[intelinfo] April 2001 Computer Education & Training Newsletter

  • From: "Scott Turton" <intel@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <intelinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 18:30:30 -0500


           Newsletter for Computer Education, 
             Training & Tutorial Resources                 

           *** ISSUE #8 - April, 2001 ***

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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)... New Desktop and Office Application Training Sites

8)... I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning

9)... Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training

10)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission


1) Editor's Greeting:

Welcome to our 8th issue of our free monthly email newsletter for 
Computer Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources. We are a non-
profit web site and our mission is the training of those less 
fortunate who are seeking to become computer literate, both 
technically and from a user's perspective.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, or feedback about this 
newsletter, feel free to email us at mailto:intel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx We 
appreciate your feedback. Also, please send this to your friends and 
colleagues, if you think they would like it. It contains highly 
valuable information for anyone who is an I.T. professional or 
desiring to become one.

In this issue we describe and link to a total of 64 computer IT 
education and learning web sites. By means of this email newsletter, 
you have knowledge of and access to these sites before our web site 
visitors do.

Latest News:

  - Here is a new free subscription service for computer and 
technology newsletters:
    Please sign-up for one of these free newsletters. Our web site 
receives 30 cents for everyone who does - these funds enable us to 
further help you and everyone else find the best free computer 
training and tutorials on the web today.

  - New free classes at Barnes & Noble University start on April 9th, 
including 'Introduction to XML' and 'Beginning Flash Web Animation'. 
Here is the url: http://www.barnesandnobleuniversity.com/.

  - We are have over 3,000 confirmed subscribers to this newsletter, 
and growing by 15-30 new ones every day. 

Please help support our IT training mission by visiting any of our 
sponsors in this newsletter or on our site at 
http://www.intelligentedu.com . Good luck with your computer studies and 

Warm Regards,
Scott Turton
Newsletter Editor and Webmaster


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 web sites will be added to our Free IT Courses 
and Books page at http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat1.html and our Free IT 
Tutorials and Guides page at http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat2.html in 
the coming weeks.

Here is our next new 'single topic' free training page that we have 
added to our web site:

Free Oracle Training:


Intel ISP Program On-Line Learning Center:

Intel is providing Free training courses for many areas related to 
ISP solutions. You can download interactive courses and take 
advantage of this free learning center. Courses include: Intel 
NetStructure VPN Product Introduction, On-line e-Commerce Product 
Course, Caching Essentials, WAN Technologies, WAN Solutions, Intel 
LAN Systems, Intel Internetworking Products, Fundamentals of 
Ethernet Technology, Fundamentals of Networking Technology, 
Introduction to the Pentium III Processor, 
Client Server Management Technology, and Technology Essential - 
Platform and Integration.


Center for the New Engineer's Tutorial Modules Central:

Free library of internet-accessible tutorial modules in these areas: 
Computer Networking, Asynchronous Transfer Mode, Virtual Memory, 
Workflow, Distributed Shared Memory, Inter-Process Communication, 
Operating System Performance. These modules include interactive 


These 2 courses were developed for the New Age Distance Learning 
Concept by Professor Douglas Lyon at the University of Bridgeport. 
They contain excellent lecture notes that you can use to understand 
the concepts:

Java Programming:
- Covers Java code basics, Data types and flow of control, Objects 
and Classes, Methods, Members, Inheritance and Encapsulation, The 
Java Standard Library, Interface Methods, Interface Class Types and 
Interface Subclassing, Packages, Project organization, Exceptions, 
throw, try, and catch, Multi-threading, Synchronization and 
Concurrency, Abstract Window Toolkit, Object Hierarchy Reference, 
Graphics, using the graphics class,  Sound Processing , Image 

Advanced Java Programming:
- Covers streams, digital audio processing, advanced digital audio 
processing, digital images, and image processing.


Developing JavaBeans Components:

This free training session lays out the JavaBeans component 
architecture and describes the aspects that make up the JavaBeans 
component specification. It covers the Beans Development Kit (BDK) 
software, how to build and interconnect JavaBeans components. It 
also gives practical information how to create well behaved beans 


Enterprise JavaBeans by Gopalan Suresh Raj:

This site gives you free training material covering "Developing 
Entity & Session EJBs, EJB Clients, & EJB Servlet Clients". This is 
one of the best and most excellent free EJB training sites I have 
ever reviewed. Here is their Advanced Java/J2EE 


Free Online IBM Websphere Training:

Free course titles include:  IBM WebSphere Studio V3.02 Workshop, 
IBM WebSphere Application Server V3.02 Development Workshop, 
Programming Enterprise JavaBeans Using IBM WebSphere Application 
Server V3.02, Introduction to Servlets and IBM WebSphere Application 
Server, Introduction to JavaServer Pages, and  Building a Web 
Application - HTML/Servlet/JSP. 

Also look at IBM's WebSphere InfoCenter to view documentation for a 
specific product or technology: http://www-


XML Basics:

This is a good XML starter tutorial, with these topics: Why XML?,The 
benefits of XML, XML and the Enterprise database infrastructure 
today, The XML Shockwave, The XML backgrounder, Learn XML in 11.5 
Minutes. Here are two other pages at this site:

XML Resources:

XML Presentations:


Motherboard HomeWorld:

Motherboard HomeWorld is a most comprehensive resource web site 
about motherboards. They have Free Guides available on this page: 
http://www.motherboards.org/guides.html. Here are two of their very 
informative free guides:

How to Build a PC:

How to Install a Motherboard:

Here's another free course (99 slides) on Building Your Own Personal 
Computer available at lecturetech.com:


ZVON.org Tutorials:

Free tutorials are available on this site that show and teach you 
XML, CSS, and WML. You can also download the tutorials from this 


C Tutorial:

A beginner's guide to programming in the C language. The program 
consists of 7 DOC files that each offer a different aspect of 
learning this common programming language. The files build upon each 
other, and must be read consecutively to be comprehensible. Each 
chapter is example based, and by the end of the tutorial, you 
compile a Blackjack game. 



AmbySoft White Papers and Scott Ambler's Online Writings covering 
Object-Oriented development, EJBs, and UML are here:

Here is a free download of their Java Coding Standards document, 
with other excellent links to standards and guidelines:



This site has tons of free (and cost-based) content and resources 
for IT training and certification preparation on it. Find their free 
stuff by doing this search for the keyword "Free": 


The Virtual Programming School:

This site is offering free courses based on IT books that were once 
available on closed sites such as itknowledge.com and mcp.com. Areas 
covered include: C++, Java, Internet Game Programming, TCP/IP, SQL, 
Javascript, Shockwave, Visual Interdev and Activex.



This site has lots of useful information, and links to much more. 
Here are their better pages:

Programming Shareware:

Their Information Library offers you detailed explanations on the 
many subjects, giving you free script collections, tips, short 
tutorials, and web resources:

This Search for "Tutorial" brings up many pages to choose from:


Here are two very good Help Sites where you can ask questions to 
real IT experts:

Experts Exchange:
- IT Professional Collaboration Network on the Web. They connect you 
with other qualified experts, give you access to our ever-growing 
KnowledgeBase of IT solutions, and provide fast solutions to your 
toughest tech questions.

- Technology and the Web at askme.com. They have many categories to 
choose from and many experts within each of these categories.


TPG Technologies' IT Articles:

These are very informative articles about the many aspects of  
technology available today. Each article, written by a TPG 
Technologies Instructor in his or her field of expertise, aims to 
provide timely and insightful information for professionals involved 
with modern technology


Syngress Training Demos:

Certification exam preparation for Cisco, A+, Network+, MCSE, MCSD, 
and MCDBA. Their Personal Testing Centers are a unique combination 
of exam simulation, reference material, and skills assessment.


Take a Free Course at Headlight.com:

Try one of their courses for free. After you sign up, you'll be able 
to see the course immediately and be able to access it as many times 
as you want for a month. Courses are: Designing Web Applications, 
Novell NetWare 5 Administration - Part 2, Technology Management and 
Strategy, Java 2: Introduction to Java 2, and e-Learning -Is e-
Learning right for your company? 



Enhance your skills, stay competitive and make more money by earning 
your certification from eCertifications.com. Free registration. Free 
certifications in many IT areas.


Certification Study Guides (now called CramNotes):

For each certification exam, they have taken 300 pages of study 
guides and crammed them into 10 - 30 pages of what you need to know 
to pass.  Exams covered include Core MCSE, MCSE Electives, MCSD, 
Cisco, CompTIA, Novell, Linux/Unix, Certified Internet Webmaster 
(CIW), Oracle, and Lotus. Here are two more good pages on this free 
training site:

Online Practice Exam:
- More than 2000 Free practice exam questions with help from various 
professionals, trainers, book publisher, training center and lots 

Express Certification Forums:
- Need advice for any of the major IT certification exams? Then 
check out this forum. They have tons of MCSEs gurus there. Questions 
are typically answered in a couple of hours time. 


Two Free Practice Sites for Certification Tests:


- Free Microsoft Certification Training - hundreds of free practice 
questions for 20 exams for MCP, MCSE, MCSD, and MCDBA 

Free Practice:
- Excellent free practice exams with lots of questions for CompTia 
A+, CompTia Network+, and MCSE certifications. Also free downloads, 
discussion forums and good links.


The Windows Registry Guide:

This 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. 


Training Content From msdn.microsoft.com:

XML Tutorial:
- This tutorial consists of a set of interactive lessons, listed 
below, that walk you through typical XML authoring and development 

XML: Enabling Next-Generation Web Applications:
- Good tutorial article about how XML provides a significant advance 
in how data is described and exchanged by Web-based applications 
using a simple, flexible standards-based format. 

XML Workshop:
- Provides information on Microsoft's support of the Extensible 
Markup Language (XML)-the universal format for data on the Web.

Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Guided Tour:
- This tour provides step-by-step instructions for reviewing many of 
the new features of Visual C++ 6.0. As you progress through the tour, 
you will develop the Online Educational System of the fictitious 
Fitch & Mather company. By the end, you will have a sense for how 
professional developers can use Visual C++ 6.0 to productively 

Electronic Commerce Cookbook:
- The Planning Stage - Skills: What You Need to Know to Be 
Successful, Plan of Action: Design, Development, Deployment, Design: 
Developing the Blueprint for What You Hope to Build, Baus Coffee: 
Sample Architecture, and Conclusion.


Try out Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) courseware:

Visit the MOC Sampler site for free sample video clips from their 
instructor-led courses, including new curriculum for Windows 2000. 
In addition, complete HTML-based, self-paced courses are available 
for a variety of products. 

You can download these free self-paced MOC courses:

Course 1279: Implementing Windows Media Services:

Course 1166: A Technical Overview of UNIX and Microsoft Windows NT 

Course 1514: Implementing Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Services for 

Course 1555: Getting Ready for Microsoft Windows 2000:


Macintosh Tutorial:

A training program for new Macintosh users to learn how to use a 
Macintosh. It is the replacement for Macintosh Basics and requires 
System 7.5 and Apple Guide. You can also sign-up for free for 
AppleCare and search their knowledge base, search archived 
information in Apple's Tech Info Library (TIL), or visit their 
Discussion area. Sign up from this page: 


3) New Free I.T. Books, Publications & Book Sites.

These web sites will be added to our Free IT Courses and Books page 
at http://www.intelligentedu.com/free_computer_books.html

Tutorials and Manuals:

This site offers Free Books that were once available on closed sites 
such as itknowledge.com and mcp.com. Areas covered include: Java 
Script, MS Access, Perl, HTML, Delphi, C ++, Visual Basic, Java, CGI, 
Perl, Front Page 98, Windows 98, PHP, and Assembler.



The books in the iUniverse.com Computer Books Series are composed of 
freely available online computer manuals, industry standard 
specifications, and electronically distributed computer programming 
guides. They include open documents collections of industry 
specifications and standards and a collection of the best open 
source documentation on the Web . . . the most complete open source 
library available anywhere. You can freely browse all the books, 
which are displayed in a graphical format. You cannot jump around 
from chapter to chapter, to go directly to a specific page change 
the page=# in the url. Here are some of the free books:

Cascading Style Sheets Specification, Level 2:
- Complete and up-to-date specifications of Cascading Style Sheets, 
Level 2 (CSS2) (440 pages). 

Apache Web Server Installation and Administration Guide:
- Complete documentation for installing and administering the Apache 
Web server, written by the Apache development team (336 pages). 

Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 Specifications:
- Complete and up-to-date specifications of Extensible Markup 
Language (XML) (164 pages).

Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Version 1.0 - W3C Working Draft 
27 March 2000:
- Complete and up-to-date working draft specifications of Extensible 
Stylesheet Language (XSL), companion technology for XML (588 pages).

Introduction to Networks and Telecommunications:
- Combines client-server with data communication principles and 
protocol applications to understand how the Web works (160 pages).

Principles of Object-Oriented Programming in Java 1.1
- This in-depth discussion of how, when, and why to use objects 
enables you to create programs that not only work smoothly, but are 
easy to maintain and upgrade using Java (396 pages).

Java & Internet Security:
- Introductory and advanced discussions of the hottest security 
technologies for developing and understanding successful e-business 
applications (208 pages).

Linux from Scratch:
- Describes the process of creating your own Linux system from 
scratch from an already installed Linux distribution (112 pages).

The No-Nonsense, Straight-to-the-Gut, CCNA 2.0 Study Guide:
- An easy to use reference guide that will get you closer to passing 
the CCNA 2.0 Exam (432 pages).

Object Technology -The New Approach to Application Development:
- This book is literally Object Technology for the uninitiated 
software developer. It breaks down this complex subject into simple, 
easy-to-comprehend topics (240 pages). 

PHP Manual, Volume 1:
- The first of a two-part on the popular PHP language (480 pages).

PHP Manual, Volume 2:
- The second of a two-part on the popular PHP language (524 pages).

Python Tutorial
- Introduces the reader to the basic concepts and features of the 
Python language and system (140 pages).

So You Want to be an Oracle DBA? Second Edition
- A compact easy to read technical guide that includes over 35 mini 
lessons. A must read for every Oracle DBA (176 pages).

Using and Porting the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)
- GCC is an integral part of the GNU Project, aiming to improve the 
compiler used in the GNU system (556 pages).

Version Management with CVS
- Details CVS 1.10, an open source application for concurrent 
version systems (224 pages). 

The Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to Java
- Professional Toolkit for Object-Oriented Programming (592 pages).


Windows 2000 Server Deployment and Planning Guide:

This is one of the volumes of the new Windows 2000 Server Resource 
Kit. Sample Chapters from other volumes from the Windows 2000 
Professional Resource Kit and the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit 
are available here:


Recommended Approach to Software Development:

This is an excellent 232 page free manual from Nasa. We have used 
some of the techniques that are shown in it.


IBM Service and Maintenance Manuals:

Select the product family, the specific computer and then select 
Online Publications. 


4) University Computer Science Course Sites.

These web sites will be added to our Free University IT Course Webs 
page at http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat3.html

Computer Science Teaching Material Archive:

This is an archive of electronic material that is useful for 
teaching Computer Science courses. Material that is currently in the 
archive can be used as part of courses at BU and elsewhere so long 
as the source of the material is cited. This is excellent teaching 
and learning content, several areas are covered.


Networking Infrastructure for E-Commerce:

Today's e-commerce driven economy is driven by networking 
infrastructure. What is meant by a networked computing 
infrastructure? This course provides students with a working 
knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of the infrastructure 
underlying networked computing. Nice powerpoint slides are provided.


Data Mining Lecture Notes

These are very good lecture notes about data mining, along with 
assigned readings and resources, all available on the web.


CSCI 701: Computer Programming 3 (C++):

This course has good online note covering: Features of C++, Objects 
and Classes, Objects and Messages, Encapsulation, Inheritance, 
Polymorphism, Containers and Templates, Exception Handling, and 
Properties of Classes.


Computer and Network Architecture:

Lecture resources (slides etc) covering: foundation, protocol info, 
direct link networks, packet & cell switching, internetworking, end-
to-end protocols & data, congestion control, high-speed networking 


Internet Application Protocols and Standards:

The goal of this course is to describe the most common application 
layer protocols on the Internet, and to describe the general 
principles and methods used in these protocols. Most useful are the 
many previous exams with correct answers and the reading section. 
Here is a nice a collection of exam questions with links to answers:


Two good web resources:

CS Departments Worldwide:
- A general resource on worldwide academic computer science 

Institutes, Centers, & Laboratories:
- A worldwide listing of computer science institutes, centers, & 


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:

Self Help:

These two pages give you some good free IT training material:

- Tutorials by Category, Unix and C Programming Tutorials are 
available, along with Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Access and Windows 

- Self-paced learning tutorial notes.


PC Support Advisor:

Many free networking articles all written by professionals. How-to 
guides, explanatory articles and full length tutorials on topics 
such as the OSI Model, TCP/IP, IPv6, NDS, DHCP, NAT, Frame Relay, 
RAID, Troubleshooting Routers, and Setting up Mail Servers. A great 
free reference site for networking staff and MCSE/MCNE students and 
anyone interested in networking. New articles are added weekly.


Study Guides for Nortel Certification:

Study guides with questions and answers for these two Nortel 
certification exams: Routing Core Technology (V12.0) and Using the 
Accelar 1000 (V2.0).


Computer Classes:

Free beginner computer classes, you need to email them and they will 
tell you when the class will start.



A brand-new site that will help to prepare you for your Windows 2000 
MCSE exams. All the exams on 2000Exams.com are 100% free.



This site offers a free java course and also links to java online 
courses offered for free and also at low cost. This page has good 
java resources and tutorials: 


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

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


A tutorial link and resource site for webmasters offering free 
resources on web graphics, CGI scripts, Java Scripts, site promotion, 
sounds, fonts; and free tutorials on HTML, DHTML, Java, Java Script, 
CGI, PERL, C, and C++.


Software Engineering Resources:

Links to resources and tutorials in these topics: Visual Basic, 
Access, C++, HTML, Java, Javascript, SQL Server, Unix, and Windows 



Excellent meta search engine, link, and resource site, click on the 
'Development' link in the left column under Categories. It has 
categorized references to websites, articles and documentation.


Two search result pages from Links2go.com:

Links and topics related to Software and Documentation:

Tutorial Links:


The Educational CyberPlayGround:

Tutorial Links in many areas, the meta tag says "Start here to learn 
how to use the Internet and Technology, for educators, professional 
development, and teachers who use technology."


Top Ranking Certification Preparation & Brain Dump Sites from 


7) New Desktop and Office Application Training Sites.

These web sites will be added to of Free Office and Desktop Training 
page at http://www.intelligentedu.com/office.html . Also, check out our 
new MS Office 2000 Free Training page here: 


Sign up for free and access their Free streaming and html training 
tutorials in these categories:

 - Adobe Applications - currently offers courses in Adobe InDesign 
and Graphics Conversion using Photoshop. 
 - Corel Suite - spreadsheets, presentation graphics and also word 
processing in this category of courses. 
 - Lotus Applications - beginner to advanced level word processing, 
spreadsheet and presentation applications. 
 - Microsoft 2000 Applications - Beginner to advanced level word 
processing, spreadsheet, scheduling, presentation and database 
applications are covered in the Microsoft Office suite. 
 - Microsoft 97/98 Applications - Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, 
Outlook training tutorials. 
 - Operating Systems - Beginner to advanced level instruction on the 
Windows Operating System is currently available. COMING SOON: Look 
for UNIX and LINUX courses. 


Free Training from unt.edu (pdf format):

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2000:

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2000:

Creating a Slide Show with PowerPoint 2000:


Computersoftomorrow.com E-Book Tutorials:

Word97 Tutorial (392kb):

Excel97 Tutorial (331kb):

Access97 Tutorial (425kb):


Course Documentation:

Documentation for using Access 2000, Excel 2000, Word 2000, 
Powerpoint 2000, also HTML, Intro to Windows 95/NT, Intro to 
Internet, Computer Basics, and Keyboard Shortcuts.


>From Microsoft.com:

Access development tips:

Free downloads and stuff for MS Access:

Outlook tips:

Word Tips:

Word Free Stuff:

Excel Tips:


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:

DevSearcher.com, The Programmer's Search Engine:

DevSearcher.com is a search engine dedicated to programmers and 
programming.  Our huge database contains everything from Algorithms 
to ZX81 development and everything in between. Try searching for 
terms like 'free', 'tutorial', etc. You'll get a lot of sites to 
choose from and visit.


ChipCenter Knowledge Center:

News, products, articles and resources for many technical areas 
relating to chips.


McGraw Hill's Online Encyclopedia of Science & Technology:

This is their Computing & Information Technology Page. Register for 
a free 4 week trial here:


Java Compilers and VMs:

Both of these sites give you a list of compilers and Virtual 
Machines for the Java programming language, including short 
descriptions, supported platform and Java version. Includes native 
compilers (to convert class files to executables) as well.


IBM Terminology:

This Web site consolidates several of the main glossaries created 
for IBM products in one convenient location. Areas covered are: 
Glossary of Computing Terms, AS/400, AIX Glossary, DB2, CICS, DCE, 
and Tivoli.


Free Site Tools:

A webmaster's free site to help build, promote and maintain 
websites. Free Java, clipart, editors, DHTML, animation, websites, 
perl, mp3s, CGI, logos, online tools, XML, visual basic, VRML, 
banners, wavs, promotion, ASP, fonts, midi and much more. 1300+ 
Webmaster Tools.


9) Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training:

Each month Scott Turton will answer one of the frequently asked 
questions we receive about computer and technical training and 
career development. They will be archived on a separate FAQ page on 
our website after several months.

April 2001 FAQ:

I would like to pursue a career in technology and have no experience 
in Information Technology. I am currently learning Java and plan to 
take up XML. How should I proceed preparing myself for a technology 


You may have to start you career in some area such as software 
testing, call center help support technician, or networking or 
hardware technician trainee. That's ok, what you need to do is get 
your foot in the door and start working in an IT environment. You 
should really consider earning an undergraduate (2 or 4 year) IT 
degree, because this will help your career greatly in the long run, 
giving you more options and opportunities for responsibility. Also, 
you should consider getting certified, such as the A+, Network+, 
MCSE, or Sun Java Programmer certifications.

Here are some things you can do to help yourself get into the IT 
field and to gain some experience:

You can look for volunteer opportunities to assist in 
computerization efforts. There are many organizations that could use 
volunteer help, such as local area schools, churches, community 
centers, nonprofits, service and civic organizations, and other 
community groups. 

Search for an internship. Many companies offer candidates an 
opportunity to work as interns while they are studying the 
technology. This is a great way to get experience while you learn so 
check into internship programs at companies that you have an 
interest in working for. Here are some job internship sites: 

Learn HTML - Knowledge of the Web is quickly becoming a key skill 
for technology professionals, whether they work in tech support or 
as a database architect. Learning HTML, the language used to display 
Web pages, is a first step in becoming Web savvy. (Check out 
http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat1.html and page down once or twice for 
the best free html and web design courses on the web.) Then publish 
some web sites you can show to an interviewer that illustrate your 

Read Computer Books - Visit your local bookstore, and then head to 
the shelves with computer books. If it's a megastore, you'll find 
hundreds of books, many with obscure titles and topics. Simply 
perusing books about the industry and specific topics (like 
programming and networking) will help you explore the variety of 
jobs the technology field. 

Write a Program - Programming and application development is an 
essential task for technology pros. Scores of languages exist: C++, 
Java, Visual Basic and lots more. Learning to program with 
JavaScript is a relatively quick way to get started with programming, 
as you're able to program with nothing more than a Web browser, a 
word processing program and the help of a free tutorial (look at the 
Site Navigation by Topic table on my home page at 
http://www.intelligentedu.com#navigation for free courses and tutorials 
in C/C++/Java/Javascript and others). You can put your application a 
floppy, a Zip drive, or your laptop to bring to an interview to 
demonstrate your skill. 

Enroll in a Workshop - Community colleges, universities and 
technology training centers often offer weekend or evening workshops 
with entry-level instruction in programming, Web development and 

Build a Web Site - Forget about those automated homepage builders. 
Instead, use your knowledge of HTML and JavaScript as a way to 
display your prowess with Web technologies. Experiment. Have fun. 
And focus on useful tools, rather than glitzy graphics.

Talk to Technology Professionals - People working in the "trenches" 
of the industry can provide lots of guidance to people getting 
started. Ask friends and colleagues for contacts in the industry. 
Schedule short phone conversations or meetings geared toward asking 
questions about technology careers. What do they do in a typical 
day? What skills do they need to know? What advice do they have for 
newbies like you? You can also check out Monster's Job Q&As to get a 
sense of what technology pros do at their jobs.

I suggest for you to go to a computer users group and ask about the 
local schools, local hiring trends, which companies are hiring, 
which non-profits need volunteers, etc. Ask around at the user group 
meetings and try to meet as many people as you can who are 
experienced in the areas you want to learn and become experienced 
in. Maybe you can also find a mentor at one of the user groups.

You can find computer user groups in your local area at these 2 

http://bbs.apcug.org/database/loclist.asp - This is the Association 
of Personal Computer User Groups home page.
http://easyrsvp.com/ugotw/ - User Groups on the Web.

I hope this helps you.
intelinfo - Scott Turton
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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