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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.
Tough Love

I've just completed a forum and email answer to a chap who's been questioning me / asking me for support on ((exact technical subject doesn't matter)). It seems that this person is really in a very sticky position at work - I could paraphrase his message to read "I've got to get this working or get out" and my natural reaction has been to do what I can to help. But can I truely help?

My correspondent is very unclear about his specification and what he's trying to solve, and has only a very limited knowledge of the underlying programming language that he's using. He's also writing to me in his second (or perhaps third) language as I don't have any knowledge of his native tongue, and it's at best a frustrating and wasteful exercise for both of us. I've had to turn round and say that, much as I would like to be able to help further, he'll move forward far more effectively if he finds a training course or mentor in his locale / language.
(written 2005-07-25, updated 2006-06-05)

 
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  [198] A new skill may not be quick and easy - (2005-02-02)
  [253] Finding the right holes - (2005-03-21)
  [285] What career opportunities for web designers - (2005-04-20)
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  [503] 10 years C# knowledge please - (2005-11-23)
  [585] Looking for Python staff - (2006-02-01)
  [587] Job vacancy - double agent wanted - (2006-02-02)
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  [729] Career development advice - (2006-05-23)
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  [1963] Best source to learn Java (or Perl or PHP or Python) - (2008-12-28)
  [1967] LinkedIn - Thrice Asked, and joined. - (2008-12-30)
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  [3440] Research is exciting. But should routine be automated? - (2011-09-14)
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G305 - Well House Consultants - Post Course support
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  [199] Post course support - part of the service - (2005-02-02)
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  [293] Course follow-ups - (2005-04-27)
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  [336] Targetted Advertising - (2005-06-05)
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  [516] Open source questions? Anyone can ask. - (2005-12-03)
  [569] Instructions for bright people - (2006-01-19)
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  [651] Please Register with Opentalk - but just once! - (2006-03-19)
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  [3419] Data that we use during our training courses, and other training resources - (2011-09-04)
  [3701] Refresh and Revision training class days - Perl / PHP / Python / Lua / Ruby / Tcl / C / C++ - (2012-04-19)
  [3770] Sample answers to training course exercises - available on our web site - (2012-06-21)
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