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Scala Certification Program

Joe Harry
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Apart from the Coursera course on Scala, I feel that there should be some commercial certification program be created for Scala. What do you people think? The Scala language specification is much bigger than the Java language specification. A commercial certification program would definitely encourage more and more people to take up the Scala programming language. It would definitely be good for the community. What do you people think?


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Roger Sterling
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Joe Harry wrote:The Scala language specification is much bigger than the Java language specification.


This could be good or not. Probably NOT.

Joe Harry wrote: I feel that there should be some commercial certification program be created for Scala. What do you people think?


Passing a test with little to no practical experience is not really an advantage. Developing an information system that does something wonderful is worth a whole lot more to a prospective employer than passing a test that says you can memorize a sequence of facts. For what purpose do you propose the certification will fill ? Is it for better employment opportunities ?
Brian Burress
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I agree that passing a test alone doesn't prove much, but I think a certification test can be a good thing to have if you don't have much experience in that particular language or tool. If you have experience that shows you are a knowledgeable coder, but do not have job experience in Scala, then a certification in Scala could help especially if there are not a lot of folks experienced in Scala. While not a guarantee that the person can handle it, my experience is that I can pretty much code in anything I want to because I am able to think about what I want to do generically and then it becomes an exercise in grammar and syntax.
Joe Harry
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When I did my SCJP certification during the ages of Sun Microsystems, I found that I understood the basics with a certification material than a traditional Java book. So I feel that a Scala certification program would definitely make sense to get intimate with the language.
 
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