While we have been offering formal training classes since the release of Flare version 1.0 we have recently introduced the VIP version of our certified Flare training and this VIP version is called MadCamp.

Traditionally our classes are held at a customers location if they have enough students and the facility, or they are held in rented facilities, or sometimes we offer the training on-line. We haven’t offered classes at our headquarters in the past, but we have wanted to. For various reasons this never came to pass, but with our moving into our new office space in La Jolla, CA (ironically the very same building where I first worked for Blue-Sky Software back in the mid ’90s) all of the pieces are now in place.

Once the decision was made to offer training classes at our new headquarters we decided to “kick things up a notch”. Instead of the normal three day Basic/Intermediate Flare course we would offer something a little different. This new course would be four days, would include the basic/intermediate course and would also include the one day Advanced Flare CSS course as well. Then to really make it different we included some additional perks such as lunch with the programmers, QA team, and tech support staff on one day and a candid preview/discussion of future products and the MadCap Software road map. All of this combined constitutes the MadCamp Training Course.

We held the first MadCamp last week (February 12-15) and it was a great success! I had a lot of fun teaching the class and the students seemed to really enjoy the experience. The La Jolla weather was even nice enough that on the first day we all grabbed the catered bag lunches and took a lunch field trip to the La Jolla cove where we ate on the grass with views of the ocean and the seals.

I want to thank the students and congratulate them on being the graduating class of the first MadCamp ever!

About The Author

About Mike Hamilton

Mr. Hamilton has over fifteen years of experience in training, technical communication, multimedia development, and software development. Prior to joining MadCap Software, he served as the Product Manager for Macromedia's award-winning RoboHelp product line. Mr. Hamilton is often a featured speaker at industry events, including TEKOM and STC.

Last Modified: March 22, 2011

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