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1) Editor's Greeting:

Hello everyone, and welcome to our new subscribers!

This is the 2nd edition of our February 2003 issue of our free semi-monthly 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 Intelligentedu.com costs $10 for two months, for more information please see below 'Become a Member of Intelligentedu.com'.

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 35 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: http://www.intelligentedu.com/current_news-2.html

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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 http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat1.html, our Free IT Tutorials and Guides page at http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat2.html, or to our members' site.


Programming Resources:
http://www.hitmill.com/programming/

Primers and tutorials with code examples, for students new to programming, plus a compiled directory of programming resources and related topics for students, programmers and developers. Our site includes Simula, C, C++, Visual Basic, QBasic, Java, C#, .NET, ASP.NET; and also the scripting topics of JavaScript, VBScript, and Active Server Pages 3.0


The Essence of C Tutorial:
http://manuals.it.swin.edu.au/Cdocs/essenceOfC/lessons_menu.html

C in 10 lessons by K. J. Bricknell. This is a compact tutorial that covers many of the important topics in the C programming language.


Acky.net:
http://www.acky.net

This site provides you with the following tutorials:

PhotoShop:
http://acky.net/tutorials/photoshop/

Flash:
http://acky.net/tutorials/flash/

JavaScript:
http://acky.net/tutorials/javascripts/

HTML:
http://acky.net/html/

Visual Basic:
http://acky.net/tutorials/vb/

Perl:
http://acky.net/tutorials/perl/


New W3C Scripting Interface Standard:
http://www.w3.org/TR/DOM-Level-2-Core/
http://www.w3.org/DOM/Test/

The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has released the specifications for level 2 of the Document Object Model. This is a platform and language-neutral interface that defines the way languages such as JavaScript and Java interact with elements in HTML or XHTML pages. You can also use their free suite to verify whether you application conforms to these new standards.


Linux Debian Documentation and Slides:

We have recently moved all our desktop computers over to Xandros Linux, which is based on the Debian distribution. Here are learning materials for Debian GNU/Linux:

Debian Documentation Project:
http://cvs.debian.org/ddp/?cvsroot=debian-doc

Archive of Presentation Slides:
http://dat.etsit.upm.es/~jfs/debian/www/ddp/slides/

Talks given by developers:
http://www.debian.org/events/talks

More presentation slides:
http://www.debian.org/events/materials/slides/


Cool Tutorials in Flash format from IT Training & Education at Indiana University:

HTTP Transaction Process:
http://ittraining.iu.edu/flash/http_sound.swf

FTP Process:
http://ittraining.iu.edu/flash/ftp.swf

CGI Process:
http://ittraining.iu.edu/flash/cgi_process.swf

Boolean Search Logic:
http://ittraining.iu.edu/flash/boolean3.swf

Unix File Permissions:
http://ittraining.iu.edu/flash/file_per.swf


The February Linux Productivity Magazine: http://www.troubleshooters.com/lpm/200302/200302.htm

This is a Perl Tk tutorial and reference containing details of major Tk widgets, and culminating with a GPL-licensed speech timer program. Part 1 explains the use of Perl Tk, while Part 2 will discuss generic RAD objects and database connectivity. Kick back, relax, and learn how to rapidly create cross platform GUI apps.


palowireless Wireless Resource Center:
http://www.palowireless.com/

Provides a full spectrum of resources for wireless industry professionals - includes tutorials (and links to tutorials) covering Wireless, Bluetooth, GSM, i-mode, Java, SyncML, WAP, and VoiceXML.


NIST Computer Security Special Publications: http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/index.html

This page is where you will find the NIST Computer Security Special Publications from the 500 and 800 series. These security guides and standard documents cover everything, including emai, telecommunications, e-commerce, SQL, wireless, Windows, firewalls, public keys, intrusion detection, anti-virus, and more.


Techruler.com:
http://www.techruler.com

This site offer Windows, Flash, Director, XML tutorials, also provides online tutorials on computer maintenance and troubleshooting.


Visual Basic Resource: Tutorials and Downloads: http://robinmckay.topcities.com/resources.html

This site covers these VB areas: beginner, multimedia, games, math, string, controls, and statement.


Four Free MCSE Core Exam Cram Sheets:
http://www.beachfrontdirect.com/enb16.html

Get your free Windows 2000 study sheets here, free registration required.


Version 2.0 of theForger's Win32 API Tutorial: http://www.winprog.org/tutorial/

This tutorial attempts to get you started developing with the Win32 API as quickly and clearly as possible. It is meant to be read as a whole, so please read it from beginning to end. Here is their excellent FAQ: http://winprog.org/faq/



3) New Free Computer IT Books, Publications & Book Sites:

Some of these web resources will be added to our Free IT Books page at http://www.intelligentedu.com/free_computer_books.html and some will be added to our members site.


Computer Books, Tutorials & Lecture Notes: http://www.maththinking.com/boat/computerbooks.html

This site provides many links to computer and IT books, manuals, and documentation. Here are some of the links provided:

Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours:
http://documentation.captis.com/files/unix/24unix.pdf

Linux Kernel 2.4 Internals:
http://www.moses.uklinux.net/patches/lki.html

Effective Perl Programming:
http://www.effectiveperl.com/toc.html

Programming .Net With C#
http://hosting.msugs.ch/DotNetRox/cs/Default.htm

Data Structures and Algorithms with Object-Oriented Design Patterns in C#: http://www.brpreiss.com/books/opus6/html/book.html

A Programmer's Introduction to VB.NET:
http://www.iiitb.ac.in/Documents/DotNET/vbdotnet.pdf

Annotated Network Diagram Visualisation using Tcl/Tk: http://ic.net/~cflynt/realprog/realwrld/fellows/index.htm

XML and Databases:
http://www.rpbourret.com/xml/XMLAndDatabases.htm

Data Transfer Strategies - Transferring data between XML documents and relational databases: http://www.rpbourret.com/xml/DataTransfer.htm


The Art of Computer Game Design:
http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/fac/peabody/game-book/Coverpage.html

This text was originally composed by computer game designer Chris Crawford in 1982. Washington State University Vancouver generously made resources available to hire graphic artist Donna Loper to produce this electronic version.


Grokking the GIMP:
http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/

Learning Advanced Image Editing Techniques - a leading book for learning advanced digital image editing techniques using the GNU Image Manipulation Program, the GIMP. The book provides everything needed to learn the GIMP, including tutorials, beginning and advanced techniques, and practical information


Oracle9i Database Online Documentation: http://zuse.esnig.cifom.ch/database/doc_oracle/Oracle920_Linux/index.htm

This site contains many online guides and references for Oracle9i Release 9.2. Here is the complete list of the books: http://tinyurl.com/5xvp

Here is a mirror of the above:
http://web.njit.edu/info/limpid/DOC/index.htm

Here are sites hosting Oracle9i Release 9.01 documentation: http://zuse.esnig.cifom.ch/database/doc_oracle/Oracle901_Linux/index.htm http://dbis.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/doc901/index.htm
http://gigabase.idi.ntnu.no/oradoc/

Here are more Oracle materials:

Oracle Application Server Documentation: http://stanley.fe.up.pt/oradocs/oas408_doc/oin/index_nets.htm Overview, Glossary, Installation, Administration, and Developer Guides

Oracle9i Application Server Release 1 (v1.0.2.2) Documentation Library: http://ldap.sbg.ac.at/docu/man/oracle/9ias/

Oracle/SQL Tutorial:
http://www.db.cs.ucdavis.edu/teaching/sqltutorial/





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 http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat3.html


Computing Course Notes:
http://www.computing.surrey.ac.uk/courses/

This page contains links to course notes, here are some of them:

Roger Peel's Web Publishing Resources:
http://www.computing.surrey.ac.uk/personal/st/R.Peel/cs153/index.html

Systems Analysis and Design:
http://www.computing.surrey.ac.uk/.../2003/cs183-2003.html

Roger Peel's Computer Technology Resources: http://www.computing.surrey.ac.uk/personal/st/R.Peel/cs250/index.html

Object Oriented Software Engineering:
http://www.computing.surrey.ac.uk/personal/st/D.Pitt/teaching/CS288/


Software Engineering 104:
http://undergraduate.cs.uwa.edu.au/units/670.104/

This course introduces students to the foundations of software engineering by using the object-oriented design methodologies required for the generation and maintenance of reliable software. (Java and UML)


Computer Science 252 - Graduate Computer Architecture: http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~pattrsn/252S98/

This course has good, detailed notes covering: early systems, CPU design, instruction sets, control, processors, busses, ALU, memory, pipelined computers, multiprocessors, and case studies.



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:


Kippez A+ Prepare Test:
http://www.kippez.com/Kipp_EZtestEngine.html

This site currently has 50 A+ related questions with answers, not a braindump site.


Techexams.net:
http://www.techexams.net

Provides quality free online practice questions and TechNotes written by experienced and knowledgeable tech writers for MCSE/MCSA, CompTIA A+ , NET+, i-net+ and Cisco certifications with exhibits explanations and references. Free registration required.


Secret Guide to Computers:
http://www.secretguide.net

A complete computer tutorial. It includes learning material for Hardware, Software, Internet and Programming.


Delphi Pages:
http://www.delphipages.com/

Offers many Delphi tutorials, for both begginers and professionals, sample applications and lots of tips. Very useful for Delphi begining programmers interested to learn more about Delphi.


The Definitive Guide to Windows Desktop Administration: http://www.scriptlogic.com/ebook

This free book will take a close look at the life cycle of Windows desktop administration from the initial OS deployment to change management through best practices. The chapters are added over a period of time.


Million Dollar Computer Consultant:
http://www.million-dollar-computer-consultant.com/Resources/index.shtml

The author, Bryan Brandenburg, also offers some excellent articles in the area of management, marketing, sales, relationships and growth. 



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

These web sites will be added to our IT Links and Resources page at http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat6.html


Search Adobe PDF Online:
http://searchpdf.adobe.com/

Search for computer tutorials, programming help, etc. - many, many documents.



7) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:


PC Tuning Tips:
http://www.speedguide.net

Get more performance from your PC or broadband connection following the suggestions at this excellent site.


Chipdir:
http://www.embeddedlinks.com/chipdir/

If you've ever needed to identify what a board does just from its IC chips, you'll find this site invaluable. It allows you to identify chip function, pin-outs and other data just by entering the chip ID number.


WinDriversBackup:
http://www.jermar.com/wdrvbck.htm

Backup your Windows drivers with this free utility that identifies all your driver files and saves them where you want, across networks also. This will make your windows reinstalls easier, particularly for those PCs whose configuration you are not sure about.


Hagai's Freeware:
http://www.hagai.com/download.asp?ProgType=Freeware

13 free utility apps for you, including: bug checker, screen saver loader, clock, shutdown utility, CD autorun, boot editor, menu, counter, icon viewer and editor.




8) 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.

February 2003 FAQ #2: I want to learn about Clustering technologies and how to cluster computers together.

Answer: There are various technologies and methods related to networking computers together in clusters. Here are some good, online resources to help you learn how to do this.

Cluster Computing Info Centre:
http://www.buyya.com/cluster
Look at the presentation slides, free software, and documentation links.

PDC User Training:
http://www.pdc.kth.se/training/
The Center for Parallel Computers training activities are intended to make high-performance, parallel computing more accessible, click on the Learning Materials links.

Documentation:
http://lcic.org/documentation.html
This page contains links to documentation on all three types of Linux clustering, as well as general Linux documentation that you might find useful while dealing with the normal operating system aspects of Linux.

Open Source Cluster Application Resources, talks and articles: http://oscar.sourceforge.net/papers.php

Strictly On-Line: A High-Availability Cluster for Linux http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=3247

Linux High Availability Cluster Checklist http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=4344

Clustering Technologies for Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Datacenter Server: http://www.microsoft.com/.../clustering/default.asp

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources http://www.intelligentedu.com



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