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RE: Web-based certification services

by mirod (Canon)
on Nov 10, 2000 at 19:58 UTC ( #40959=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Web-based certification services

I just took the free brainbench test. What a piece of CRAP!. I would never, ever, use it as a way to evaluate anybody's Perl proficiency.

To summ up the test let's say it is just a list of questions on bits of Perl trivia. On the kind of pieces of code that nobody in their right mind would use. Better work on those special variables efore taking it I tell you! And know your globals, << and >>, pack, and be ready to read (and understand) some awfull bits of code.

Too bad there is just nothing there that shows whether you can actually write a piece of code.

And of course it is just to easy to cheat, just fire up perl -d -e0 and you get most of the answers.

So I would recommend using it 2 ways:
- if you want to hire someone to maintain code written by BooK
- to watch the look of disgust on a canditate's face when you have them take the test in front of you (but they can probably sue you for extreme emotionnal distress).

And yes I passed, although certainly not with flying colors (what do I care about using globals to alias whatever...)


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Re: RE: Web-based certification services
by dmmiller2k (Chaplain) on Aug 22, 2001 at 20:17 UTC

    Thanks for saving me the time and trouble (and, apparently $19.95) of taking this test, which I'd have done out of curiosity. Your perspective seems to be about what mine is toward such things.

    dmm

    Just call me the Anti-Gates ...
    

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