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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Certification is an artificial incline, usually created by those who stand the most to profit from it. After the initial sunk cost of getting employers to believe in this artificial slope, such a corporation then gets to sit back and rake in dough based on the now artificially created demand for certifications and certification support (trainings, books, infrastructure, and so on).

    I think Stonehenge's ethics are higher than that. At the moment, I don't see any purpose in creating an artificial slope for

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    • Randal L. Schwartz
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    • So the next time I need a doctor, I should google their reputation and not give two hoots about their degree? References and reputation go a long way, but in most respected disciplines having some form of degree/certification is essential. (Note the word 'respected') You're the exception. It's not entirely fair to the rest of us who have neither the desire nor the personality type to post thousands of times on perlmonks and moderate newsgroups!

      brian's argument is weak, whether you agree with him or not. H

      • I have a scope issue with your analogy. Perl is just one of the tools used by a programmer (sys admin, etc.) and certifying one tool does not really make sense to me. Continuing your analogy, does that mean you would expect your doctor to be certified in the use of a certain size and brand of scalpel?
        • Look at the ads: Some say Perl knowladge is an advantage (among 30 other things that might be more important). Other say 3 years experience in Perl, mod_perl, DBI, SQL.

          In the former case you are right. Probaly a Perl certificate won't mean much.
          In my understanding the article of Tim talks about all the others where Perl is the major tool in your craft. Or rather, he is talking about all the cases when instead of Perl they are expecting Java or C++ for the same task.

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