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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.
Technical Loneliness

"My partner cannot understand what I do for work." "When are you going to get off that computer and come to bed?" Two signs of technical loneliness.

For some, a life where technical work is left at the factory gate and a switch is thrown to a separate family compartment is possible and suits them, but for others the technical becomes an interest, a hobby, or an obsession. And it can be a source of some disappointment - a gap can be left - when they can't share with the one to whom they're otherwise closest. Both Lisa and I have been there in previous relationships; we marvel at how lucky we are today to have a good overlap between our technical fields, and we meet many, many other who don't have the same overlap of their knowledge bases.

"Come as a student, leave as a friend" say our coffee mugs and handout folders - indeed, people do. And they also leave with other technical friends.

Many people have chosen a programming role because they're bright but don't enjoy communicating/ working closely with 'typical' other people. They appear on morning 1 of a course, a little nervous, saying very little. Perhaps our long gravel driveway and imposing 4 story Georgian frontage don't help. Perhaps they're concerned that the course will be too technical for them, or the reverse. Perhaps they're worried as to how they'll spend 3 or 4 nights on their own in this little country town.

The vast majority of our trainees stay in accommodation near to us when they come on courses, and most of the time we'll note that they arrive alone on the first morning, even if they happened to travel down the night before and stay at the same little hotel or B&B as other class members. Come the second or third day of the course, though, they'll be helping each other with exercises, eating out or visiting local beauty spots together in the evening, and by the end of the course email addresses will have been exchanged; I'm not sure how much they stay in touch after the course but certainly the social aspects have come to them as something of a pleasant surprise and they've made some good network contacts in their field at the very least.
(written 2005-10-14, updated 2006-06-05)

 
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  [164] Well House Consultants - review of 2004 - (2004-12-31)
  [225] 10 years and counting - (2005-02-23)
  [295] Pricing strategy - simple and fair - (2005-04-29)
  [360] Spring turns to Summer - (2005-06-26)
  [419] Most popular courses - (2005-08-19)
  [428] Swindon - Chippenham - Melksham - Trowbridge - Westbury train service - (2005-08-29)
  [452] Is enough enough? - (2005-09-27)
  [549] 2005 - Come as a student, leave as a friend - (2005-12-31)
  [626] Not just a pretty face to answer the phone. - (2006-02-26)
  [695] In the hospitality business - (2006-04-23)
  [774] Bed and Breakfast, or Hotel? - (2006-06-22)
  [845] Course scheduling and Geekmas - are they traditions yet? - (2006-08-26)
  [890] Open - (2006-10-09)
  [898] Courses at Well House Manor - (2006-10-19)
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  [1079] Wilts and Berks - two conference / training rooms in Melksham - (2007-02-14)
  [1161] A contrast in room rates and facilities - (2007-04-25)
  [1245] Ensuring that our tutor answers YOUR questions - (2007-06-25)
  [1317] 2008 course schedule - Perl, Python, PHP, Linux, Java Deployment, Ruby and more - (2007-08-23)
  [1319] Customer feedback - lifeblood of a business - (2007-08-25)
  [1414] What we teach - expained for the non-technical - (2007-10-28)
  [1481] The Christmas Letter - (2007-12-22)
  [1492] Well House Consultants Training and Hotel - 2008 news - (2008-01-01)
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  [1615] PHP training courses every month - (2008-04-18)
  [1676] A warm welcome for visitors from the USA - (2008-06-14)
  [1748] Hotel room prices - Melksham, Wiltshire - (2008-08-11)
  [1773] The Longest Possible Day - (2008-08-26)
  [1857] November and December Public Course Schedule - (2008-10-27)
  [1859] Wiltshire at dawn - the tourist trail - (2008-10-29)
  [1929] 2009 - Hotel, Meeting, Training Course prices - (2008-12-07)
  [1955] How to avoid duplicating web page maintainance - (2008-12-20)
  [1975] Well House Manor Hotel - on plan for 2009 business guests - (2009-01-03)
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  [2216] Past Delegate Offer - Summer Holiday / Weekend Break - (2009-06-03)
  [2228] Where do I start when writing a program? - (2009-06-11)
  [2326] Learn a new programming language this summer. - (2009-08-06)
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  [933] Course Joining package - updated - (2006-11-20)
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  [1996] Advise before my Apache / Tomcat course - (2009-01-16)
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  [2286] New to programming? It is natural (but needless) for you to be nervous - (2009-07-14)
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