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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #29-2 - Jan, 2003 #2


Newsletter for Computer IT Education,
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*** ISSUE #29-2 - January 2003 ***

2nd edition for this month

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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 2nd edition of our January issue of our free semimonthly email newsletter for Computer IT Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources providing you with 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 33 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 also available to subscribers in HTML format at this special url:

*** Current News ***

This issue of our newsletter is the second edition of January's newsletter. As I stated in the first January newsletter, to reduce the size of this newsletter and to make it more manageable, it will now be issued twice a month (semimonthly) starting this month in January, 2003. Instead of receiving 50-75 IT learning sites in one email, you'll now get 20-35 sites in 2 emails per month.

I' wish you the best 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.

Techieindex eLearning:

This site offers you completely free online IT Training Courses in Microsoft .Net, Linux, PHP, Java, ASP, C, C++, XML, and SQL. From their home page at you can also access their forums, experts advice, articles, and white papers.


Computer Arts Web Tutorials:

Get the latest Web design techniques, step-by-step form the experts - includes training on Photoshop, Flash, HTML, and Graphic Design.


Workshop Tutorials - Multimedia Modules:

Many tutorials in pdf format are offered for free for these applications and topics: After Effects 5, Bryce 5, Cool Edit Pro, Director, Dreamweaver 4 & MX, Final Cut Pro 2, Flash 5, Go Live, iMovie 2, Lightwave 3D 6.5, Media 100, Photoshop 6 & 7, Premiere 6, QTVR Authoring Studio, VR Worx 2, Browsers Overview, File Management, Office XP, Scanning.



Provides good, free IT certification study guides and notes. Focuses on Computer Networking related information such as: Computer Hardware, Networking Essentials, Windows NT Workstation, NT Server, NT Enterprise, Windows 2000 Professional, 2000 Server, 2000 Advanced Server, TCP/IP, Cisco Routing, Switching, Internet and Web Page Design.


How To MCSE:

Offers free certification guides, including these:

Red Hat Linux (RHCE) Study Notes:

Administering Microsoft SQL Server 7.0:

OSI Reference / Network Protocols:


The Certification Hub:

27 Questions & Answers on A+ Core Hardware:

26 Questions & Answers on A+ Operating System Technologies:

33 Questions & Answers for Network+ Exam:

44 Questions & Answers for i-Net+ Exam:

24 Questions & Answers for Windows 2000 Server 70-215 Exam:

20 Questions & Answers for Windows 2000 Profession 70-210 Exam:


Cisco Systems: Cisco Networking Academy:

CCNA Student Curriculum - Semesters 1 - 4:

CCNA Instructor's Guide Curriculum - Semesters 1 - 4:

Instructor Notebooks:

Other Cisco Academies:
Click on Texas Educ. Service Center and Cabrillo Community College links.


Cottontail OS Development Library:

Here you will be able to download virtually any programming-oriented information that is available for computer hardware devices, processors, and operating system development. This site gives you free e-books, hardware reference manuals, programming guides, datasheets, and source code on many types of computer subjects.


MIS532 Lecture Notes:

This site provides these well written network and hardware related learning resources:

Networking Book:

Hardware Fundamentals and Intel 6th and 7th Generation Architectures:

Hard Disk Drive Fundamentals and Basic File Management:

The Drama of the Interrupted CPU:


IWS Computer Security & Information Security:

Lots of computer security documentation and materials, here are some of them:

Computer Security Course:

Selecting Good Passwords:

DDoS - 15 Preventive Measures:


Laudon's MIS: Lecture Notes

These lecture chapters are based on the book Management Information Systems: Organization and Technology, 6th edition. They are very readable and enjoyable. Here are the slides to go with these notes:


Computer Help:

Teaches you how to troubleshooting, fix and repair your PC, includes help with fixing and tuning Windows.


Paul Lomax's Top 15 VB Tips and Tricks:

This page is very helpful to Visual Basic programmers, giving you some insightful tips.


Microsoft Product Support Center FAQs:;[LN];faqs

Gain access to Microsoft's searchable knowledgebase, step-step instructions and how to articles, software and hardware FAQs, webcasts, downloads, and newsgroup views.


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.

Secure Programming for Linux and Unix HOWTO:

This online book provides a set of design and implementation guidelines for writing secure programs for Linux and Unix systems. Such programs include application programs used as viewers of remote data, web applications (including CGI scripts), network servers, and setuid/setgid programs. This is version 3.005, dated 30 December 2002.


The Software Patterns Management Briefing:

This book, published in 1996, was an early articulation of the principles, values, and practices behind the pattern discipline. Still timeless today, it is organized around a body of dozens of example patterns. It covers a wide range of topics ranging from pattern forms, to pattern languages, to the history of software patterns, and pattern ethics.


Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming Using C++:

In this course, object-orientation is introduced as a new programming concept and as a concept which makes developing of projects easier. This is not a course for learning the C++ programming language. If you are interested in learning the language itself, try C++ Annotations at


Macmillan Visual C++ 6 Frankenbook:

The Macmillan Visual C++ 6 Frankenbook is an online compilation of sample chapters from our 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.


Guide for Solaris System Administration I:
(pdf, 1.5mb)

Guide for Solaris System Administration II:
(pdf. 1.6mb)

Unix System Administration (Solaris):


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

Web Based Information Systems:

Web technology and Applications, excellent course slides, look under Course Content column. Covers Protocols, HTML, Animation,
Forms & CGI, JavaScript, Dynamic Pages, Perl & Cookies, Java Applets, DBMS & WWW. SGML/XML, Web Mining, CORBA & SOAP, and
Security Issues.


Glyn Davis Web Site:

The Internet Modules on this site teach you the following topics: Internet Business Applications, Introduction to e-Business and Technology, e-Business Concepts, Internet Marketing, E-Commerce, Database Marketing, and e-Marketing.


Computer Graphics and Modeling Course:

This course is about computer graphics and modeling, and focuses on 3D graphics, which is to create 2D pictures of objects that appear similar to the way our eyes view the 3D objects in our physical world.


EE382C Embedded Software Systems:

This research seminar studies models of computation and programming language semantics used for the specification and modeling of real-time and reactive electronic systems.


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:

Linux Shell Scripting Tutorial: (pdf, 764kb)

Linux File System Tutorial: (pdf, 355kb)

Linux Command Reference:


An online community of engineers preparing for their CCNA, CCNP, CCSP or CCIE Certifications. You'll find free downloads, technical tips, on-line technical support, etc.


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

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

INFOMINE: Search engine for Scholarly Internet Resource Collections:

Try a search for "computer tutorial". Many good search results are returned.


Search the Federal Government through FirstGov:

Search Federal, state, and foreign government websites using GPO Access' Pathway Indexer and GovBot search engines. A search on "Java" returns the following free course:

Java GUI Seminar Syllabus:
This is a course in the Java programming language, and will cover Graphical User Interface(GUI) features of Java 1.2. It is assumed that participants are familiar with Object-oriented Methodology (OOM) and the Java programming language


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:

Center for Academic Technology:

This site provides tutorials in many software and desktop applications. These learning documents are used in their training sessions.


TechTrax Archives:

Enter a search term such as "Excel" or "Outlook" to obtain the tutorial articles on this site. Also, their Library lists code and file downloads, as well as articles:


Microsoft Word MVP Tutorials:

Check out these in-depth Word tutorials written by Microsoft insiders who really know how Word operates. This site includes links to Word tutorials at other websites that allow no-charge access. Also included is a link to the Microsoft Office 2000/Visual Basic Programmer's Guide:


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:

Computer Security Test Sites:

Offers several excellent links to security related web sites that will verify the security, or insecurity, of your computer. These sites will give your machine a thorough security workout.


Older versions of software can be taken offline and can be difficult to locate. And then the new, updated versions are many times larger and have features that you aren't in need of. This site provides you with the non-current versions of popular software.


Resolving MS DLL Version Conflicts:

Different Microsoft applications can install different versions of the same DLL and this can often create major problems. This useful site gives you a solution to sort out the mess.


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.

January 2003 FAQ #2: When should I use a scripting language like Perl, PHP, or Tcl, and when should I use a system programming language like C or Java?


This is an excellent question that should be answered after analyzing the requirements of the application in question. A page at Tcl Developer Exchange does a good job of answering this question. It states that you should use a scripting language when the application as the following attributes:

* The main task of the application is to integrate and coordinate a set of existing components or applications.
* The application must manipulate a variety of different things.
* It must have a graphical user interface.
* The application does a lot of string processing.
* The functionality of the application will evolve rapidly over time.
* It must be easy to extend and customize the application in the field.
* The application must run on a diverse set of platforms.

On the other hand, if an application has these attributes, then a system programming language should be used:

* The application implements complex algorithms or data structures.
* Execution speed is critical (e.g. the application must frequently scan datasets with tens of thousands of elements).
* The functions of the application are well-defined and slow to change.

You can read the whole article here:

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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