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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • What course did you take and what was the exam that went with it?

    I've done the RHCT course and exam, I found the course interesting, the exam was less exciting. Red Hat's exmas are pure practicals, here is a box, make it do the following things - just like it says on their web page. It doesn't test your ability to remember a lot of things, rather your ability to approach problems from the right direction.

    I'm considering taking the LPI [] exam, it's all multi-guess based, but they claim to have spent a lot

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • The course was LPI 102. The actual course was good and the trainer was very thorough. It was just the actual exam I was disappointed with. However, the exam is optional, I only took it because the company was paying for it.

      After the experience, I am very dubious of any automated exam. The selection box type questions are easy to mark, but when it comes to entering a string of characters, it needs a human to verify whether it's correct. Unless you can run it (if its a command) and check the output. However

      • I've been reading a LPIC-I book, and found the content quite comprehensive, but I've found some of the example questions a bit awkward. I like the idea of a vendor neutral exam, and I think a written exam like the LPI's complements the more practical approach of Red Hat.

        I must confess to being less than confident of an automated exam, but the book did come with an example exam on CD, and I suppose it's useful to practice first. I've done the example exam a few times, and been surprised with my mistakes, basic typos (I'm dyslexic) that would obviously result in a command not found error, and I'd get it right the next time, give you a failure. The books also said the LPI have a low pass rate, so it's quite uncommon to pass first time, even if you have had some training.

        From my perspective, it's another piece of paper, and something else to put on my CV, which though seemingly trivial sometimes makes a difference.

        -- "It's not magic, it's work..."