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A better class of course
Resources from the web site of Well House Consultants on the subject of A better class of course. We provide open source training course and business hotel accommodation in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

We're providing niche training and we've tuned what we provide to suit that niche. You'll find that our classes are very productive for you and that the pricing is lower than you might expect. We say "come as a student, leave as a friend". You might consider that to be a bit twee, but it really reflects how things often work out!
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4583Back in the saddle again - excellent open source course from Well House Consultants
Why should you come on a course I run at Well House Consultants? Because you want to learn, learn effectively, and enjoy the course, and pay a sensible price. Those of you with whom I'm in touch from time to time will know that in the summer I was laid low with ear and balance problems, and took ...
4558Well House Consultants - Python courses / what's special.
"Well House Consultants - Python courses / what's special." - in answer to a request from a potential delegate. Some delegates come with prior programming experience / others without - and they require different starting points. So we offer "Learning to Program in Python" - 5 days for newcomers to coding, ...
4280Making use of huge data, object orientation, unit testing and frameworks
We have good availability on upcoming courses this summer - after a hectic spring, things are slightly quieter on the training side. So it's a very good time for you to come along and be part of a small group - learning a new language, or perhaps coming on a more advanced course such and getting into ...
3587C++ Courses - do I get official certification at the end of my Well House course?
From my mailbox ... Question: Hi there Graham. I am interested in 1 or 2 courses to do with C and C++ coding, but after reading further through the site you come to say there is no certification. Does this mean i can't bring away what i learn and show it too an employer because there is no proof? Answer: ...
3419Data that we use during our training courses, and other training resources
When you come on a training course with Well House Consultants, you leave with a thorough set of notes covering the topics on your course. And within those notes you'll find plenty of source code examples illustrating each topic. Rather than type in the examples in your notes to try them later, you'll ...
3385Do university courses teach the right things for life at work later on?
I'm so glad I'm not a teacher - or at least a school teacher or University lecturer. For in these jobs, I feel that I would be spending far more of my time preparing my students to pass exams than I would spend preparing them for what life was going to bring them beyond the educational establishment. Bruce ...
3271The importance of feedback
Much of my job is answering questions that people ask. And another big part is answering questions that people haven't actually asked, but would ask if they knew they wanted / needed to ask - it's called training, or you could call it "proactive informing" rather than "reactive informing". Feedback ...
2049Why Choose Well House Consultants for your course?
The course must cover the right subject. From the right starting point. And at the right pace. It must be taught be someone who knows the subject, can present it in such a way that you can take in what you're being taught, and who can (and will) advise you on what is the best way for you to apply what ...
3001How will we present courses over the coming years?
This is the third 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 Material and Presentation forward What has changed recently / will or may change, sooner or ...
2074Weekday or Weekend PHP, Python and Perl classes?
Should we run training courses during the week, or at weekends? Our 'traditional' business has been 80% + employees of companies, government organisations and educational establishments who have wanted weekday courses, with the remaining fifth being independents and contractors who are somewhat flexible, ...
2762Well House - Mission and Policy summaries
Following on from yesterday's comments about long questionnaires, I've been writing a Mission Statement and Policy summaries. Stripped of examples, they look pretty bald - but then I could fill a month of blogs with examples, reasonings, conundrums and solutions that have lead us to where we are, and ...
2633Why do I teach niche skills rather than mainstream?
Being able to drive a car is a far more useful skill for me (personally) than being able to service that same car would be. And having the life skills to live in a house is far more of a mainstream thing than being able to actually build that house. But that doesn't mean that there's no call for people ...
2187Are we IITT (Institute of IT Training) members?
I'm a great believer in "Raising the standards of professionalism in training" - that's the byline of the Institute of IT Training - so when they approached us about becoming a certified member, I listened carefully. Cynics will say that you "get nowt for nowt in this life" ... and indeed that seems ...
2109Why most training fails ...
"Why most training fails ..." ... a headline from a newsletter / newsfeed which comes in to me each morning. [article] And most of what the article says is true. To quote from the article: "While these methods may get high marks from participants, research (ignored by many training professionals) shows ...
2084Books and distance learning from Well House Consultants?
A question from my ask the tutor page which really deserves adding to an "FAQ" ... so I'll publish the question and answer here > Sender - Xxxx Xxxxxxxx (xxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk) > > via page - /course/index.html > do you do any books or distance learning courses Hi, Xxxx Thanks for writing / ...
1035Longer hours and better value courses
Last year, we started at a quarter to ten on the first day of our courses, and ended at about half past four on the last day. And indeed, hours like those are standard for EVERY day at some other establishments. How long lunch takes can be a significant factor too! This year, we're starting daily ...
577Learning to program in Perl or PHP
* Course - Perl for Beginners. * Tutor lead lessons - Learning to Program in PHP. * Classes in MySQL from the ground up. Our IT industry can be so inward-looking at times! Many training courses are really conversion courses where a programmer skilled in language P learns language Q. Such courses ...
350Want to be one better
I'm told that I'm competitive - that I want to be one better. That's not always a compliment as it can mean that I tend to come in and "cap" your story with what I think is a better one - but at least I'm aware of this tendency and tell my good friends to alert me when I do it. But this competitiveness ...
1645Seeing how others do it - PHP training
We're always keeping an eye open for "how others do it" - we're quite happy to learn from others in the training business. But more often than not, we'll spot something and say "I would never do THAT" or "that wouldn't work for us". Here are some I found on a single site this morning. "All of our ...
219Some unusual features
From yesterday's mailbox: Question: "Can you tell me what differentiates Well House Consultants from the likes of Learning Tree, QA training, Interquad etc.?" Answer: Interquad, Learning Tree, QA and others must answer for themselves as to what they provide and don't provide, but here's a check list ...
1576Making PHP and MySQL training relevant to the course delegates
If I'm training on MySQL or PHP, I'll often come up with an example in front of the class - it's much more effective training to see HOW an answer is reached than to simply be presented with a pre-written example. And so it was yesterday that I wrote a small application to extract data from tables ...
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 ...
1453What makes our courses special?
It's one thing to provide a training course ... and another to provide an effective training course that the delegate will fondly remember, and the course administrator will book as his first choice for the next student for the same subject. Yesterday evening, I wrote something of our philosophy for ...
554What backup is adequate?
I've been ski-ing for the last 5 days. Or rather - trying too. On one day, the slopes were completely closed and on the other days there has only been limited opening - of the 30 lifts perhaps 10 have been running on average, and this is peak season. Yesterday, we went to the Gondola Station here in ...
579Short Linux and Perl courses for small groups
Around a half of my training time is spend presenting public courses - the other half goes on private courses to groups ranging in size from a handful of trainees up to (in exceptional cases) 15 or 16. Every customer has a slightly different requirement ... so wants a slightly different agenda. Our ...
646PHP - London course, Melksham Course, Evening course
An answer to an enquirer ... I'm posting a part of this here as it compares and contrasts some of the options available if you want to learn PHP. """There's a variety of PHP course available, as you say ... and not everyone needs a course; some people do very well self-taught or from books. I did a ...
726In praise of training course delegates.
There are some characteristics of people that are the same the world over. I'm training this week in Saudi Arabia (so my week is Sunday to Wednesday) and - I admit - I was in some nervousness of my first trip to the middle east. But - what lovely, personable people and a great bunch of keen Perl learners. ...
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Well House Consultants specialise in training courses in Ruby, Lua, 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.

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