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Last Friday I had my Zend PHP 5 Certification Exam and guess what, I passed! Yeah, so now I officially am a Zend Certified Engineer. What does this mean? Well, I had a headache studying all the PHP 5 material, especially the design & PDO chapters, which I was not too familiar with.
Was it worth the time and money? Yes. I’m not sure about the certificate itself, it’s not like I’m looking for a new job or anything, but there are less than 100 certified engineers in Russia, so I guess this makes me just a little bit more awesome ;) What was worth is the knowledge I gained during the past few months. If it wasn’t for the exam, I never would have studied PDO. Now I’m quite good at it and I guess my next php/mysql based startup would be driven via PDO.
And who could have thought that interfaces could be extended? It definitely is something worth using from the design point of view. Yeah, but then again, nothing matches C ;)
I have a few practice exams left which I had no time to take, so if anybody is interested in testing their PHP5 skills, shoot me a comment, say when and why you’d like to take the PHP 5 certification, and I’ll send you a link where you could carry out an online test. Cheers!
Update (August 6th): Finally got my certificate – http://twitpic.com/2bvt4b