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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Diary entry - 5th August 2004
Training at our Melksham training centre - day 2 of 2 of an Apache Tomcat course.
I always get a feeling of achievement as I train - the extracting of the vital information on a subject from the huge flood that's available, and the presentation of that information in a way that's suitable for the trainees. We publish a running order for the public courses such as today's ... and yet (with the agreement of all the trainees) we can go off topic - adding in subjects not usually covered, and skipping over topics that aren't relevant to anyone in the particular group.
Perhaps today's course was the most varied from the regular. I have huge respect for people who have the guts to attend a course in a language which is not their native tongue - but where their understanding of English is only patchy, it's twice the work for me and more importantly it can disrupt the rest of the class. And I really wonder what such trainees gain, or if they're wasting their money. Yet ... I look back at today and I say that xxxxxx left us knowing a lot more about Apache httpd and Tomcat than when he arrived. He had configured up both of the servers and installed web applications, unpacking .war files and making adjustments. And he's bright enough to pick up other topics later now that he has the broad brushstrokes in place. Successful course, me thinks. (written 2004-08-05, updated 2010-10-08)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG302 - Well House Consultants - Coming to a course. 
100% Training - (2005-04-01) 
Bristol Airport this morning, The Farm this evening. - (2005-05-09) 
Technical Loneliness - (2005-10-14) 
A new way to get lost - (2005-11-08) 
In the hospitality business - (2006-04-23) 
Courses at Well House Manor - (2006-10-19) 
Course Joining package - updated - (2006-11-20) 
Coming from London to Melksham by train for a course - (2006-11-28) 
All the pieces fall into place - hotel and courses - (2008-09-10) 
Advise before my Apache / Tomcat course - (2009-01-16) 
Public Transport from London to Melksham, Wiltshire - (2009-06-19) 
New to programming? It is natural (but needless) for you to be nervous - (2009-07-14) 
A course is more than just a chap giving a lecture - (2010-06-28) 
Well House Consultants - Public Training Course times for 2014 - (2013-12-26) 
Flexible public courses - residential or commuting, programming newcomer or experienced, C or C++ - (2014-11-30) 
Well House Consultants - Python courses / what's special. - (2015-10-28)
Some other Articles
Blog v ForumDriving in the UK for new arrivals from the USASeeing the wood for the trees.Looking for a donkeyDiary entry - 5th August 2004First Jottings
4759 posts, page by page
Link to page ... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96 at 50 posts per page
This is a page archived from The Horse's Mouth at
the diary and writings of Graham Ellis.
Every attempt was made to provide current information at the time the
page was written, but things do move forward in our business - new software
releases, price changes, new techniques. Please check back via
our main site for current courses,
prices, versions, etc - any mention of a price in "The Horse's Mouth"
cannot be taken as an offer to supply at that price.
Link to Ezine home page (for reading).
Link to Blogging home page (to add comments).