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Keeping up to date
Resources from the web site of Well House Consultants on the subject of Keeping up to date. We provide open source training course and business hotel accommodation in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Background
Our training notes are undergoing constant revision. New examples are added regularly, and as new software release become available the notes are modified to reflect additional facilities as appropriate. In order to keep ourselves up to date, we track the media and travel far and wide to meet with and listen to the key players in the Open Source community - and that's taken us from Izmir in Turkey to Denver, Colorado and from Vancouver in Canada to a church hall in Holborn in London!
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Portrait of the Author of PHP

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4200Endorsed Perl, Python and PHP training - Tcl, Lua, Ruby and C too!
Updating my LinkedIn profile ... I notice I'm well endorsed for the Open Source languages starting with "P" ... (good job really, as I'm running training courses on those subjects!) • Python courses next month • Perl the month after • and PHP the month after that... See full course ...
2013-10-25
 
3755Cruising on the Mersey Ferry?
"Even if the conference was held on the Mersey Ferry, I would have gone". I've had the pleasure of meeting the authors and their immediate teams for Perl, PHP, Python, MySQL and some of the Linux elements, and much of that was thanks to Geek Cruises, now part of Insight Cruises. These voyages of meeting ...
2012-06-09
 
3653What is happening in 59 days time in Melksham?
59 days to go - to WHAT? Saturday, May 12th, 2012. It struck me yestrday as I looked at two different websites for events in Melksham that both had countdown clocks saying "60 days to go". The good news is that you could do both. Visit [this] in the morning and go on to [this] in the afternoon ...
2012-03-14
(short)
3469Teaching dilemma - old tricks and techniques, or recent enhancements?
Where there's something that's a frequent requirement on one of the subjects we teach, but can be hard to achieve, we'll spend more than just a minute or two covering it on our courses. After all, the tips and techniques of how to make the most of a programming language are every bit as important as ...
2011-10-08
 
3003What will we be teaching in six years?
This is the fourth of a series of articles that reviews where Well House Consultants has been - and where we're going - after 6 years of blogging and some 3000 articles. - "towards the next 3000" Moving Course Subjects Forward I previous wrote a long article looking - at post number 3000 - how we may ...
2010-11-08
(longest)
2940Training course locations - Melksham, UK; Buxton, UK; Lake Constance, Germany; Venice Italy, the USA and India
Many years ago, when I was at First Alternative, I suggested that we run public courses in a holiday location - giving delegates a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and to learn in a relaxed environment. We chose Buxton in Derbyshire as a location, arranged the hotel and venue, ...
2010-08-30
 
2078A lot has changed - but the memory lingers on
I got an email from a delegate I trained ten years ago - which goes to show just how long a week of training can be remembered. He wrote "I was trying to figure out how to return EOF in Java when Google showed site Well House. Well, I couldn't remember where I learned Perl but now I do! Sometime in ...
2010-06-23
 
2564Microblogging services - Plurk, Twitter, Jaiku and more
Yesterday, there were 10,000 downloads of this image from our web site, and if you click on the image, you'll get a full sized copy and see that it's 1600 x 1200 pixels and nearly a megabyte in size. So that's some 10 Gbytes of traffic! I know I'm quite well followed in some quarters, but this is ridiculous!. A ...
2010-01-05
 
2352Printed Directories - the start of the updating season
I don't know how many business directories there are - but I do know it's the season for all the directory providers to start phoning around and sell spaces in their publications. I have spoken with two in the last two days! So it's very fortunate that Lisa and I spent Saturday going through the 2008/09 ...
2009-08-12
 
2032Mobile Internet - an alternative to hotel WiFi
I'm no longer playing "Hunt the Wifi" network, nor "Guess how long you want to connect" or "Which signal will last" when I'm away within the UK ... having spent 200 pounds on access through various systems from various UK hotels last year alone, I took the plunge and got myself a 3G Dongle giving me ...
2009-02-10
 
86Talk review - Idiomatic Perl, David Cross
David Cross's talk on Idiomatic Perl was excellent. I know of Dave from his book Data Munging with Perl so I had some idea of what he was going to be covering. Now - I've been training in Perl for a number of years, so I didn't expect to learn much technically new, but I did expect to pick up nuances, ...
2008-05-11
 
83Geek 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 ...
2008-05-10
 
1488New trainee laptop fleet for our Open Source courses
"The average age of our fleet is less than 3 years" - so said EasyJet when we flew with them earlier this month. In our business model too we keep our equipment right up to date - our training centre and business hotel was completely refitted less than 18 months ago, and we have just replaced our entire ...
2008-01-02
 
396The next technologies
What technology is up and coming? What will people want to learn about next year? I'm taking a long weekend in Virginia, USA; visiting close family with Lisa. For many people, an 8 hour flight is something that they're thinking about months ahead - planning, writing lists, packing. We got ready early ...
2006-06-05
 
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Our tutor with Mark Lutz, Python tutor and Author
Lunch on Mark Lutz's Python course in Colorado

Venice - set off point for Perl Whirl 2004
Venue for Perl Whirl / MySQL Swell / Linux Lunacy
The Library at Ephesus
Brian Aker lectures at MySQL Swell
Monty Widenius, co-founder or MySQL
David Axmark, co-founder of MySQL
Kevin Gilbert presents "My life in the White House"
Graham Ellis (Well House Consultants) with Larry Wall
Rasmus Lerdorf - father of PHP
Larry Wall and many other famous geeks, Alaska
Lisa and Graham between Larry Wall and Tom Christiansen
Tim Bray lectures on "Perl Whirl"
Lisa and Graham Ellis on a geekcruise
Topics covered in this module
Learning from books.
Meeting and listening to the language authors.
Listening to customer's requirements
Following news and newsgroups.
Complete learning
If you are looking for a complete course and not just a information on a single subject, visit our Listing and schedule page.

Well House Consultants specialise in training courses in Python, Perl, PHP, and MySQL. We run Private Courses throughout the UK (and beyond for longer courses), and Public Courses at our training centre in Melksham, Wiltshire, England. It's surprisingly cost effective to come on our public courses - even if you live in a different country or continent to us.

We have a technical library of over 700 books on the subjects on which we teach. These books are available for reference at our training centre. Also available is the Opentalk Forum for discussion of technical questions.


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