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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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Geek Cruising

On board "Costa Meditteranea", early morning.

We joined the ship at Venice last night, an embarkation procedure that had us waiting 2 hours in a dockside warehouse to have our hand baggage security screened and to wave our passports and tickets at staff, but soon forgotten as we got on board, found our cabin, explored parts of this 10 deck floating "palace". I looked hard for a better word than palace, but couldn't find one. I wanted something that's over-the-top, new, people at your beck-and-call but with 900 staff and 2400 passengers, we don't have the exclusivity of a palace.

Sailed at 6, out between the islands and past St. Mark's, then on to a group meetup in the Rodeo bar. That's really why I'm here - a Geek Cruises styles as the Perl Whirl / Linux Lunacy / MySQL Swell, and so are perhaps 120 others. Surreal at the meetup to have Neil (in charge of the group) introduce a number of people from the Perl world. The guy a couple over from me turns out to be Rasmus Lerdorf, the originator of the PHP language that powers much of this website, and later I'm tongue-tied as we brush past each other. A little further over is Larry Wall, author of Perl which is the language in which this very application I'm writing in is written. Plenty more chances to meet, and I must remember I'm paying to see him and others speak, to ask questions of them, etc.

We're seated at tables of 8 in the restaurant, and Neil has placed many of the "Brits" together. Three eminent names at our table and a fascinating evening had by all. Notable that our table was the last to clear in the entire dining room, which must be significant of something though I know not what. And so to sleep, as the ship slides South down the Right Hand Side of Italy. MySQL sessions this morning and afternoon, and the port of Bari sandwiched in between. I had better post, wash, shower, and breakfast.
(written 2004-10-11, updated 2008-05-10)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
G209 - Well House Consultants - Keeping up to date
  [82] Keeping up to date - (2004-10-10)
  [86] Talk review - Idiomatic Perl, David Cross - (2004-10-12)
  [143] Network Camera - (2004-12-07)
  [160] Review of the Autumn - (2004-12-22)
  [250] We dont stand still - (2005-03-18)
  [396] The next technologies - (2005-07-29)
  [1488] New trainee laptop fleet for our Open Source courses - (2007-12-30)
  [2032] Mobile Internet - an alternative to hotel WiFi - (2009-02-09)
  [2078] A lot has changed - but the memory lingers on - (2009-03-12)
  [2352] Printed Directories - the start of the updating season - (2009-08-12)
  [2564] Microblogging services - Plurk, Twitter, Jaiku and more - (2010-01-05)
  [2940] Training course locations - Melksham, UK; Buxton, UK; Lake Constance, Germany; Venice Italy, the USA and India - (2010-08-30)
  [3003] What will we be teaching in six years? - (2010-10-17)
  [3469] Teaching dilemma - old tricks and techniques, or recent enhancements? - (2011-10-08)
  [3653] What is happening in 59 days time in Melksham? - (2012-03-14)
  [3755] Cruising on the Mersey Ferry? - (2012-06-07)
  [4200] Endorsed Perl, Python and PHP training - Tcl, Lua, Ruby and C too! - (2013-10-24)
  [4314] PHP training - refreshed modern course, backed up by years of practical experience - (2014-11-16)

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