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Builder.com: Do Web Developers Need a Linux Cert?

Jun 06, 2003, 13:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Over the last couple of years, I've gone from an environment where I was one of only a handful of Web developers to a shop with several hundred technical professionals—and now I'm headed right back down to being one of a handful again. During the boom days, I used to get the latest and greatest hardware and software, with a full networking team towing the line in support. These days, I'm making do with barebones, cheaper-is-better assets.

"Like many in my line of work, I have responded to the budget crunch by widely adopting open source software, and Linux in particular. Linux serves as the foundation for so many all-encompassing Web development tools and applications, as evidenced by the Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) development model that is so commonplace in the modern Web development world.

"Thus, if my Linux doesn't 'work' properly, if it doesn't perform the way I need it to perform, my Web applications and development are doomed to failure. So I've begun to consider whether it makes sense as a Web development professional to get a Linux certification, in particular, the Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) credential..."

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