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Computer Websites

The Faculty and Staff have assembled the following additional links to serve as student resource materials. You are encouraged to make suggestions for additional websites that you feel are useful in your research and that others will find beneficial.

Computer Websites

Web Design

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - The W3C develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential as a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. The primary source for all HTML standards. W3C has moved to XML, but does not control it. This group was started by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web.
HTML, The Bare Bones Guide - A list of all HTML tags organized according to how they are used in a document. Includes basic tags for inserting javascript and Java applets into an HTML document. The guide is available in plain text format or HTML format. Maintained b Keven Werback.
HTML, A Tutorial - Online lesson on how to create a Web site. Includes tips on everything from getting started in designing a site to advanced design techniques, obtaining Web hosting, and improving site traffic through Internet marketing and META tag use. Maintained by Davesite.com
Web Site Usability - Cutting-edge columns on Site Usability. Includes write-ups on the most recent issues related to effective Web design. Maintained by UseIt.com.
Web Page Design - Information related to the visual aspect of an effective Web site. Focuses on constraints imposed by cross-browser compatibility issues. Sponsored by wpdfd.com.
Cascading Style Sheets - Overview of Cascading Style Sheets, including introduction, structure & rules, linking, properties, dependences, and tutorial. Sponsored by htmlhelp.com.
Color Codes, A Reference by WebMonkey - A chart of Web-safe colors organized by hue, displaying hexadecimal values. Designed for Web development and graphics design students.
Clip Art Connection - Thousands of free, legal clipart graphics. These images are available to the student who does not have a budget for purchasing graphics needed to enhance a Web site or print document.

Networking and Operating Systems

ODP Computers Directory - Directory for Computers from the Open Directory Project, a directory maintained by volunteer editors. Selected topics of interest from this Directory include Data Communications, Networking, Hacking, Programming, and much more.
Microsoft TechNet - Microsoft's resource page for the IT professional. Site includes solutions, security, downloads and much more. An excellent way to keep up with Microsoft technology.
System Admin Portal for Microsoft Product - Site includes articles, discussion groups, knowledgebase, and online library for all Microsoft back office products and certifications. This site is independent and not associated with Microsoft.
Cisco Technical Assistance Center - Cisco resource page for Wide Area Network professionals. Site includes configuration documentation, downloads, troubleshooting tips, online tools, networking solutions and much more. An excellent way to keep up with Cicso technology.
TechFest - Compendium of technical information on all topics relating to networking and computer technology. The site is designed for professionals, researchers, educators, and students who need an initial reference that will help them find the detailed information they need.
Linux Documentation Project - Site is provides links to definitive Linux documentation, manual pages, How-To documents and FAQs. LDP is a volunteer organization seeking to consolidate Linux information for both the experienced and new user.
Apache Software Foundation - The Apache Software Foundation developed the Apache Web Server, the Internet's number one server. Apache, which runs over a Linux or UNIX OS, is open-source software and available for download without charge.
Red Hat Linux - Best known 'brand' and most popular distribution of the Linux Operating System. This is an excellent place for the new user to start. Other popular distributions include Suse, Caldera, Mandrake, and Debian. Today's version of Linux kernel can be download from the Linux Kernel Archives.
FreeBSD - Best know and most popular free distribution of BSD UNIX, the version UNIX developed by the University of California, Berkeley. Other popular distributions include OpenBSD and NetBSD. Like Linux, these distributions run on many operating system.
MAC OSX Portal - Machintosh Operating System, Version 10, is based on BSD UNIX. It includes an Apache Webserver and built-in firewall. Many feel this is a substantial improvement over previous versions.
SANS Institute - The SANS (System Administration, Networking, and Security) Institute is a cooperative research and education organization through which more than 96,000 professionals share the lessons they are learning and find solutions to the challenges they face. The core of the Institute's activities deal with information and Internet security. This is an excellent site that includes many tutorials on security.
CERT Coordination Center - CERT is the center of Internet security expertise at the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. CERT studies Internet security vulnerabilities, handles computer security incidents, publishes security alerts, and engages in long-term security research. A good place to check for the latest Internet security information.
Internet and Network Security - Hosted by About.com, site has security topics ranging from biometrics and encryption to cyberterrorism and hacking. Excellent directory of security topics.
Frame Relay Forum - Industry forum for Frame Relay technology and protocols. Site includes tutorials and links to the many industry partners.
IEEE 802 Committee - The IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee develops Local Area Network standards and Metropolitan Area Network standards. The most widely used standards are for the Ethernet family, Token Ring, Wireless LAN, Bridging and Virtual Bridge LANs. All standards can be downloaded without charge. An excellent site for those who want all the details.
Internet Society - The Internet Society guides the worldwide development of the Internet. ISOC deals with technical, political and social implications of the Internet. An excellent resource. ISOC was started by Bob Kahn and Vint Cert, the Inventors of the Internet.
Internet Engineering Task Force - IETF is a large international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is open to any interested individual. This organization is responsible for most Internet standards, including TCP/IP and is part of the Internet Society.
IPv6 Home Page - Official site for Internet Protocol Version 6. IPV6 is the "next generation" protocol designed by IETF to replace the current version Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPV4)
Telecommunications Industry Association - TIA is an industry organization representing over 1,100 member companies that manufacture or supply the products and services used in global communication. This organization has established a number of key standards relating to fiber optics, user premised equipment, network equipment, wireless communications, and satellite communications.
International Telecommunication Union - ITU, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland is an International organization with the United Nations where governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services. Has developed many standards, including all the V standards for modems (V.34, V.90, V.92, etc.), the X standards for networks (X.25, X.400, X.500). X.400 is the most widely accepted enterprise e-mail standard. X.500 is the directory used for Microsoft's Active Directory and Novel's Directory Services.

Programming and Databases

Programming Texts and Tutorials - A list of freely available documents (tutorials, books, guides, reference manuals, etc.) for learning how to program in various languages, as well as about various Linux and UNIX related topics. Very extensive. Compiled by Steven Baum.
Microsoft Developer's Network - MSDN is Microsoft's primary resource portal for application developers. Site includes library, code center, downloads, how-to index, articles, and discussion groups. Material is suitable for both beginner and advanced programmers.
Microsoft .NET Portal - Explore Microsoft's new distributed software architecture based on XML and designed to share data over the Internet, regardless of operating system, device, or programming language. Excellent site for professional programmers and E-Business developers.
Microsoft Visual Basic Portal - This site includes a collection of technical resources, samples, downloads, and online tools for the Visual Basic programmers.
Visual Basic Explorer - Award winning site dedicated to the novice VP programmer. Includes plenty of tutorials and sample programs.
Java Technology Source - Sun Java portal for both new and experienced Java programmers. Includes tutorials, technology tips, hot topics, and community discussions.
CGI Resource Index - A collection of over 2,600 CGI related resources in more than 240 categories. Excellent place to start a search for the perfect script.
Oracle Technology Network - Oracle's resource page for database professionals. Site includes online library, downloads, products, and evaluation CD packs for all Oracle products. An excellent way to keep up with Oracle technology.
IBM DB2 Database Portal - IBM's resource page for the database professional. Site includes support, case studies, library, and downloads. DB2 Universal Database is IBM's e-business database of choice.
MySql Portal - The world's most popular Open Source Database, designed for speed and power. Can be downloaded and used without charge for noncommercial or education applications. Small charge for commercial applications. This high performance database should be explored by every database professional.
Microsoft SQL Server Portal - Microsoft's resource page for the SQL professional. Site includes technical resources, downloads, support, tips & tricks, and tutorials. An excellent way to keep up with MS SQL technology.
PHP Portal - PHP is a server-side, cross-platform, HTML embedded scripting language. It is another open source project and provides an excellent alternative to ASP and JSP for database driven websites.
XML Industry Portal - This organization was formed by OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Systems, to minimize overlap and duplication in XML languages and XML standards initiatives by providing public access to XML information and XML Schemas.
O'Reilly XML Site - A collection of articles and links relating to the latest developments in XML. Excellent XML resource. Good research starting point.

Office Applications

MS Excel 2010 Tutorial - Follow easy tutorials (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA) that teach you how to use Excel. You can even email someone to answer your excel questions. Find related examples and features (300 examples) on the right side of each chapter.

MS Office 2000 Printable Project Reinforcements - Microsoft Office 2000 printable practice quizzes to reinforce student learning in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher and MS FrontPage. Additional quizzes focus on special topics including Using Windows and Office for the new student and Using the Web Features of Office Applications. Offered by Shelly Cashman.

MS Office 2000 Online Learning - Microsoft Office 2000 online practice quizzes, exercises and games to reinforce student learning in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook. Additional online activities focus on special topics including Introduction to Computers and Using Windows and Office for the new student. Offered by Shelly Cashman.