|Date: ||Mon, 3 May 1999 12:14:04 -0400|
|Sender: ||"SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Mike Zdeb <msz03@HEALTH.STATE.NY.US>|
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I found all the 'chat' re certification pretty interesting. Those
interested in the issue might look at...
For Coders, a Code of Conduct
2000 Problem Tests Professionalism of Programmers
(at the risk of the NY Times descending on me for copyright violation,
here's an excerpt)...
.....Some experts say the year 2000 problem could lead to changes in the
programs are written, just as earthquakes can lead to stricter building
codes. Moreover, Y2K, as the problem is known, has given new life to a
debate about whether programmers should be required to obtain
professional certification, similar to that required of doctors, lawyers
and certain engineers.
"You don't want an unlicensed engineer working on a bridge, but you have
unlicensed computer programmers working all the time," said Dr. Marsha
C. Woodbury, chairwoman of Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility, an 1,800-member group that deals with social
consequences of computing.....
(...yes, just as we also have unlicensed Chairwomen of the Computer
Professionals for Social Responsibility,
unlicensed college professos, etc...)
PS Just my $.02 on the issue. I teach (at least try to teach) intro SAS
to public health/biostat/epidemiology students.
Though I agree with all the comments that certification doesn't always
equate to competence, it is convenient to
have a defined knowledge set to attack within a senester. It was nice to
look at the list of topics covered by the intro
certification exam and see that it pretty much defined what I had been
doing all along. I figured it was
another of those great mind things (or possibly coincidence).
NYS Department of Health
ESP Tower-Room 1811
Albany, NY 12237