RE: IBM's idea off an XML expert
You hit the nail. The scope of certification relative to the scope of XML topics means the course designer needs a very precise understanding of what is important to any given discipline. XML is applied to a multi-discipline space and unless one focuses on that aspect, certification per se can be a statement of broad but potentially shallow knowledge. Certification has a place if distinguished from education. Certification should be a precise assertion of the understanding of the certified given a well scoped topic set itself circumscribed by a precise application, not a broad knowledge of a subject. I would expect any XML expert to thoroughly *know* XML 1.0. I would not expect any XML expert to understand how to XMLReader and Writer classes from the .net framework. That is a separate certification. I would expect them to have that separate certification or a set of such. A certificate is an assertion. It is useful for the owner of the certificate and the employer to which it is presented to vette the assertion. len From: Adam Turoff [mailto:ziggy@p...] *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.
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