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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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Python class rattling around

"Occupany Limit 230" says the room that I'm running my Python training course - for 8 delegates - in at the Watervliet Arsenal near Albany, New York State this week. Watervliet is being "demilitarised", which means that there's a whole lot of commercial companies - including the one I'm teaching - based there, but it's still very much a military based and I'm labelled with a bright yellow badge that says "Foreign National - Escort required", and the whole place is in a high wire fence with ladies and gents in full military fatigues all around.

Building 25 was built the best part of a century ago, and the conference room proudly boasts a picture of it in early days, standing beside the Erie Canal which is now a parking lot. Otherwise the room is glum - deep purple walls, and of course the obligatory Amereican flag on a golden floor stand near the podium. Power is provided around the edge of the room only, which means that my class of 8 is arranged, U shaped and as far flung from me at the front as is possible, and I'm able to keep fit AND provide the class by walking around to see each of them during the practical sessions.

Tom, on my course on day four of four, wonders that I haven't lost my voice - nah - I can keep going for six days if I have to and indeed there is some form of maveric enjoyment in using the extra space as a stage "in the round" and putting on what is probably a unique performance. Exhausting ... but fun. I'm going to sleep well tonight on our last night in Troy, but contented at a course well given and well received. The environment - any environment - can be turned to advantageous use. And I love doing so where I've got a bunch of interested delegates who have brought along their own data and programs and want to do some really practical learning.
(written 2007-08-16, updated 2007-08-17)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
Y106 - Object Oriented Python
  [477] Class, static and unbound variables - (2005-10-25)
  [834] Python makes University Challenge - (2006-08-15)
  [900] Python - function v method - (2006-10-20)
  [1348] Screw it or Glue it? Access to Object variables - a warning - (2007-09-12)
  [1925] Introduction to Object Oriented Programming - (2008-12-06)
  [2017] Python - a truly dynamic language - (2009-01-30)
  [2169] When should I use OO techniques? - (2009-05-11)
  [2604] Tips for writing a test program (Ruby / Python / Java) - (2010-01-29)
  [3085] Object Oriented Programming for Structured Programmers - conversion training - (2010-12-14)
  [3399] From fish, loaves and apples to money, plastic cards and BACS (Perl references explained) - (2011-08-20)
  [3436] Moving from scripting to Object Orientation in Python - (2011-09-13)
  [3673] Object oriented or structured - a comparison in Python. Also writing clean regular expressions - (2012-03-26)
  [3878] From Structured to Object Oriented Programming. - (2012-10-02)
  [3947] this or self - what are they, and what is the difference? (Python) - (2012-12-08)
  [4021] Spike solution, refactored and reusable, Python - Example - (2013-02-28)
  [4028] Really Simple Class and Inheritance example in Python - (2013-03-04)
  [4129] Simple OO demonstration in C++, comparison to Python - (2013-07-01)
  [4448] What is the difference between a function and a method? - (2015-03-04)
  [4591] From single block to structure and object oriented programming - (2015-12-02)
  [4650] Why populate object with values as you construct them? - (2016-02-18)
  [4721] When to check an object type - Python isinstance example - (2016-11-03)

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