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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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
A little bit of fun - the new Perl Quiz

How's your Perl knowledge? I've just updated our Perl Quiz where you can try 15 questions at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level and see how you get on. There's also a MySQL Quiz, a Tcl Quiz and a PHP Quiz available.

We're styling the quizzes "just for fun". You're given 15 questions from the pool each time you take the test which is enough for the results to be statistically significant, but we can't control whether or not you're researching the answers in another window to get a high score ... oops - I didn't even mention that, did I? Yet although we're light-hearted in how we present the quizzes, I've already thrown up one or two pages of questions on the screen early in a new course to help me and my trainees gauge which topics I should be concentrating on, on what they already know. A huge help in making sure that I'm presenting the right training for each individual.

There's also a Quiz FAQ available if you would like to read more before taking a quiz.
(written 2005-03-30, updated 2006-06-05)

Commentatorsays ...
Custard:Haven't done too well at your perl tests...
Guess I should read the book again ;-)

Some things I haven't used for years like chop. And some I have never used like INIT.

I disagree about the 'class is a fancy name for module' question though, as some modules have the same package and therefore class name. Eg. HTML::DOMbo (which calls itself a class, but you never call it directly) adds some methods to the XML::DOM package/class; I was using this one recently with WWW::Mechanize to convert HTML into an XML::DOM tree. And some modules contain many classes..

And it didn't immediately occur that the telephone number array index would cause an out of memory error, but it's 6.69Gigs, so I guess that is quite big. ;-)

(comment added 2005-03-30 11:02:18)
Graham:It's so tricky to come up with questions that are of the right balance and un-ambiguous without being very long and complex; I WILL review the "class is a fancy name for a module" question, and others that get 'wondered about' too; but I have to re-iterate ... it's a little lighhearted and intended to give an idea not an authouritative ranking for Perl programmers - I wouldn't be so presumtive!
(comment added 2005-03-30 11:37:39)
Bruce James:I realise it was lighthearted, don't get me wrong. I quite like these sort of things. And it kind of gets the users involved in the web site a bit too. ;-)
(comment added 2005-03-31 08:21:57)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
P774 - Perl - Good CGI scripting.
  [261] Putting a form online - (2005-03-29)
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  [4391] Refactoring Perl applications to give them a rosy future - (2015-01-11)

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