Yesterday was the second Perl School course. Once again it was at Google Campus and once again it was on Modern Perl for Non-Perl Programmers. The big difference this time though was that people were paying £30 a time to attend.
And that did make a difference. While the previous (free) version sold out in less than a day, there were still tickets on sales for this one right up to the time it started. But I actually ended up teaching more people as far fewer people didn’t turn up (there were still four people who didn’t turn up though – guess some people don’t care about wasting £30).
I thought the course went well – but I’ll wait until the feedback forms come back before taking that for granted. It felt smoother than the first run and we finished on time.
One of the best things about these courses is the way that they draw in people who don’t usually get involved in the Perl community. Of the twenty-five or so people in the room, I think there were three or four who I had met at Perl Mongers events or YAPCs in the past. As I finish with a section on where to go for more information and as that section includes a big plug for London.pm and the London Perl Workshop, hopefully we’ll see a few more people being drawn into the community.
So now it’s time to start looking ahead. The next Perl School is already planned. It will be on 8th December and will be about Moose. Running once every two months seems to be a pretty good rhythm, so I’m also starting to think about running one at the start of February. That will probably be about DBIx::Class.
As always, I’ll post something here when I have more details. But you can also watch the upcoming events page on the Perl School web site.
And if you have any ideas of other courses that I should be running as part of this series, then please let me know.
The second Perl School course is just under four weeks away (and there are still tickets available) but it’s time to start looking ahead.
The third Perl School is going to be on 8th December. Like the others, it will be at Google Campus. But this time the subject will be slightly different. The first two have been aimed at people who don’t know much Perl, but this one will be the first in a series for Perl programmers who might just not be completely up to date with the latest tools. This one is called “Object Oriented Programming with Perl and Moose”. Tickets are £30 and are available online. More details of the course are on the Perl School web site.
The more observant amongst you will have noticed that I’m giving a two-hour tutorial on Moose at the London Perl Workshop two weeks before this course. That tutorial will cover something like a quarter of the material in the full-day version.
On Saturday, I ran the first Perl School session. Twenty-five programmers with little or no previous experience of Perl came along to Google Campus in London and listened to me talking about Perl.
Over six hours I tried to give a good introduction to Modern Perl. In the morning I talked about the core Perl language and explained some of the concepts (for example, context) where Perl differs from most other programming languages. In the afternoon I talked about some of the important big CPAN projects that are defining Modern Perl – things like Moose and PSGI.
The course was free as it was all a bit experimental. I was trying to work out how much material I could get through in a day and what topics would be most useful for the attendees. Many lessons were learned.
- There was slightly too much in the course. Things got a little rushed towards the end. I might need to cut a bit of material before running it again. Or perhaps I just need to waffle on a bit less.
- When you book a room you should ask how the seating will be configured. I turned up at about 9:15, expecting I’d just need to get to grips with the projector system. I found the room set up with chairs around a central table. It was a bit of a rush to turn that into a lecture theatre before the students arrived.
- Some people don’t value free training. There were fifty places available on the course. They were all booked within 24 hours of the date being announced. Over the intervening couple of months, a few people dropped out and were replaced by people from the waiting list. That’s not a problem. In the 24 hours before the course I received five emails from people saying that they couldn’t come for various reasons. That’s not a problem either. What’s a problem is the twenty or so people who just didn’t bother to turn up and didn’t think it worthwhile to let me know.
I’m doing it all over again in October. Same course (slightly improved, I hope) art the same venue. This time it won’t be free – but I’m hoping that a fee of £30 will be cheap enough that people will still sign up.
And I’m planning more courses for the future. Initially, I plan to run something every couple of months. I’m thinking about one-day courses in Database Programming, Object Oriented Programming and Web Programming. Hopefully some of my readers will be interested to come along to some of that.
I hope to announce the subject and date of another course within a couple of weeks. It’ll probably be in early December. Watch the web site or the mailing list for details as soon as I have them.
Yesterday I talked briefly about the Modern Perl for Non-Perl Programmers course that I’ll be running at Google Campus in October. If you look at the URL for the course information you might see a hint of a wider branding strategy.
I’m planning to run a series of these low cost, high attendance courses. And I’m going to brand them as “Perl School”. The idea is to get a bit of a buzz going about Perl training in London. And giving the series an easy to remember name is an important part of that.
There is, of course, a web site too. It’s at perlschool.co.uk. And a Twitter account – @perl_school.
I won’t just be running courses aimed at non-Perl programmers. I have ideas for courses for Perl programmers too (at all levels).
Please keep an eye on the site for more news.
 Ok. Part of the idea. There’s also some stuff about making money in there.
Six weeks ago I announced that I’d be running a free one-day course called “Modern Perl for Non-Perl Programmers” in August. Places on that course were fully booked in less than a day.
So I’ve decided to run to course again, two months later. It will still be at Google Campus, and the date is Saturday 6th October.
The original course was free, but I can’t afford to do that on a regular basis. I hope you’ll agree that £30 is still a bargain for a day of training.
As last time, most readers of this blog probably aren’t in the target audience for this course, but you might know people who would be interested in the course. Please pass on the link.
You can buy a ticket using at perlschool2.eventbrite.co.uk.
 Programmers of other languages who want to learn Perl.
Back in 2007 the London Perl Mongers ran a free one-day Perl training course at the BBC’s offices in White City. That was five years ago, so for a couple of months I’ve been thinking that it was probably about time that we did another one.
And then suddenly this afternoon a few loose ends came together and all of a sudden it’s been organised.
The course will be on Saturday 4th August at Google Campus in London. It will run from 9am to 5pm. As last time, it will be completely free to attendees.
Last time the course was aimed at intermediate Perl programmers and introduced them to advanced Perl techniques. This time I’m aiming at the opposite of the spectrum. The course is called “Modern Perl for Non-Perl Programmers”. It’s aimed at people who are comfortable programming in languages other than Perl and who are interested in getting up to speed in Perl as quickly as possible.
Obviously most of the readers of this blog won’t be in the target audience for the course, but I’m betting that you all know at least one person who might be interested in the course. So it would be great if you could send the link to the registration page to anyone who you think would find the course useful.
The link is: perltraining.eventbrite.co.uk
Update: All of the places on this course were booked in about 20 hours. In 2007, a similarly sized free course was all booked up in about two days. I guess it’s true that Perl is dying
I’ve mentioned before that I’m running some public training courses in London next month. But how do you fancy coming along to those courses for free?
Those lovely people at O’Reilly have put an advert for the courses in the new issue of Linux Format which hits the shops about now. That’s issue 154 and the advert is on page 54. The advert contains details of a competition where two people can win free places on the two courses – one person on each course.
There are also four runner-up prizes which are copies of the new edition of the Camel book.
All you need to do is… well to find that out you’ll need to buy the magazine. Ok, so entry isn’t 100% free – you’ll need to pay £6.49 for the magazine.
I’ll be running some public training courses in London in February. There will be two two-day courses (which include practical sessions). The intermediate course will be on Feb 21/22 and the advanced course will be running on Feb 23/24. The courses will be held at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square.
For more details (including the syllabus and prices) please see my training page.
There are plenty of unfilled Perl jobs in London currently. I’m constantly getting recruiters phoning or emailing me asking for help finding suitable candidates. If you’ve done a bit of Perl in the past, but left it for other technologies, now would be a good time to rekindle your interest and these would be good courses to take (but, of course, I would say that, wouldn’t I!)
The London Perl Workshop is in two weeks time. Have you registered yet? There are apparently 200 people signed up already.
I’m going to be there giving a training course in the morning. It’s called Modern Core Perl and it will introduce many of the new features that have been added to the Perl core since version 5.10.
The course is ninety minutes long and attendance is completely free (as it is for all of the workshop). I was planning to write a post encouraging people to sign-up for the course, but it seems that will be unnecessary. I already have twenty people signed up and until I know for sure how big the room is I’ve had to declare the class full as I don’t want to run the risk of people signing up and not being able to fit into the room.
Unfortunately, though, the workshop web site doesn’t really have the concept of signing up for courses. So it’s impossible to actually stop more people signing up for the course. In fact, two more people have signed up since I edited the description to say the course was full.
I hope that the room will be large enough to allow us to let a few more people in on the day, but we will be strict on not overcrowding the room.
I apologise in advance if you want to come to the course but can’t get in. Perhaps you’ll consider Ian’s course instead. Or there will be three or four tracks of other talks going on at the same time.
This year’s London Perl Workshop will be on November 12th. We’ve just tied down the details of the free training course that I’ll be running on the day.
It will be called “Modern Core Perl” and will be a two-hour discussion of how the Perl core has changed since Perl 5.10.
More details nearer the date.