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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Geekmas - a brief review
What a fun weekend!
Thank you for coming everyone!
Now it might not be everyone's idea
of fun, but our training room was stuffed full on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning with "geeks" - I hope you don't mind me calling you that - as we explored views and exchanged ideas on open source languages and their applications. Represented were commercial organisations, folks from the academic world, and independent contractors and small business people too.
Without exception, everyone made a great contribution to our enjoyment of what we christened "Geekmas" and it will be a slippery slope for me if I start to single out individuals - however - I'm going to take that risk and than Bruce for his talk covering Design Patterns, with examples written in Perl. Although I found many of the techniques familiar, it's the first time I've seen them formalised and presented in that way and I'll now be thinking about my classes (in PHP and Python too) in an extra new light.
For anyone who didn't make the weekend, there's an agenda on this web site
with links in it to the material that we covered. (written 2004-11-29, updated 2006-06-05)
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) 
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) 
Mushroom Curry and Perl Courses - (2007-03-07) 
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
Perl - redo and last without a loopCertification schemesPlease tell usToo many PerlsGeekmas - a brief reviewTcl embedsPortrait of the authorThanksgiving dinnerSpelling and grammarTrawling our site to prevent student copying
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