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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
The next technologies
What technology is up and coming?
What will people want to learn about next year?
I'm taking a long weekend in Virginia, USA; visiting close family with Lisa. For many people, an 8 hour flight is something that they're thinking about months ahead - planning, writing lists, packing. We got ready early this time - I had my laptop's "mobile office" updated the day before we left, and had checked that our accoms have internet access. But I still - I confess - left throwing in clothes to the morning of departure; frankly, it's a bit routine and we're set up to make it such. Life / office goes on and you'll still find the phones answered and you'll still get email replies within 24 hours (organisation) or 48 hours (awkward technical questions or detailed proposals).
I love my job.
I love telling people about the wonders of Python, Perl and PHP ... of MySQL and Tcl and Linux. And so - even on a trip like this - I take every opportunity to look, to listen, to learn in our techical field. How can that possibly be? Well - I have a sibling-in-law who works for a major Internet service provider and rubbing shoulders there gives me some flavour from a different perspective (the AOL one), and another sibling-in-law who's such an Ebay user and enthusiast that holidays it's something of a side business for him. In the UK, when we're out with people we can turn into techno-bores. With these two though there's an element of give and take. It's also instructive to listen to Phil talking about his experiences / thoughts in the hospitality (hotel) trade; to some extent, we're in the hospitality trade too as we help people plan their visits to Melksham, and open our doors to them.
But there's more than just family. We walk into PC stores, into book stores, and look / see the latest gizmos and publications on their shelves. Frequently in the past, we've found that a USA trend one year is followed by a similar UK trend 6 to 18 months later and we're always anxious to be fore-warned. This isn't an inveterate rule - I would suggest that Ruby, for example has made a small but significant niche for itself in the USA; in the UK, it seems to have been regarded as "just" another scripting language and folks stick with the old favourites of Perl or Tcl, speciliase through to PHP, or move up to Python.
I'm looking forward, then, to hitting the techno-places and I'll be adding a report in here in the next few days. (written 2005-07-29, updated 2006-06-05)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG209 - Well House Consultants - Keeping up to date 
Keeping up to date - (2004-10-10) 
Geek Cruising - (2004-10-11) 
Talk review - Idiomatic Perl, David Cross - (2004-10-12) 
Network Camera - (2004-12-07) 
Review of the Autumn - (2004-12-22) 
We dont stand still - (2005-03-18) 
New trainee laptop fleet for our Open Source courses - (2007-12-30) 
Mobile Internet - an alternative to hotel WiFi - (2009-02-09) 
A lot has changed - but the memory lingers on - (2009-03-12) 
Printed Directories - the start of the updating season - (2009-08-12) 
Microblogging services - Plurk, Twitter, Jaiku and more - (2010-01-05) 
Training course locations - Melksham, UK; Buxton, UK; Lake Constance, Germany; Venice Italy, the USA and India - (2010-08-30) 
What will we be teaching in six years? - (2010-10-17) 
Teaching dilemma - old tricks and techniques, or recent enhancements? - (2011-10-08) 
What is happening in 59 days time in Melksham? - (2012-03-14) 
Cruising on the Mersey Ferry? - (2012-06-07) 
Endorsed Perl, Python and PHP training - Tcl, Lua, Ruby and C too! - (2013-10-24) 
PHP training - refreshed modern course, backed up by years of practical experience - (2014-11-16)
Some other Articles
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