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Re^2: Perl Certificationby LanX (Chancellor)
|on Aug 07, 2010 at 11:15 UTC||Need Help??|
While most monks rightly criticize the "certification industry", where "simple" people are learning stupid multiple choice tests by heart to impress "simple" HR folks, the learning effect is ignored.
I applied recently for some Perl projects and was horrified to see at what standards those projects where run. I mean those people didn't really know what strict means or how moduls are used. (I ran into a situation where the boss got afraid about my "qualification" endangering his authority. =)
I think having something like the Euler project with a extendable online collection of Perl exercises, maybe cross-linked to online tutorials or chapters in O'Reilly Books (some of Merlyn's book have a training part at the end of the chapters) would be a good thing.
But this side of the coin wouldn't need to include a reliable "measuring" the knowledge in a linear way, to produce a rank for HR-folks.
This measuring could - if ever - only be done for very canonical things which include basic techniques and terminology everyone agrees that should be understand.
(scopes of variables, strict, package, use, type inference (== vs eq),...)
BUT like Monk's XP system is not a reliable measurement of knowledge it works as good motivation.