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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Mushroom Curry and Perl Courses
When I first ate a chicken chop suey, in my childhood, the dish was described and explained to me to help me decide whether or not I wanted to try it. But once I have tried and decided about chicken chop suey, I could make an educated guess what beef chop suey and vegetable chop suey would be (as I already knew about beef and veg), so I really didn't need any further explanation - indeed, it would have been a waste of everyone's time to do the explaining.
It's a little bit the same on training courses. I'm running a Perl course this week, and I'm making sure that I explain one of each type of facility, with good practical sessions, before I go on to the next type of facility / concept. Once we've see a function such as cos
to take a cosine, it's pretty obvious what sin
do. In other words, my delegates know what chicken curry is (I have told them) and they know from school what mushrooms are. So I'm letting them work out mushroom curry for themselves, and going on to talk about Nasi Goreng.
(written 2007-03-07, updated 2008-12-26)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG901 - Well House Consultants - Talks and lectures 
Technical Open House - (2004-09-25) 
Should we call it 'Geekmas'? - (2004-10-25) 
Technical Weekend / Geekmas - (2004-11-23) 
Geekmas - a brief review - (2004-11-29) 
Extreme training - (2005-03-16) 
Just in time - the talk is writ - (2005-05-13) 
The LAMP Cookbook - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl - (2006-11-13) 
Speaking at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University - (2007-06-24) 
National Speaker - now to get the talk ready - (2007-11-02) 
Wiltshire - speaker / after dinner talker offer - (2007-11-05) 
Interactive training, and advancing techniques further - (2007-12-05) 
How long is a speech? - (2011-03-29) 
Research and development with the help of your tutor or guide - (2011-07-09) 
Geekmas 2012 - celebrating open source languages such as Perl, PHP and Python - (2012-08-11) 
Talk and walk to promote train service - Melksham Carnival - (2014-07-11)
Some other Articles
A week is a long time in the life of a conference centreDrawing dynamic graphs in PHPDilton MarshA ReferenceMushroom Curry and Perl CoursesWondering where I have beenPassenger flowsThree big events - TWSW, Business of the year and the policeTrain and business balls all in the air!Sample script - FTP to get a file from within PHP
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