Re: IBM's idea off an XML expert
On Sun, Jan 05, 2003 at 11:10:06AM -0500, Mike Champion wrote: > On Sun, 5 Jan 2003 10:09:35 -0500, Simon St.Laurent > <simonstl@s...> wrote: > >I suspect more emphasis on educating people in the first place would be > >a more productive use of time than working on certification of any form. > > FWIW, I suspect that we need time (measured in years) to figure out which > parts of the XML corpus are worth educating people about (and certifying > the status of their education) before we worry too much about this. We've already had years of time to examine the relative benefits of various certification programs. Vendor-run certifications that are both comprehensive and focused have proven themselves. I wouldn't want to staff a NOC without some Cisco-certified network engineers (or equivalent). Nor would I trust an enterprise-grade database to someone who "knows Oracle" when I can get someone Oracle has certified as a DBA (and understands how to use the software). What *hasn't* worked are the certification programs related to programming. MC** and A+ certifications don't have the same clout as those designed and backed by Sun, IBM, Cisco and Oracle for the care and feeding of their products. That's because it's nearly impossible to ceritify someone is a capable problem solver. Programmer certification has been debated for over a decade now, and the proposals in favor have never succeeded in winning over a significant number of people (except those who are seeking entry level work with an A+/MC** certification). XML certification falls into that category much more easily than it does an IBM certification program for tweaking their terabyte Fibre Channel NAS array or a Cisco certification program for configuring and tweaking routers and switches. *All* of that needs to be considered even before you attempt to identify what XML technologies belong in a certification, and what people should know about those technologies. Z.
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