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4)... University Computer Science Course Sites

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1) Editor's Greeting:

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This is the May 2008 issue (#79) 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

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This is another one of our new Free training and tutorial sites, providing over 450 free online IT tutorials. Tutorials range from entry level training on using word processors through to advanced techniques in programming, web development, database design, and network routing. In-depth courses are also available at low cost.


UCLA's Introduction to C++ Programming Course

Here is UCLA's Introduction to C++ Programming Course, providing free lecture slides, excellent textbook chapter notes, training handouts, code examples, and exams with solutions. C++ Topics covered include basic principles of programming using C++, algorithmic and procedural problem solving, program design and development, basic data types, control structures, functions, arrays, pointers, and introduction to classes for programmer-defined data types. Also, here are the C++ Language Coding Guidelines, available from the website of the textbook used in this course.

Lecture Slides, Chapter Notes, Handouts, and Exams/Solutions:

Topic Materials
Introduction to programming Lecture 1 Notes
PIC Lab Handout
Sec 1.8 Handout
Big C++ Chap. 1 Notes
Number types, input & output Lecture 2 Notes
Big C++ Chap. 2 Notes
Assignment, constants, arithmetic Lecture 3 Notes
Circles Example Program
HW 1 Due, Solution
Lecture 4 Notes
More Strings & Classes Lecture 5 Notes
Big C++ Chap. 3 Notes
Graphics Output Lecture 6 Notes
Graphics Handout
CCC Graphics Library
Graphics Input, The if statement
HW 2 Due, Solution
Lecture 7 Notes
5-Day Forecast Example
if statements and while loops Lecture 8 Notes
Big C++ Chap. 4 Notes
Writing functions Lecture 9 Notes
Big C++ Chap. 5 Notes
Passing to functions
HW 3 Due, Solution
Review Session 5:15, MS 5200
Lecture 10 Notes
Review 1 Notes
Midterm Exam 1
Exam 1 Solutions
Practice Exam 1, Solutions
F06 Exam 1, Solutions
W07 Exam 1, Solutions
Pascal's Review Questions
Global variables, pseudocode Lecture 11 Notes
Pseudocode and assert
HW 4 Due, Solution
Lecture 12 Notes
Classes Lecture 13 Notes
Big C++ Chap. 6 Notes
Member functions Lecture 14 Notes
Operator overloading
HW 5 Due, Solution
Lecture 15 Notes
The Rectangle Class
Review of classes Lecture 16 Notes
The Account Class
switch and if statements Lecture 17 Notes
Big C++ Chap. 7 Notes
Random numbers
HW 6 Due, Solution
Lecture 18 Notes
for and do loops Lecture 19 Notes
Testing and debugging
HW 7 Due, Solution1 2
Lecture 20 Notes
Exam 2 Review Notes
Big C++ Chap. 8 Notes
Midterm Exam 2
Exam 2 Solutions
Practice Exam 2, Solutions
F06 Exam 2, Solutions
W07 Exam 2, Solutions
Introduction to Vectors Lecture 21 Notes
Big C++ Chap. 9 Notes
Vectors in Functions Lecture 22 Notes
Arrays Lecture 23 Notes
File I/O
HW 8 Due, Solution 1 2 3
Lecture 24 Notes
Big C++ Chap. 12 Notes
Introduction to Pointers Lecture 25 Notes
Binky Pointer Video
Big C++ Chap. 10 Notes
Dynamic arrays Lecture 26 Notes
HW 9 Due, Solution 1 2 3
Lecture 27 Notes
Final Exam
3:00-6:00, Young Hall 50
W07 Final, Solutions
F06 Final, Solutions
Review Questions


78 Programming Tutorials from WikiHow

Here are 78 Tutorials on Programming and Programming Languages from WikiHow, which calls itself 'the How-to Manual That You Can Edit', as you can add to and edit the tutorials and articles it hosts. These tutorials cover how to program in languages such as Java, C, C++, C#. JavaScript, PHP, Perl, and Python. They also cover Web Development, Flash, MySQL, and relational data modeling.

Java Programming Tutorials:
 - Become a Java Programmer
 - Write Your First Program in Java
 - Program in Java
 - Create a Swing GUI in Java
 - Create a Variable in Java
 - Make a Grade Maker in Java
 - Use Graphics in a Java Applet
 - Make a Java Applet
 - Encode a String to Base64 With Java

C and C++ Programming Tutorials:
 - Learn to Program in C
 - Compare Two Strings in C Programming
 - Compile a C Program Using the Gnu Compiler (Gcc)
 - Set up Borland's Free C Compiler for Windows
 - Convert Exe File of C Program to Screensaver
 - Create a Simple Program in C++
 - Create a Template in C++
 - Create the "Favorite Number" Program in C++
 - Find Headers and Libraries for C/C++ Programs Using Pkg Config
 - Write a Math Practice Program in C++
 - Create Pointers in C

C# Programming Tutorial:
 - Get Started Programming in C Sharp

Web Design and Development Tutorials:
 - Use Simple HTML Format
 - Make a Scrolling Marquee in HTML
 - Become a Professional Web Designer and Programmer
 - Write PHP Scripts
 - Learn Perl
 - Create Javascript Conditional Operators
 - Toggle Html Display With Javascript
 - Use an Array Class in JavaScript
 - Use the Javascript Confirm Function

Flash Tutorials:
 - Make a Loading Screen in Flash
 - Use Arrays in Adobe Flash
 - Set up a Friendlier Build Environment for Adobe Flex 2 SDK

Python Programming Tutorials:
 - Learn The Python Language
 - Start Programming in Python
 - Program in Python With Pygame

MySQL and Database Tutorials:
 - Make Changes to the Database Structure in Mysql
 - Create a Relational Data Model

General and Other Programming Tutorials:

 - Start Learning to Program
 - Become a Free Software Hacker
 - Contribute to Open Source
 - Convert from Binary to Decimal
 - Convert from Decimal to Binary
 - Create Options or Choices in a Batch File
 - Create a Loop of One Query in Coldfusion
 - Create a Scorm Compliant Quiz
 - Create a Torrent
 - Create an RSS Feed
 - Design a Search Engine to Actually Search
 - Generate Hibernate Pojo Classes from DB Tables
 - Generate N Different Random Numbers
 - Hand Trace Through Software Code
 - Have a Successful Open Source Project
 - Improve the Readability of Your Software Code
 - Improve your Skills as a Programmer
 - Learn a Programming Language
 - Make Exe Files Using Notepad
 - Make a Map With Valve Hammer Editor
 - Program Using Gnu Emacs
 - Program in Justbasic
 - Restore a SQL Server Database Backup
 - Program with VBScript
 - Start Programming in Assembly
 - Understand Geo Tools
 - Use Your Command Prompt to Batch Process Graphics Conversion With Solid Converter Gx
 - Use the Command Prompt and Write in Batch Languge
 - View Your DirectX Information
 - Write an Easy to Read Programming Code
 - Become a Computer Scientist
 - Become a Programmer
 - Build Isc Bind Dns in Windows
 - Build a Yahoo! Widget
 - Convert an Mde to an Mdb
 - Program Using QBasic
 - Program an Etch A Sketch in Blitz3D
 - Program in Haskell
 - Understand Object Oriented Programming
 - Use the Quick Unicode Tool


Multimedia Design and Development Course

Here is an excellent course on Multimedia Design and Development, from Lehigh Univeristy, which covers the analysis, design and implementation of multimedia software, primarily for e-learning courses or training.. The lecture notes and slides linked below will teach you many best practices for interface design, content design with storyboards or scripts, creation of graphics, animation, audio and video materials, and software development using high level authoring tools, such as Flash.

Goals of the course:
 - To learn how to design and develop multimedia for real world e-learning
 - To practice software engineering in a learner-oriented project
 - To learn and apply cognitive principles of user interface design
 - To learn how to implement multimedia e-leaning in Macromedia Flash

Lecture Notes and Slides from Multimedia Design and Development Course:

  • Lecture on goals and requirements of course; hypermedia and interactive multimedia (PowerPoint)
  • Lab 1: Flash workspace, drawing and text tools (Powerpoint).
  • Lecture on assembling a multimedia development team and roles (PowerPoint)
  • Lab 2: Flash timelines and animation (Powerpoint).
  • Lecture on multmedia life cycle: multimedia as a software development process (PowerPoint)
  • Lecture on structures and tools (Powerpoint format).
  • Lecture on user interface design and prototyping (Powerpoint). Includes a blog assignment and a project assignment.
  • Lecture on e-learning (Powerpoint). Based on Clark and Mayer, e-Learning: The Science of Instruction, chapters 1-2, and other materials (Powerpoint)
  • Lecture on Design: storyboards and scripts (PowerPoint)
  • Multimedia and contiguity principles from e-Learning: The Science of Instruction, chapters 3-4 (PowerPoint)
  • Modality (visual and audio) and redundancy principles from e-Learning: The Science of Instruction, chapters 5-6 (PowerPoint)
  • Coherence, personalization and practice principles from e-Learning: The Science of Instruction, ch 7-9 (PointerPoint)
  • Lecture on sound in multimedia (Powerpoint)
  • Testing through user observations (PowerPoint).
  • The Importance of Color (Steve Zanias's PowerPoint).
  • Startup and (advanced) Flash development (Rob Sandie's Flash Paper presentation).
  • Lecture on Dynamic HTML and AJAX: Cascading Style Sheets, Document Object Model, JavaScript (Powerpoint) (Word)

  • Lecture on User interface design (Word format). PowerPoint here.
  • Lecture on Graphical image development (Word format) (Powerpoint).
  • Lecture on Text and fonts (Word format), (Powerpoint).
  • Lecture on Media types (sound, animation, video) (Word format)
  • Lecture on web development using Dreamweaver (Word format)
  • Lecture on acquiring and negotiating permissions for content and talent (Word format)

    JavaScript Essentials Online Book

    Here is an excellent online book called JavaScript Essentials, hosted by This comprehensive online book provides web developers with everything they need to know to create rich, interactive and dynamic web pages using JavaScript.

    The purpose of this JavaScript book is to get you going with coding JavaScript in your web pages quickly and effectively. It provides detailed and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of JavaScript from language basics through to advanced topics. Using this online JavaScript book, you will learn how to develop powerful, dynamic web pages using JavaScript. It provides you with everything you need to use and code JavaScript. Also take a look at this site's JavaScript FAQ, which provides many Javascript related answers to frequently asked questions.\

    Table of Contents of JavaScript Essentials:
    1. The History of JavaScript
    2. A Simple JavaScript Example
    3. Embedding JavaScript into Web pages
    4. Introducing JavaScript Variables
    5. JavaScript Variable Types
    6. JavaScript Operators
    7. Comments in JavaScript
    8. JavaScript Flow Control and Looping
    9. Understanding JavaScript Functions
    10. JavaScript Object Basics
    11. JavaScript String Object
    12. JavaScript Date Object
    13. JavaScript Math Object
    14. JavaScript Window Object
    15. JavaScript Document Object
    16. JavaScript Location Object
    17. JavaScript History Object
    18. JavaScript Arrays
    19. JavaScript Timeouts
    20. Building Forms with JavaScript
    21. Understanding JavaScript Cookies
    22. Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
    23. JavaScript and CSS - Dynamic Styles and Layers


    PHP Essentials Online Book

    Here is Techtopia's well written online book, PHP Essentials. This comprehensive online PHP book will show and teach you all the aspects and topics of PHP that you need to know for developing compelling web pages and web sites. PHP Essentials gives a high level overview of how PHP works and why it is so useful to web developers. It then teaches each PHP topic in detail, from the basics of the scripting language through to object oriented programming, file and filesystem handling and MySQL and SQLite database access. Also, it provides chapters that show how to work with HTML based forms and maintain state using cookies and PHP sessions. All PHP topics are accompanied by real world examples that are intended to bring PHP theory to life.

    Table of Contents of PHP Essentials

    1. About PHP Essentials
    2. The History of PHP
    3. An Overview of PHP
    4. Creating a Simple PHP Script
    5. Commenting PHP Code
    6. An Introduction to PHP Variables
    7. Understanding PHP Variable Types
    8. PHP Constants
    9. PHP Operators
    10. PHP Flow Control and Looping
    11. PHP Functions
    12. PHP Arrays
    13. Working with Strings and Text in PHP
    14. PHP, Filesystems and File I/O
    15. Working with Directories in PHP
    16. An Overview of HTML Forms
    17. PHP and HTML Forms
    18. PHP and Cookies - Creating, Reading and Writing
    19. Understanding PHP Sessions
    20. PHP Object Oriented Programming
    21. Using PHP with MySQL
    22. PHP and SQLite


    Jon Skeet's C# and .NET Articles and Tutorials

    Here are Jon Skeet's C# and .NET Articles and Tutorials covering many C# areas and concepts that will make a you better and more effective C# programmer and developer. Many topics presented in these C# articles are applicable to other .NET languages, but there are some items that are specidifc to C#. The framework and library articles are more independent of programming language, though they are written in relation to C#. Also, here are excellent C# Notes on many C# topics that Jon Skeet wrote while writing his book, C# in Depth. And, if you'd like to, take a look at Jon's C# Coding Blog.

    C# Articles and Tutorials:
     - Newsgroup C# FAQ
     - C# 2.0
     - Parameter passing
     - Delegates and events
     - Implementing the singleton pattern
     - Constructors
     - C# Brainteasers
     - C# and beforefieldinit
     - The Beauty of Closures
     - Why Properties Matter
     - Bluffer's Guide to C# 2
     - Bluffer's Guide to C# 3
    Framework and Library Articles and Tutorials:
     - Generic operators
     - Concatenating Strings Efficiently
     - Exceptions and Performance Redux  (original version)
     - Strings in .NET
     - Multi-threading in .NET
     - Reading binary data
     - Unicode
     - Debugging Unicode Problems
     - Memory in .NET - what goes where
     - Binary floating point basics
     - Decimal floating point basics
     - Plug-ins and cast exceptions

    Miscellaneous Articles and Tutorials:
     - Debugging tips
     - Short but complete programs
     - Obfuscation and Decompilation
     - Job postings on newsgroups

    Code and Libraries:
     - Miscellaneous Utilities
     - EBCDIC encoding
     - Simple micro-benchmarking in C#


    Ubuntu Linux Essentials Online Book

    Here is Ubuntu Linux Essentials, an excellent online book hosted by This book provides everything you need to know for installing, using, and administering an Ubuntu Linux system. Ubuntu Linux Essentials imparts the essential knowledge required to use and maintain an Ubuntu Linux system. From the basics of installation, configuring the desktop and implementing wireless networking through to tasks such as configuring firewalls, setting up a web server and providing remote desktop access via an SSH tunnel, Ubuntu Linux Essentials takes a step by step approach to installing, using and administering Ubuntu Linux.

    Table of Contents of Ubuntu Linux Essentials:

    1. Notes from the Author
    2. About Ubuntu Linux Essentials
    3. The History of Ubuntu Linux
    4. How to Try Ubuntu Linux
    5. Performing a Clean Ubuntu Linux Installation
    6. Installing Ubuntu Linux on a Windows System (Dual booting)
    7. Allocating a Windows Partition to Ubuntu Linux
    8. Configuring Ubuntu Linux Wireless Networking
    9. Configuring the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop Background and Themes
    10. Customizing the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop Panels
    11. Configuring Ubuntu Linux Printers
    12. Connecting an Ubuntu Linux System to a DSL Modem
    13. Updating Ubuntu Linux
    14. Basic Ubuntu Linux Firewall Configuration
    15. Using Firestarter to Configure an Ubuntu Linux Firewall
    16. Managing Ubuntu Linux Users and Groups
    17. Configuring Ubuntu Linux Remote Access using SSH
    18. Remote Access to the Ubuntu Linux Desktop
    19. Displaying Ubuntu Linux Applications Remotely (X11 Forwarding)
    20. Configuring an Ubuntu Linux Based Web Server
    21. Sharing Ubuntu Linux Folders with Remote Linux and UNIX Systems
    22. Sharing Ubuntu Linux Folders with Remote Windows Systems
    23. Adding a New Disk Drive to an Ubuntu Linux System


    Ubuntu Desktop Essentials Online Book

    This is Techtopia's Ubuntu Desktop Essentials online book, which is the companion book to their Ubuntu Linux Essentials Techotopia. This Ubuntu Desktop book covers everything you need to know to use and customize the Ubuntu Gnome desktop. It first gives a detailed overview of the how the desktop works, and then provides step-by-step tutorials covering every aspect of setting up and managing the desktop, from changing the background and desktop themes to activating and configuring the new Compiz Fusion desktop visual effects. You will also learn topics such as changing fonts, setting up keyboard shortcuts, enhancing the desktop with desklets, configuring and saving sessions and customizing the file manager.

    Table of Contents of Ubuntu Desktop Essentials:

    1. About Ubuntu Desktop Essentials
    2. Logging into the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop
    3. A Guided Tour of the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop
    4. Changing the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop Background
    5. Installing and Customizing Ubuntu Desktop Themes
    6. Configuring Ubuntu Desktop Fonts
    7. Configuring the Ubuntu Desktop Panels
    8. Configuring the Ubuntu Desktop Menu System
    9. Ubuntu Desktop Visual Effects
    10. Enhance your Ubuntu Desktop with gDesklets
    11. Browsing My Computer, Files and Folders on the Ubuntu Desktop
    12. Configuring the Ubuntu File Manager
    13. Ubuntu Desktop - Starting Applications on Login
    14. Ubuntu Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts


    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

    Download Computer eBooks from KnowFree 2.0

    KnowFree 2.0 states that Knowledge is Free and offers download links to hundreds of technical, programming, and I.T. eBooks. Topics covered by these freely available ebooks include the following: Ajax, Php, Java, C#, Asp, Networking Training, Cisco Network, Photoshop, Graphics, Desing, Web Construction, Business Ebooks, Sap, Oracle, Mysql, Mssql, .Net, Dot Net, J2Ee, J2Me, Linux, Unix, Windows, Windows Vista, Office, Database, Programming, Software Development, Video Training, Dreamweaver, Flash, Flash Training, Css, Action Script, Ruby, Ruby On Rails, Python. When accessing the download sites, such as rapidshare, be sure to choose the free option by clicking on the Free button, for example. Some of the links on this site are not working, but many are.

    Categories of eBooks at KnowFree 2.0:


    eBook Downloads at 365 IT Books

    Here is 365 IT Books, a site providing links to many computer, I.T., and programming eBooks. These freely available computer ebooks are located at downloads sites such as rapidshare and deposit files. I checked several of the links and all were good, so it appears that this site is keeping up-to-date with these ebook links. Technical areas covered include those linked below.

    eBook Categories at 365 IT Books:


    Free Online IT and Programming Books at Techotopia

    Techotopia offers a totally free library of online computer, I.T., and programming books thbat cover a wide range of topics, such as operating systems (Linux, Windows), programming (Ruby, C#, Visual Basic), scripting (Javascript, PHP), system administration, databases (MySQL), networking and more. Their IT Essentials series of books are designed to provide detailed information that is accessible to both experienced and novice readers. Each on-line book contains everything that is needed to gain proficiency in the corresponding technology subject area.

    Book Topics at Techtopia:


    Online IT and Programming Books from a google search

    Here is a google search that returns two websites, linked below, that contain online computer, I.T., and programming books. These books cover many technolgies and topics, such as C and C++ Programming, Java Programming, JavaScript, Linux Administration, Linux Kernel, MySQL, Oracle Database 10g, Perl, PHP, Python, Security, Unix, and Windows Terminal.

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    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

    Harvard Course: Understanding Computers and the Internet

    Here is a freely available online computer course from Harvard Extension School, Understanding Computers and the Internet. Learning content offered by this course includes lecture videos, lecture slides, lecture transcripts, reviews, workshop and review videos, problem sets, exams with answers, and bite-sized videos of the week.

    From the course's description: "This course is all about understanding: understanding what's going on inside your computer when you flip on the switch, why tech support has you constantly rebooting your computer, how everything you do on the Internet can be watched by others, and how your computer can become infected with a worm just by turning it on. Students leave this course armed with a new vocabulary and equipped for further exploration of computers and the Internet. Topics include hardware, software, the Internet, multimedia, security, website development, programming, and dotcoms."

    Lecture Videos, Slides and Transcripts for Understanding Computers and the Internet Course:

    Lecture 1: Hardware. Computation. Overview. Bits and bytes. ASCII. Processors. Motherboards: buses, connectors, ports, slots, and sockets. Memory: ROM, RAM, and cache.Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with jargon, slides, and transcript in PDF.

    Lecture 2: Hardware, Continued. Secondary storage: floppy disks, hard disks (PATA and SATA), CDs, and DVDs. Virtual Memory. Expansion buses and cards: AGP, ISA, PCI, PCI Express, and SCSI. I/O devices. Peripherals. How to shop for a computer. History.Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with jargon, slides, and transcript in PDF.

    Lecture 3: Software . It's the first of two movie nights for Computer Science E-1! A look at "how modern day visionaries Bill Gates and Steve Jobs changed the world" by way of Pirates of Silicon Valley, a dramatization of the history of Microsoft Corporation and Apple Computer, Inc.Not available.

    Lecture 4: The Internet. Networks: clients and servers, peer-to-peer, LANs and WLANs, the Internet, and domains. Email: addresses; IMAP, POP and SMTP; netiquette; spam; emoticons; snail mail; and listservs. SSH. The World Wide Web: URLs and HTTP. Blogs. Instant messaging. SFTP. Usenet.Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with jargon, slides, and transcript in PDF.

    Lecture 5: The Internet, Continued. Network topologies. The Internet: backbones, TCP/IP, DHCP, and DNS. NAT. Ethernet: NICs, cabling, switches, routers, and access points. Wireless: IR, RF, Bluetooth, and WiFi. ISPs. Modems: dialup, cable, and DSL.Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with jargon, slides, and transcript in PDF.

    Lecture 6: Jeopardy! Students versus teaching fellows!Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats.

    Lecture 7: Multimedia. Graphics: file formats, bitmaps and vectors, and compression. Audio: file formats and compression. Video (and audio): file formats and compression. Streaming.Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with jargon, slides, and transcript in PDF.

    Lecture 8: Security. Threats to privacy: cookies, forms, logs, and data recovery. Security risks: packet sniffing, passwords, phishing, hacking, viruses and worms, spyware, and zombies. Piracy: WaReZ and cracking.Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with jargon, slides, and transcript in PDF.

    Lecture 9: Security, Continued. Defenses: scrubbing, firewalls, proxy servers, VPNs, cryptography, virus scanners, product registration and activation.Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with jargon, slides, and transcript in PDF.

    Lecture 10: Website Development. Webservers: structure, permissions, and implementations. Static webpages: XHTML, well-formedness, and validity. Dynamic webpages: SSIs, DHTML, AJAX, CGI, ASPs, and JSPs.Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with jargon, slides, and transcript in PDF.

    Lecture 11: Programming. Pseudocode. Constructs: instructions, variables, conditions, branches, and loops. Languages: interpreted and compiled. Scratch.Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with jargon, slides, and transcript in PDF.

    Lecture 12: Pictionary! Students versus teaching fellows!Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats.

    Lecture 13: Dotcoms. It's the second of two movie nights for Computer Science E-1! A look at the rise and fall of the dotcom era by way of, a documentary that traces the history of available.

    Lecture 14: Exciting Conclusion. Where were you? Where are you? Where can you go? Available in Flash, MP3 and QuickTime formats, along with slides and transcript in PDF.


    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: 

    Books from Net Books

    Net Books is another computer ebook site where you can find download links to many freely available I.T. and Programming eBooks covering the areas listed below. These ebooks are located at various download and storage web sites.   

    eBook Categories at Net Books:


    IT and Programming Books and Tutorials from provides free computer science and programming books, ebooks, and tutorials. These ebooks and tutorials cover the categories linked to below, which include C, C++ ,Java, XML, AJAX, Javascript, Ruby, C# (CSharp), VB.NET, Game programming, MySQL, SQL, Cisco, Networking, Linux, and Windows.

    Topics covered by eBooks at


    Global Optimization Algorithms eBook

    Here is a free ebook, Global Optimization Algorithms - Theory and Application, which covers global optimization algorithms, which are methods to find optimal solutions for given problems. It especially focuses on Evolutionary Computation by discussing evolutionary algorithms, genetic algorithms, Genetic Programming, Learning Classifier Systems, Evolution Strategy, Differential Evolution, Particle Swarm Optimization, and Ant Colony Optimization. It also elaborates on other meta-heuristics like Simulated Annealing, hill climbing, TS, and Random Optimization. This algorithm book can help students because the algorithms in an understandable, consistent way and includes much of the background knowledge needed to understand them. Thus, you can find summaries on stochastic theory and theoretical computer science. Also, researchers and PhD students may find the application examples helpful. (652 pages, 9.5mb, pdf format)



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

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


    EBooks Link Page

    The EBooks Link Page contains links to hundreds of free technical, programming, and computer ebooks covering the topics below. I have spot checked several of the topical pages and most links were working.

    eBooks on Programming Languages:
     - Ada
     - C/C++
     - CORBA
     - Fortran
     - Matlab
     - LISP
     - Perl
     - PostScript
     - Python
     - Prolog
     - Tcl/Tk
     - Regular Expressions
     - XML
     - Core Java I
     - Core Java II
     - J2EE
     - Functional
     - Haskell
     - ML
     - Scheme
     - Reference

    eBooks on Unix and Linux
     - UNIX
     - Linux
     - Shell Programming
     - Lex & Yacc
     - Sed
     - Awk
     - Make
     - Vi
     - GTK
     - X11

    eBooks on Web and Internet:
     - CSS
     - CGI
     - JavaScript
     - HTML
     - Perl
     - PHP
     - Web Designing
     - AJAX

    eBooks on Graphics and Animations:
     - Computer Graphics
     - OpenGL
     - Photoshop
     - VRML
     - Game Development

    eBooks on Computer Science:
     - Algorithm and Data Structure
     - Quantum Computing
     - Software Engineering
     - Security
     - Miscellaneous
     - Computer Graphics
     - Programming
     - Computer Science
     - Cryptography
     - Computer Vision

    eBooks on Database:
     - SQL
     - Oracle
     - Database :: General
     - Database :: Reference

    eBooks on Networking:
     - TCP/IP
     - Networking :: General

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

    The following programs are totally Free, no popups, no adware, no spyware, and no shareware.

    Stones WebWriter

    Besides standard functions you would expect from any HTML editor, Stone`s WebWriter includes a lot of advanced features to build and maintain small as well as large websites. It offers a nice and professional interface with project support, a file browser, script library, sitemap view and more. Among the many features are customizable syntax coloring, tag sensitive right click action, search and replace engine and more. Stone`s WebWriter also includes a Style Sheet editor and an Image Map editor as well as a built in FTP uploader and a basixc HTML syntax checker. This is one of the nicest free HTML editors you can find - loaded with features and very professional.



    AviSplit enables you to split, rejoin and clip your .AVI video files, using a fast and lossless process that does not process any of the movie data. The output files are saved with an incrementing file name, so your original is not changed in any way. You can easily rejoin the split files, using the built-in options. In addition, you can clip your files and trim portions from the beginning or end of the movie. AviSplit can not process AVI video file written in Type-1 AVI and ODML AVI format - it will not work with video from a digital camcorder.



    FAQGenie is a tool that takes the hassle out of writing and maintaining a FAQ on a website. You simply enter your questions and answers, arrange them according to your preferences, select a suitable layout and with a click you have a professional looking FAQ page. You have the option to have the document on a single page or in frames - both horizontal and vertical options are supported. You can have the answers all on a single page or one per page.



    Webcpp (Web C Plus Plus) takes your source code and converts it into an HTML file, using fully customizable syntax highlighting and style sheets. It supports a variety of code languages, including Assembler, ASP, Basic, C, C++, DOS Batch, Java, Javascript, Pascal, Perl, PHP, SQL and many others. You can optionally include line numbers, convert tabs to spaces, use external style sheets and more.



    iProtectYou is a Internet Filtering/Parental Control package that provides parents with control over Internet usage. It allows you to block e-mails, chat sessions and instant messages that contain inappropriate words, stop annoying ads, and/or restrict internet time to a pre-determined schedule. You have full control over which web sites can be accessed and which programs can have Internet access. Options include to set levels of sensitivity, detailed log files of web and application activity, time-sensitive settings and more. You can specify separate patterns, keywords or blocks for web sites, newsgroups and advertising and edit the list of inappropriate words. It comes with a large built-in list of pre-screened, undesirable sites, and keywords.


    Duplicate File Finder

    Duplicate File Finder is a simple, but effective tool to locate duplicate files in one or more selected search paths. It scans the files and compares them based on Byte for Byte Comparison, which ensures 100% accuracy. You can then choose to delete the selected duplicate or original files. The program is multi threaded and performs scans quickly.


    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 2008 Question of the Month: 

    What is Google Gears and how can it help my web application development?

    Google Gears is beta software from Google that allows web developers to enable offline access to services that normally are available only online. It installs a database engine, based on SQLite, on the client system to cache the data locally. Google Gears-enabled pages use data from this local cache rather than from the online service. Using Google Gears, a web application may periodically synchronize the data in the local cache with the online service. If a network connection is not available, the synchronization is deferred until a network connection is established.

    It is an open source project that allows you to build more powerful web applications, by adding new features to your web browser:
      - Web applications interact naturally with the desktop
      - Data is stored locally in a fully-searchable database
      - JavaScript runs in the background to improve performance

    Here is a Google Gears Tutorial to help you get started using  this new technology, and here is an important Google Gears FAQ, along with the Google Gears Help Center and the Project's Home page. You will also need the APIs for Google Gears.

    Jeff Love
    Site Editor

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