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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
    • 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

      • Well, in my experience, one's education background doesn't mean much in this business. I don't think a certificate is essential for Perl programming to be respected. But I think certification can be very helpful, if done right. I simply don't understand all the pessimism and venom. This subject has been beaten to death, and I feel that nothing will ever happen, short of a revolt.
        • I think the best thing I've heard about certification was at TPC when someone said, "Sure it may be meaningless, but it's good to get HR to think you're not a boob." If we could make it better than meaningless, all the better. I think it's worth thinking about. I just haven't seen any examples that I think are worth tuits. As for fooling HR, I'll use petdance's Getting Hired tips instead and feel better about it.