Patrick, It would matter to me to the extent that it would differentiate a job applicant or prospective consultant from someone who was productively using older technologies. If I were programming manager of a shop which was implementing new code using modular ILE concepts, I would want some assurance that applicants were conversant in those concepts. There are many shops out there in which a programmer can be a productive superstar while only using RPG III coding techniques. Those just happen to be the standards in use at that shop. Not a reflection on the dedication, creativity, or productivity of those programmers, they just would not be up to speed on something that mattered to me. There are many other ways to make this determination, but IBM Certification in RPG or COBOL does provide a minimal level of validation that the person does know some of the concepts and vocabulary. I would never consider it a requirement, but it would be a positive indication of skill currency. Regards, Andy Nolen-Parkhouse > On Behalf Of Patrick Conner > Subject: [Consult400] is consulting dead > > I received my regular e-mail from midrange reminding me > what groups I belong to. I noticed I haven't received > anything from this list in a while. Just wondering if it > is dead, because I do have a question. > > Does certification in RPG, COBOL, etc. help? I'm mainly > looking for opinions here. I already have my own. > > Thanks
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