in reply to Perl Certification ( oh yeah, it's that time again... almost )

Having ground the thought to dust with the millstone in my head:

I think that certification is primarily used as a scam to take money away from people who are desperate for jobs. Aside from making a cash cow out of thin air, what would be the purpose of certifying Perl programmers? All a cert can possibly tell the prospective employer is that I know how to cram for and pass a test. Wouldn't that prospective employer be better served by a pre-employment code challenge of his own, similar in scope and intent to those pre-employment screening tests given to electronics technicians?

So, to answer your direct questions: (A) No. (B) Never was worried, myself, that I'd lose anything except time and money better spent doing anything but obtaining a cert. (C) Dunno. (D) Yes. A decent programmer would have more trouble hitting a cow in the ass with a banjo than blowing away a multiple guess test.

Howzabout we don't revisit this topic again next year?

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