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Brandon Farber is now a ZCE

Zend, the company that makes the PHP engine, offers certification for users who are interested in measuring their PHP expertise and qualifying their PHP skill level. From Zend's FAQ:

Becoming PHP certified is a measure of your experience in the world of PHP. The goal of the Zend PHP Certification program is to allow PHP professionals to attain the "Zend Certified Engineer" designation. This is identical in concept to other well know certification programs such as "Microsoft's Certified Professionals (MCP)" and the "Sun Certified Java Programmer (CSJP)" programs.



The Zend PHP Certification program aims at creating a measure of distinction that employers can use to evaluate prospective employees. Becoming a Zend Certified Engineer will not make you a better programmer, however, it will most likely improve the chances of your resume standing out from among other applicants vying for the same position.




http://www.zend.com/education/zend_php_cer...tion/faq#root_4

You are tested on your fundamental knowledge of the PHP language, as well as various classes used in PHP and design patterns PHP developers should be aware of.

I took the certification test this past Monday and passed the examination. I am now officially a "Zend Certified Engineer".

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Matt, Josh and Rikki have all been considering taking the exam. :)

In all honesty it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Since the exam is strictly PHP5 (PHP4 exam is discontinued as of March 31st, so I didn't bother) there are a lot of questions about things we don't use, which of course I'm not as familiar with. Still, the learning experience was great, and now I've got lots of great ideas for future releases when we can require PHP5 minimum version. :)

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There should have been a warning when providing that Zend link in the blog entry. "Do not take the Self Test. Severe loss of self-confidence in coding abilities is imminent!".

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Well done!

[quote name='C_ind' date='Mar 28 2007, 06:11 PM']There should have been a warning when providing that Zend link in the blog entry. "Do not take the Self Test. Severe loss of self-confidence in coding abilities is imminent!".

What did you get...? I got 1/8 :D I'm quite proud me.

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Congrats on your experience. I hope this does not mean we are going to be utilizing Zend on a massive scale? :mellow:

I think we should ditch PHP4, because most hosts are using 5 and 4 anyways, I don't see the different to the viewer, the back end yes. Its like using Windows 98SE and using Vista Programs :P

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[quote name='StealthAgent87' date='Mar 28 2007, 07:39 PM']Congrats on your experience. I hope this does not mean we are going to be utilizing Zend on a massive scale? :mellow:

I think we should ditch PHP4, because most hosts are using 5 and 4 anyways, I don't see the different to the viewer, the back end yes. Its like using Windows 98SE and using Vista Programs :P

All our products are written in PHP, so yeah, we're going to be utilizing Zend on a massive scale ;)

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[quote name='StealthAgent87' date='Mar 28 2007, 05:39 PM']Congrats on your experience. I hope this does not mean we are going to be utilizing Zend on a massive scale? :mellow:

I think we should ditch PHP4, because most hosts are using 5 and 4 anyways, I don't see the different to the viewer, the back end yes. Its like using Windows 98SE and using Vista Programs :P

Many hosts are starting to use PHP 5 and if they use PHP 4 they have PHP4 and PHP 5 installed both on there servers.

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[quote name='StealthAgent87' date='Mar 28 2007, 07:39 PM']Congrats on your experience. I hope this does not mean we are going to be utilizing Zend on a massive scale? :mellow:

I think we should ditch PHP4, because most hosts are using 5 and 4 anyways, I don't see the different to the viewer, the back end yes. Its like using Windows 98SE and using Vista Programs :P

Zend is the company that makes the PHP engine - thus, there is no way to release our products without "utilizing Zend".

Becoming Zend certified has nothing to do with encoding scripts or anything of that nature, if that is what you mean. It simply means I've taken a proficiency test to gauge my php coding skills, essentially.

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