Open Source training from Well House Consultants started from just three customer requests for a Perl course
I was using Perl for various web site and internal works, and training under contract - so I suppose I was a natural one to ask. By I hadn't given a clue to people that I could / would write my own material.
I'm afraid I told the first person that I hadn't seen much call for the course. "Who's going to pay for training on a piece of free software?"
I think I asked.
The second person got a rather more muted "No - sorry"
. After all, it's said to take some ten days of course material development for a single brand new day of presentation.
I stopped myself just before saying "I keep telling people - there's no call for that ..."
to the third person and the rest, they say, is history.
Public Perl courses started in 1996. From an occasional Open Source public course that year within the environment in which I was contracting, I move to presenting only my own material a couple of years later, and the Well House Consultants training centre opened its doors in 2000. Later this year, we're adding our own residential accommodation
for delegates who travel far and wide for our courses, and we'll have an additional and larger room available for training too. Onwards and upwards!
And look ... all of this started from just three customer requests ... (written 2006-02-07, updated 2006-06-09)
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Release numbers - (2004-08-23) 
Programming languages - a comparison - (2005-05-20) 
Central London Courses - Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, MySQL - (2005-07-18) 
Learning to program in Perl or PHP - (2006-01-26) 
Perl - multiprocess applications - (2006-02-13) 
Choosing the right language - (2006-03-01) 
Testing you Perl / PHP / MySQL / Tcl knowledge - (2006-04-19) 
How to debug a Perl program - (2006-06-04) 
Is Perl being replaced by PHP and Python? - (2006-08-27) 
The LAMP Cookbook - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl - (2006-11-13) 
Q - Should I use Perl or Python? - (2008-07-23) 
Perl v PHP, choosing the right language - (2008-08-14) 
Perl and Blackberries - (2008-10-23) 
Converting to Perl - the sort of programs you will write - (2009-03-08) 
What is Perl? - (2010-06-15) 
Are you learning Perl? Some more examples for you! - (2010-06-27)G600 - Well House Consultants - Well House Manor 
Vision AND venture - (2005-12-12) 
2006 - Making business a pleasure - (2006-01-01) 
Hotel novelties - (2006-01-05) 
Converting between acres and hectares - (2006-01-08) 
Well House Manor - (2006-01-21) 
Eating for the single business traveller - (2006-01-24) 
DWIM and AWWO - (2006-01-30) 
Should we cruise around the world? - (2006-02-09) 
Looking for leading not bleeding edge - (2006-02-21) 
Easy, Free, Reliable internet access - (2006-02-22) 
If it's Sunday, it must be Bedwyn - (2006-03-12) 
Well House Manor goes ahead - (2006-04-03) 
Drive time - (2006-10-02) 
Well House Manor Hotel, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2006-10-10) 
Brand new hotel and training centre, Melksham - (2006-10-22) 
Course Joining package - updated - (2006-11-20) 
George Hotel and Well House Manor, Melksham - (2006-12-04) 
Three sets of twins - (2007-01-31) 
Well House Manor in the Snow - (2007-02-09) 
A lot has happened in a year - (2007-05-31) 
Melksham Hotel - Five Star Kitchen! - (2007-09-04) 
Well House Manor - a year on - (2007-10-12) 
Terms and Conditions - Hotel, England - plain English - (2008-01-26) 
The Story of Well House Manor - (2008-07-12) 
Bright day, snowy day - (2010-01-06) 
Well House Manor - the history of the hotel - (2010-09-20) 
Where do businessmen stay in Melksham? - (2011-08-25) 
Well House Manor - perhaps the best hotel rooms in Melksham - (2011-12-10) 
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Fancy a weekend away? Try Well House Manor in Melksham, Wiltshire - (2012-07-09) 
Returning guests - a sign of a good product. Cream teas and hotel rooms. - (2012-07-22) 
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POETS day at Well House Manor - (2013-05-24) 
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