The Case for Professional Licensure in the Software Profession
GeneralThis forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
No, it is code for "a discussion has not yet occurred here." You've made your points, even re-sparking this thread when it had gone silent. Your points and mine have been heard well enough, but few others'. If there is no further interest in the topic on this forum, such that a real debate-dynamic of multiple truly engaged points of view could occur, let it die.
I tried to bring up some relevant points, but I think you took a (maybe intentionally) distorted message from what I said.
My main point is that (in software engineering) intelligence tends to be more important than knowledge. At its theoretical best, a licensing system would qualify based on knowledge, not intelligence. More likely, it would be a set of artificial hurdles that slow down the best engineers almost as much as is slows down mediocre engineers.
Looking at Dugan's interpretation of your argument:
"Software projects are failing because they are being worked on by people who aren't qualified to work on them". That agrees with all of my experience in the field (though I think a larger fraction of failures originate higher up in management).
"licensure will decrease the failure rate by increasing the quality of the workforce". That idea is so implausible, it is hard to imagine how anyone familiar with software engineering could believe that.