We introduced a forum - "Opentalk" - for our delegates a decade ago. In those days, help was
hard to come by and it was a really active and useful service. However, technology has moved
on and there's many more sources out there - most people simply "Google" their problem and have
it fixed within a few minutes ... and the need for a forum melts away. There is some very
interesting material that's still relevant in the archives - you'll find it easily via Google.
And you are very welcome indeed to email me to ask questions to follow up on your course. Our
past delegates are our ambassadors and we want you to stay in touch.
Opentalk - Previous forum
The Opentalk forum was a bulletin board where you could post questions
and hold discussions about open source programming languages. We are in
the process or archiving this forum and are no longer accepting new
registrations - see our new, improved Ask
Welcome to the Opentalk Forum
• Enter opentalk forum
• View forum archives
These boards are intended for newcomers to the open
source languages, and also for the "typical user" who writes or maintains
PHP, Perl, MySQL, Python, Tcl/Tk, Ruby or Java as just a part of his/her job.
If you're a "geek", we would be delighted if you read the posts and answer
enquiries, but please support our efforts to make this a
straighforward, friendly and non-intimidating board.
Help on the use of this board is available in the following categories:
• Registering a User Name
• Logging in and out
• Changing your profile
• Posting to opentalk
• Instant Messaging
• Postings by "the Enquirer"
Opentalk is run using the open source "YaBB"
(Yet Another Bulletin Board) application.
Although we're perfectly capable of writing and maintaining our own board, we strongly
support the sharing ethos of the open source world, and it wouldn't be the best use of
our resources to "re-invent the wheel".
Why do we use YaBB?
It's robust, reliable, flexible, and offers the
facilities and security that we want to offer you here. It so happens that it's
written in Perl, but that doesn't affect the user; it could equally be written using
PHP, Tcl or any other language that's available on our server. YaBB is getting
rather old-in-the-tooth these days, though, and we may be switching to
other software such as SMF in the future, which we already use with great
effect on sites we sponsor such as our
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