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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

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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 December 2006 issue (#62) of our free 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 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 105 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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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 is our new Free computer and IT education, training and tutorial search engine housing over 150,000 free training internet resources! Just type in a topic you're looking for and get tons of great web resources instantly. We believe these results are better than the big search engines, like google. 

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Top 14 Digg Programming Posts for the Month

Here are what I judge to be the top 14 submissions for the last month, in the programming category. These are excellent free training and learning resources that will teach you techniques for the following programming technologies: Ruby on Rails, MySQL, PHP, Ajax, Rails, Python, Eclipse, C, and C++.


Linux Tutorials from bills itself as "The online community that helps people to get Linux installed and running." This Linux learning site provides tutorials and links to sites that offer information needed to install and productively use Linux. They also run a friendly mailing-list and an IRC-channel for questions you will have when you start using Linux. 

They also office a free Linux course, called An Introduction to Linux Basics, that is for those who want to understand how to install and administer the basics of a Linux computer system. This class started on October 19, 2006, but you can still register and participate. Even advanced Linux users can join the class, as they will be able to dig deeper into some areas they always wanted to know more about. The course uses LBook: An Introductory Guide to Linux Basics as the couse book and study guide, which I have detailed in this blog post.


Home and Learn's PHP Tutorials

If you need to learn how to use and code PHP in your web pages and sites, Home and Learn's Beginners PHP Tutorials is a great place to start. These cover all what you need to start coding with  PHP immediately. Many PHP areas are covered here, including Conditional Logic, HTML Forms,Loops, Arrays, String Manipulation, Functions, Security, Working with Files, Date and Time, PHP and MySQL, and User Authentication. At the end you are encouraged to put your PHP knowledge to work by creating your own Survey and Forum.

PHP Topics to Learn:

  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started
  3. Conditional Logic
  4. HTML Forms
  5. PHP Loops
  6. Arrays and PHP
  7. String Manipulation
  8. Create your own Functions
  9. Security Issues
  10. Working with Files
  11. Date and Time
  12. PHP and MySQL
  13. User Authentication
  14. Build your own Survey
  15. Build your own Forum


Web Design HTML Course and CSS Tutorials provides some excellent free computer training, including this Web Design Course and these Cascading Style Sheet Tutorials. These course lessons and tutorials will teach you how to create web pages using HTML and CSS. To begin, first read their Introduction to the Web Design Course to see more about what you will learn, and to download their free HTML editor.

Web Design HTML and CSS Topics:


Free Study Guide for Network+ Certification

Here is a well written free training work by Charles M. Kozierok, this one is an excellent study guide for the Network+ certification exam. This free online training guide will prepare you for the CompTIA Network+ Technology Certification Exam N10-002. Each chapter also offers a good number of practice questions and corresponding explained answers.


Rebol Programming Tutorial with 9 Complete Programs

This Rebol Tutorial, titled 'Rebol Programming For The Absolute Beginner', demonstrates how to develop useful software applications using Rebol, a powerful, yet simple and flexible, programming language with which you can easily work with text, graphics, and sounds. Rebol provides simple methods to save, retrieve, and share data across all types of hardware, networks, and the Internet. It works with common user interfaces and data types with no problems while allowing developers to easily build graphic interfaces to input and return data. For these reasons it is an excellent choice for those just beginning to learn how to program. This tutorial will demonstrate how to program computers to do useful things, without a long learning curve. For experienced programmers, take a look at the the example applications and check out Rebol's compact code and cross-platform usability. The code for 9 complete, example applications, along with screen shots and executables, is available here.


VB.NET Programming Course Tutorials

This Home and Learn computer course is an introduction to Visual Basic.NET programming for beginners. This course assumes that you have no programming experience whatsoever. It's a lot easier than you think, and can be very rewarding.

You don't need to buy any software for this course. You can use the new Free Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition from Microsoft. You can download it here (note the link on the site is broken, so get it here if you need it.)Visual Basic .NET Programming Topics:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Your First Code
  3. Conditional Logic
  4. VB .NET and Loops
  5. Adding Menus to a Form
  6. Debugging your Code
  7. VB .NET and Arrays
  8. String Manipulation
  9. Working with Text Files
  10. Functions and Subs
  11. Events in VB .NET
  12. VB NET Classes and Object
  13. VB .NET and Forms
  14. VB .NET and Databases



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

Many Technical Ebooks in Many Areas

This is an ebook site repository hosting many freely available downloadable ebooks, most are in pdf format. These cover many technical topics as listed below.

Ebook Topics and Categories:


The Little Book of Ruby

The PDF eBook, Little Book Of Ruby, will take you through the fundamentals of Ruby programming.  Beginning with the basics (strings, numbers, objects and methods) it rapidly moves on to tell all you need to know to form your own class hierarchies, use arrays, hashes, iterators, modules, mixins and much more.  You can follow this step-by-step tutorial to Ruby programming, reading the text chapter by chapter and running sample programs. Or, you can jump right in and try running some of the programs in whatever order suits your mood, and then refer back later for explanations. This book has no monolithic applications – just small, self-contained,sample programs enabling one to skip around, chapter to chapter if desired. All the programs in this ebook can be downloaded as a Zip archive, and they are grouped by directories – one for each chapter. This ebook in pdf format has 10 Chapters, a total of 85 pages, and  565kb.  Download The Little Book of Ruby.

Ruby is a cross-platform interpreted language created by Yukihiro Matsumoto (‘Matz’) and was first released in 1995. It has much in common with scripting languages such as Perl and Python, but its object orientation is more thorough than those languages. At, you can download the latest version of Ruby. The easist way to install Ruby on your windows PC is to use the Ruby Installer for Windows, which includes the SciTE code editor. Much of the excitement surrounding Ruby is because of the web development framework called Rails – well known as ‘Ruby On Rails’. The Little Book of Ruby does not cover the special features of Rails, but it gives you a basis upon which to understand Rails code and write Rails applications.

Table of Contents:


The LBook: An Introductory Guide to Linux Basics offers a free online course, called An Introduction to Linux Basics, that introduces the student to the Linux operating system and how to productively use it. This course uses as its course book LBook: An Introductory Guide to Linux Basics, which is an edited version of “Introduction to Linux: A Hands on Guide” by Machtelt Garrels. The class started on October 19, however you can still  join the list, introduce yourself and start with the first week’s section. You will not be rushed to catch up to where others are. You are free to discuss wherever you are in the guide or other Linux-related matters on the list. Relevant questions and comments may then be discussed on the mailing list; so you will need to join that in order to participate. It is anticipated that questions will range from very basic to more advanced. Here are the complete chapters of the free online Linux book being used by this course:


Free Preparation and Study Guide for Security+ Certification
provides free preparation and reference guides for studying for 5 certification exams. These certification preparation and study guides are complete and will greatly increase your chances of passing the certification exam.

Here is their CertiGuide to Security+, for Exam SY0-101, which is for the CompTIA Security+ Certification.


Best Free Study Guide for A+ Hardware and Operating Systems

Charles M. Kozierok has edited and adapted this excellently written Guide to A+ Core Hardware Technology and A+ Operating Systems Technology, or what he calls A+ 4 Real. This free training guide is written for the CompTIA A+ Operating Systems Technology Exams 220-301 and 220-302. This A+ (A Plus) study and preparation guide is one of the best freely available online training books for the A+ certification on the web today.


Free Comprehensive Guide to A+ Hardware

Charles M. Kozierok has edited and adapted the following comprehensive Guide to A+ Core Hardware. This free training guide was written for the CompTIA A+ Core Hardware Technology Exam 220-231. Each chapter provides a great set of practice questions and answers with explanations.

In September 2006, the CompTIA A+ (A Plus) test was updated, and now the candidate takes the CompTIA A+ Essentials test along with one of the four other tests (220-602, 220-603, 220-604, 220-605). However, at this time A+ candidates are offered a choice between the 2003 and 2006 versions of the exam, and in 2007 it is likely the 2003 A+ track will be discontinued.


Free Comprehensive Guide to A+ Operating Systems

Charles M. Kozierok has edited and adapted the following comprehensive Guide to A+ Operating Systems. This free training guide was written for the CompTIA A+ Operating Systems Technology Exam 220-302. Each chapter offers an excellent set of practice questions and answers along with explanations.

In September 2006, the CompTIA A+ (A Plus) test was updated, and now the candidate takes the CompTIA A+ Essentials test along with one of the four other tests (220-602, 220-603, 220-604, 220-605). However, at this time A+ candidates are offered a choice between the 2003 and 2006 versions of the exam, and in 2007 it is likely the 2003 A+ track will be discontinued.


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

9 AJAX Tutorials from Univeristy Courses

Here are nine AJAX tutorials from several univeristy course sites. These will teach you the basics and a few more advanced topics of coding web pages and applications with AJAX.

AJAX Tutorial
(Powerpoint format) - 23 slides

AJAX and JSP Primer - This is a customer search example which uses the XMLHttpRequest object. Notice how after you type the customer ID and then change the caret's focus to the next form field,  a name and lastname are filled in for you.

AJAX Tutorial: Ajax What Is It Good For? (37 pages) - AJAX is more a natural progression from an existing set of techniques as opposed to being something completely brand new. AJAX isn't a technology as such but rather is a technique that combines well with other technologies.

Google Calendar API, AJAX, DHTML examples

AJAX and Flash - We’ll retrieve weather information from and experiment with Animation and simple ActionScript in Flash.

AJAX Desktop Tutorial - a nine-step tutorial takes you from detecting browsers (IE and Firefox now, Safari later) to creating widgets for RSS and search functions. All that’s required to get started is a little HTML, CSS, and JavaScript experience.

Rails and AJAX (Powerpoint) - 14 slides


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: 

Planet Source Code

A large and freely available database of source code and technical tutorials hosting over 12,000,000 lines of code, articles and tutorials in 11 languages,as well as over 1,000 open job postings.

To start, select on of these categories:

Visual BasicJava/Javascript
Cold Fusion.Net


Business Analysis Guides and Case Studies

Here are several business analysis briefing studies and case studies that are targeted towards systems analysts, junior business analysts, and degree or diploma students. Their primary focus is on business systems, the analysis thereof, and the specification of a set of business requirements, using a pragmatic approach to the use of the Structured Systems Analysis and Design Method, SSADM.


Free CAD Lessons and AutoCAD Tutorials

This site provides great tutorials / lessons for the student of AutoCAD. These lessons are designed to be as compatible with as many versions of AutoCAD as possible. The lessons are divided into 4 levels of learning. Each of the four CAD Levels is one learning section that builds on the previous one.




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

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

Online Software Tutorials

This site contains links to over 850 online technical tutorials for the areas of programming, web development, web design, database, and graphics.

Programming Tutorials

Web Development

Ada TutorialsActionScript Tutorials
ASP TutorialsCGI Tutorials
ASP.NET TutorialsFlash Tutorials
Assembly Language Tutorials JSP Tutorials
BASIC Tutorials Perl Tutorials
Cobol Tutorials PHP Tutorials
C# Tutorials Javascript Tutorials
C Tutorials VRML Tutorials
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C++ Graphics TutorialsWeb Design
Delphi Tutorials HTML Tutorials
Forth Tutorials DHTML Tutorials
Fortran Tutorials XHTML Tutorials
Java Tutorials Front Page Tutorials
Java Applet Tutorial Dreamweaver Tutorials
Java Swing and AWT Tutorials CSS Tutorials
JavaBeans Tutorials
Jbuilder TutorialsDatabase Tutorials
JDBC Tutorials MS Access Database Tutorials
RMI Tutorials Oracle Database Tutorials
Pascal TutorialsStructured Query Language (SQL) 
Prolog Tutorials VisualFoxPro Tutorials
Python Tutorials
Visual Basic TutorialsGraphics Design Tutorials
VB Scripting Tutorials Fireworks Tutorials
XML Tutorials Photoshop Tutorials

Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

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

WinDriversBackup Personal Edition 1.0.9

WinDriversBackup is a free utility specifically for backing up your Windows system driver files.  WinDriversBackup can identify all of your Windows driver files and save them to a secure location in two simple mouse clicks. Backing up your Windows driver files means they will be available to you the next time you need to reinstall the driver or the whole operating system. WinDriversBackup places the driver files in one organized location of your choosing. (2404 KB)


XOSL 1.1.5

Extended Operating System Loader (XOSL) is the world's only full-featured free boot manager, with a real, easy-to-use and full-blown graphical user interface. (437 kB)


DLExpert 0.99

DLExpert is a free multi-thread resuming downloading software. It makes full use of resources of the client and the server to download files from the Internet at the most speedy rate. DLExpert can divide the file into any parts, at most more than 100 parts. Each of them will be downloaded by one thread, so different parts can be downloaded simultaneously, resulting in speedy downloading. DLExpert supports HTTP and FTP, also HTTP and FTP proxy. (739 KB) 


X-Fonter 4.6

X-Fonter is a free user friendly Font Viewer, Font Manager and 3D Graphic creator. It also allows you to make nice 3D Graphics that you can use for your webpages, emails and much more. (843 KB)


Sophisticated Rename 1.7

Sophisticated Rename is a free program that allows you to rename a lot of files according to intricate templates.  (908 KB)


CamStudio 2.0

CamStudio is a free program that records all screen activity into the standard AVI format which can be played back with Windows Media Player and many other third party tools that support the AVI format. You can use CamStudio to: demonstrate features of a new software, create movies used in user trainings, track the progress of a program that executes for a long time, record the sequence of steps that cause the occurrence of bugs in faulty software, record a movie stream. (1328 KB)

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.

December 2006 Question of the Month: 

I've heard the U.S. tech and I.T. job market is picking up steam, what is the scoop?

Yes, the job market for  high tech and Information Technology workers has been and still is getting better and the number of jobs available is now at a much higher level than even a year ago. This current article from ITManagment on Dec. 15, 2006, "2007, titled "Where the Tech Jobs Are", states the following about this job market:
Here is another articles detailing the good news with the tech job market, Tech Pros Feeling Good About Jobs And Prospects. This article says that demand for tech talent is predicted to become increasingly intense in 2007. Also, job analysts are seeing strong demand for skills that help bridge the gap between technologists and users. Hiring companies are saying, "Let's reinvent the business, launch new things, and become more competitive."

Also, here is an article from Dr. Dobbs that discusses the I.T. job growth that will be coming due to Windows Vista. An IDC study estimated a 100,000-job "bounce" to U.S. IT employment next year due to Microsoft's new operating system.

You can keep current with news about high tech jobs and I.T. jobs through 

I hope this help you.

Jeff Love
Site Editor

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