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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Almost like old times
It felt almost like old times yesterday - now that we're doing a LAMP deployment course
(with the "L" standing for Linux if anyone's new to that term), customers have started to ask for the on site Linux element tailored / with a few additions. I found myself writing new material to cover Linux Utilities
and Shell Programming
and it was great fun - I think the saying is "water off a duck's back".
Linux has a huge array of useful utilities that are sometimes under-rated; what better way to filter out records on a one-off basis or to script some operating system issue? I started training on the Unix equivalents some 10 to 12 years ago, and although I've been standing up in front of classes teaching languages such as Perl and Java in more recent times, I always have a fondness for grep. It'll be good to overview them occasionally again, and it was a pleasure to write and put the utilities, shell programming and languages like Perl each in context with one another in our own new notes. (written 2004-09-26, updated 2006-06-05)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesA167 - Web Application Deployment - Shell Programming (bash) 
Shell Script for CGI on the web - (2004-09-26) 
Cottage industry or production line data handling methods - (2006-06-07) 
No news is good news with Unix and Linux - (2006-08-10) 
Work and play at Well House Manor - Football and Shell Shortcuts - (2007-08-02) 
Perl and Shell coding standards / costs of an IT project - (2007-09-11) 
Lexical v Arithemetic testing, Bash and Perl - (2007-12-11) 
Selecting file names in a shell - one word or another - (2008-02-02) 
Ruby, Perl, Linux, MySQL - some training notes - (2008-11-23) 
The Kernel, Shells and Daemons. Greek Gods in computing - (2012-07-01) 
Commenting out an echo killed my bash backup script - (2015-01-19) 
Starting MySQL. ERROR! The server quit without updating PID file - how we fixed it. - (2015-05-06) 
Bash ... some new scripts to - handling user input - (2015-11-27) 
Extending your bash shell with aliases, functions and extra commands - (2015-11-28) 
shell - bash. Writing conditional tests and statements - the options available - (2015-11-28)A166 - Web Application Deployment - Linux Utilities 
Comparators in Linux and Unix - (2004-10-03) 
Korn shell course - (2007-09-22) 
awk - a powerful data extraction and manipulation tool - (2007-09-25) 
Conversion of c/r line ends to l/f line ends - (2008-06-28) 
Using the internet to remotely check for power failure at home (PHP) - (2009-04-29) 
Helping new arrivals find out about source code examples - (2009-08-03) 
Finding text and what surrounds it - contextual grep - (2009-10-30) 
Finding what has changed - Linux / Unix - (2010-02-17) 
Awk v Perl - (2011-09-18) 
Shell, Awk, Perl of Python? - (2012-06-14) 
Shell - Grep - Sed - Awk - Perl - Python - which to use when? - (2012-10-22) 
One line scripts - Awk, Perl and Ruby - (2016-05-20)
Some other Articles
Object Oriented Programming in PHPA Taste of IrelandIrelandAlmost like old timesTechnical Open HousePython is a fabulous languageBirth NoticeMySQL - Pivot tablesCall Centres, selling, and a pause for thought
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