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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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Learnt in London - Ruby, Martini, Coral and the Core

We're only a fortnight into the new year yet, already, I've spent two fascinating and very different evenings in London meeting up with other users of our technologies and listening to visions for the future. Training is all about planning for the future ... and networking and learning about other's vision for the future so that we're prepared.

Here are a couple of background 'snippets' that I'm pushing up - things that I didn't know or hadn't thought of on the 1st January, and I've learnt on my London evenings since.

Core, and the Martini Culture.

Where will we be with media and training in 8 years time? A core of data - feeds in form all the different recording technologies to a central multimedia resource, with information from the core edited and produced into anything from a short audio clip to a 3D imac movie, to a virtual reality experience. Transcending fact, docu-fiction and fiction. And program content, training content (our own niche) and other data presentation.

The Martini culture - what you want, when you want it, how you want it. Your choice.

Origins of Ruby

The writing of Ruby started on 24th February 1993, and the first release was in 1995 and numbered 0.95. Ruby wasn't the only possible choice of name for the language - "Coral" was considered as an alternative and discounted quickly.

Such facts don't really make and difference in how you code ... but they're useful and interesting background for the inquisative mind, and the sort of thing that give some idea into how things tick - especially when learnt from those practioners involved with such things.
(written 2007-01-17)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
R101 - Ruby - Introduction
  [550] 2006 - Making business a pleasure - (2006-01-01)
  [664] Ruby course - oops - it's not happening - (2006-04-01)
  [1027] Cue the music, I'm happy. - (2007-01-09)
  [1302] Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. Rails, Rails, Rails. - (2007-08-13)
  [1375] Python v Ruby - (2007-10-02)
  [1887] Ruby Programming Course - Saturday and Sunday - (2008-11-16)
  [2286] New to programming? It is natural (but needless) for you to be nervous - (2009-07-14)
  [2287] Learning to program in Ruby - examples of the programming basics - (2009-07-15)
  [2607] Answers on Ruby on Rails - (2010-01-30)
  [4369] Ruby - the second rung of learning the language - (2014-12-28)
  [4498] Ruby - where one statement ends and the next begins - (2015-05-26)

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