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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #36-1 - August, 2003 #1


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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 1st edition of our August 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 $15 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 42 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.

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

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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.

Guide to choosing a Cheap Laptop:

This site, run by a friend of mine, offers advice on choosing cheap laptops and provides tutorials on how to enhance them for less. Build your own laptop gaming system, home mobile system, wireless internet laptop etc. Decide between a brand name cheap laptop, a refurbished laptop, and a used laptop.


Dr Dobb's TechNetcast:

Streaming media resources about software development and information technologies covering the following:



  Computer History:


  Graphics & Game development:





  Open Source:

  O.S. Design:






  Software Development:

  Web Services:

  Web Technologies:



Sosnoski Software Solutions:

Java training articles and learning presentations are offered here, along with free, open source code. Articles include: XML Parsing in Java, SAX2 Parsing Basics, XMLPull and Performance Comparisons, Object Management Performance, Casting and Collections Performance Presentations include: Java-XML SIG Presentations, Apache Axis SOAP for Java Service, Java Classes to Service Monitor, Live Demo Connecting to .NET Service Models, XML Document Models Performance, XPath Tag Library, EJB Web Services, Java vs .NET, Java vs C, Java Performance Comparison with C/C++ Timings, and Java Timing Presentation Slides.



Comprehensive developer reference and technical information and resources, feature articles and tutorials covering enterprise Java, JSP, Servlets, Tomcat, EJB, JDBC, XML, JXT.


C++ Language and Library:

Topics covered are Namespaces, Stream I/O, Virtual Functions, Templates, Use of Static, Mutable, Explicit, Standard Template Library, Exception Handling, Placement New/Delete, Pointers to Members and Functions, Type Identification, Dynamic Casts, Explicit Template Argument Specification, Using Standard Libraries, Operators new[] and delete[], C++ Character Sets, and Allocators.


Best Practices for Programming in C:

The appeal of the C Language has not warn off and it continues to attract a large number of people. This article has been written with the needs of the developer in mind. We have put together a set of guidelines that have served us well as developers and consultants over the years, and we offer these as suggestions that may help you in your job.


Rex Swain's HTMLified Perl 5 Reference Guide:

This is an HTML version of the Perl 5 Desktop Reference guide.


Linux Reference Guide:

This new Linux Reference Guide is a handy primer of key Linux topics. New and veteran Linux users alike will find these pages useful, and they're updated every week with new information, including these:

Getting Down to the Basics of Linux:

Which Distribution Should You Use?:

Filesystem versus File System?:

Let's Do a Linux Install!:

Networking with Linux:

Networking and Cooked Hookups:

Integrating Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X Local Area Networks:


Virtual Memory Documentation For Linux 2.6: "What to expect with the 2.6 VM":

Mel Gorman posted a small document and explained, "I'm writing a small paper on the 2.6 VM for a conference. It is based on 2.5.73 and is basically an introduction to some of the new features that are up and coming."


A Course In the Unix Operating System:

This course is intended to serve as a general introductory guide to the Unix operating system, it was written to be given to students for self-study. The course contains a series of exercises, to be found at the end of most chapters, plus some practice material inside the chapters. Chapters include: Logging in and out, Unix filestore, Unix commands, Communications, File permissions, Standard input and output, Regular expressions, vi screen editor, Text formatting, and Shell programming.


Cigital Presentations:

Cigital White Papers:

This site offers free Presentations and White Papers on software security, quality and testing topics and issues.


Carlo Simon:

Excellent training slides for application lifecycle development and systems analysis.


Essentials of Systems Analysis and Design:

Full classroom slides are other resources are available here for this book.


AMD Technical Documentation:,,,html


  Flash Memory:

  Networking: Ethernet PHY:

  Networking: Ethernet Controller:

  Embedded Processors:


From Windows NT to Linux:

This 17 page document is for those wanting to move from Windows to Linux. It covers the basic differences and serves as a quick start for understanding Linux.



Comprehensive developer reference and technical information and resources, feature Articles and tutorials covering C# programming, .NET Platform and Framework, Visual,


A Programmer's Introduction to Visual Basic.Net:

This 223 page book is meant to give you a head start on the changes from Visual Basic to Visual Basic.Net. It attempts to be an introduction to the major differences between these 2 languages. It is targeted at current VB developers.

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.


IT Books:

  Teach Yourself CGI Programming with Perl in a Week:

  Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in 14 Days:

  Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days:

  Unix Unleashed:

  Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 14 Days, Second Edition:

  Perl 5 Quick Reference:

  Running a Perfect Internet Site with Linux:

  Java Quick Reference:

  Java Books:

  Unix Books:

  Programming C#:

  Visual Basic 6 Black Book:

  Visual Basic 6 Database How To:


Cybie's eBook Collection on CD:

This site has 152 online books, here are some of them:

  Teach Yourself C in 21 Days:

  Teach Yourself Perl 5 in 21 Days:

  Java Unleashed:

  Java By Example:

  Teach Yourself Oracle 8 In 21 Days:

  Oracle Unleashed:

  Unix Unleashed, Internet Edition:

  Unix Unleashed, System Administrator's Edition:

  Linux System Administrator's Survival Guide:


Free Linux and Unix Book Chapters from O'Reilly:

Chapters here include these:
  Linux System Log Management and Monitoring 
  Basic Shell Programming
  UML Activity Diagrams and Use Case Diagrams 
  Red Hat and Debian Package Managers
  Managing & Using MySQL: Java
  NFS and NIS: Debugging Network Problems 
  RAID on Linux: Planning and Architecture 
  Perl Log Files
  Installing PostgreSQL
  Programming with Qt:Container Classes 
  Linux TCP/IP and Upgrading Software and the Kernel Linux 
  TCP/IP Firewall
  The Linux Ext2 and Ext3 Filesystems
  SAN Backup and Recovery


Free Networking Book Chapters from O'Reilly:

Chapters here include these:
  802.11 Wireless Network Deployment
  Wireless Network Layout and Wireless Hacks 
  Simple Network Management Protocol
  Cisco Debugging Access Lists
  DNS and BIND Security
  Ethernet: Multi-Segment Configuration Guidelines 
  IP Routing: Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) 
  The Structure of the IPv6   Protocol
  Email and LDAP
  The Next Generation Berkeley Spooler: LPRng 
  Network Troubleshooting Path Characteristics 
  Build and Install sendmail
  SSH (The Secure Shell) Case Studies and Configuration


GNU/Linux Desktop Survival by Graham J Williams:

The aim of this book is to rapidly get you going with GNU/Linux and to deliver a fun and productive environment. It guides you through the many different regions of a GNU/Linux system with a focus on getting your desktop environment to do what you want to do. It is comprehensive with basic support for the user who installs and maintains the system themselves (whether in the home, office, club, or school). It provides insights and step-by-step procedures that deal with specific tasks in setting your system up and maintaining it.


Learning Perl the Hard Way:

This is a book for people who already know how to program in another language, but don't know Perl; gets through the basics as quickly as possible and into the fun stuff; emphasizes good programming style; and brings object-oriented programming closer to the center of focus.


Crystal Reports for .NET:

Crystal Reports .NET is the only report writing tool that is included with .NET. As a result, millions of programmers are going to use it as their primary reporting solution. The Crystal Reports books on the market address a few needs that .NET developers have, but not enough to learn the tool properly. Programmers need a resource that takes them from the basics of report writing through the advanced topics of writing enterprise level reports.

This book for professional Visual Studio and Web developers who want to learn how to deliver enterprise-caliber reports in Microsoft's .NET environment. (Free registration required for full access.)


Microsoft Application Center 2000 Resource Kit:

All 14 chapters of this book about MS Application Center 2000 are available free from Microsoft.


CGI For Commerce:

This book was published about seven years ago and details technologies that, while cutting-edge in their day, have become partially outdated now. That said, there is a lot of interesting and useful information contained here that might be fascinating or valuable.

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


CMPSCI 653 Computer Networks:

Computer Networking class notes, includes some with audio. Here are the notes: and here are the audio lessons:


Introduction to UNIX System Administration:

The materials for this class can be downloaded in a zip file, they include the slides, exercises, and examples. Download is here:


Machine Organization and Programming:

This course shows you how computers work below the HLL interface down to the bare hardware where all programs and data are sequences of zeros and ones, including control, communication, memories, processors and I/O devices. Topics include number systems, data representation, integer arithmetic, floating point arithmetic, data structures, MAL and registers, procedures, assembly, linking and loading, I/O, exception processing, and features for performance.


CSC110H Course Resources:

Slides on learning Java: Introduction, Overview of Java Programming, Java Basics, Selection Statements, Loop Statements, Using Classes, and Writing Classes.


COM 221 Software Engineering Practice:

Some good material on Lifecycle models, Requirements Analysis and Documentation, Business Process Models, Inspections and Quality Reviews, Overview of Design processes, Configuration Management, Risk Analysis, and Test Management.


Module IS1004: Information Technology and Information Systems Context:

Excellent lectures that give students an understanding of the range of business activities that are supported by Information Systems and of the application of Information Technology in Information 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:


SAP Basis, ABAP Programming and Other IMG Stuff:

The SAP R/3 contents for this site cover ABAP, BAPI, ALV programming, SAPscripts, SmartForms, CATT, LSMW, DMS and other IMG stuff like MM, LE, SD, PP, APO, WF, HU, PM, PS, QM, HR, FI, CO, BW and BC.


Electronics Library:

A Free website that the webmaster hopes will be useful to the Electronics and Electrical engineering community.

Also, if you are serious in optics or electro optics, you can link check out:


Mainframe Tutorials:

Here you can find the tutorials , and links to ibm and other sites. This is a good website for learning Cobol, xpediter, JCL, and Error codes.


USB Information Site:
Facts, descriptions and information about USB - Universial Serial Bus

Round Cable Information:
Pros and Cons for using Round IDE Cables.

DVI or Digital Video Interface:
Information about DVI.

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

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


Cheapskate's Guide to Guilt-Free Practice Questions:

This page details a list of braindump-free practice exams available for free on the Web. They are sorted first by certification (so you can jump directly to the certs you're most interested in), and then by the site's name.


Admin's Choice: Solaris and Unix Administration Resources:

Contains articles and tutorials for Unix administration, including DNS, NIS+, Checking and Repairing Files with fsch, and Vi Quick Reference.

7) I.T. Sites and Free Downloads Worth Mentioning:


Here are the Top Ten Tips in several areas from

  Top Ten Networking Tips:,3973,1191510,00.asp

  Top Ten Linux Tips:,3973,1190654,00.asp

  Top Ten Gaming Tips:,3973,1190733,00.asp

  Top Ten Windows Tips:,3973,1190738,00.asp

  Top Ten Hardware Tips:,3973,1190744,00.asp


Gadwin Screen Capture:

This is one of the free screen capture utilities on the net. It is straightforward and easy to use, you can make PrtScn the hot key so you don't forget it, and it can name the output files sequentially. (976KB)


PC Card Resource Directory:

Comprehensive directory of PC card products.

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.

August 2003 Question of the Month #1: 

What is a good free site that has lots of articles and guides to choose from to learn about a variety of IT topics?


You'll find dozens of free technical support and networking articles from the huge PC Support Advisor Technical Support Library, here is the home page:

Here are a few of their IT tutorial articles:

  Understanding RAID:

  Understanding VPNs:

  Understanding Frame Relay:

  Understanding JavaScript Tutorial:

  How to Repair Monitors:

  TCP/IP Tutorial:

  IPv6 Tutorial:

  Windows Registry Tutorial:

  Understanding PHP:

  OSI Reference Model Tutorial:

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Web Master and Editor

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