November 2nd, 2020 × #Certifications#Imposter Syndrome#Web Development

Hasty Treat - Certifications? Government Specified JavaScript Skills?

Wes and Scott discuss the value of certifications versus hands-on experience in proving competence as a web developer. They cover how the fast pace of change in web technologies makes certifications difficult, but agree certifications around specific vendor platforms may be useful.


In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about web dev certifications — are they worth it, or a waste of time?

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Show Notes

02:12 - Certifications

05:30 - We have standards, and people move faster than standards.

  • jQuery moved faster than vanilla JS
  • Typescript is sometimes preferred over regular JS
  • We have universities that offer web developer certs and many of them are a joke
  • The point is that programming is the wild west — it's far too broad and moves far too fast for us to try and fit it in a box

10:28 - Do certifications mean anything?

14:30 - How do you know if you have enough skills (when you're job hunting)?

19:04 - Some jobs do require a certification

  • AWS
  • Google

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