Posted on 26 August 2009 by Demian Turner
I can’t believe Zend is publishing articles on OXID eShop, this is definitely some of the worst code I have seen in ages.
As “the PHP company” I think Zend ought to at least select projects that have some merit in terms of software design, as surely beginner PHP devs look to Zend for good examples and copy/emulate whatever they showcase.
PHPterror took a closer look at some of the OXID code, really jaw-dropping stuff.
Posted on 19 February 2009 by Demian Turner
In his article Three elements of certification success, Darren Hague, a friend and former colleague, argues that when software vendors are driving the certification process, there is a conflict of interest worth examining.
For example, in the case of Zend PHP certification which has been around for several years now, who ultimately benefits more from the programme – the software devs or Zend?
Currently Zend certification is one of the only options available to PHP devs who want to get accredited, however. But judging by general feedback from the community it would appear that, despite the current certification choices, quality discrepancies between PHP devs on the market can still be pretty … impressive.
Getting quality programmers is no problem as long as you have a bulletproof hiring process I hear you say – that’s another subject 😉
Darrens’ final comment gives a nice insight into why PHP certification might not be more widespread:
The third major element of certification is market demand. Of course, if you are a doctor or a lawyer, then you cannot legally practice unless you are certified, which certainly helps with the demand side of things. Unless professional IT certification is legislated (an unlikely prospect for the forseeable future), then certification will only succeed if customers demand it.
Maybe industry demand for certification is not higher due to the lack of independent certifying bodies?