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For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.

Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!

I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
Use of this forum - ask those "odd" questions

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 22 July 2002
My "paid job" is training people - in the subjects that are covered on this board.

When someone attends a course, it's very often the first training that he/she has had in quite a while, and the course tends to be intensive too - employers simply don't want their staff to be out of the office for weeks at a time while they learn new skills.   And this means that those "odd" questions will crop up after the course.

Can you ask te tutor?  Well - if you try to phone me, you'll probably find that I'm giving another course and can't take the call.  So - have a quick look at the books that you have, the training notes, and on line material; you may get the answer.  If not, I tell people not to "pull their haire out" over it - I've always said "send me an email and I'll give you an anser".  Now I may not be able to spend much time on that answer - afetr all, it's a free service and you (the student) should rapidly end up knowing more that I do about the use of Perl in your particular application, but if I can I will advise.  I promise at least a reply.

There are some questions that come up more than once.  If they're frequent enough, we ensure that they're covered in the course.   Otherwise, so far it's been a question of pulling answers from my archives and emailing.

Now - some of the answers deserve a wider area and a discussion, hence this forum / bulletin board.  I'll be here at least once every 24 hours during the week, often at weekends too.  If you've been on one of my training courses, I'll post up an answer or be in touch by email.  If you've not been on a course, chances are that I'll answer anyway   but I'm not going to promise to do so to every single question.

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