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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 10)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA attempts to soothe the anxieties of workers switching to careers in tech, Microsoft Learning highlights IT training resources, and more.

CompTIA to IT Career Switchers: You Got This


The days of following a single career path all the way to retirement are past.It's been at least a generation since the days when a worker could choose a career path after completing high school or college, take a job, and — apart from moving around between various employers — more or less stay the course straight on through to retirement. Yet though the idea of needing to learn new skills and transition between careers may not exactly be new, plenty of people are still not entirely comfortable thinking about professional development that way. That lurking discomfort is directly addressed in a new post this week to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA. Blogger Debra McCraw shares the individual experiences of three workers who successfully jumped into IT after starting out in other professional disciplines. Brent Backes, for example, got pink slipped from a manufacturing job and was unemployed for two years before enrolling in CompTIA's IT-Ready training program and making the leap to a healthcare IT job in 2012. Technology is intimidating to many people, but employment opportunities abound for those with the gumption to embrace new skills.


ISACA Profiles Certified IT Professionals


Continuing in the vein of "People Who Have Learned Stuff About Technology: They're Just Like You," security and governance association ISACA has been running a series of profile pieces at its ISACA Now Blog. Under the headline "Faces of ISACA," each post paints a picture of both the professional and personal lives of someone who has an ISACA Certification. One such individual is Karen Frank, who has ISACA's popular Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) credential. Frank, who started out in law enforcement, jumped to the private sector in 2006 with construction machinery and equipment manufacturing firm Caterpillar. Since signing on with her new employer, Frank has worked in a variety of roles related to corporate security, while still finding time to operate a hot-air balloon service with her husband and also participate in various community service assignments. The current "Faces of ISACA" series is highlighting certified women, leading up to International Womens Day on March 8.


Coded Message: Steer Clear of Certain Programming Languages


You don't ever want to read your business' name, or the name of your product, on any sort of "Worst of" list, even if such notoriety can sometimes fall under the long-lived, well loved heading of "no such thing as bad publicity." That was the dilemma for a host of computer programming languages profiled in an unsual piece compiled by Codementor at the end of February. Instead of taking the tried-and-true approach of listing and describing the "best" programming languages for 2018, Codementor went against the grain and listed the "worst" programming languages. In other words, the Codementor gang thinks that developers contemplating adding a new language to their toolkit this year should steer clear of anything that appears on its list of 20 problematic languages. There are a couple of surprising entries to the list like Ruby, R, Perl and Objective-C. The Codementor post only goes in-depth with the Top 5 languages on the list, but the other 15 are listed, and there's also an explanation of the methodology used to arrive at worst-list status.