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SWQL Study Group for the complete novice - thoughts?

Just throwing this out there and wondering ...

My coding skills are pretty much non-existent. I have been a hardware guy all my life and just when I think I've got a handle on something and create a new query which subsequently doesn't work I get all deflated. So off I go a Googling and a Thwacking trying to see if someone has already built that wheel before. And frequently I find the answer to that is yes, they have; only it was so long ago that things have changed and the script is so far from usable / working that I'm back at the start again.

Anyway ...

My point is, I wonder if there is any merit in a SWQL Study Group to help learn this stuff from the ground up.

I've no idea if it would work; who would run it (combined effort / self led / experienced friendly coder?); structure or anything... but maybe a few like minded code n00bs, could find someplace/someway to form a self help learning group.


Especially if you are like me and want in on a group like this?

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  • Thanks Kevin - I'm pretty sure I've seen all those videos at least once but IIRC mostly shot past my grasp as I didn't (don't) have the basics in place. I understood the gist, but the detail in the specifics is what eludes.

    And second, as I hinted at above, watching videos is not my prime identified style of learning - it doesn't even come in 2nd or 3rd in the 7 styles I was taught about. I very much learn bet by being able to interact directly with others going through it at the same time.

  • You and me both, my friend.  I (personally) learn by doing the thing.  I can read all the docs and watch all the videos, but for me actually doing the thing is what teaches me.  If you had a magic wand, what would you want?

  • The UK time is a challenge for me on PST, otherwise I'd be game to lead a couple sessions.   I taught the L1 courses on advanced scripting/ database/ reporting many times when I worked for them.   If your company has some training budget to burn L1 still does that course and has UK team.  It's very hands on and can take someone from "no idea what SQL is" to being halfway decent query writing and able to use postman for the API in just a few days.

  • Marc - that course would be perfect and I'm trying to get it sorted this end (new financial year coming up real soon so who knows) but last I spoke with L1 UK was that the course is available only has a remote course run by their USA counterparts.

    The remote part is not an issue so long as interaction is a go - what isn't feasible is starting a course at 16:00 my time when that is my end of day :) - and as we foster kids I need to have my downtime to help my wife.

    As to the offer of leading a session or two then I will bear that in mind, and the odd late day I can accommodate.

    But so far the only responses I've had are from folks that know the stuff - I need more folks like me to make it viable!

  • There are other partners offering this kind of help in your area.  Prosperon is on that operates mostly in the UK.  There are a few others out there.  The nice part about services like these is that they can work with you and your dataset, not a sample one, so whatever you do is more in line with what you'll need to do in the future.

  • Thanks Kevin - I'll have to see if our training provider works with Prosperon...

    In the meantime, another THWACK'ster and I are meeting via Teams next week to start and see what can be done to assist me.