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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.

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Certification Revisted - Lua

I happened upon a "should you be certified" thread relating to Lua while browsing for quite other Lua topics ... it's here, and the initial post appears to provide a reasonable, if admittedly tilted, set of arguments in favour of certification. As it freely admits, "we're looking to set up certification, so you can expect us to be biased". It makes interesting reading.

One point struck me straight away - by adding "certification" to what a trainer claims of his course, he can charge £££ more, and if he sets up a certification scheme in an open market, he may be able to sell it to lots of others, form something of a community standard, and make £££££££££ on top. Hmmm - and the reasons given in the post are so altruistic - as if butter wouldn't melt in the poster's mouth!

And I see in a follow up: "So it makes me nervous to see someone pop up more or less from nowhere claiming to know enough about Lua to create a certification program. What guarantee do I have that the tests you have developed mean anything at all?" ... and I have quoted that because I couldn't have put it better myself.

In another follow up: "To be honest we sigh when we see some form of certification on a CV, even the MSXX and A+, unless it is relevant to the job and comes from a recognised authority it is just an expensive piece of paper. And that is the catch, no matter how sincere and trustworthy you are who are you to issue a certificate and why should anybody take you seriously." ... and that if anything is saying an applicant with a certificate may actually be harming his chance of getting considered for a job.

Finally, the certification organisation writes "We do not test for any number of other skills that are needed to make a good programmer -- i.e. an understanding of algorithms, architecture skills, general logic skills, customer skills, etc." ... and I note a reply "Then just what are you going to test for? If someone codes the factorial algorithms in 1000 lines of lua code and it compiles are you going to give them a pass when it should have been written in 6 or less? Or are you saying that you can test someone without them having to display any algorithmic ability?" ... and that is VERY poignant with Lua, where the language is small and the algorithms are not built in to standard functions in the same way that they are in Perl or Python or PHP ...

So ... we WILL confirm, at the request of delegates, that they have attended Lua courses, and we will also confirm the course agenda at their request. We can look back at notes on request and confirm, with the delegate's authority, that they kept up / the course wasn't a problem for them. We can't confirm how they got on afterwards. As a review, we can say "had good potential".And on all of our Lua Courses, we'll ensure that we cover not only the language, but the also the techniques you need in order to write good programs using it too. In fact, because of the extras, it looks rather like we'll be providing much more than a certificate proves!.

P.S. Yes, we do charge for our courses, and earn our salaries by doing so. We ARE keen advocates of Lua - passionate about it - but we wouldn't claim that's the only reason that we run the courses. After all, you want us to be around next year too when you have other people to train, don't you?
(written 2009-08-09, updated 2009-08-10)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
U050 - Lua - General
  [2227] Learning PHP, Ruby, Lua and Python - upcoming courses - (2009-06-11)
  [2309] Lua training class in Spanish - (2009-07-29)
  [2315] New Lua Examples - for last weeks delegates - (2009-08-01)
  [2318] For Lua Programmers AND for Town Planners - (2009-08-02)
  [2492] Lua Classes - open enrolement - (2009-11-04)
  [2504] Learning to program in ... - (2009-11-15)
  [2555] Bookkeeping - (2009-12-29)
  [2947] Teaching Lua to a Perl advocate - (2010-09-06)
  [3528] December courses - PHP, Python, Perl - and a weekend Lua course - (2011-11-24)
  [3724] Learning to Program in Lua - public / open training course / class - (2012-05-09)
  [4260] Why we teach Lua - (2014-04-08)
  [4297] Lua courses - an update - (2014-09-18)
  [4575] Learning not just what a program does, but how to design it in the first place. - (2015-11-06)

G502 - Well House Consultants - Business Practice
  [15] 90 to 10 or 80 to 20 rule - (2004-08-15)
  [27] Sales technique - (2004-08-25)
  [68] Get the strategy worked out and the tactics just fall into place. - (2004-09-30)
  [77] Telephone systems - (2004-10-07)
  [88] Getting the right level of trainer - (2004-10-14)
  [95] Five red flags - (2004-10-21)
  [108] A typical morning - (2004-11-03)
  [121] Fair and Simple - (2004-11-17)
  [125] Staff theft - (2004-11-21)
  [129] Trawling our site to prevent student copying - (2004-11-24)
  [137] Certification schemes - (2004-12-02)
  [157] Automatic service upgrades - (2004-12-19)
  [180] Skunk works - (2005-01-17)
  [188] Pink elephant and appreciation - (2005-01-24)
  [200] Tips for the top - (2005-02-03)
  [211] Look after your staff and they'll look after you. AOL. - (2005-02-12)
  [217] Use of time - (2005-02-16)
  [226] Growing our systems - (2005-02-24)
  [297] A reminder that the customer is King - (2005-05-01)
  [321] Sales - the alternative close - (2005-05-23)
  [399] simplicity hides real size - (2005-07-31)
  [438] Fair system for travel and accommodation expenses - (2005-09-07)
  [457] Do the work and take the risk - a PHP contract to avoid - (2005-10-06)
  [467] Tell them three times - (2005-10-17)
  [487] On line course booking - credit card protection - (2005-11-06)
  [491] Being atypical is typical - (2005-11-10)
  [536] Cancellations and penalties - (2005-12-21)
  [626] Not just a pretty face to answer the phone. - (2006-02-26)
  [652] Morning Post - (2006-03-20)
  [664] Ruby course - oops - it's not happening - (2006-04-01)
  [766] Discounts and approved supplier lists - (2006-06-17)
  [808] Sales call - (2006-07-19)
  [849] Staff Meeting - (2006-08-30)
  [869] UNABLE TO ATTEND - (2006-09-16)
  [883] Age discrimination law - (2006-10-01)
  [906] A commitment we won't be making - (2006-10-27)
  [1057] Selling by phone and Skype - our policy - (2007-01-30)
  [1084] Writing terms and conditions for conferences and other events - (2007-02-17)
  [1133] B-2-B Networking, 20th April. Useful for YOUR business? - (2007-04-03)
  [1157] Speed Networking - a great evening and how we arranged it - (2007-04-21)
  [1165] Extended Credit request - train in June and be paid in September - (2007-04-27)
  [1243] Heavy duty hole punch - (2007-06-24)
  [1260] An inspirational business talk from one of our prospective MPs - (2007-07-06)
  [1263] 0800 043 8225 - a new phone number for Well House - (2007-07-10)
  [1319] Customer feedback - lifeblood of a business - (2007-08-25)
  [1342] Google, wwmdirectory, Freshwater, ATP - new scam? - (2007-09-09)
  [1373] New Month, New Quarter, New Laws - (2007-10-01)
  [1394] Business to Business Networking - North and West Wilts / Melksham - (2007-10-17)
  [1453] What makes our courses special? - (2007-12-02)
  [1485] Copyright and theft of images, bandwidth and members. - (2007-12-26)
  [1626] Early May - a short chance to regroup and improve - (2008-05-01)
  [1713] Ways to accept credit cards - or not! - (2008-07-19)
  [1855] Volunteer v Employee - a skewed balance? (FSB) - (2008-10-25)
  [1913] Alastair Darling helps make paperwork and confusion - (2008-11-30)
  [2044] Please Trouble me - (2009-02-16)
  [2122] Commission Creep - (2009-04-08)
  [2126] Weeding out old phone numbers - (2009-04-11)
  [2161] Get it right ... if it goes wrong, it takes so much effort to sort out! - (2009-05-08)
  [2187] Are we IITT (Institute of IT Training) members? - (2009-05-17)
  [2190] How you are (re)presented at an exhibition - (2009-05-19)
  [2283] Everyone is in the customer relations business - (2009-07-12)
  [2465] Melksham Town - asleep or awake? - (2009-10-21)
  [2598] An excuse for making a sales call - (2010-01-26)
  [2788] Cost of Sales - (2010-06-01)
  [2821] Chancellor George Osborne inspires Perl Program - (2010-06-22)
  [2936] The service that customers should receive - (2010-08-27)
  [2966] Cheap Country Hotel in Melksham, Wiltshire? - (2010-09-21)
  [3073] Customer Service - the boundary - (2010-11-27)
  [3157] A new monopoly on the ferry to Northern Ireland - (2011-02-04)
  [3333] Honesty and a friendly welcome goes a long way - (2011-06-25)
  [3506] Cold call contacts - preference services and turning off spam sales approaches - (2011-11-03)
  [3613] Keeping Business Local. But is that realistic? - (2012-02-13)
  [3665] Will will smile? - (2012-03-22)
  [3750] Matching opening hours to when customers can come in and buy - (2012-06-04)
  [3755] Cruising on the Mersey Ferry? - (2012-06-07)
  [4107] Snog, Marry, Avoid - (2013-05-31)
  [4293] Certification - (2014-09-15)
  [4415] Buffet review - taking the price into account - (2015-02-05)
  [4520] No cold sales calls please - but delighted to hear from others! - (2015-09-29)


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