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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Seeing the wood for the trees.
I write training notes and examples, showing people how things work in Perl / PHP / other languages.
Newcomers need short examples to show them the real "nuts and bolts" of how a job is done. Live applications need additional code for error checking, for handling security issues, and to make applications robust and user friendly. As a rule of thumb, this extra code accounts for over 50% of the code volume.
Solution(s) to this dilemma.
a) Examples in our training folders are kept short so that newcomers CAN see the wood without it being lost in the trees
b) Training notes include warnings that the code shows the mechanisms, but needs to be extended to take into account usability / error / security issues as applicable to the individual application
c) All examples include a disclaimer when displayed on our web site which emphasises that they are training examples.
d) During our courses, we include coverage of programming standards / security / maintainability issues, with examples. Coverage of these important topics is more thorough than you would expect, and we include the subject on private courses even if it's not explicitly requested by the customer.
(written 2004-08-06, updated 2012-11-04)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG504 - Well House Consultants - Writing Notes 
Writing on a Sunday - (2004-08-08) 
Study room - the Oxford train - (2004-08-10) 
A year on - should we offer certified PHP courses - (2005-07-28) 
Training course material - why we write our own - (2005-07-30) 
Theft of training material - (2005-08-09) 
Writing up new C / C++ notes. - (2006-07-09) 
Empty seats, Nodding Donkeys and buses - (2006-12-11) 
Notes from the white board - (2006-12-14) 
Copyright of Training Notes and Web Site - (2008-12-18) 
How long should a training module be? - (2009-01-27) 
Copy writing - allowing for the cut - (2009-05-21) 
Hello World - a good traditional start to a Java course - (2009-09-22) 
Sample code with errors in it on our web site - (2009-10-29) 
What is Perl? - (2010-06-15) 
Sharing our programs - easy. Sharing our data - harder. - (2010-06-26) 
Jargon busting - (2011-01-30) 
Clear, concise examples - Ruby classes and objects. - (2013-02-17) 
Showing what programming errors look like - web site pitfall - (2013-03-06)
Some other Articles
How much does fuel cost for an airline flight?Blog v ForumDriving in the UK for new arrivals from the USASeeing the wood for the trees.Looking for a donkeyDiary entry - 5th August 2004First Jottings
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