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Perl Certification

by Bheema_Tyco (Novice)
on Aug 06, 2010 at 11:15 UTC ( #853381=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
Bheema_Tyco has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi Monks

I am new to Perl, i have learnt some basic in Perl

So i wants to Have Perl Certificate

Can anybody guide me, where can i get the Perl certification?

I heard about Brain Bench But i am not sure

plz tell me the site where i can take my Perl Certification Exam

Thanks,

Comment on Perl Certification
Re: Perl Certification
by marto (Chancellor) on Aug 06, 2010 at 12:10 UTC
Re: Perl Certification
by toolic (Chancellor) on Aug 06, 2010 at 12:13 UTC
Re: Perl Certification
by cdarke (Prior) on Aug 06, 2010 at 14:03 UTC
    The last attempt for Perl certification that I know of fizzled about about a year ago. I tried to get a BOF (Birds of a Feather meeting) going at Euro::YAPC 2009 conference, but absolutly no one was interested.

    Perl is driven by the community, and the community generally either don't want a certification program or (most likely) feel they have better things to do. It hardly ever comes up in conversation amoung Perl people.

    I sometimes move (slither?) in Python circles, and the situation is the same there.
Re: Perl Certification
by talexb (Canon) on Aug 06, 2010 at 15:07 UTC

    This is valid question for someone new to Perl, but a certificate's value depends only on how accurately it reflects the holder's knowledge.

    If it were possible to create a Perl certification program that properly measured a candidate's proficiency with Perl, then the concept might gain some traction. However, since Perl is a group effort and not some shiny corporate product, and since measuring proficiency in Perl is a slippery thing, certification will likely never take hold.

    In my opinion, that's a good thing -- I think certification gives HR folks a false sense of security that a candidate knows about the subject matter. Similarly, while a college or university degree reflects a certain level of accomplishment, it almost never tells you whether the student was an A student or just barely scraped by. And marks aren't always the measure of a man -- I remember a friend of mine, a Mechanical Engineer, who was doing a tuneup on his VW when a classmate came by, ranked #2 out of 180 in his class. "What's that?" "That's the battery." "And how about that?" "That's the coil." "And that?" "That's the alternator." He had absolutely no idea what was under the hood of a car. Yet his marks were amazing.

    Hanging out on Perlmonks is a great way to learn Perl and to learn about the culture of developing Perl programs. Soak that up, write a pile of code (programs and modules), and that will take the place of any 'certification' that you'll ever need.

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

      Every coin has two sides.

      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.

      Cheers Rolf

Re: Perl Certification
by Your Mother (Canon) on Aug 06, 2010 at 16:51 UTC

    I offer certifications. Basic cert is free so you're in luck.

    I hereby confirm that Bheema_Tyco is certified to write Basic Perl

    Of course you'll never be able to get a job with a Basic Certification. What you need is an Advanced Ceritfication. While not free, I think you'll find that it is really worth it in today's job market. Please send $50,000 to me via PayPal and I'll print and ship your official Advanced Perl cert immediately. (This approximates both the cost and the actual value in the workplace of the average US college degree.)

      Don't believe him: the only Real Advanced Perl Certificates are to be ordered from me. They come in full colour prints (you may even choose the text colour yourself) on thick cream-coloured paper with (of course) Gothic lettering and hand-signed by myself. To make sure that these certificates are the real stuff, they come with a certificate stating that they are real and valid for any legal purpose. You cannot get them any more official than that!

      CountZero

      A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

        Well if you really HAVE to have a Perl Certifcation that is from someone that an Employers HR Dept. MIGHT respect, you could try the one from CIW. It used to be just a test of Perl that was part of another Certification, but now it is a Certification on its own, CIW Perl Specialist.

        http://www.ciwcertified.com/Certifications/Web_Development_Series/perl.php

Re: Perl Certification
by morgon (Chaplain) on Aug 10, 2010 at 19:36 UTC
    Certifications are only useful for admins and for some specific products.

    Certifications for programming languages (even though some exists) are (IMHO) worth nothing at all.

    I assume what you ultimately want is a job and not a wall decoration and what counts in the job-market above all is demonstratable experience.

    These days it is simple to get experience even if you don't have a job - simply join an open-source project then you have something to show (far better than any certificate).

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