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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Perl and Blackberries
"Of course people will use Perl - it's free".
No - whilst Perl is freely distributed [under license], that's not the sole reason that people use it. Blackberries, growing in profusion on the roadside at this time of year are free, but that doesn't mean that every motorist going past is going to stop and pick them.
People use Perl because it's a darned good language!
I used to say that I could write - in a day - code in Perl that would take me a week in C. Actually, I've changed what I say over the years as I've got to know Perl better ... I'm now saying that I could write in a morning the code that would take me a week in C. Yes - truly claiming a 10:1 improvement in productivity. And the same can be said for certain other languages such as PHP, Python and Ruby. I'll stick with "a day" for Tcl and Lua - where there's longer code to write and / or not such a thorough set of standard functions in what are designed to be much smaller and tighter languages, and I'll say "a couple of days" for Java coding.
See Heaven's Gate
for the blackberries in context, and here
for Perl programming. (written 2008-10-23, updated 2008-11-02)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesP201 - Perl - Introduction 
Release numbers - (2004-08-23) 
Programming languages - a comparison - (2005-05-20) 
Central London Courses - Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, MySQL - (2005-07-18) 
Learning to program in Perl or PHP - (2006-01-26) 
Twice is a co-incidence and three times is a pattern - (2006-02-07) 
Perl - multiprocess applications - (2006-02-13) 
Choosing the right language - (2006-03-01) 
Testing you Perl / PHP / MySQL / Tcl knowledge - (2006-04-19) 
How to debug a Perl program - (2006-06-04) 
Is Perl being replaced by PHP and Python? - (2006-08-27) 
The LAMP Cookbook - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl - (2006-11-13) 
Q - Should I use Perl or Python? - (2008-07-23) 
Perl v PHP, choosing the right language - (2008-08-14) 
Converting to Perl - the sort of programs you will write - (2009-03-08) 
What is Perl? - (2010-06-15) 
Are you learning Perl? Some more examples for you! - (2010-06-27)G906 - Well House Consultants - Programming Standards 
Programming in isolation - (2004-12-11) 
More to programming than just programming - (2005-04-08) 
Should I use structured or object oriented? - (2005-06-10) 
Sudoku helper or sudoku cheat - (2005-06-23) 
Code quality counts - (2006-11-26) 
Selling curry to the chinese takeaway - (2008-03-31) 
PHP - Sanitised application principles for security and useability - (2008-06-16) 
Looking for a practical standards course - (2009-08-05) 
Alpaca Case or Camel Case - (2009-08-16) 
Getting it right from the start - new programmers - (2009-08-17) 
Programming Standards in Lua - (2012-04-06)
Some other Articles
A few of my favourite thingsVolunteer v Employee - a skewed balance? (FSB)Three Seasonal PicturesWell structured coding in PerlPerl and BlackberriesPictures from a delegateDaisy the Cow and a Pint of Ginger BeerString matching in Perl with Regular Expressions30th November - Santa Trip from MelkshamLua - IAQ (Infrequently Answered Questions)
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