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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #23 - July, 2002


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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 and welcome to our new subscribers! This is the 23rd issue of our free monthly email newsletter for Computer IT Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources, giving you the latest Free online IT Training Resources that we have recently discovered and researched. This newsletter is free to anyone subscribing (instructions at bottom, no username/password is needed). To access our member site, however, you do need a user name and password - registering as a member of costs $10 for six months, for more information please see below 'Become a Member of'.

My desire is that these free resources will 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.

In this issue we describe and link to a total of 60 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.

*** Current News ***

Here are 56 Free Web Seminars in July 2002 from Microsoft, Oracle and Rational:

Here are our latest free training pages for newsletter subscribers and site members only:

ITCrunch, one of the best free IT training sites on the web, went away for several months, but is now back online. Check them out at

I'd like to personally wish you the 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' site.

Dr. Dobb's TechNetCast:

Streaming media resources covering software development and information technologies. Topics include AI, C++, Graphics, Java, Linux, Open Source, Security, Software Development, XML, WWW and more. Here is their archive page:



Check out these tutorials on this training site:
- MySQL/PHP Tutorial
- Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days
- Curious Eye DHTML Tutorial
- Easiest way to learn JavaScript


Java Tutorials, Presentations and Software from Jan Newmarch:

Basic User Interface Programming using the AWT and the JFC -Part 1 and Part 2:
- These tutorials discuss using the AWT (Abstract Window Toolkit) of Java to perform platform-independent GUI programming

Programming User Interfaces with the JFC:
- This tutorial looks at GUI programming using the new JFC/Swing classes. It assumes a background of the AWT, and concentrates on additional features and changes from the AWT.


E-Commerce Tutorial:

These are slides explaining and outlining e-commerce topics.


Design Principles:

This is a guide on Software Design, understanding the design phases, with links to Database Design Principles, User interface Design Principles, Software Design Principles, and Design Patterns.


Introduction to Software Engineering:

This is an outline with topical explanations of what makes up Software Engineering.


AntiOnline - The Tutorials Forum:

This is a 20 page forum of uploaded tutorials from users of AntiOnline. They cover many areas, including C++, Visual Basic, Networking, Security, Wireless, Routers, File Structures, etc.


Computers & the Internet Free Online Courses:

BBCi are launching a new way of learning. Whatever your subject, learn online at your own pace and get a solid start in an area that interests you. Here are the first two:

Becoming Webwise:

Build-A-Bot Techlab:


Science & Art - Training & Workshops:

Free computer training and materials in Web Design, Dreamweaver 4, Flash 5, HTML, XML, JavaScript.


The Dynamic Duo:

Cross-Browser DHTML - Dynamic HTML and JavaScript tutorial.


Unix Tutorial:

This introduces some key Unix concepts and some of the Unix commands you will use most often. It is most useful for people who are completely new to the Unix environment. Here is a page on common Unix commands:


Unix Bourne Shell Programming:

A Bourne Shell Programming Tutorial for learning about using the unix shell and writing scripts. A script file contains a sequence of Unix commands which can be executed by entering one command. Here is another good free online course:


Network Security Library: Unix

You'll find here many guides and documents covering Linux, HP-UX, Solaris, and Internet related topics.


An Introduction to Socket Programming:

These course notes are directed at Unix application programmers who want to develop client/server applications in the TCP/IP domain (with some hints for those who want to write UDP/IP applications). Since the Berkeley socket interface has become something of a standard these notes will apply to programmers on other platforms.


Let's Build a Compiler:

This fifteen-part series, by Jack Crenshaw, written from 1988 to 1995, is a non-technical introduction to compiler construction. You can read the parts on-line or download them in a ZIP file.


Best MCSE Core Exam Summaries:

Good certification study site with guides and practice tests.


MCSE Certification practice exams (25 questions each):

A+ Core Technologies - Cram Session:

************************************************************ Tutorials:

Two online tutorials: XML Certification Tutorial:
Java Architect Certification Tutorial:


Certification Practice Exams:

Oracle (DBA and Developer), Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MCSA), and Sun (Solaris and Java) Practice Certification Exams.


50 Best Computer Articles for Not Yet Techies:

Learn Basic Information on Computer Subjects, Technologies and Certifications. From A+ to XML. Advertised as written by a non-techie for not yet techies.


Writing HTML - Lessons:

This is one of the best free HTML courses on the web today. It covers everything you need to get started, having individual lessons and downloads to practice on.


System Crashes.Com:

Offers a wide range of tips, tweaks, reviews along with free technical help with computer systems, with details on how they work.


These guys say they provide fast answers, expert technical support, and offer a helping hand when you need it. If you have a techie question or problem, give them a try.


Study Notes for Microsoft exam 70-218:

Free study guide for MCSA Certification Exam 70-218 (4 pages).


Free XP Instructional Movies:

8 movies, over 70 minutes of learning content about Windows XP's features and how to use this OS. PowerPoint slides are also included.


3) New Free Computer IT 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.

Documentation - Manuals and Handbooks for Computer Security:

This is a collection of select handbooks and components of a computer security documentation suite.


Lady Sharrows Playground:*/

Free Computer Security and Operating System books are available on this archive site. A few are missing.


McGraw-Hill Professional - Betabooks:

Beta Books are back, allowing you to view partial and sometimes complete text versions of emerging IT books online. Topics include security, networking, programming, certification, PC hardware, web development, graphics, Oracle Press, databases, telecommunications.


eBooks by Subject:

Free chapters available on this site for IT and technical books


Handbook of Applied Cryptography:

All chapters of this book are available for free download, in postscript format. Here is the link to download Ghostscript to view this format:


The Complete HTML Teacher, by K. Williams:

This e-book covers much of the basics, and also more advanced topics like JavaScript, CGI and SSL. (1.01 mb)


Tcl/Tk for Programmers:

Seven chapters of this book have been posted online for free.


C Elements of Style:

This book was published by M&T books in 1992. An abbreviated copy of the book is presented here. It covers only the C language and is a bit out dated. However it still contains a lot of good advice.


ANSI/ISO C++ Professional Programmer's Handbook:

This book is for intermediate and advanced level C++ developers who want to improve their proficiency by acquiring new programming techniques and design idioms.


Books from

Teach Yourself Visual C++ 5 in 24 Hours:

Windows 98 Professional Reference:

Sams Teach Yourself ABAP/4 in 21 Days:


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

CS 406 Software Engineering I:

Excellent lecture slides cover Software Process (What & Why), Requirements Analysis, Software Architecture, UML, and Testing


IT Courses with good online materials from Monash University:

Internet Devices and Services:

Distributed Programming using Java:

Program Development using Unix:

Electronic Commerce - Technical Issues:

Information Technology Project:

Client Server Computing:


IT Courses having good lecture notes from Walla Walla College:

CPTR 352 Operating System Design:

CPTR435 Software Engineering:

CPTR 425 Introduction Networking:

CPTR 415 Introduction to Databases:

Data Modeling:

Relational Database Design:


Professor Scoggin's Homepage:

Very good lecture slides for these online classes are available on this site:
- CISC360 Computer Architecture (coming)
- CISC450 Computer Networks (coming)
- CISC452 Telecommunications Systems
- CISC458 Applied Computer Networks
- CISC479 Unix System Administration


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:


Access free online computer books which are released with special permissions so that you may freely download, copy and print the books for your private use. Covers C/C++, CGI/Perl, Open Source, Linux, Python, Software Engineering, and General.


SQL Server web site:

Here are some of the popular articles on this site:

Database programming guidelines:

SQL Server administration best practices:

SQL Server security best practices:



Online free tips, tricks and techniques on computer and web graphics covering Photoshop, HTML, DHTML, and Flash.


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

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

Computer Science - Careers and Learning Resources:

Explore careers in Computer Science and learn about programming, networking, web design and operating systems.


The Programming Sharehouse - Tutorials section:

Links to 167 tutorials covering all the major programming and development languages.


JavaScript Tutorials:

Collection of JavaScript tutorials from all over the web in different subjects.


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 Microsoft Office XP Tutorials:

These tutorials are in PowerPoint format. You can also freely access assignments and data files for the tutorials by clicking on the office application icons on the left column.


Here are many tutorials in Microsoft Office from the University of North Carolina:

Excel Tutorials:

Access Tutorials:

Word Tutorials:

Outlook Tutorials:

PowerPoint Tutorials:


Tutorials in the MS Office Category:

Choose from 379 Online Tutorials covering all of the Office 2002 productivity applications.


Technology Training Guides:

These free online guides cover many software applications.


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:


This video streaming portal provides live and prerecorded video stories of local, national, and international news. In upper left, click on the Tech channel, then, under Watch More Stories,click on theNext link to look at all the technology news stories.


Free Online File Format Converter:

If you need to convert from one file format to another, such as an MS Word file into a PDF or a GIF file to a PNG, then this site is for you. You can do these and dozens of other file format conversions here for free.


Tweaks and Tips for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP to tune performance and stability with software configuration secrets. Easy to follow step by step instructions.


9) Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer one of the frequently asked questions we receive about computer and IT training and career development.

July 2002 FAQ: Should I learn .Net or Java technology? Which one will be better for my career?


Two platforms will dominate e-business-oriented application development efforts over the next five years: Microsoft and Java. There will probably not be a clear and decisive winner, both will survive and be viable platforms in our computing future. To understand these two technologies better and how they stack up against each other, here are some good articles and resources to review:

Microsoft .NET vs. J2EE: How Do They Stack Up?:

Picking a Winner: .NET vs. J2EE:

Compare Microsoft .NET to J2EE Technology:

J2EE vs. Microsoft.NET: A comparison of building XML-based web services:

Decisions, Decisions: J2EE vs. .NET:

.Net vs. Java - Computerworld:,10801,71221,00.html

Deep Inside C#: An Interview with Microsoft Chief Architect Anders:

I hope this information helps you.

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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