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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by jjohn (22) on 2004.01.11 8:56 (#27212) Homepage Journal
    I think certifications for specific languages are daft and could easily go the away of labor unions (which are at their worst rackets that skim money off their members). Steve McConnell says is that you need to certify software engineers in a similar way that civil engineers are. Languages are just the tools. All of the them do essentially the same kinds of things and many software errors appear despite the implementing language. Prove that you can program by doing a formal apprenticeship program, learn from an experienced engineer and the craft will markedly improve. This kind of program would need to have the force of law behind it to work. It would also increase the cost of software engineers (although it may reduce the overall cost of projects to reduce programming deadweight).

    That said, I doubt that coders will be applying for software licenses anytime soon. ;-)