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.
Keyboard reader for Java programming newcomers
I've added a new class of Keyboard Reader for our Java courses [here]
, for the earlier examples and exercises just after "Hello World". We want to be able to teach people to write a read - calculate - write program early on, but Java inputs require exception handling, and exceptions are objects, and those objects use inheritance, and there's a lot to learn if you wait to read user input until you have learned all these things. Much better to use a function or two. So here's how we open keyboard access and read a line:
KeyRead source = new KeyRead();
String said = source.readline();
Previously, we've used static methods to provide a keyboard reader, but we've updated the course now to use an object (a KeyRead) and a method on that object. It means a slightly more complex instruction session early in the course, but it gives us the advantage of being able to refer back to this use in a ouple of chapters when we first introduce objects properly to our delegates. (written 2014-12-12, updated 2014-12-11)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesJ702 - Hello Java World 
Hello World - a good traditional start to a Java course - (2009-09-22) 
Using java, javac, jar, and CLASSPATH - a simple example - (2010-07-07)J713 - Java - More Input and Output 
End of File on a Java BufferedReader - (2007-06-22) 
Exceptions in Java - why and how - (2009-09-24) 
Java - converting an integer to a fixed length string - (2015-02-04) 
Flexibility in input - read from file, web resource or keyboard - (2015-02-08)J712 - Java - Exceptions 
Final, Finally and Finalize - three special words in Java - (2007-02-05) 
What are exceptions - Python based answer - (2008-11-08) 
Handling unusual and error conditions - exceptions - (2010-02-03) 
Fail Safe Error Handling in Java via Exceptions - (2010-07-09) 
After Course Resources - do we publish sample answers. Example from Java Exceptions module. - (2010-11-13) 
String handling - from first steps to practical examples - (2010-11-13) 
Java Utility class - flexible replacement for array. Also cacheing in objects and multiple catch clauses example. - (2015-01-16)
Some other Articles
Wiltshire Police - assuming someone is guilty just on the say-so of a member of the public?Celebration pictures, year 1A long day on the trains, but a rewarding oneA little thing can make a big differenceKeyboard reader for Java programming newcomersWhen I am old, what will worry me?Taking my life in my hands in SwanseaArrays in Java - an introduction for newcomersA behaviour driven example of writing a Java programIncrementing a variable in Java - Pre and Post Increment
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