Well House Consultants offer training courses in a wide variety of Open Source programming languages. Public courses run at our own training centre in Melksham, Wiltshire, England, and we can run private tailored courses to suit client needs at our centre, or on client sites.
Most of our subjects are niche, so delegates come from far and wide. We provide overnight accommodation in hotel rooms within our training centre, and you may book the course and accommodation as a single package, or come as a day delegate if you live within commuting distance or work for an employer who insists that overnight stays are made at a particular chain hotel.
Each Course runs from 3 to 9 times per year. Courses are all written by ourselves, lead by our own tutor, and limited to just eight delegates per course (public courses) so that the tutor has plenty of time to answer any questions that arise, and provide personal support during practical sessions.
Tcl is the oldest scripting language that we
teach - but there's nothing wrong with a bit of age. It's very much
a command based engineer's language, designed for integration into
applications written in C, and used in various big systems / products
in the Numerical Control and Integrated Circuit and chip and logic
design worlds. The Tk Graphic User Interface adds to Tcl scripts the
ability to produce user interaction windows and graphics, and the
Expect extension allows programmers to automate the control of other
programs which were designed for human, keyboard to screen use.
At Well House Consultants
, we run:
• A 5 day Learning to Program in Tcl
No prior programming knowledge is assumed, and after a first day where we look
at the principles of how to program (viewed particularly from the Tcl aspect),
we combine the course with "Tcl Programming" which is also a course that gives
you plenty of time to learn.
• A 4 day public course on Tcl programming
This is more gently paced than most of our programming courses, as many of Tcl
our delegates are quite new to the world of computer programming. However, a
little prior programming experience is
assumed. The course includes some coverage of the Expect extension to Tcl, and
the Tk Toolkit and is suitable for delegates who will be making use of those extension as
well as those who will not; an extra session on the Thursday evening will cover
more Tk and Expect detail if required, and an extra practical session too.
• A 2 day public course on the
tk extension (wish)
. This course is for delegates new to us with good
prior Tcl knowledge who wish to add the Tk graphic user interface to their skill set. Note that
much of the material is included in our current Tcl course, so if you're attending that course
it's unlikely that you'll want the Tk course too.
If you've a group of three or more delegates who wish to learn about Tcl
at the same time, a Specially Run Courses
course can be arranged, and for larger groups we
can also run a Private Courses
course at your offices. Such courses are tailored to
meet your requirements - please contact us to discuss the detail of what you
We use Expect on this live web site on pages such as our
test where we want to parallel ping a block of hosts. And we use
Tcl/Tk on similar internal scripts - they're vital to us in that when
we set up on site, a single test from one machine can check out our
Tcl and Tk were written by John Ousterhout the best part of 30 years ago
and have had a chequered support history. But they're pretty stable,
useful, and these days are Open Source with a good community around them.