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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #37-1 - October, 2003


Newsletter for Computer IT Education,
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*** ISSUE #37-1 - October 2003 ***

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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)... 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 51 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.

***Current News ***

We had experienced a brief few days of intermittent uptime with due to the transferring of our hosting provider. Everything is now back online and even better. We will now be able to upgrade the site with an automated scripting system that will keep track of all the web resources we link to. This scripting system will also provide better and more accurate searches and will allow broken links to be removed faster.

I missed publishing the Sept. 2003 issue of this newsletter, first time I did not write one in three years. I am sorry about that, I've been very busy, but I promise I'll try to keep to the schedule in the future.

Please remember that our current newsletter issues is always available in HTML format at this URL:

This issue, Oct #1:

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

Warm Regards, 
Jeff Love 
Newsletter Editor and Webmaster

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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.

This site offers Free Training and Certifications for JavaScript, Java, SQL Server 2000, Project Management, JSP, XHTML, ASP.Net, C#, and Windows XP.


Training from TechiWarehouse:

Programming, OS, Oracle, and Security tutorials. Learn everything about IT and the web. Read weekly articles and find our which retailer has the lowest prices on the best books, hardware, and software. Tons of IT tips and tricks.


Free Certification Study Sheets from

Get your Free CompTIA Cram Sheets for these exams: A+ Core & OS Tech, Inet+, Network+, Server+, and Security+. Also offered are Free Microsoft MCSE Cram Sheets for these exams: 70-210, 70-214, ,70-215, 70-216, 70-217, 70-218, 70-219, 70-220, 70-221, 70-222, 70-224, 70-225, 70-227, 70-228, 70-229, 70-225, 70-270.

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Free Online IT Documentation:

Hands-On, Tutorials, Guides:

Linux Documentation:

Books and References:


From the Ground Up: A Guide to C++:

This document teaches you Functions, Pointers, Passing Variables, Classes, Advanced Class Uses, and Operator Overloading.


Debugging C and C++ code in a Unix environment:

Covers Conventions, Aspects of Debugging C and C++ code, Noticing and localizing a bug, Understanding a bug, Repairing a bug, Types of bugs, C and C++ specific problems, The Build Process, Core Dumps, Debugging Techniques, and Debugging Tools .


Java and Internet Glossary:

This is a Glossary of Java and internet related terminology. This site also offers a set of tutorials you can use to learn Java and the various standard library classes:

Also, here are a variety of the Java docs converted to Windows Help format. This makes them easier to search:


How To: Develop J2EE Applications for Free:

This article is a summary of tips, tricks, and problems the author has experienced in starting and developing a J2EE application, with a focus on using open source and free tools. It is not intended as a resource for specific J2EE elements, such as EJBs and Servlets, but rather, as a "getting-started" guide for the development process.


Secure Programming Techniques:

In this first installment in a multipart series of excerpts from Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition, you'll find tips and general design principles to code by that will help you avoid security-related bugs. Over the next few weeks, we'll offer additional tips on topics ranging from writing network programs to writing SUID/SGID programs to using passwords to generating random numbers.


Internet Selected Lectures series #1:

This course covers Internet basics, including special lectures by "the father of the Internet". Topics covered include Introduction to IPv6, Routing Protocol- Basics of the Network Design, Internet Security, Internet Architecture, Domain Name and IP Address.

Internet Selected Lectures series #2:

This covers more advanced Internet topics, such as Mail Server Construction and Routing Control for Large-scale Networks.


Computer Design Workshop (Unix):

This online course contains 92 slides of short notes and 17 Chapters of extended notes, covering: The Transport Layer; TCP and UDP, Intro to Sockets, Elementary TCP Sockets, Unix Signals, Input/Output Multiplexing, Elementary UDP Socket, Elementary Name and Address Conversion, Advanced I/O Functions, Unix Domain Sockets, The ioctl Function, TCP Clients and Servers, and UDP Clients and Servers.


Linux Refresher Course:

This is Free on-line LINUX system administration training, giving you a well structured overview of the Linux operating system for both average users and system administrators. This material covers many, but not all, of the kinds of activities that a Linux user and Linux system administrator has to be concerned about.


Linux in an Acorn:

A 55 page beginner's Linux Guide offering these chapters: Shell Basics, Basic Programs, Programming in Linux, and Linux at Home.


Oracle Database Documentation:

Search and Download Oracle Database, Application Server, and Collaboration Suite Documentation.


Rational Suite Tutorial:

This is a 126 page tutorial teaching you the basics of using Rational Suite to plan, design, implement, and test applications. These tools give the developer and testers tools that embody best practices and span the entire development life cycle.


Wireless Networking 101:

This four part tutorial from covers several wireless topics. the four chaters are The basics of wireless networking, The lay of the LAN (make sure you pick the right equipment for the job), Sweating the details (learn basic rules and processes) and Optimizing and securing your network.


Robert's Perl Tutorial, version 4.1.1:

This tutorial is a basic Perl course primarily for use on Win32 platforms. It assumes that the reader knows nothing of programming whatsoever, but needs a solid grounding for further work. After you finish this course you'll be ready to specialize in CGI, system, administration or whatever you want to do with Perl.


Overview of Unix Commands:

This document aims to provide a core set of Unix commands to get you around.


Unix for Advanced Users:

These are detailed notes that are used in conjunction with the "Unix for Advanced Users" course offered by the Unix Workstation Support Group at Indiana University.


Free Exam Guide Download:

Get the special PassITexam MCSE 70-215 guide Lite version for free.


Windows Security Articles and Whitepapers:

Tutorial articles about Mitigating Dos Attacks, Adding Security by Filtering TCP/IP Packets, Best Practices for Enterprise Security, Closing the Door on Hackers, Defending your DNS, Windows 2000 Resource Kit Security Tools, Developing a Security Process, and many more.


.Net Magazine Archives:

Many good .Net tutorials and articles are available here for free. Titles include Beyond Visual Studio .NET, Effective Web Services Management, Roll Out a Secure Wireless Solution, Web Service Standards, Implement Web Services Securely, Integrate Enterprise Software With the CLI , and Enforce Business Rules With .NET.

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 /~coldice/book:

There are several good books in this directory, here are a few of them:

  Linux, Java, and XML Books (English and Chinese):

  .Net Books (English and Chinese):

  Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 14 Days:

  The C Programming Language by Kernighan and Ritchie:

  SQL Server 2000 (35.3mb):


Online Books:

This site contains 97 free online IT and programming books, some are older, but many can still be relevant for learning the specifics. Topics include Java Programming, Web Programming and Development, HTML, JavaScript, Perl, Unix, Database Programming, ActiveX, MS Visual Interdev, Visual Basic.


Free Books and Tutorials on .Net:

This site contains links to several Free books covering .Net, C#, VB.Net, and FAQs.


Dhruvaraj'S Free Computer Books:

This is a link site, here are the areas covered:






  XML & XSL:

  Internet & Intranet:

  Web Design, Publishing:

  Web Programming:


  Microsoft Windows:

  Computer Science:

  Software Engineering:


Standard Documentation and Reference Manuals:

  Python Documentation:

  Perl Documentation:

  MySQL Reference Manual:

  Standard Visual C++ Library Reference (Microsoft):

  C++ Reference Manual:


O'Reilly Book Excerpts:

This page contains these free selections from various O'Reilly books, along with others:

  .Net Framework Essentials
  Building Palm Conduits
  C# In A Nutshell
  Securing Your Apache Server
  EJB Message Driven Beans
  Java and XML SOAP
  Java Application Security
  Java Programming with Oracle JDBC and SQLJ XML Basics for Java Developers
  Red Hat and Debian GNU/Linux Package Managers Secure Cooking with Linux
  Cooking with MySQL
  Cooking with Cisco
  Cooking with DNS and BIND
  Secure Cooking with C and C++
  Name Resolution and Browsing in Samba Secure Programming Techniques
  Cooking with JavaScript and DHTML
  Learning WML: Tasks and Events
  Structure of a Palm Application


O'Reilly Beta Chapters:

New book chapters covering Oracle, ASP.Net, Kerberos, Tivo, Perl, Wireless, Windows XP, ADO.Net, and XForms.


The Latest Sample Chapters from Cisco Press:

Includes Operating Systems and Cisco Security Applications, Shooting Trouble with IP, Getting Started with the Cisco PIX Firewall, Using OSPF Across Multiple Areas, WDM Network Design -1, Secure LAN Switching, Variable-Length Subnet Masks, and Site Architecture.


PC Housekeeping: Maximizing Your PC:

This free online book teaches you about Memory Management (DOS and Windows), Disk Management, File Management, and Data Compression,


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


Computer Science Course Documents from James Madison University:

The following are some of the educational materials available on this site:

Networking and Wireless Training Slides:  
These are excellent learning documents with nice colored graphics and explanations.

Introduction to Computing and Algorithms Slides:

Software Engineering Slides and Deliverable Templates:

Java Coding Standards and Guidelines:

Selected Java Patterns: The examples are all Java applets that run in these pages, with complete surce code and explanations of the way design patterns are used in the programs.


CSE3002 Distributed Computing Systems:

Lecture notes and tutorial materials from this course can be viewed and downloaded. Topics include Introduction to distributed computing systems, Interprocess communications and RPC, Client/Server applications in distributed systems, Distributed operating and file systems, Internet & distributed computing systems, Mobile distributed computing systems, and Distributed transaction management.


Microsoft Windows 2000 Newtorking and Operating System Essentials Lecture Slides:

Excellent Notes and documents on Windows, Linux, Networking, and Hardware:


ICS 121 Software Tools and Methods:

Lecture slides for this course include Principles, Qualities, Lifecycle Models, Mockups and Scenarios, Screens, UML/Use Cases, Requirements, Classes, Design, Architecture, Environments, and State Diagrams.

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:


Just Another Site:

This site contains many Free online Books relating to Programming, Linux, Database, Oracle, Web Development, Windows, and more.


Parlez UML:

Free, in-depth UML tutorials. Learn UML at your own pace with these fun and informative tutorials.

This site offers visitors to votes on certification exam answers and give their reasoning. All types of certifications are covered. Many graphics are not displayed for free.

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

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


Programming Links:

Educational Links:

These link pages from IEEE TSEC contain many good computer and IT learning resources.


Cisco Semester 1 Bonus Materials:

These are Cisco related learning resources on the web.


CIS & CS Resources and Links:

A page of links aimed primarily at beginning Computer Information Systems and Computer Science students. Links include sources for HTML and JavaScript tutorials, free compilers (mostly C/C++), Java and Microsoft .NET links, and some BASIC interpreters.

7) I.T. Sites and Free Downloads Worth Mentioning: Operating System Technical Comparison:

This web site does a wonderful job of comparing and contrasting operating systems.


Linux 2.6 Feature Documentation By Joe Pranevich
 - a features document describing the changes in Linux 2.6.

Text version:

HTML version:

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.

October 2003 Question of the Month #1: What are some good sites where I can find short course training handouts on a variety of computer and applications subject areas?


Here are some good sites to check out for these types of training documents:
Course Handouts from the University of California at Berkeley covering many topics and applications.  
Useful Handouts from University of California at Berkeley. These handouts can be used as a self-tutorial or to answer specific questions. Covers Windows, Excel, Word, Networking, Unix, HTML, and Dreamweaver.  
Training Handouts and Class Materials from the University of Arkansas covering Unix, HTML, Dreameaver, Windows, SAS, and SPSS.  
Training Handouts on web publishing, office and desktop tops, Unix, VMS, and statistical software  
Computer Training Online Manuals, from Seattle University: Dreamweaver, FrontPage, Excel, Office, PowerPoint, Word, Acrobat  
Computer Training Workshop Handouts, from Seattle University: Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, Miscellaneous, and FrontPage.  
Training: Class Handouts - many applications are covered by these handouts.  
Training at Georgetown: Class Handouts for Intro. to Computers, Intro. to Operating Systems, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, FrontPage, and HTML Programming.  
Computer Training Handouts from the University of Maryland covering Access, Excel, HTML, Photoshop, and PowerPoint.

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Web Master and Editor

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