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For 2023 (and 2024 ...) - 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 Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own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))
Technical Open Weekend
Presented by Well House Consultants (Lisa and Graham Ellis)
27th and 28th November 2004

• Arrival late morning / early lunchtime for baguettes
• Formal sessions start 13:30
• Sessions through to around 6 p.m.
• Meal at Refa Indian Restaurant, circa 7 to 7:30

• Sessions continue from around 9 a.m.
• Conclusion at lunchtime

Updated after the seminar - I've added some pictures (see picture links on the left hand side) and further links under each topic below so that you can easily locate the material I was using. Thank you everyone - for coming along, for being a truely delightful group and for making it a real pleasure for Lisa and me - Graham

Outline Agenda

• Welcome and schedule
• Well House Consultants
• Books, Internet Access, TV, papers, pens, newsletters, photos
• Where is Open sources - what, when, why
• Portrait of top-notch geeks
• Software copyright and licensing

• "I don't care" ... and the future
• 4 level model
• No more 404
see www.wellho.net/mouth/132_Portrait-of-the-author.html
see www.wellho.net/lerdorf.html
see www.wellho.net/resources/ex.php4?item=h115/sc6.php
see www.wellho.net/resources/ex.php4?item=h112/d404.html

Perl - Objects and OO Design
by Bruce James
see www.custard.demon.co.uk/perl.html (link to downloadable word document)
Many thanks for you talk, Bruce - It was a real pleasure to look at class design through the eyes of Design Patterns - and to see some examples such as Singletons, factories and Phrasebooks. Although I've been writing and designing code for years, the presentation by a different person and from a different angle provided me with great food for thought and I'll be thinking of your perspective in certain upcoming works! Thanks again - Graham

Perl 6
• Why rewrite Perl
• DWIM, topicalisation and more
• Better subs and scope and Objects
• Switch. Not Switch. Switch
• Grammars
• Parrot and upgrade routes
• When?
see www.wellho.net/solutions/ perl-overview-of-what-we-re-expecting-in-perl-6.html
see www.wellho.net/mouth/89_When-will-Perl-6-be-available.html
see www.wellho.net/net/perl-5-to-perl-6.html

• Why Python, where Python?
• Generators and future.
• Qt, Tkinter, Wx, Jython
see www.training-notes.co.uk/python.html

The bigger picture
• Legal aspects of running a web site
• Injection attacks and other security issues
• Near and far strategies
• Making you application user friendly
• Marking your business on the web
see www.wellho.net/downloads/A213.pdf

Training business
• Remote learning
• Certification
• Pricing, reselling, course sizes
• Open Training notes
• Books and other information sources

A Stand Alone Server
• Why do this?
• Apache
• Scripts
see www.wellho.net/solutions/ general-windows-running-apache-and-mysql-from-a-cd.html
This talk and example shows how a server based application can be burnt onto a CD, using only Open Source software that's freely distributable, so that "demo versions" can be made up for use away from the Internet / source network. It was originally written in association with a client who wants to put a "demo CD" in the hands of its sales team, but in practise the distribution is able to run install and support a fully distributed application.

• Why choose MySQL not Oracle
• Licensing issues
• MySQL releases
• Mysql tuning for huge systems
See www.wellho.net/ solutions/mysql-justification-mysql-v-oracle- open-source-v-commercial.html
See //www.wellho.net/ solutions/mysql-management-overview-of-mysql- background-and-philosophies.html

Looking forward to the future
• Pear, Parnassus and CPAN
• Development of the web
• Applications not pages
• Multimedia not pages
• Offshore programming
• C -> Open Source Scripted Apps -> App tailoring
• Virtual machines - .NET v Tomcat v Parrot

Well House plans
• Staying in niche training
• Class sizes and course quality issues
• Java--, Python++, Next??
• Application tuning
• +1 = 3
See www.training-notes.co.uk/index.html

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