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Re: Expert programmer's certification

by Elgon (Curate)
on Jan 15, 2004 at 13:02 UTC ( #321541=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Expert programmer's certification

I think that as many people have pointed out, certification is a tricky one. Personally, I'm cautiously in favour of it because an accredited certification scheme could help raise the profile of Perl as a serious business solution as it gives them something more tangible to focus on...

manager: You mean he's certified as clueful by the Christiansen-Wall College of Perl? Sign that man up!

You've got to be careful what it is that the certificate is certifying though: The online testing technique doesn't really test anything other than your ability to flip through the Blue Camel quickly or to remember syntax. (I'm certified by one of these as an "expert" in Perl and if you ever read any of my code, you'll see that this is overstating the case just a tad.) On the other hand a purely class-based course generally just certifies that you turned up and did at least some homework. Neither of these really fits the bill as what people really want (although they generally don't know it) is a good programmer rather than an expert in a particular language. Measuring what makes a good programmer is hard.


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