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Professional Perl Bodies

by fx (Pilgrim)
on Jul 01, 2004 at 15:12 UTC ( [id://371117] : perlquestion . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

fx has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

With this little query I didn't know whether I was seeking Perl wisdom or meditating or simply after some discussion.

I have heard of such bodies as the British Computer Society and the Association of Computer Professionals that permit the use of letters after your name once you join to show that you are a member of a professional body.

Does anything like this exist specifically for Perl?

fx, Infinity is Colourless

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Re: Professional Perl Bodies
by japhy (Canon) on Jul 01, 2004 at 16:34 UTC
    How about...
    P.P.D. (Perl Practicing Developer)
    For the beginner Perl programmer.
    P.L. (Perl Linguist)
    For the experienced Perl programmer.
    P.M. (Perl Monger/Monk)
    For the Perl community member.
    P.O.D. (Perl Official Developer)
    For the perl source code developer.
    X. S. (XS & SWIG)
    For the writer of modules that go beyond pure Perl.
    Jeff japhy Pinyan, P.L., P.M., P.O.D., X.S.: Perl, regex, and perl hacker
    s++=END;++y(;-P)}y js++=;shajsj<++y(p-q)}?print:??;
Re: Professional Perl Bodies
by hardburn (Abbot) on Jul 01, 2004 at 15:20 UTC

    Nope. Having a CPAN account is the closest thing to it.

    send money to your kernel via the boot loader.. This and more wisdom available from Markov Hardburn.

        Pretty good idea, to use CCC. The abreviation of the famous german hackers mothership, Chaos Computer Club . Well, like many hackers of the dark ages, even this club became a serious, non-criminal organization with a good reputation in our days. (grin)
Re: Professional Perl Bodies
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Jul 01, 2004 at 16:12 UTC

    You could always try J.A.P.H :)

    Examine what is said, not who speaks.
    "Efficiency is intelligent laziness." -David Dunham
    "Think for yourself!" - Abigail
    "Memory, processor, disk in that order on the hardware side. Algorithm, algoritm, algorithm on the code side." - tachyon
Re: Professional Perl Bodies
by jZed (Prior) on Jul 01, 2004 at 15:41 UTC
    Nursing is the worst at this. My wife is an R.N, B.S, M.A., F.N.P. (I think I'm forgetting some) and it's customary to append all the letters. This is partially a reaction to nursing being downvalued in relation to "medicine" (which according to the official line is only physicians).

    Maybe we should all start putting P.M.X.P.Z. after our names where "Z" is I=Initiate ... S=Saint.

    Seriously though, participation in Perlmonks or Perlmongers, or CPAN or other Perl community related organizations does IMHO belong on a resume. Even reviewers who don't have the foggiest what any of those are, can still get a sense of the extent of your participation.

    The Perl Advocacy page is a little sparse, if this is an issue that concerns you, maybe you could contribute to it.

    -- jZed, P.M.X.P.A., P.D.X.P.M., C.P.A.N.ID.J.JZ

      How would you tell Acolyte from Abbot or Scribe from Saint?
      a vs. A and s vs. S?
Re: Professional Perl Bodies
by skyknight (Hermit) on Jul 01, 2004 at 17:26 UTC
    Employers who make applicant processing decisions based on the letters that the applicant places after his/her name, as opposed to a real analysis of knowledge, skills and abilities, get what they deserve. Many software developers look great on paper, but put them behind a keyboard and it's a disaster.

      I agree that qualifications on paper are nothing compared to actual skill and being able to get the job done.

      However... Qualifications on paper can get you into the door at which point you can impress upon potential employers your actual skill and ability to get said job done.

      fx, Infinity is Colourless

Re: Professional Perl Bodies
by rir (Vicar) on Jul 01, 2004 at 15:46 UTC
    Letters? Letters!?

    Be well.

    rir, "\#".!@{$_}

      well put. We shouldn't have TLA, but TCN (Three Character Noise) after our names.