Certification and Training Courses

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I’ve been out of the mix lately and haven’t had time to post.
I’ve been working an infrastructure contract position which just now
ended so I’m able to get back into Rails development.

I’m finding that locally around the Boston area that the only jobs
available seem to be development rather than infrastructure related.
I’m enjoying rails immensely and finished my first production site at
the start of the college season:

http://ncaastatpages.com

I’m trying to find out what I need to do to get into a rails position.
I have one rails website, approx. 5 months rails experience now, and
another 6 to 8 months ruby experience. I learn very fast and practice
as much of the core best practices where rails is concerned, minus some
SEO bad habits.

Here are my follow-up questions:

  1. Which Ruby certification(s)should I concentrate on?
  2. Which Rails certification(s) should I concentrate on?
  3. Are there any local conferences or meet-and-greet areas for rails
    near the Boston area?

I’m an IT Windows System Admin with over 16 years of infrastructure
experience who has been programming and web developing on the side now
for approx. 7 years. I’ve never had a job where I performed strict
developmental duties though so I’m trying to find out how I can get my
feet in the door.

Thanks a lot to any and all who reply.

Alpha B. wrote:
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  1. Which Ruby certification(s)should I concentrate on?
  2. Which Rails certification(s) should I concentrate on?

You mean there are such things? :slight_smile:

Seriously, I don’t think it’s worth wasting your time and money. In the
Rails community – as in many open-source development communities – no
one seems particularly concerned about certifications.

  1. Are there any local conferences or meet-and-greet areas for rails
    near the Boston area?

I’ll let someone from Boston answer that…

I’m an IT Windows System Admin with over 16 years of infrastructure
experience who has been programming and web developing on the side now
for approx. 7 years.

Yes, and your MCSE is showing! :smiley:

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser
http://www.marnen.org
[email protected]

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