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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #27 - Nov., 2002


Newsletter for Computer IT 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 and welcome to our new subscribers!

This is the 27th 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 two 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. This newsletter is available to subscribers in HTML format at this special url:

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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.

Free E-Learning Courses:

These free self-study courses are organized into lessons, which are then divided into modules. Several IT topics are offered including A+, Linux, Windows 2000, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Access, and Cisco.


This is a good site for programmers to share their technical expertise. You can learn computer programming through their many excellent articles, tutorials, and their source code repository.


Introduction to Computer Programming: Java:

This 35 page course gives you a great start with learning how to program in Java.


A Tutorial for C++:

This tutorial is divided into two basic parts. The first three chapters describe the single address space constructs in CC++ ( par, parfor, spawn, atomic, and sync). The last four chapters describe the multiple address space constructs (processor objects, global pointers, and data transfer functions).


On-Line Training for HTML and CGI Programming:

These tutorial pages are a little dated, but still will teach you good, basic techniques to code HTML, Forms, and CGI Scripts.


Sorting and Searching Algorithms, A Cookbook:

This is a collection of algorithms for sorting and searching. Descriptions are brief and intuitive, with just enough theory thrown in. Assumes you know C, and that you are familiar with concepts such as arrays and pointers. The first sections introduce basic data structures, notation, and several sorting algorithms. These are followed by techniques for implementing dictionaries, structures that allow efficient search, insert, and delete operations. The last section illustrates algorithms that sort data and implement dictionaries for very large files.


The Linux Tutorial:

This site is a detailed introduction to Linux. It is based on the site owner's book, Linux User's Resource, with a great many additions.


Linux Terms and Man Pages:

Linux Terms, Commands and Programs, or Search for a Linux Man Page. And here is another site with a Linux Man Page search:


Fossil Lab:

This site has several good Linux tutorials covering things such as Basic Commands, System Admin, Building A Kernel, Adding A System Call and Linux Module. Also look at the slides and exams with solutions here: and course notes here:


Free and Open Courseware Posted by MIT:

MIT announced a year ago they were planning to put the course materials for most of the MIT courses online for free public access. The first twenty courses are now available. These are not on-line courses, however, the class notes, activities, graphics, reading collections and agendas from the courses are accessible.�MIT invites educators to draw upon these materials for their own curricula, and encourage students and learners to use the materials for self-study. Here are their first two computer science courses:

6.170-Laboratory in Software Engineering:
This is a a core electrical engineering computer science course having all of its course materials online: Lecture notes, all assignments, and past exams have been posted. In addition, there are a number of online resources, ranging from help guides to programming set by set instructions for assignments, and software tools for users.

15.053 Introduction to Optimization:
Teaches the theory and practice of optimization. This course will consider optimization models with applications to transportation, logistics, manufacturing, computer science, E-business, project management, and finance.


Unified Modeling Language Tutorial in 7 Days:

The goal of this course is to give you the basic knowledge about UML diagrams. It consists of 7 days, 4 days have theory material, and 3 days are practical using of learned theory.


Free Learning Resources from - Articles and Tutorials:

XML Quiz - 50 Questions to test your XML skills:

XSLT Quiz - 35 Questions to test your XSLT skills:


PL/SQL Coding Techniques Course from

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

(referenced materials are not available)


Palm OS Programming: Expert Case Studies:

This $40 course is free until Dec. 31, 2002. Enroll here:


Free certification practice tests for Microsoft MCSE, Cisco CCNA, C/C++, and Java.


Abuzz - Software Development:

Questions about Java and C++? Need advice on product development? Through this site you can connect with other programmers, discus innovations in the field, and review current development strategies.


HP Invent Online:

Current and Archived Web Seminars, including best practices for web services development, voice interactive services, Linux for developers, and integrating management into the development life cycle.


New Free Video Lessons from CBT Nuggets:

Introduction to Using Linux:

Linux Essentials:

Cisco IOS Basics:

Intro to the OSI Reference Model:

ICMP Essentials:

LAN Switching:

Excel Formulas:

Customizing a Presentation in PowerPoint 2000:


Understanding IP Addressing: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know:

This is a comprehensive one page training tutorial on IP Addressing.


Tutorials from Linksys:

Networking Basics:

Client-Server versus Peer-to-Peer:

All About Cables & Hubs:

How to Wire a Network:

Networking: The Big Picture:

Introduction to Fast Ethernet:

Learn About 100BaseFX Fiber:

What is a Switch?:


Free Computer Guides:

These tutorial pages cover computer networking and hardware. Also, four tutorials are offered here:


Active Server Pages Tutorial:

This two-module tutorial provides a step-by-step introduction to several ASP features. The tutorial shows how to build sample applications and demonstrates key concepts you'll need to understand when developing your own ASP pages. (11 printed pages)


25 ASP Tips to Improve Performance and Style:

This article presents tips for optimizing ASP applications and Visual Basic Scripting (VBScript).


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.

Everyday Linux:

This Linux book will teach new users how to install and configure Linux and to get productive with Linux applications quickly. You'll go through the installation process and setting up GNOME and some of your hardware components, learning about how your computer operates and what you can do with it now that you're running Linux. Then you'll be presented with applications that you can install and use on your system, like the GIMP, Star Office, various games and other amusements, Internet applications, and many more.


The LPIC-2 Exam Prep:

This book teaches you Advanced Linux Administration and Linux Networking Administration to help you pass the Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) Level 2 certification exams 201 and 202. (some of the 15 chapters are not online)


The Art of Electronic Publishing by Sandy Ressler:

This book is a complete birds-eye view of the World Wide Web, Internet, and the technologies involved in creating electronic publications from them. This book provides you with background information and practical guidance on how to surf, view, and publish material for the Web,


Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmer's Guide by David Thomas:

This book is a tutorial and reference for the Ruby programming language. The author states that when you use Ruby, and you'll write better code, be more productive, and enjoy programming more.


Principles of Object-Oriented Programming in Java 1.1:

The Practical Guide to Effective, Efficient Program Design by James W. Cooper


Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance:

This book focuses on how all businesses, even risk-averse old line organizations, have an opportunity 'not just to survive but to exploit dramatic changes' wrought in their markets by technology.


C++ Programming:

This 12 chapter book introduces C++ as an object-oriented programming language. No previous knowledge of C or any other programming language is assumed. Each new topic is presented so that it can be quickly grasped. Each chapter (in .doc format) ends with a list of exercises with answers in the appendix. Sample code is also provided. (388kb)


The Macmillan Visual C++ 6 Frankenbook:

This is an online compilation of sample chapters from best-selling books, providing tips on the Visual C++ environment, creating and designing dialog boxes and menus for your application, using and creating controls, and database programming. The goal of this Frankenbook is to provide answers and solutions to your questions and problems.


The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer Technology:

This eBook gives you an in-depth look at understanding this technology, its impact on your organization, and how to successfully integrate it into your application deployment and migration plans. Chapter 1 is currently available, and future chapters will be posted as they are written. (free registration required)


Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge:

This is the current public version of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. This Guide will seek to identify and describe that subset of the body of knowledge that is generally accepted, even though software engineers must be knowledgeable not only in software engineering, but also, of course, in other related disciplines. (219 pages, 1.5 mb)


Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions:

This book represents the insights the author has learned about creating winning software solutions in the context of a business. It will help you create and sustain winning solutions by focusing on the practical, nuts-and-bolts choices that must be made by the development team in a wide variety of areas.


Free Book Excerpts from

Some of the free chapters that are available on this site: Building Windows Forms, Peripheral and ActiveX Controls, Accessing XML Documents, Events and EventHandling, and Object Syntax.


Sample Book Chapters:

Read free book chapters from these books: Professional Open Source Web Services, Professional Apache Tomcat, Professional PHP4 XML, Beginning XSLT, Beginning XML, Professional JavaScript, and many .Net books.


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 265r. Database Systems:

This Harvard University database source covers: network, relational, and object-oriented database models, system architectures, transaction processing, system implementation, and SQL. Good lecture notes on database systems and administration are here:


Lectures for Object-Oriented Programming and Design:

Learn to think in objects, to learn how to design flexible, reusable, maintainable object-oriented systems, and learn Smalltalk. After focusing on Smalltalk, the course then teaches designs, covering various design patterns and frameworks.


CEN 5035 Software Engineering:

This course covers: Software Processes, Project Planning, Requirements, Prototyping, Architectural Design, Object Oriented Design, Software Testing, Software Change, Process Improvement, and more. Here are the lecture notes:


725-311-0 Data Structures and Data Management:

This course teaches the design, implementation, and analysis of abstract data types, data structures and their algorithms. Topics include: data and procedural abstraction, linked lists, stacks, queues, binary trees, searching, and sorting.


EE360P- Interfacing to Operating System:

Very good notes and examples for learning about operating systems, introduction to IBM-PC hardware architecture,, interrupts, DMA, Real-time programming in C/C++, Process and processor management scheduling, Memory management, I/O device drivers, and File system management.


12.4AU1 Computer Graphics:

A Course in three-dimensional Computer Graphics.�Click on the Contents link to learn how to produce realistic images of three-dimensional scenes using Modeling, View Definition, and Rendering. Here is the introductory Computer Graphics course:


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:

Topstaging Software Tech:

IT Lectures and Slides about Computer Basics, Networking, E-Commerce, Oracle and Data Modeling.


This site has free practice certification exam questions with answers. And this page has more practice questions with answers:


Help2Go Computer Guides:

Hardware Computer Guides:

Windows Computer Guides:


SAP Hints and Tips on Configuration and Abap/4 Programming:

Configuration modules on Material Management, Production Planning, Sales and Distribution, Financial, Controlling and Basis Components as well as ABAP/4 Programming. This following site also has some good free training materials for SAP's Human Resources (HR) Module:


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

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

BoxSource Network:

This is a comprehensive hand-indexed computer reference network giving you a large free tutorial resource. Free tutorials ranging from programming in C, C++, and Java to Web page design, hardware, and more. Learn computer basics, or advanced computer topics.


IT Learning Materials:

Free Online Training, Daily Updated News, Step by Step Internet Skills, a pretty good link and resource site.


The New MCSE WebZone:

Has some good MCSE certification study and preparation web links.


Computer Science Career Guide:

This site has a wealth of web resources to help with learning about many programming and IT 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:

MVU Tech Help:,,10+57,00.html

Lots and lots of free online MS Office and Desktop tutorials, video training, and FAQs.


Microsoft Access 2000 Tutorial:

Learn how to use the seven main components Access 2000: Tables, Forms, Reports, Queries, HTML Pages, Macros, and Modules.


Microsoft Project Tutorials:

5 Lesson MS Project Tutorial:

Microsoft Project 2000 tutorials, video training, and FAQs:,,10+57+26167,00.html

Microsoft Project 2000 Articles:

Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Project 2000:

Using Microsoft Project:


MS Office Training Tutorials from

Beginning Word 2000:

Intermediate Word 2000:

Using Tables in Word 2000:��

Mail Merge 2000:��

Templates and Forms:

Beginning PowerPoint 2000:��

Intermediate PowerPoint 2000:

Database Design - Learn to design a database before constructing one:

Beginning Access 2000:
Covers creating tables, setting field properties, data entry, creating data entry forms, running simple and multiple criteria based queries, creating mailing labels, and creating reports�

Intermediate Access 1:
Covers establishing relationships between tables of information and creating forms comprised of fields from several related tables.

Intermediate Access 2:
Covers importing form Excel, export to Excel, advanced queries and calculations.

CTL Technology Training Access Tips:


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:

Excellent free software programs to download.


The Top 20 Computer Security Risks:

Working together, the FBI, the SANS Institute and the NIPC have put together a consensus list of the 20 most critical Internet security vulnerabilities.


Decode Event IDs:

Windows Events Logs are a great troubleshooting resource but decoding those Event IDs can be tedious. This free site makes it way easier.


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.

November 2002 FAQ: Is there any way I can get a free use of your member site for a limited time?


Yes, I will be sending out a special email message to all of our newsletter subscribers sometime during the month of November giving everyone free access to our member site via a special user ID and password. This will be good for about 5 days, giving you enough time to evaluate it and decide if it meets your needs.

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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