On Jan 23, 2007, at 5:04 PM, Mark Kirkwood wrote:
Theo Schlossnagle wrote:
On Jan 23, 2007, at 4:33 PM, David Fetter wrote:
I don't believe that's true. Oracle certification means quite a
bit. Cisco certification is excellent. Sun certification is
decent. If the PostgreSQL certifications don't mean much it is a
problem with the particular vendor of the certificate and you (as
a PostgreSQL entity) should contest their right to use PostgreSQL
name in their advertising or marketing. Certification programs
can and should mean something.
On Tue, Jan 23, 2007 at 11:52:08AM -0200, Iannsp wrote:
I did like to know what you think about the postgresql
certifications provided for
PostgreSQL CE http://www.sraoss.co.jp/postgresql-ce/news_en.html
My question is about the validate of this certification for the
clients. Make difference to be certified?
Clueful clients will look unfavorably on any "PostgreSQL
certification" you have. They will instead insist on experience and
references, as clueful clients do. :)
Certification is ok - but is only of actual value when combined
with real experience. The reason I say this is that certification
programs in general can be beaten by various techniques (e.g.
friends, online research, guessing etc). Also over time they are
rendered (almost) useless by the (lucrative) side businesses that
come into being (e.g. 'boot camps', mock exams etc).
Get a CCIE and tell me that again :-) When you are handed a
complicated network of routers and switches running all sorts of
version of IOS and CatOS and you go to lunch, they break it and you
have a certain time allotment to fix it all.
Most certifications are not simple multiple choice quizes. Just the
ones you hear about -- the ones that suck.
I think seeing relevant training courses + experience on a CV
trumps certification anytime - unfortunately a lot of folks out
there are mesmerized by shiny certificates....
Sure. But experience is very hard to get. And since people with
PostgreSQL experience are limited, companies adopting it need a good
second option -- certified people.
// Theo Schlossnagle
// CTO -- http://www.omniti.com/~jesus/
// OmniTI Computer Consulting, Inc. -- http://www.omniti.com/
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