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

Hi All, I am new member to this forum. I want to do certification on Perl/Shell programming. Please suggest me the useful/best certification for the same. If possible also suggest me the material/books. Thanks in advace to all.... Best Reagrds Santhosh

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Re: Perl/Shell certification
by targetsmart (Curate) on Feb 19, 2009 at 14:09 UTC
    I used the below books to understand the language and started to solve problems using perl.
    Learning Perl, Intermediate Perl, Programming perl and advanced programming in perl(1st edition)
    see book reviews section in perlmonks for the above books.(use search facility)
    Why do you want to do certifications?. Is it your ambition or just wanted to do because it gives you recognition in-front of your employer?. I am just curious to know.
    Because I too initially felt like doing a certification, but later I did only self-learning with the above books, along with help of this (my intention is not to discourage/divert you from pursuing certifications).
    Now I am feeling confident enough to solve real time problems(and I am solving it in my company).
    since you are new to perl, I stop here. waiting for updates from you.

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Re: Perl/Shell certification
by tilly (Archbishop) on Feb 19, 2009 at 16:45 UTC
    There are repeated arguments in the Perl community about whether to have any kind of official certification program. So far the decision has come down against it repeatedly for fear that said certification will not be effective for much more than making money for the certifying organization.

    See, for example, the discussion at Perl Certification revisited.

Re: Perl/Shell certification
by CountZero (Bishop) on Feb 19, 2009 at 19:52 UTC
    If you want to pass some certification test in view of getting hired, you better check what kind of certification will be acceptable to your future employer. Personally I would never hire someone only on the strength of a certificate issued by some commercial organisation who stands to gain more by selling certificates than by being strict.


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