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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

    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
    • I find the notion that any corporate entity might try to impose a certification process on Perl programmers for its own benefit, especially at this point in time, to be absurd.

      For one thing, it would probably take years to put such a plan into action, and any training companies willing to wait that long to see an increase in business could achieve the same result just by sitting idly by waiting for Perl 6!

      Secondly, if the advent of a Perl certification program would indeed result in increased demand for Perl training, such an activity could be expected to benefit the competitors of such a company to an equal degree (because a "rising tide raises all boats"). Companies generally strive to gain an advantage over their competitors, not to make them stronger.

      Although I'm not aware of any companies that are currently working toward a Perl certification program, as you know there are people asking the Perl community to consider the exploration of the pros and cons of that idea, which could lead to its acceptance, if the community at large were to approve of the idea.

      I for one think the idea is worth further study.


      Dr. Tim Maher
      CEO, Consultix
      Perl and UNIX Training []