I've tried to respond on my blog to all the points made so far.
Thanks for the feedback so far (even if it's just telling me that
certifications are the spawn of the devil).

On 11/10/06, Joel VanderWerf <vjoel / path.berkeley.edu> wrote:
> Patrick Hurley wrote:
> > On 11/10/06, Gustav Paul <gustav / rails.co.za> wrote:
> >> pat eyler wrote:
> >> >  1) Is Ruby ready for/in need of a certification program?
> >
> > With the growing size of the Ruby community (and demand for Ruby
> > programmers) there will undoubtedly be programs of this sort. Of
> > course having said that, I personally consider certifications programs
> > (especially for programming languages) one of the worst hiring metrics
> > available. If you want to find a good programmer, looking for a
> > language specific certificate is a terrible mistake.
>
> What about assigning each student to make contributions to ruby and to
> the community, so that they have something concrete and visible to point
> to? For example:
>
> - write std lib docs
>
> - write tests for std libs
>
> - write a brief article or blog entry, with newbies in mind as the readers
>
> - contact a project maintainer (on rubyforge for example) and ask for a
> suitable task (not SoC level, but not trivial, either)
>
> --
>        vjoel : Joel VanderWerf : path berkeley edu : 510 665 3407
>
>


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thanks,
-pate
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