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Re: PostgreSQL Certification

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL Certification
Date: 2003-10-29 19:16:46
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>What about certifiying the instructor first? I mean: 'PGDG Certified 
>Instructors'. If I'm a PGDG Certified instructor, everyone should be sure 
>that I could answare almost 'any' question about PostgreSQL.
I don't think that is a good first run. For example, I am a hell of a 
tuner. I can get into a database and make analysis of problems that can
be solved by different processes, schema changes, postgresql.conf changes

I know only the basics of pl/pgSQL. Enough to write a function/trigger when

Of course some of my other programmers are quite adept and pl/pgSQL but
they aren't as adept with the actual DBA type stuff.

There is no "one hat". That is why the MCSE is crap because it assumes that
once reached you are a "one hat" answer. 

Back when I was in MS hell, and would take classes on things like 
Exchange. The
certified "Instructor" never knew almost "any" question. They were always
very strong in one or two areas.

To me it makes more sense to have individual certifications that encompass
small ranges of talents. Similar to the Comp Tia A+, where there is A+ 
networks, A+ Windows,
A+ Linux etc....

We could have:

PGDG Administrator
PGDG Developer C/C++
PGDG Developer Java
PGDG Developer .Net
PGDG SQL specialist

I am just blowing wind at this point to provide examples.


Joshua Drake

>Ok, let's see the point: We are running an open-source product, that has 
>no company with it. I'd prefer a class that will be certified by a company 
>or Development Group. For example, there are a lot of Linux Classes in 
>here; but when I feel that I need to take a certificate, I'd prefer Red 
>Hat's exams. So, there may be a lot of PostgreSQL classes everywhere --but 
>I'm pretty sure that people will choose a (PGDG) certified class.
>All you need to say is 'PGDG Certifies XX Company's Courses'; you do not 
>need to announce the opposite.
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