For many years now a regular feature of my training calendar has been the annual public courses that I have run in London in conjunction with FlossUK. Normally these happen in February, but this year I had to postpone them as I was in the USA for a lot of February.
But FlossUK still wanted to do them, so we’ve arranged to run the courses in November instead. There will be two two-day courses which will be held at the Ambassadors Hotel in central London.
For full details (and soon, I hope, a booking form) see the FlossUK web site.
Update: I’m sorry to have to announce that this course has been cancelled. I hope to reschedule for later in the year.
Tempus fugit and another Perl School rolls around.
Next Saturday (June 8th) I’ll be running my one-day course on Database Programming with Perl and DBIx::Class. As always the course will take place at Google Campus in London and tickets for the course cost £30.
The course is aimed at people who know Perl but would like an introduction to modern database programming using DBIx::Class. Full details of the topics covered are on the Perl School web site, where you’ll also find a booking form.
I’m running another Perl School this Saturday (6th April). This time the subject is Object Oriented Programming with Perl and Moose. I ran a two-hour taster version of this course at the London Perl Workshop back in November, but this is the full six-hour version. Tickets are £30 each.
The course is run at Google Campus on the outskirts of the City of London. There’s a full list of topics and a booking form over on the Perl School web site.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had two days of public training coming up in Manchester in April. I’ve just heard that the organisers have decided to cancel this training as they have had no bookings for the classes. I’m sorry if anyone was planning to book closer to the date and has been inconvenienced by this.
I’ve spent a lot of the last seven days running training courses. It might be interesting to share some thoughts about how they went.
Last Saturday was Perl School 4. A week before the course I was a little worried about ticket sales, but I did a bit of marketing early last week and managed to more than double sales in a few days. In the end I had 27 people signed up.
Perl School is always enjoyable. I think that people often turn up with quite low expectations as it’s so cheap. So it’s fun to overturn those expectations and give them a day of high quality training. People obviously recognise that as I’m getting a lot of repeat business – at least one person has come along to three of the four courses so far.
Many of the courses I give are overviews of Perl at various levels. This one was just about DBIx::Class so it was great to be able to go into a lot more depth on a single topic. Of course, DBIx::Class is a great subject to cover and it was fun explaining its more powerful corners to a room of people who don’t know much about it.
I thought it went well. But don’t just take my word for it. I’ve been asking attendees to fill in feedback forms about all the Perl School courses and I’ve published a page summarising that feedback.
Then this week has been two two-day courses for flossUK. Two day courses give us time to include practical sessions so that people go home having actually tried out the techniques that I’ve taught – which nicely reinforces the lessons. I really enjoy those sessions as you really see lightbulb moments as people see how easy it is to use these tools. This afternoon, for example, it was great to see people getting a simple Catalyst application up and running in less than an hour. An hour later people were really impressed as I introduced them to Plack::Middleware::Debug and showed them how I could get detailed DBIC_TRACE output on the web page by making tiny changes to the application code. At least one person went away determined to reimplement a number of key applications in Catalyst as soon as possible.
And that, to me, is the joy of running training courses. It’s great to open people’s eyes to the possibilities that these new tools give them. I love to see them leave filled with renewed enthusiasm for the language.
It’s a new year, so it’s probably a good time to remind you about some training sessions that I have coming up.
- Perl School 4 is on 9th February. The subject this time is Database Programming with Perl and DBIx::Class. As always, a full day of training costs just £30 and the class will be held at Google Campus in London.
- For the last few years I’ve always run a series of public training courses in conjunction with flossUK (formerly UKUUG) and O’Reilly. This year we’re running two two-courses at the Ambassadors Hotel in Central London. There’s a two-day Intermediate Perl course on 12/13 February and an Advanced Perl course on 14/15 February. You can book for these courses on the flossUK web site.
- The London courses have been going so well that flossUK and O’Reilly have asked me to try running some courses elsewhere in the country. The first location is Manchester where I’ll be running a two-day Advanced Perl course on 17/18 April. Once again, you can book for the course on the flossUK web site.
I hope to see some of you at one or more of these courses.
Yesterday was the third Perl School. Twenty-one students converged on Google Campus in London and spend a day learning about Moose.
The day seemed to go well. People asked intelligent questions and seemed to understand what I was telling them. Hopefully the feedback forms will tell a similar story.
No more training now for a couple of months. But once Christmas is over, I’ll need to start thinking about Perl School 4 – which will be about DBIx::Class. Hope to see some of you there.
I gave three talks at the London Perl Workshop yesterday. That wasn’t the original plan, but I kept coming up with talks that seemed to be good ideas.
The last one was on 25 Years of Perl was a bit of a failure as I broke the second rule of presenting (always plug in your laptop) and the battery died just as I got to 2012. Which meant that no-one saw my big finish where I pulled out to give an overview of all 25 years and thanked everyone who had ever been involved with Perl.
I’ve put the slides to all three talks on my (new, very much “work in progress”) talks page. It includes a link to all of the 25 years talk.
Thanks (as ever) to all of the organisers, volunteers and speakers at the LPW. The workshop just gets better and better each year.
See you in 2013 – which will be the 10th LPW!
 And also spoke on a panel about the state of the jobs market.
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.