July 2002 Computer IT Education & Training Newsletter

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         Newsletter for Computer IT Education,
             Training & Tutorial Resources

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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:

Hello, everyone and welcome to our new subscribers! This is the 
23rd issue of our free monthly email newsletter for Computer IT 
Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources, giving you 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 Intelligentedu.com 
costs $10 for six months, for more information please see below 
'Become a Member of Intelligentedu.com'.

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 60 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 ***

Here are 56 Free Web Seminars in July 2002 from Microsoft, Oracle 
and Rational:

Here are our latest free training pages for newsletter 
subscribers and site members only:

ITCrunch, one of the best free IT training sites on the web, went 
away for several months, but is now back online. Check them out 
at http://www.itcrunch.com.

I'd like to personally wish you the best of luck with your 
computer studies and learning.

Warm Regards,
Scott Turton
Newsletter Editor and Webmaster

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presentation work for you so you can concentrate solely on your 
computer training. For a short FAQ, please see the end of this 

The total price to join as a member is only $10 total for 6 
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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 http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat1.html, 
our Free IT Tutorials and Guides page at 
http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat2.html, or to our members' site.

Dr. Dobb's TechNetCast:

Streaming media resources covering software development and 
information technologies. Topics include AI, C++, Graphics, Java, 
Linux, Open Source, Security, Software Development, XML, WWW and 
more. Here is their archive page: 



Check out these tutorials on this training site:
- MySQL/PHP Tutorial 
- Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days 
- Curious Eye DHTML Tutorial 
- Easiest way to learn JavaScript


Java Tutorials, Presentations and Software from Jan Newmarch:

Basic User Interface Programming using the AWT and the JFC -Part 
1 and Part 2:
- These tutorials discuss using the AWT (Abstract Window Toolkit) 
of Java to perform platform-independent GUI programming

Programming User Interfaces with the JFC:
- This tutorial looks at GUI programming using the new JFC/Swing 
classes. It assumes a background of the AWT, and concentrates on 
additional features and changes from the AWT.


E-Commerce Tutorial:

These are slides explaining and outlining e-commerce topics.


Design Principles:

This is a guide on Software Design, understanding the design 
phases, with links to Database Design Principles, User interface 
Design Principles, Software Design Principles, and Design 


Introduction to Software Engineering:

This is an outline with topical explanations of what makes up 
Software Engineering.


AntiOnline - The Tutorials Forum:

This is a 20 page forum of uploaded tutorials from users of 
AntiOnline. They cover many areas, including C++, Visual Basic, 
Networking, Security, Wireless, Routers, File Structures, etc.


Computers & the Internet Free Online Courses:

BBCi are launching a new way of learning. Whatever your subject, 
learn online at your own pace and get a solid start in an area 
that interests you. Here are the first two:

Becoming Webwise:

Build-A-Bot Techlab:


Science & Art - Training & Workshops:

Free computer training and materials in Web Design, Dreamweaver 
4, Flash 5, HTML, XML, JavaScript.


The Dynamic Duo:

Cross-Browser DHTML - Dynamic HTML and JavaScript tutorial.


Unix Tutorial:

This introduces some key Unix concepts and some of the Unix 
commands you will use most often. It is most useful for people 
who are completely new to the Unix environment. Here is a page on 
common Unix commands:


Unix Bourne Shell Programming:

A Bourne Shell Programming Tutorial for learning about using the 
unix shell and writing scripts. A script file contains a sequence 
of Unix commands which can be executed by entering one command. 
Here is another good free online course:


Network Security Library: Unix

You'll find here many guides and documents covering Linux, HP-UX, 
Solaris, and Internet related topics.


An Introduction to Socket Programming:

These course notes are directed at Unix application programmers 
who want to develop client/server applications in the TCP/IP 
domain (with some hints for those who want to write UDP/IP 
applications). Since the Berkeley socket interface has become 
something of a standard these notes will apply to programmers on 
other platforms.


Let's Build a Compiler:

This fifteen-part series, by Jack Crenshaw, written from 1988 to 
1995, is a non-technical introduction to compiler construction. 
You can read the parts on-line or download them in a ZIP file.


Best MCSE Core Exam Summaries:

Good certification study site with guides and practice tests.



MCSE Certification practice exams (25 questions each):

A+ Core Technologies - Cram Session:


Certificationguru.com Tutorials:

Two online tutorials: XML Certification Tutorial:
Java Architect Certification Tutorial:


Certification Practice Exams:

Oracle (DBA and Developer), Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MCSA), and Sun 
(Solaris and Java) Practice Certification Exams.


50 Best Computer Articles for Not Yet Techies:

Learn Basic Information on Computer Subjects, Technologies and 
Certifications. From A+ to XML. Advertised as written by a non-
techie for not yet techies.


Writing HTML - Lessons:

This is one of the best free HTML courses on the web today. It 
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System Crashes.Com:

Offers a wide range of tips, tweaks, reviews along with free 
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These guys say they provide fast answers, expert technical 
support, and offer a helping hand when you need it. If you have a 
techie question or problem, give them a try.


Study Notes for Microsoft exam 70-218:

Free study guide for MCSA Certification Exam 70-218 (4 pages).


Free XP Instructional Movies:

8 movies, over 70 minutes of learning content about Windows XP's 
features and how to use this OS. PowerPoint slides are also 


3) New Free Computer IT Books, Publications & Book Sites

Some of these web resources will be added to our Free IT Books 
page at http://www.intelligentedu.com/free_computer_books.html and 
some will be added to our members site.

Free Online IT Books from Openunix.org:

Many Free Online Books and Manuals about Unix, Linux, System 
Administration and Programming. Here are some of them:

Special Edition Using Java, Special Edition Using CGI, CGI 
Developer's Guide, HTML 4.0 Specification:

Unix Unleashed:

Platinum Edition Using Visual Basic 5:

Visual C++ in 12 Easy Lessons:

Special Edition Using Visual C++ 5:


Smog Alert:

Free books on Windows, Web Design, Coding, Linux, Graphics, 


area 24 doctech:

Free Technical IT documentation and online books and curriculums.


Andrew A. Sabitov:

This page contains books covering Perl, CGI, C++, Oracle, Java, 
JavaScript, and HTML.


Index of /Orelly:

Free online IT books - this is a slow connection, but worth the 
wait. Books cover CGI programming, Firewalls,  HTML, Java, 
Internet, Perl, Security, and Unix.


Documentation - Manuals and Handbooks for Computer Security:

This is a collection of select handbooks and components of a 
computer security documentation suite.


Lady Sharrows Playground:

Free Computer Security and Operating System books are available 
on this archive site. A few are missing. 


McGraw-Hill Professional - Betabooks:

Beta Books are back, allowing you to view partial and sometimes 
complete text versions of emerging IT books online. Topics 
include security, networking, programming, certification, PC 
hardware, web development, graphics, Oracle Press, databases, 


eBooks by Subject:

Free chapters available on this site for IT and technical books


Handbook of Applied Cryptography:

All chapters of this book are available for free download, in 
postscript format. Here is the link to download Ghostscript to 
view this format: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/


The Complete HTML Teacher, by K. Williams:

This e-book covers much of the basics, and also more advanced 
topics like JavaScript, CGI and SSL. (1.01 mb)


Teach Yourself Perl 5 In 21 Days:

Each day ends with a Q&A section containing answers to common 
questions relating to that day's material. There also is a 
Workshop at the end of each day that consists of quiz questions 
and programming exercises.


Teach Yourself C++ In 21 Days, Second Edition:

This book is designed to help you teach yourself how to program 
with C++. In just 21 days, you'll learn about such fundamentals 
as managing I/O, loops and arrays, object-oriented programming, 
templates, and creating C++ applications--all in well-structured 
and easy-to-follow lessons.


Tcl/Tk for Programmers:

Seven chapters of this book have been posted online for free.


C Elements of Style:

This book was published by M&T books in 1992. An abbreviated copy 
of the book is presented here. It covers only the C language and 
is a bit out dated. However it still contains a lot of good 


ANSI/ISO C++ Professional Programmer's Handbook:

This book is for intermediate and advanced level C++ developers 
who want to improve their proficiency by acquiring new 
programming techniques and design idioms. 


Books from members.tripod.com/er4ebus/:

Visual C In 12 easy Lessons:

Peter Norton's Guide to Java Programming:

Teach Yourself SQL in 21 Days, Second Edition:


Books from cma.zdnet.com:

Teach Yourself Visual C++ 5 in 24 Hours:

Windows 98 Professional Reference:

Sams Teach Yourself ABAP/4 in 21 Days:


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 

CS 406 Software Engineering I:

Excellent lecture slides cover Software Process (What & Why), 
Requirements Analysis, Software Architecture, UML, and Testing


IT Courses with good online materials from Monash University:

Internet Devices and Services:

Distributed Programming using Java:

Program Development using Unix:

Electronic Commerce - Technical Issues:

Information Technology Project:

Client Server Computing:


IT Courses having good lecture notes from Walla Walla College:

CPTR 352 Operating System Design:

CPTR435 Software Engineering:

CPTR 425 Introduction Networking:

CPTR 415 Introduction to Databases:

  Data Modeling:
  http://cs.wwc.edu/~aabyan/415/IM3.html ;

  Relational Database Design:


Professor Scoggin's Homepage:

Very good lecture slides for these online classes are available 
on this site:
- CISC360 Computer Architecture (coming)
- CISC450 Computer Networks (coming)
- CISC452 Telecommunications Systems
- CISC458 Applied Computer Networks
- CISC479 Unix System Administration


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:


Access free online computer books which are released with special 
permissions so that you may freely download, copy and print the 
books for your private use. Covers C/C++, CGI/Perl, Open Source, 
Linux, Python, Software Engineering, and General.


SQL Server web site:

Here are some of the popular articles on this site: 

Database programming guidelines:

SQL Server administration best practices:

SQL Server security best practices:



Online free tips, tricks and techniques on computer and web 
graphics covering Photoshop, HTML, DHTML, and Flash.


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

These web sites will be added to our IT Links and Resources page 
at http://www.intelligentedu.com/cat6.html

Computer Science - Careers and Learning Resources:

Explore careers in Computer Science and learn about programming, 
networking, web design and operating systems.


The Programming Sharehouse - Tutorials section:

Links to 167 tutorials covering all the major programming and 
development languages.


JavaScript Tutorials:

Collection of JavaScript tutorials from all over the web in 
different subjects.


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 expanded MS Office 2000 Free Training page here: 

Free Microsoft Office XP Tutorials:

These tutorials are in PowerPoint format. You can also freely 
access assignments and data files for the tutorials by clicking 
on the office application icons on the left column.


Here are many tutorials in Microsoft Office from the University 
of North Carolina:

Excel Tutorials:

Access Tutorials:

Word Tutorials:

Outlook Tutorials:

PowerPoint Tutorials:


Tutorials in the MS Office Category:

Choose from 379 Online Tutorials covering all of the Office 2002 
productivity applications.


Technology Training Guides:

These free online guides cover many software applications.


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:


This video streaming portal provides live and prerecorded video 
stories of local, national, and international news. In upper 
left, click on the Tech channel, then, under Watch More Stories,
 click on the Next link to look at all the technology news 


Free Online File Format Converter:

If you need to convert from one file format to another, such as 
an MS Word file into a PDF or a GIF file to a PNG, then this site 
is for you. You can do these and dozens of other file format 
conversions here for free.



Tweaks and Tips for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP to tune performance 
and stability with software configuration secrets. Easy to follow 
step by step instructions.


9) Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training:

Each month Scott Turton will answer one of the frequently asked 
questions we receive about computer and IT training and career 

July 2002 FAQ: Should I learn .Net or Java technology? Which one 
will be better for my career?


Two platforms will dominate e-business-oriented application 
development efforts over the next five years: Microsoft and Java. 
There will probably not be a clear and decisive winner, both will 
survive and be viable platforms in our computing future. To 
understand these two technologies better and how they stack up 
against each other, here are some good articles and resources to 

Microsoft .NET vs. J2EE: How Do They Stack Up?:

Picking a Winner: .NET vs. J2EE:

Compare Microsoft .NET to J2EE Technology:

J2EE vs. Microsoft.NET: A comparison of building XML-based web 

Decisions, Decisions: J2EE vs. .NET:

.Net vs. Java - Computerworld:

Deep Inside C#: An Interview with Microsoft Chief Architect 

I hope this information helps you.

Scott Turton
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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