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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.
Release numbers

I've just put a piece of demo software up online for a contract customer, and called it "version 0.9" - only partial functionality, but one of those projects which has really exciting potential and there's a need to get some form of feedback. Thank goodness for a customer who understands that a completed application doesn't just appear.

Why did I come up with release 0.9? How do release numbers work? Even this can be complicated and you can't simply "add one" at each step ... and when a new release comes along it's subjective as to whether it's a major release or a minor release. Then you have systems such as that used by Linux and Perl where an odd middle number indicates a development release, and an even middle number a production release; once you understand this it works very well - we just have to remind our trainees that they should stick with 5.8.5 and NOT leap up to 5.9.1!

Sun seem to specialise in leaping systems. Their Solaris operating system went from release 1 (a.k.a. SunOS 4.1) to release 2 (SunOS 5) and then leapt to Solaris 6 .... they're now up to Solaris 9. Java started out at Java 1.0, then moved up to Java 2 (even though the number behind has merely gone 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 ... with some sub-releases) and I see that 1.5 has now become Java 5.

At lease these numbering schemes make for an interesting few minutes during training courses as we establish what version of software is in use by our trainees and what their upgrade strategy is for the future.
(written 2004-08-23, updated 2011-12-31)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
P201 - Perl - Introduction
  [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)
  [1852] Perl and Blackberries - (2008-10-23)
  [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)

J601 - Java Introduction
  [111] Training notes available under Open Distribution license - (2004-11-07)
  [124] PHP v Java - (2004-11-20)
  [792] Is Java the right language to learn? - (2006-07-04)
  [871] Java oversold? - (2006-09-19)
  [1049] Java 6, Apache Tomcat 6. - (2007-01-21)
  [1158] Private Java Course - A customer's pictures - (2007-04-22)
  [1418] A Golf Club Decision - Perl to Java - (2007-11-01)
  [1466] Effective Java training - the bootcamp approach - (2007-12-09)
  [1497] Training Season Starts again! - (2008-01-07)
  [1557] Trying out our Java examples on our web site - (2008-02-27)
  [1766] Diagrams to show you how - Tomcat, Java, PHP - (2008-08-22)
  [1908] Java CLASSPATH explained - (2008-11-26)
  [2115] Finding your java program - the CLASSPATH variable - (2009-04-02)
  [2423] What is a JVM, a JRE, a JDK - components of the core Java Environment - (2009-09-26)
  [2536] All the Cs ... and Java too - (2009-12-13)
  [4332] First Java Application - calculating the weight of a tablecloth - (2014-11-29)


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