Daniel Lewis wrote:

>However, if someone is very new to programming then Ruby is quite a
>nice/easy language to learn, and so beginners may want to learn
>programming concepts with Ruby... a course/certification may be good
>for them.
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Now courses I have no problem with, they are a very good idea to get 
people up to speed. However the best you should get from such a course 
is a certificate of attendance.