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March 11, 1998

WEB-BASED TRAINING FOR WEB DEVELOPERS NOW AVAILABLE FROM O'REILLY AND DIGITAL EDUCATION SYSTEMS New Interactive Online Courses Bring Cutting Edge Training to the Desktop

SEBASTOPOL, CA--As the World Wide Web is woven ever more tightly into the business practices of companies around the world, the shortage of skilled technical workers to develop Web sites and Intranets is becoming critical. In response to this need, technical publisher O'Reilly & Associates has teamed up with Digital Education Systems (DES) to produce training programs in Web development that are based on O'Reilly's best-selling books. The O'Reilly/DES training programs can be accessed on the Web and through corporate intranets.

O'Reilly/DES Web-based training makes it possible for businesses to offer employees training on the company Intranet, educational institutions to reach students when and where they want to learn, and individuals to learn at their own pace, at home. The Web-based courses are designed to include instructor interaction, through email, Web boards, and course updates posted on the web. O'Reilly and DES are finalizing agreements with major international institutions that are licensing Web-based courses for localized delivery, and with colleges and universities that will incorporate the courses into their distance learning programs.

The O'Reilly/DES Web development training program offers the entry-level courses "Web Publishing and Design" and "Developing Web Applications." More advanced courses include "Developing Secure Commerce Applications," "Learning Perl and CGI," "Developing for Microsoft's Active Platforms," "Learning Java on the Web," and "Programming Perl with Databases."

A demo version of the "Learning Perl and CGI" course is available at training.oreilly.com and www.digitalcreators.com/preview. For information on licensing the O'Reilly/DES training courses, contact Mike Willis (303-473-0807) or Joe Sinsheimer (303-573-1284).

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