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Tuesday May 08, 2007
03:26 AM

Perl Training in London

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A couple of data points about Perl training in London.

  1. Within 48 hours of announcing the london.pm/BBC Backstage Perl Teach-In, all 50 places were taken
  2. In approximately the same time period Google has decided that the Teach-In is so important that it takes up six of the top ten results from a search on Perl Training London

From these data items I extrapolate that there is a demand for Perl training in London, but that currently no-one is doing much to fulfill that demand.

I smell a business plan forming...

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  • I'm very happy you've managed to make this happen. Simon's initial prodding on this subject was great and the fact that it's actually happening is fantastic. I'm very curious to know what the aftermath will be.

    • I really can't take much credit for this. The original idea was Simon's and you spent a lot of time trying to get it organised. Richard Jolly and Jonathan Tweed at the BBC did a lot of work too.

      All I've done so far is to promote it a bit. Now my part starts. I need to a) write the course and b) present it.

      And, yes, like you I'm really interesting in seeing what happens next.

  • ... there is a demand for Perl training in London

    In the registration do you ask where people live? I don't doubt there is a large demand for Perl training in London and the surrounding areas, and I think the Teach-In is an excellent idea and hope goes well. However, I'd be intrigued to find out if there are any "students" that are travelling from elsewhere in the UK.

    I was hoping that OpenAdvantage would take some interest in Perl training, but they opted to teach PHP and a bit of Python. They asked me some time ago to do a Perl introduction, but they

    • You're absolutely right, of course. I should have said that there's a demand for Perl courses from people who are prepared to travel to London.

      Perhaps you can do a tour next year ;^)

      I'd be very happy to do a similar thing in other UK (or even European) cities. But the financial side is so much easier when I can travel using my Oystercard and sleep in my own bed :-)

      I should mention that I intend to make the slides for this course available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike [creativecommons.org]

      • It may be possible to make a reasonably practical approach for trainers visiting LUGs, .PM groups and such. If it's planned in advance, various groups I'm sure are big enough to host an event that could be filled and would be within a reasonable days travel of London. I know the very basic Perl talk I gave at my LUG had over a dozen people in and if it had be publicised and held at a joint LUG event we could have got more people involved.

        One thing I would suggest is to video the talk and make it downloada

        --
        -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
        • That's part of the reason I decided to do a speaking tour this year for The Birmingham Perl Mongers World Tour [pm.org]. Most events have been really well attended. Oddly enough the lowest attendence was a Perl Monger group. All the LUGs have been very responsive and we've even got a couple of new recruits to Birmingham.pm as a result :)