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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Teaching Lua to a Perl advocate
It seems the rest of the class thinks I'll find Bill a tough case. Bill (not his real name) is a Perl fan - there's so much you can do, so shortly, in Perl. He's a great regular expression fan and he's got a real comfort with that. If you described him as a bit of a "stick in the mud" - happy with the Perly lot - I think he would (and perhaps should) see it as a compliment - for what's the point in replacing your trusty hammer when it's doing an excellent job ...
And I'm teaching Lua. Lua's footprint is tiny compared to Perl's. It doesn't have regular expressions at all ("if we added a regular expression library, it would be bigger that the entire library we have") but rather it has an alternative pattern matching, and it doesn't have the richness of functions of Perl. If you want to do something that's a standard in Perl, you may need to write it in Lua.
So is Bill that hard-to-please delegate? Absolutely not - I'm delighted to be teaching him. Lua is indeed different - but it's different for good reasons. And when explained, and appreciated, it's good that it's different. The differences between individual languages give each their own unique strengths (and weaknesses, but we don't teach those with lots of weaknesses!). And because each has its own strengths, it means it fits in well into specific task areas.
I'm teaching Lua this week - [public course description]
I'm teaching a public Perl course next week [description]
I know both well, and I'm proud to present classes in both Lua and Perl to you! (written 2010-09-06, updated 2010-09-07)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesU050 - Lua - General 
Learning PHP, Ruby, Lua and Python - upcoming courses - (2009-06-11) 
Lua training class in Spanish - (2009-07-29) 
New Lua Examples - for last weeks delegates - (2009-08-01) 
For Lua Programmers AND for Town Planners - (2009-08-02) 
Certification Revisted - Lua - (2009-08-09) 
Lua Classes - open enrolement - (2009-11-04) 
Learning to program in ... - (2009-11-15) 
Bookkeeping - (2009-12-29) 
December courses - PHP, Python, Perl - and a weekend Lua course - (2011-11-24) 
Learning to Program in Lua - public / open training course / class - (2012-05-09) 
Why we teach Lua - (2014-04-08) 
Lua courses - an update - (2014-09-18) 
Learning not just what a program does, but how to design it in the first place. - (2015-11-06)G908 - Well House Consultants - Language Comparisons 
FAQ - Perl or PHP - (2005-02-11) 
Ruby, C, Java and more - getting out of loops - (2008-03-19) 
Q - Should I use Perl or Python? - (2008-07-23) 
Speaking all the languages - (2009-01-12) 
The same very simple program in many different programming languages - (2010-03-31) 
Books in the store in the USA - still a portent of the UK market to come? - (2010-05-08) 
Ruby - how does it compare and where is it the right language? - (2010-07-11) 
What will we be teaching in six years? - (2010-10-17) 
Public and private courses - subjects available for 2011 - (2010-12-29) 
Rekeying a table - comparison in #Ruby #Perl and #Python - (2011-02-14) 
Programming languages - what are the differences between them? - (2012-06-27)
Some other Articles
Lots of way of converting 3 letter month abbreviations to numbersCamilla, Duchess of Cornwall, turns first sod in Melksham Link CanalLua - variable function arguments and selectMelksham shamefully makes the national headlinesTeaching Lua to a Perl advocateLevel playing fields, job vacancies, lemons and peachesLast, final, etcWhat others cannot do in 10 months takes Virgin 10 minutesOur facilities to support Well House Consultants CoursesOpen Source Programming - Training Course Schedule
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