Subject: Re: Conference moment: Lisp certification?
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 21:10:13 -0600
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Tim Bradshaw  <> wrote:
| * Petr Swedock wrote:
| > Certification is merely a means for one authority to trust another. 
| This is a good point.  A certificate doesn't have to be some kind of
| trivial thing.  Many of us have a certificate that says something like
| `this person went to such and such a university and was there for so
| and so years and did these courses and passed some exams at the end of
| it all, and we think they did OK' - a degree in other words.  These
| things are pretty widely used when deciding whether to employ people.

Hmmm... You guys may be onto something here. What if instead of a
"certification exam" per se one simply reported one's grades in one
of several respected ("certified") extension courses in "industrial
strength" Lisp programming? Then the burden of "certification" falls
on the schools teaching those courses (as it does with universities).

[Of course, you still have to interest such schools in *teaching* such
courses, and in hiring decent-enough teachers that a passing grade has
some meaning...]


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