.9 mb)

CSC 416 Sections 205 & 304: Foundations of Computer Science II - This course covers a range of data structures, related algorithms, and their implementation in C++. Topics covered include: the string class, linked lists, stacks, queues, recursion, binary trees, tree traversal techniques, maps, heaps, heapsort, graphs, inheritance, virtual functions, and abstract classes. We will also introduce C++ Standard Template Library (STL).


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:

My CIW Web Site:

Free CIW certification study and preparation site offering CIW practice questions, cram sessions, help and advice.


Packet Attack:

A quick reference to useful and frequently requested information available for network engineers and Cisco certification.


HTML Guide Book By H.K. Shahid

A complete guide book for HTML beginners in seven chapters.


A relatively new site offering many free technical training courses (still under construction).



This site has 20 free computer hardware tutorials.


Free Courses from itil e learn:

Free online courses in Illustrator, DHTML and Photoshop.


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

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

Programming Tutorials at

These are the most visited tutorials in the Programming category. They also have other computer and IT tutorials.

************************************************************ - Computers:

Lots of links to computer related sites in many areas.


These pages by David J. Hark have very extensive web resource links:

Web Site Design and Layout:

Designing and Building an Intranet:

Graphic Design for the Web:

HTML and Web Authoring:


DEV21 - portal for webmasters and programmers:

Resources for webmasters and programmers (Delphi, VB, C++ Builder, Pascal). Also e-commerce, security, chatroom, downloads, toplists and topsites.

************************************************************ Programming:

Programming releated links from Jayde search directory.


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 expanded MS Office 2000 Free Training page here:

Free Office 2000 Online Training Course:

This Office 2000 Getting Started Course at e-LearningCenter is a free full training course, taking approximately 4 hours to complete.


User Guides:

Free User Guides for all Office 2000 applications.


Sample Classes from Crash Course:

Samples Classes with Video in Word, PowerPoint, MS Outlook, Web Pages, and more to come.


Software Handouts and Resources:

These free tutorials cover MS Office 97 Applications, Dreamweaver, Graphics and Web Pages. Here is their 8-page Introduction to MS PowerPoint tutorial: and their 12-page Advanced PowerPoint tutorial:


Hitchhiker's Guide to PowerPoint :

This is a 14-page information and training help guide on PowerPoint.(3 mb)


Microsoft Office Jumpstarts from

Installing Microsoft Office 2000 Tutorial:

Introduction to Microsoft Word Tutorial:

Microsoft Word 2000 Tutorial:

Microsoft Excel 2000 Tutorial:

Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 Tutorial:

Beginning to Intermediate PowerPoint Tutorial:

Packaging Presentations for the Web with PowerPoint:


Two sites that get you up to speed with Office XP:

Office XP Tips and Tricks:

Introducing Microsoft Office XP:


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:

Plug-in Tester Page:

Check to see if you have these installed: Flash, Shockwave for Director, RealPlayer, Adobe Acrobat Reader and QuickTime. If you don't have any of these - don't worry. Just follow the directions your browser will be ready to go.


100hot List:

Top 100 developer sites. Here is a linked list of their 8 technology categories:


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.

December 2001 FAQ:

What certifications the most popular certifications and which ones I need?


The following gives you an overall view of the most popular IT certifications. This will give you an idea of what is available. For website links on these and many other certifications that are available to you, please check out this page on our web site: It is also a very good idea to continue learning and studying while you are employed. This will keep you current with the latest technology, advance your career in more promising directions, and help you earn another IT certification.

Certifications with their levels and descriptions:

A+ (Entry) - This is a 'vendor neutral' certification that focuses on basic computer knowledge, specifically hardware and operating systems. It is commonly earned as your first certification, then later you can study and obtain other certifications.

LPI Program (Entry & Intermediate) - This is the Linux Professional Institute's certification track for Linux. There are three levels demonstrating your increasing knowledge of the Linux Operating System.

MCP (Entry) - The Microsoft Certified Professional certification indicates that you have the skill to implement and maintain Microsoft specific business solutions. You can also add additional certifications for Internet and Site Building.

MCSE (Entry & Intermediate) - The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer is a common certification that provides overall coverage of networks as well as Microsoft-specific technology, such as Windows 2000.

CNA (Entry) - The Novell Certified Network Administrator certification demontrates your ability to provide support on Novell network products.

CNE (Entry & Intermediate) - The Novell Certified Network Engineer is also a common certification that provides overall coverage of network technology as well as Novell-specific knowledge.

ICSA (Intermediate & Advanced) - Certified Network Security Administrator is a certification for taking existing network knowledge into the area of network security.

OCP (Entry, Intermediate, and Advanced) - The Oracle Certified Professional certification enables you to work with Oracle Database products and there are many subspecialties to this certification. This certification could support a networking oriented career or a track in web back-end technology.

Cisco (Entry, Intermediate & Advanced) - Cisco has a number of certification programs that focus on their wide variety of network products.

Java (Entry & Intermediate) - Sun Microsystems provides a certification to verify proficiency at Sun JAVA programming.
I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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