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CIT Plans Dynamic Summer Term

Plans are being finalized for a dynamic Summer Term in the CIT Training Program. CIT continues to meet the demands of a population always excited by new knowledge and skills that can be used to improve their work. It will offer new sections of existing courses, increase the frequency of some of the most popular selections, update offerings to remain current with the rapid changes that take place in technology, and add a number of new courses to the schedule.

The term begins the last week of June and then takes off through July and August. As always, CIT has courses available on some of the hottest tools out there. Some of the returning offerings include three courses on Java ranging from an introduction to the topic early in July to specifics such as GUI programming and Java Servlets. Also, Windows 2000 training, both for end users and system administrators, continues to be popular, and CIT continues to teach Unix, both its fundamentals as well as specifics such as Linux installation and configuration and basic workstation security. Finally, the Biowulf supercluster for scientific applications has experienced a significant upgrade and now includes more than 200 machines. Come join Dr. Steven Fellini and learn more about what that group is doing and how you can use this powerful tool.

A number of new courses are allowing greater specialization in or expanding the scope of coverage for a given topic. Meet Your PC — What's Inside the Box distinguishes itself from Hands-On PC Hardware as a class for those who do not plan on tackling advanced hardware issues on their own but would benefit from knowing more about how their machines work and what the different pieces do. Similarly, those who need to learn SQL can find information both from the standard 2-day course, Using SQL to Retrieve DB2 and Oracle Data, and from the new half-day Beginning SQL. The new class is geared towards the SQL beginner interested in PC-oriented databases.

Other new courses touch on a variety of thought-provoking topics. For those who have been working with HTML, Dynamic HTML offers a method for increasing design flexibility and including movement and user interactivity in web sites. SAS users who wish to remain on the cutting edge should come and hear New Features in SAS Version 8. This class will introduce you to the many enhancements that have been made to this powerful statistical tool. A good course for anyone concerned about computer security, Resisting Hacker Attacks: Understand the Tools should provide an interesting look at the motivations, tools, techniques and results of recent hacker attacks.

Those who are formatting scientific documents for presentation and publication may benefit from An Overview of Latex. This program does an excellent job of bringing together text, pictures and graphics in a complete document. Another new scientific course is Sequence Alignment and Modeling System, a Tutorial, giving an introduction to a tool that uses hidden Markov models to search for homologies among protein sequences. For MVS users, CIT has expanded ISPF coverage to include both Introduction to ISPF/PDF and Intermediate ISPF. If you have experience with ISPF, you may want to consider visiting the later course to further your knowledge of this topic. If you are new to ISPF, consider taking both.

As always, classes in the CIT Training Program are offered without charge to CIT registered users and employees of NIH. Complete details on the summer classes are available on the web at http://training.cit.nih.gov or in the brochure NIH Computer Training. For details about the program and classes, to obtain a copy of the brochure, or to register, call 594-6248. Students may also register online at the above web site.


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