I think you’re spot on here. I think it’ll be a great way for devs that need some kind of acknowledgement, and the NodeJS Foundation ain’t exactly lacking the credentials.
Are these certifications ever useful?
When I was at AWS I thought about signing up and getting all their certifcates since it would be free working there, but I never found a strong case for it.
I honestly have no idea. I imagine there’s some practical usage, but how much of it is just looking good on a resume?
Ryan Lewis, a node contributor, is helping create this I believe. He had a good talk at All Things Open in Raleigh, NC on the future of node.js. I asked him if he thought it would run afoul of the reasons why dev certifications went out of vogue in the 00’s, and he says it’s going to involve practical exams, not just multiple choice. He knows they’re only a small part of hiring someone, but since the node foundation wants to make the platform more enterprise-friendly (and probably make a little money to support themselves off this), they want to give companies a little bit of a security blanket to ensure that certified node devs know the best practices forming in the community and used by big node apps like PayPal.
This is more product spammy/tech news spammy.