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Preparing for brain bench certification

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on Dec 09, 2005 at 14:49 UTC ( #515547=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
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I am preparing for brain bench certification in perl. I need resources on preparation for this certification. Could some body help me please.Which site would provide me the resources for these kind of certifications.

2005-12-10 Retitled by Arunbear
Original title: 'I am preparing for brain bench certification in perl. I need preparation material in perl certification.'

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Re: Preparing for brain bench certification
by friedo (Prior) on Dec 09, 2005 at 14:52 UTC
Re: Preparing for brain bench certification
by marto (Bishop) on Dec 09, 2005 at 15:02 UTC
    Have you checked out the Tutorials and Q&A sections of this site?

    Martin
Re: Preparing for brain bench certification
by duff (Vicar) on Dec 09, 2005 at 15:08 UTC

    I don't have any resources for you (other than the perl documentation :-) but I do have a warning: beware the goofy questions. Even though brainbench has recently updated and improved their perl certification questions, there were still several that were poorly worded and at least one that had no correct answer in the options provided.

Re: Preparing for brain bench certification
by CountOrlok (Friar) on Dec 09, 2005 at 15:17 UTC
    Read up on the camel book, the perl cookbook, and to some degree "Learning Perl Objects, References & Modules". Memorize all the special variables like $!. Know what all the built-in functions do like map, grep, sort, and format. Learn regular expressions and their modifiers like i and x. Bit operands. Passing variables to functions (i.e. shift and @_). difference between a literal and a reference.
    -imran
Re: Preparing for brain bench certification
by tirwhan (Abbot) on Dec 09, 2005 at 16:00 UTC

    This site is probably one of the best ways learn Perl that you can find. Come here often, read the questions, tinker with the problems and provide answers. Invariably you will find that one of your answers was wrong or incomplete and you will be (for the most part gently) corrected. Bingo, instant education. And it's free too (beyond the cost of the time you spend at it). Just imagine that, a free university which features lecturers that are among the best the field has to offer and nice people on the same level of knowledge as you * , that lets you set your own coursework and ask all the questions you want and never bugs you about doing your assignments by a specific date.

    Will this prepare you for a test towards a certificate that says nearly nothing about your competence as a Perl programmer? Not very effectively. But it may help you to become competent enough that you don't need to take a job with people who rely on that kind of qualification.

    Update: * Oh yeah, and there's a few people who won't answer the question you've asked and will insist on giving you their view on how best to learn Perl, e.g. me :-).


    Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it. -- Brian W. Kernighan
Re: Preparing for brain bench certification
by TedPride (Priest) on Dec 09, 2005 at 16:11 UTC
    Read through the most recent several hundred threads in Seekers of Perl Wisdom, make a frequency list of the modules suggested as solutions, and make sure you're familiar with how to use the most popular modules. Also make sure you know perlvar backwards and forwards, how to use strict and warnings, and how to properly handle Perl references and nested data structures.

    EDIT: The following thread may be useful:
    Essential Perl Modules

Re: Preparing for brain bench certification
by planetscape (Canon) on Dec 10, 2005 at 13:34 UTC

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