[Melbourne-pm] Training + experience = expertise? (Was: SPUG: Introducing The Perl College)

Scott Penrose scottp at dd.com.au
Sun Mar 2 17:23:35 PST 2008

Could we run it like an exercise boot camp...


Choose some worthy open source project.
Organise twice per week 60 or 90 minute morning sessions developing in  
a lab.
Do this for say 6 weeks (12 sessions).


On 03/03/2008, at 12:20 PM, Nathan Bailey wrote:

> Is it just training? or is there also some "on the job" experience?
> As good as Damian is, I don't think a week of Damian turns a junior
> into an intermediate - you need to also apply that knowledge for a
> period of time before you really retain/attain it.
> I've been thinking about how to run a perl/open-source bootcamp for a
> while, but I think it needs to follow with 3 months of real work (in a
> semi-coached environment). Then you can vouch for the capability of
> the graduates (= they get a testamur for both their studies and their
> work - so students who really apply themselves should get these best
> jobs :-)
> re,
> N
> On 03/03/2008, at 12:04 PM, Jacinta Richardson wrote:
>> For those who haven't found out by other means, I thought I'd point
>> out what Uri
>> Guttman and Damian Conway are up to in the US.  Note this isn't
>> happening here
>> (yet), so you probably can't apply, I'm just sharing news.
>> What a great idea, huh?
>> 	J
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: SPUG: Introducing The Perl College
>> Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 15:46:19 -0800 (PST)
>> From: Andrew Sweger <andrew at sweger.net>
>> To: SPUG Members <members at seattleperl.org>
>> Forwarding to SPUG on behalf of Uri Guttman. My apologies if this is
>> your
>> third (or morth) viewing of this message.
>> What is the Perl College?
>> 	The Perl College is a creative merger of job training and job
>> 	fairs. Here are its primary goals:
>> 	* Provide free top quality training to qualified
>> 	  junior level Perl developers
>> 	* Improve their Perl skills to the intermediate level
>> 	* Match the new graduates with Perl jobs in the hiring companies
>> 	* http://perlhunter.com/college.html
>> 	The Perl College was created to address these issues in
>> 	recruiting Perl coders:
>> 	* A shortage of intermediate level Perl developers
>> 	* A surplus of junior level Perl developers
>> 	* Some are not developing Perl full time
>> 	* Many are looking for a career developing Perl but can't get
>> 	  needed training and experience
>> 	* Companies lacking the resources to train Perl developers
>> 	We are currently seeking both sponsors and students for this
>> 	unique education/recruitment opportunity.
>> Hiring Sponsors: Thirty great applicants - cheap!
>> 	Imagine how much it would cost in both time and money to find
>> 	and train a qualified applicant for your Perl jobs. The Perl
>> 	College dramatically improves the efficiency of this process by
>> 	pre-screening and accepting only the most motivated
>> 	students. Then we take it one step further. We take those
>> 	already highly motivated students and train them up to a solid
>> 	intermediate level of Perl skills. Efficiency, cost
>> 	effectiveness and quality results - what could be better for
>> 	your Perl recruitment needs?
>> Student Candidates: Put yourself ahead of the competition.
>> 	If selected you will have a week of free training from Damian
>> 	Conway (valued at $3000). Plus you will exposed to employers who
>> 	are actively seeking intermediate level Perl developers.
>> 	Competition to get in will be fierce so put your best foot
>> 	forward. Don't wait to apply as we will take only the thirty
>> 	most qualified students.
>> For more information on The Perl College, and how to apply to be a
>> sponsor or a student go to these pages:
>> 	http://perlhunter.com/college.html
>> 	http://perlhunter.com/sponsors.html
>> 	http://perlhunter.com/students.html
>> Thanks,
>> Uri Guttman, Dean of The Perl College
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