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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Is it worth it?
There are times that I wonder "is it worth it ..." with some of the things that I do. The world won't crumble if I miss the blog for one day, and the forum is quiet - is it read? Is it worth it?
But then ... I just look at today. Kevin and Ted are posting on the forum. And as I look across to it, writing this short note, I find a useful post with suggestions from Keith. Marion - in spite of all that's going on for her - has dropped me a note to say how much she enjoyed the Obama piece, Andrew is delighted to sign up for our other forum from Vegas, Justin has got back to me with a follow up on a note that I had just answered - 6 months late - because he had gotten spam trapped, Angie has dropped me a suggestion for our training, Edward has written by email with follow ups to an archived forum item he found useful, and Alok to whom I send a reply which (when I look back at it) I'm ashamed of has - never the less - sent me a polite thank you. And there's Crystal and Brad and Marieke and another Andrew and Nicole, Emily and Laura, Bruce and Neil and Martin ...
Yes - many times over - it IS worth it. Thank you, everyone, for your support of the Opentalk Forum
, the Horse's Mouth
, our courses
and our other activities. I'm deeply touched. (written 2008-11-07)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG305 - Well House Consultants - Post Course support 
Please tell us - (2004-12-01) 
Post course support - part of the service - (2005-02-02) 
Getting your examples, my examples and the data files after your course - (2005-03-13) 
Use me, but use me effectively - (2005-03-16) 
Course follow-ups - (2005-04-27) 
How far should our support go - (2005-05-28) 
Targetted Advertising - (2005-06-05) 
Tough Love - (2005-07-25) 
Snippets from Geekmas - (2005-11-28) 
Open source questions? Anyone can ask. - (2005-12-03) 
Instructions for bright people - (2006-01-19) 
Been on a course, but still not got it? - (2006-02-16) 
Please Register with Opentalk - but just once! - (2006-03-19) 
Ensuring that our tutor answers YOUR questions - (2007-06-25) 
What do people think of our Apache httpd / Tomcat course? - (2009-03-24) 
Asking about Jesus - (2010-04-20) 
After Course Resources - do we publish sample answers. Example from Java Exceptions module. - (2010-11-13) 
For programmers who use Internet Explorer as their browser - (2011-08-13) 
Data that we use during our training courses, and other training resources - (2011-09-04) 
Refresh and Revision training class days - Perl / PHP / Python / Lua / Ruby / Tcl / C / C++ - (2012-04-19) 
Sample answers to training course exercises - available on our web site - (2012-06-21) 
What teach you in a week stays with you for a decade - (2015-11-29)
Some other Articles
Pascals Triangle in Python and JavaGuests doing a bunk?Python Regular ExpressionsWhat are exceptions - Python based answerIs it worth it?List Comprehensions in PythonBarack Obama wins US PredidencyOptional and named parameters in PythonWhat to do with a huge crop of applesAnonymous functions (lambdas) and map in Python
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