Builder.com: Do Web Developers Need a Linux Cert?
Jun 06, 2003, 13:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)
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"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..."