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- Subject: Re: Lua Certification - an informal discussion
- From: Eric Scouten <scouten@...>
- Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 14:40:53 -0700
Peter and others, I share your skepticism about certification programs
and, frankly, CS degree programs (at least in the US -- I won't bash
those from other countries ;-) ).
When I did my degree work in the late 80s and early 90s -- after already
having done some successful commercial software development, I was
shocked at how poorly CS programs addressed what I believe is the key
skill in software development: knowing how to select and then assemble
small, seemingly-unrelated building blocks into a coherent entity that
can solve a much larger problem than any of the individual building blocks.
All the languages and libraries in the world are useless if you can't
master that skill, and I don't believe for a minute that a
multiple-choice exam can divine its existence.
Show me what you've already done in the field (even if it was on your
own time) and I'll believe you're a competent programmer. Show me a
certificate and I'll believe nothing.