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Some anecdotes and random thoughts drawn from ten years of running Perl training courses.

Some anecdotes and random thoughts drawn from ten years of running Perl training courses.



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  • Perl Training
  • Experiences, Anecdotes and Vague Conclusions
  • Dave Cross [email_address] @perltraining_uk
  • I run Perl training courses
  • Doing so since 2001
  • Sometimes alongside conferences
  • YAPC::Europe UKUUG Conference LPW
  • Internal courses for companies
  • [Names redacted]
  • Growing part of my business
  • Public courses
  • Perl Teach-In UKUUG/O'Reilly
  • Perl Teach-In
  • June 2007
  • Free training course
  • Sponsored by BBC Backstage
  • Not originally my idea
  • Simon Cozens
  • Japan
  • Many Perl jobs in London
  • Not enough experienced programmers
  • One-day advanced level Perl course
  • Turn beginner programmers into experienced programmers
  • 50 places
  • All booked in days
  • (Remember it was free)
  • Very positive feedback
  • Who attended?
  • BBC people
  • A few people
  • Lots of people I didn't know
  • Marketing success
  • A less successful story
  • July 2008 Public Perl courses in London
  • Five days of training
  • Priced competively
  • Marketing failure
  • Charging money makes a difference
  • Need good contacts
  • Word of mouth is not enough
  • Commercial advertising on Perl Monger mailing lists?
  • Cancelled due to lack of interest
  • Need better marketing
  • UKUUG and O'Reilly
  • February 2009 Two days of courses
  • Central London hotel
  • One day beginners One day advanced
  • Not aimed at the same people
  • Recommend three months experience between courses
  • Marketing needed to make that clearer
  • Twenty places on each day
  • Almost sold out
  • A few people
  • Lots of people I didn't know
  • University staff
  • Large companies
  • Interesting omission: Internet start-ups
  • UKUUG and O'Reilly were happy
  • Did it again in November
  • This time three days
  • Beginners Intermediate Advanced
  • Now become regular event
  • Now two-day courses
  • University of Westminster
  • Evening class in Computer Forensics
  • Computer programming for data munging
  • Invited to give evening class in basic Perl
  • Four hours 6 – 10pm
  • With practical exercises
  • To people with no programming experience
  • Some vague conclusions
  • People are still interested in Perl
  • People still want Perl training
  • Various levels
  • Intermediate and Advanced are most popular
  • Still plenty of Perl jobs in London
  • Maybe look at cross-training
  • Maybe time for another free Teach-in
  • Marketing is important
  • Marketing is hard
  • Magnum Solutions Perl Training in London