Public Training Courses in February

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!)

Modern Core Perl

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.

Modern Core Perl at the LPW

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.

Training in Riga

YAPC Europe is getting closer. We’ll all be heading off to Riga in about six weeks.

As has become traditional, there are a number of training courses being held both before and after the conference. This includes my Introduction to Modern Perl course on Sunday 15th August.

The course is a one-day overview of many of the major modules that make up the modern Perl toolset. If you feel that you need a quick refresher on things like Template Toolkit, Moose, DBIx::Class, Catalyst and Plack before diving into the conference proper, then this might well be just what you are after.

The cost is 180 € and you can buy a ticket when paying for the main conference.

There are many other course available too – from well-known Perl trainers like Damian Conway, brian d foy and Gabor Szabo. All of the courses are priced well below our usual rates.

I look forward to seeing you in Riga.

Training Update

The training courses for this summer’s YAPC in Pisa have been announced. And my course on Modern Perl has been chosen. It’s a one-day course on August 2th (just before the conference). It costs € 180. You’ll be able to book once the payments system on the conference web site goes live.

Here’s the description of the course from the YAPC site:

This course introduces the major building blocks of modern Perl. We’ll be looking at a number of CPAN modules that can make your Perl programming life far more productive.

The major tools that we will cover will be:

  • Template Toolkit
  • DBIx::Class
  • Moose
  • Catalyst
  • Plack

We’ll also look at some other modules including autodie, DateTime and TryCatch.

There are several other good courses running both before and after the conference. I’m sure there’ll be something that you’ll find interesting.

N.B: This is not an April Fool’s joke!

Training in Pisa

The YAPC::Europe organisers have put out a call for training courses. They want a number of courses to offer to attendees in the couple of days before the conference. The call closed yesterday and I expect they’ll be announcing the courses in a couple of weeks.

I’ve given training courses at the last couple of YAPC::Europes so I’ve sent in a proposal for a course. I’m hoping to run a new course called “An Introduction to Modern Perl”. In this course we’ll be looking at some of the tools that form the basis of all modern Perl programming. This will include Template Toolkit, Moose, DBIx::Class, Catalyst and Plack.

I hope that this sounds interesting to some of you and that you’ll consider attending the course (if it gets accepted). Please keep an eye on the conference web site to see when the courses are announced.

And please consider holding off booking your travel and hotel until you’ve seen the selection of courses that will be offered before the conference.

I suppose now I should start thinking about some talks to give at the conference.

Plug Plug Plug

I’ve got another set of public training courses coming up next month. They will be held at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square, London.

There are three one-day courses – Introduction to Perl, Intermediate Perl and Advance Perl. They’re running on the 13th, 14th and 15th of April.

More details on my training web site. Hope to see some of you there.

p.s. Gabor has been kind enough to advertise the courses on his newly revamped CPAN Forum site – so the least I can do is to repay the favour and recommend that you have a look at the site.

Market Research

I hope no-one minds if I use this post to do a quick bit of market research.

I’m planning to run some more public Perl training courses in April. Until now when I’ve run these courses, they have been pretty generic beginners, intermediate and advanced courses. But now I’m thinking that it might be interesting to run more focussed courses.

I’m planning to keep the intermediate course (as that seems to be pretty popular). So that leaves me looking for two more courses to run. Current ideas include:

  • Testing
  • OO Perl (largely covering Moose)
  • Databases (largely covering DBIx::Class)
  • Web programming (touching on basic CGI but moving on swiftly to things like Catalyst and PSGI)

Does anyone have any opinions? What Perl courses would you like to see in London? What courses would you attend? Or, perhaps more importantly, what courses would your employers pay for you to attend?

Learn Perl in London

I’m astonished to realise that I hadn’t already mentioned the three days of Perl training that I’m going to be running in central London next month. So please excuse a quick plug.

The training is running from 24th – 26th November and there are three separate one-day courses covering beginner, intermediate and advanced topics. If you’re wondering what subjects will be covered on each of the days then there’s a handy list on the web site. The courses are designed to be standalone, but they also work well together if you wanted to do two (or even all three) of them together.

The courses will be held at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square. Each day’s course costs £339.25 (inc VAT). That includes lunch.

The classes will be run lecture style, but there will be plenty of time in the breaks for you to try stuff out if you want to bring a laptop with you.

If you want to improve your Perl (or you want your colleagues to improve their Perl) then please think about signing up.

Update: It appears that there are only a tiny number of places left on the Intermediate course and not many more on the other two days – so I strongly recommend booking soon.

Speaking in Milton Keynes

Last Thursday I went to visit the nice people at Milton Keynes Perl Mongers. I think I’ve spoken at one of the technical meetings every year since they started holding them in 2006. I always enjoy speaking to MK.pm. They’re a small and friendly group. And they always make me feel really welcome.

This time I tried something a bit different. I had a few talks prepared that I’d given earlier this year, but on their mailing list I asked them to suggest what they wanted me to talk about. After a bit of discussion they came up with a few interesting suggestions and I agreed to present two of them. And, interestingly they came up with two talks that I would never have considered writing.

The talks seemed to go down pretty well and the slides are now available on Slideshare. They probably won’t work quite so well without me waffling on in front of them, but you might find them interesting.

  • Maintaining CPAN Modules – the tools and techniques that I use to maintain my small selection of CPAN module
  • Perl Training – Some experiences, anecdotes and vague conclusions drawn from the right years that I’ve been running Perl training courses

I found it an interesting experience writing talks that I hasn’t planned to write. It’s one that I hope to repeat in the future. Perhaps conferences should consider changing the way that Calls for Papers work. Maybe they should add a checkbox which means “I don’t care what I talk about – please give me a title.”