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.
Extra MySQL course dates (2 day course, UK)
We've added a MySQL course
into our calendar - on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st February, at Well House Manor. The course includes a general introduction to SQL, with a slant towards the MySQL flavor, and the principles of database design too ... as well as the installation and configuration of MySQL.
This course is also scheduled on other dates throughout the year - usually on weekdays for delegates who are in "9 to 5" employment ... but not always. See our course description page
for other dates, prices, etc.
You may wonder why we're offering just a short (2 day) course on a database / SQL product, when others offer a week or more of training. That's partly do do with the database itself
- MySQL is designed as piece of software that it's easy for you to download, install, and try out - according to the authors (with who I spent a few days in 2004) it should be possible to go from having nothing on a computer to having it available for testing in quarter of an hour. Computers are faster these days, so I can do it in less than 5 minutes ;-). And it's partly to do with the level of training needed
- you can do very powerful things with MySQL, but the majority of users don't need to - they need an overview of SQL, the fundamentals of database design, how to write code to interface to a database, and keep it portable and robust, and they need to appreciate how important backup and restore is, and how to do it. They need to know a little bit about setting up user accounts, and they need to go a little bit deeper into some of the uses of the SELECT command. But the majority of delegates we train don't need to know about triggers, replication, cluster tables .... so we won't waste their time and their employer's money teaching it. In any case, they can always ask for an extra day or read the manual, which is rather good as a reference document!
• course venue: Melksham, Wiltshire, England.
• price: £600.00 + VAT
• course written and presented by our own team; we use MySQL extensively ourselves (this web page is held in a MySQL table, and your visit will have been recorded in another table for our overnight stats), and have taught it to many people! (written 2010-01-08, updated 2010-01-09)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesS151 - Introduction to SQL and MySQL 
MySQL - nuggets - (2004-10-11) 
Present and future MySQL - (2004-10-12) 
Worthwhile - (2005-01-11) 
Central London Courses - Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, MySQL - (2005-07-18) 
Database or Progamming - which to learn first? - (2005-09-13) 
MySQL - an FAQ - (2005-12-03) 
Key facts - SQL and MySQL - (2006-02-04) 
Testing you Perl / PHP / MySQL / Tcl knowledge - (2006-04-19) 
Databases needn't be frightening, hard or expensive - (2006-11-08) 
The LAMP Cookbook - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl - (2006-11-13) 
Oracle take over Sun who had taken over MySQL - (2009-04-21) 
The future of MySQL - (2010-01-03) 
Factory methods and SqLite in use in a Python teaching example - (2010-05-29) 
Files or Databases? MySQL, SQLite, or Oracle? - (2011-04-28) 
Storing your intermediate data - what format should you you choose? - (2012-11-20)S050 - MySQL - General 
What a difference a MySQL Index made - (2009-02-25) 
MySQL - licensing issues, even with using the name - (2009-03-16) 
How do I query a database (MySQL)? - (2009-06-15) 
Which version of MySQL am I running? - (2009-09-26) 
Moving the product forward - ours, and MySQL, Perl, PHP and Python too - (2010-01-01) 
MySQL and Java - connectivity past, present, and future thoughts - (2010-07-09) 
Blowing our own trumpet - MySQL resources - (2011-07-18)
Some other Articles
Reading and writing files in CFunction Prototypes in CHow to run a successful online poll / petition / survey / consultationForums for your Melksham and open source discussionsExtra MySQL course dates (2 day course, UK)Excellent staff make for excellent hotelBright day, snowy dayMicroblogging services - Plurk, Twitter, Jaiku and moreEfficient debugging of regular expressionsTuning the web site for sailing on through this year
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