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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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 bright new gem - updated Ruby training
We've been running Ruby courses for a number of years, and in that time we've seen the language move up from being a one-application platform (Ruby on Rails) to a whole lot wider uses. Still Rails, but also many other data handling tasks, web site checking tools such as Cucumber, Selenium, Watir web drivers and so on.
Ruby users have moved on from being Perl converts looking to use short sections of script in web pages into a whole wide range of much more diverse and intense uses, and delegates haven't necessarily come from a Perl background so take a little longer to comfortably pick up the philosophy of some elements of the language, many of which are shared with Perl. So we've taken the decision to extend each of our fundamental Ruby courses by a day. We now offer
• Learning to Program in Ruby
- a five day course for newcomers to programming (or those who have programmed before but are feeling a little rusty)
• Ruby Programming
- a four day course for delegates with significant prior programming experience.
By offering these alternative courses, we're ensuring that newcomers to coding won't get left behind, but that at te same time experienced programmers won't have to sit through the basics. That formula has worked well for us up to now, and will continue to do so on the extended courses.
Our Introduction to Ruby on Rails
course - a useful one day follow on for delegates using Ruby within a Rails environment - will be run upon request through to the end of 2015, and we'll also run on request our Regular Expressions Day
tailored as required for how regular expressions are used under Ruby.
Course descriptions / dates / links mention in the article have been updated on our web site; further updates to other course sets will be posted over coming days. (written 2014-09-16)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesR050 - Ruby - General 
Ruby Programming and Rails - 4 different courses in one - (2009-03-26) 
Learning PHP, Ruby, Lua and Python - upcoming courses - (2009-06-11) 
Learning to program in ... - (2009-11-15) 
Ruby on Rails - a sample application to teach you how - (2010-01-30) 
Ruby - training for automated testing users - (2010-06-25) 
Ruby - how does it compare and where is it the right language? - (2010-07-11) 
Ruby training - some fresh examples for string handling applications - (2011-02-05) 
Ruby Documentation through rdoc - (2012-07-07) 
Back in the saddle again - excellent open source course from Well House Consultants - (2015-11-26)
Some other Articles
Python - an interesting applicationLua courses - an updatePolishing the Perl courses - updated trainingA longer Python ... training courseA bright new gem - updated Ruby trainingCertificationThe Horse is back!Train Online article - ACoRP / TransWilts introductionNational Express replaced by train and by Megabus from Chippenham to LondonIt may be cheaper to buy in bulk
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