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For 2021 - online Python 3 training - see ((here)).

Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
We can now offer tailored online training - small groups, real tutors - works really well for groups of 4 to 14 delegates. Anywhere in the world; course language English.

Please ask about private 'maintenance' training for Python 2, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, etc.
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 articles
P201 - Perl - Introduction
  [25] Release numbers - (2004-08-23)
  [317] Programming languages - a comparison - (2005-05-20)
  [382] Central London Courses - Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, MySQL - (2005-07-18)
  [577] Learning to program in Perl or PHP - (2006-01-26)
  [594] Twice is a co-incidence and three times is a pattern - (2006-02-07)
  [604] Perl - multiprocess applications - (2006-02-13)
  [629] Choosing the right language - (2006-03-01)
  [691] Testing you Perl / PHP / MySQL / Tcl knowledge - (2006-04-19)
  [743] How to debug a Perl program - (2006-06-04)
  [846] Is Perl being replaced by PHP and Python? - (2006-08-27)
  [924] The LAMP Cookbook - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl - (2006-11-13)
  [1717] Q - Should I use Perl or Python? - (2008-07-23)
  [1753] Perl v PHP, choosing the right language - (2008-08-14)
  [2070] Converting to Perl - the sort of programs you will write - (2009-03-08)
  [2812] What is Perl? - (2010-06-15)
  [2832] Are you learning Perl? Some more examples for you! - (2010-06-27)

G906 - Well House Consultants - Programming Standards
  [148] Programming in isolation - (2004-12-11)
  [272] More to programming than just programming - (2005-04-08)
  [343] Should I use structured or object oriented? - (2005-06-10)
  [356] Sudoku helper or sudoku cheat - (2005-06-23)
  [945] Code quality counts - (2006-11-26)
  [1596] Selling curry to the chinese takeaway - (2008-03-31)
  [1679] PHP - Sanitised application principles for security and useability - (2008-06-16)
  [2322] Looking for a practical standards course - (2009-08-05)
  [2363] Alpaca Case or Camel Case - (2009-08-16)
  [2364] Getting it right from the start - new programmers - (2009-08-17)
  [3685] Programming Standards in Lua - (2012-04-06)


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