in reply to perl certification

The Perl community doesn't really look that well upon certifications. They're more interested in what stuff you've done, what stuff you're doing, and what stuff you plan to do.

In a recent job interview I talked about a system that consisted of an Apache request handler that forked a number of daemons using IPC::Run, each of which would run an application that generated page images. After 60 seconds of inaction the daemon would shut down. The system worked well, had decent performance, and I got it done in 3-4 weeks.

That's way more interesting that saying you got some certification.

Here's another way to look at it. If someone's hiring a truck driver or a limo driver, they would indeed need to present their credentials -- but I can't imagine hiring a driver without the obvious "OK -- let's go for a drive."

It's usual and customary during a job interview for a developer to be able to go up to a white board and do an off-the-cuff presentation about the technical aspects of a chunk of Perl code they've done. If they're not able to do that, they need to learn more Perl, or improve their presentation skills.

In conclusion: certification for Perl is a waste of time and money.

Alex / talexb / Toronto

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