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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #33-2 - May, 2003 #2


Newsletter for Computer IT Education,
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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)... I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning

8)... Question of the Month about Technical Training

9)... 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 May 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 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 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. For your convenience, this newsletter is also available to you in HTML format at this special url:

I wish you the best with your computer studies and learning.

Warm Regards, 
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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.


C++ for Java Programmers:

Java Tutorial for those who already know C++:

This tutorial is intended for students who are already familiar with C++ and with data structures, and are interested in learning Java. Includes 5 "self-guided" lessons that include: reading notes and writing Java programs.

C++ Tutorial for those who already know Java:

This tutorial is intended for students who are already familiar with Java and with data structures, and are interested in learning C++. Includes 5 "self-guided" lessons that include reading notes and writing C++ programs.

Learning Resources:

This site learning resources, documents and books for the following subjects:

C++ Learning Resources:




Visual Basic:

2 Linux Training Courses:

TJ Miller has updated his Linux training curricula. You will find both the intro and sysadmin courses here. He is updating the intro course to align more with Linux+ certification.


System Administration:

Linux Magazine:

Linux Magazine has a lot of good free learning resources, here are some of them:

Back Issues:

Guru Guidance:

Hardening Linux Systems:

Using USB Devices with Linux:

Administrative Tools for Everybody:

3 Free Courses from

JavaScript Course book (352 pages):

Security Course book (89 pages): 3 Modules: 1. The Business Case for ePaper Security, 2. Limiting Access, and 3. Authenticating People, Content, and Sources

A Streaming Media Primer (47 pages): Enabling real-time or on-demand access to audio, video, and multimedia content via the Internet or via intranet.

IT Educational Materials from

Rational Rose: Creating Use Case and Class Diagrams (7 pages):

UML Rational Rose Style Tips:

Programming Style Standards in C++ (14 pages):

Nick Parlante Document Archive:

These are the most generally useful programming handouts he hasstuc produced over the years while teaching one class or another. Covers C, C++, Unix, Coding Style and Standards, Documentation, and Debugging.

Programming Tips:

This site gives you an understanding of how to develop well written programs. Topics include:

  • Create Loops To Match the Natural Logic Of What You Are Doing
  • Restrict Access to Variables Using Four Categories and the Magical Number
  • Use Controlled Variables
  • Use Literate Programming For Tricky Code and Especially For Scripts
  • Learn Some Logic
  • Be Ready To Use Recursion Where Warranted
  • Programming In the Large Versus Programming In the Small
  • Design Versus Language

Here are the online references used:

Certification Study Guide Links, Practice Tests, and hosted content, here are some good ones:

A+ Software Exam (220-222) Study Guide (43 pages):

A+ Hardware Exam (220-221) Study Guide (28 pages):

i-NET+ Study Guide (16 pages):

Security+ Certification Exam Study Guide (48 pages):

CCNA (640-607) Study Guide (51 pages):

8 Free MCSE Study Guides:

Excellent learning resources for TCP/IP:

Technical How Tos:

High-Quality Programming Code Construction:

A mirror site of many good quality documents and training content on developing software applications.

Internetworking Slides:

This is a 34 slide presentation on Computer Network Basics.

Here are more networking training materials:

Internetworking Lectures:

Network Fundamentals:

Computer Networking - Study Notes and Quizes:

Courseware for Network+:

This is a great 222 page study manual for the Network+ certification exam.

Cafe con Leche XML News and Resources:

XML Tutorials:

XSLT Tutorial:

XSL-FO Tutorial:

XLinks Tutorial:

XPointers Tutorial:

Schemas Tutorial:

C# Tutorial for Beginners:

This tutorial will help you get going on programming in C# using notepad. To learn more about C#, here is the ECMA C# and Common Language Infrastructure Standards: and here is another copy of the C# Standard:

Windows Hardware and Driver Central:

This is Microsoft's new Resource Site for hardware and drivers, geared towards system and device manufacturers, driver developers, and other IT professionals who create products that run with the Microsoft Windows.

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.

Index of /~biopv/manuals:

Learning manuals for C++, PHP, Python and MySQL

C++ Quick Introduction, Lessons, and Example:





Classroom in a Book:

To get these free lessons from, you need to do is register as an educator and accept a licensing agreement.

Adobe Acrobat 5.0 Classroom in a Book:

Adobe After Effects 5.0 Classroom in a Book:

Adobe FrameMaker 7.0 Classroom in a Book:

Adobe GoLive 6.0 Classroom in a Book:

Adobe Illustrator 10 Classroom in a Book:

Adobe InDesign 2.0 Classroom in a Book:

Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 Classroom in a Book:

Adobe PageMaker 7.0 Classroom in a Book:

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book:

Adobe Premiere 6.5 Classroom in a Book:

Securing & Optimizing Linux: The Ultimate Solution v2.0:

Written and achieved with tightening security to an incomparable level. One of its main features is the easy path from beginning to end in a smooth manner, step by step for beginners as well as for experts. A number one selling book on LinuxCentral.Com

The Windows Registry Guide:

The downloadable version of the Windows Registry Guide contains tips, tricks & tweaks for optimizing, enhancing and securing the Windows 95, 98, ME & NT/2000 operating systems, all packaged in a convenient Windows HTML help file.

Free Chapters from Cisco Press:

6 chapters in pdf format for CCNP, CCSP and CCIE certifications.

Plus here are 32 Free Questions and Answers for Cisco CCNA Certification Test:

PocketPCpress - Free eBooks for Microsoft Reader:

Perl Quick Reference:

Fuzzy Systems - A Tutorial:

C++ Operator Precedence:

Download Microsoft Reader for desktop and laptop computers here:

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

Introduction to Computer Science:

This course provides an introduction to computer science and programming. Topics covered include structured programming techniques using C++ and Linux, elementary algorithms and data structures.

CS 2704 - Object-Oriented Software Design and Construction:

Introduces the principles of object-oriented programming with emphasis on objects, classes, inheritance, and polymorphism. C++ is used to apply these principles. Excellent notes are available.

Cmput 201 - Practical Programming Methodology:

Good C++/C Lecture Notes, focuses on the manipulation and transformation of text (as contrasted to graphics). In terms of techniques, it focuses on low level language issues such as: how is data stored and represented, how is memory managed, how are pointers used, what is the call stack, how is an object stored.

Steve Goddard's home page:

This instructor has several good courses and lecture notes, here are some:

Data Structures and Algorithms:

Operating System Kernels

Operating Systems Principles:

Distributed Operating Systems

School of Computing Modules - University of Napier:

Several courses here have learning materials available, including these:

Implementing Information Systems:

Interactive Design:

Multimedia Technology:

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:

Free Java Certification Training Centre:

This site offers Free Sun Certified Java Programmer Certification resources, in their dynamic and personalized SCJP 1.4 Testcenter. The aim is to focus on passing your Sun Java 1.4 Certification exam.

GNU AutoConf, Automake and Libtool:

This book is a tutorial for tools used in managing Linux projects. specifically, Autoconf, Automake and Libtool. The GNU manual accompanying each tool adequately documents each tool in isolation. Until now, there has not been a guide that has described how these tools work together.

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

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

This site calls itself the largest Linux Search Engine.

Visual Basic Knowledge Base:

Computer Programming:

This page has several good programming tutorial links. Also check these link pages:

C & C++ Programming:

Perl Programming:

Java Programming:

Object Programming:

7) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:


This little app tells you what your Windows passwords are hidden beneath the asterisks. It works very well, except with Windows system managed passwords. (66KB)

The Table of Equivalents and Replacements of Windows software in Linux:

This page lists what Windows software can be replaced by which Linux software. If you're looking for good, functionally similar-to-windows software for Linux, then checking this site out will give you many good solutions.

SilverAge Software:

You can download several good free programs for web designers and coders from this site. They are: Handy File Search and Replace, Handy ImageMapper, Gif Colour Mapper, Colour Spy, and Gradientex.

8) Question of the Month about Technical Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer a current or important question that we have received about computer and IT training and career development.

May 2003 Question of the Month #2:
What is a good technical IT forum site that hosts many subject areas?

ITtoolbox hosts many good discussion groups, each focuses on specific IT topics. Users can ask questions, provide answers and opinions, and discuss strengths and weaknesses of various IT solutions in unbiased, experience-based forums. To join a particular discussion group, visit the group's archive page, enter your e-mail address and select "Join". Here they are:

Business Intelligence Discussion:

C Languages Discussion:

CRM Discussion:

Database Discussion:

Data Warehouse Discussion:

EAI Discussion:

ERP Discussion:

Knowledge Management Discussion:

Linux Discussion:

Networking Discussion:

Security Discussion:

Storage Discussion:

Supply Chain Discussion:

Web Design Discussion:

Wireless Discussion:

Baan Discussion:

Java Discussion:

Oracle Discussion:

PeopleSoft Discussion:

SAP Discussion:

Siebel Discussion:

UNIX Discussion:

Visual Basic Discussion:

Windows Discussion:

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources

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