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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Years ago I took one of their tests and they sent me a certificate listing me as a 'certified Perl programmer'. However, I never listed that on my CV since I care about whether someone can get the job done and look up things quickly, not how good their memory is. My memory is awful and if I don't take copious notes about something or do that something over and over again, I simply forget it. I can't imagine how a Brainbench test would be valuable in the face of that, but someone with worse skills but a better memory is going to fare far better on that test than I.

    Here's an idea: how about a test whereby a test script is sent to someone (along with a possible list of coding standards) and they need to make it pass? The judging criteria would be how long it takes them to return the code and a possibly subjective evaluation (or Perl::Critic?) of the code quality. Admittedly, this isn't perfect, but it might be better than Brainbench.

    In other news, I just read about your potential $employer asking you to take that test. I laughed myself silly. Thanks :)

    • I'd much prefer certification from Klortho the Magnificient, but I believe that he's no longer in that business. :-(