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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Review of the Autumn
This has been a very busy Autumn for Well House Consultants. In October, Lisa and I took a week away from presenting courses to attend a conferenece with speakers including the originators of Perl, PHP
... yet still our October business level didn't dip. November was our best month ever, and every possible training day (right up to today) has been given over to training in December; after today, we're stopping training until the next (private) course on 4th January.
Rather like coming to the end of a long school term, there's a slight tiredness creeping in; last night, I elected to stop in a hotel only 60 miles from home to ensure that I'm in good shape and fresh for the last day of training in the year, whereas normally I might have commuted. And I'm glad I'm not doing a five full days for once. And yet - as soon as I get in front of a group of trainees what a pure pleasure it is to be able to introduce them to highlights and hidden gems in the subjects they're learning - help get them off to a flying start in the new year!
The three days this week (three one-day private sessions) have all been concerned, one way or another, with MySQL. On Monday, we were looking at complex joins
and how to write them efficiently, and also how to design table structures to aid this - how to set up indexes, and whether some data denormalisation might be called for. Tuesday, the course covered Linux admin and backup procedures
, and we included such topics as scheduling regular mysqldumps in order to ensure that the total system backups included good SQL information even if the system was live while backups were taken. Today (Wednesday) was a more general MySQL day - and overview of the topics covered on the public course
, but with a group of 5 trainees it was much more effective for me to run a private course in Oxford
. (written 2004-12-22, updated 2006-06-05)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG209 - Well House Consultants - Keeping up to date 
Keeping up to date - (2004-10-10) 
Geek Cruising - (2004-10-11) 
Talk review - Idiomatic Perl, David Cross - (2004-10-12) 
Network Camera - (2004-12-07) 
We dont stand still - (2005-03-18) 
The next technologies - (2005-07-29) 
New trainee laptop fleet for our Open Source courses - (2007-12-30) 
Mobile Internet - an alternative to hotel WiFi - (2009-02-09) 
A lot has changed - but the memory lingers on - (2009-03-12) 
Printed Directories - the start of the updating season - (2009-08-12) 
Microblogging services - Plurk, Twitter, Jaiku and more - (2010-01-05) 
Training course locations - Melksham, UK; Buxton, UK; Lake Constance, Germany; Venice Italy, the USA and India - (2010-08-30) 
What will we be teaching in six years? - (2010-10-17) 
Teaching dilemma - old tricks and techniques, or recent enhancements? - (2011-10-08) 
What is happening in 59 days time in Melksham? - (2012-03-14) 
Cruising on the Mersey Ferry? - (2012-06-07) 
Endorsed Perl, Python and PHP training - Tcl, Lua, Ruby and C too! - (2013-10-24) 
PHP training - refreshed modern course, backed up by years of practical experience - (2014-11-16)
Some other Articles
Well House Consultants - review of 2004Introduction fees, bonuses, commissions, kickbacksA Change is as good as a restChristmas breakReview of the AutumnMySQL - Optimising SelectsMySQL - LEFT JOIN and RIGHT JOIN, INNER JOIN and OUTER JOINAutomatic service upgradesSignageRailway train service, Melksham station
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